When you work with Open Up, you do so because you want to help working adults have an affordable place to live. For the people Open Up serves, that amount in monthly rent plus utilities is between $600 and $925. The lower you price your room, the more people are able to access it.
By using the Silvernest payment platform to collect rent every month, Silvernest will charge you 5% of the fee collected. So if you charge your housemate $600 per month, Silvernest will collect $600 from your housemate, keep $30, and deposit $570 into your account automatically.
Opening your home to homesharing is a way to give back to your community while earning extra income, getting to know someone new, and enjoying the benefits that come with having another person around the house.
Silvernest has partnered with Next Generation Service Group to provide insurance under its Renters Protection Plan, underwritten by Markel American Insurance Company. See here for more info: https://rentersprotectionplan.com/terms-of-use.
Advantages of the coverage offered by Silvernest:
The policy provides:
How it works:
Yes! The Silvernest platform provides you the ability to request that a potential housemate complete a background screen. Open Up covers the cost of the background screen for many of our clients.
Photos are extremely important in showing potential housemates what the space you are sharing looks like. Take photos showing every space that a housemate will have access to including bedroom, bathroom, kitchen, and shared living areas. Also take photos of the outside of the home, yard areas, and any community features like trails or pools. Don’t forget to use lots of light in your photos. Open the curtains and turn on the lights.
Yes, you can. While filling out your Silvernest profile, you will be asked if you provide reduced rent in exchange for chores. Similarly, potential housemates are asked if they are willing to do chores for reduced rent. Silvernest will provide potential matches for you based on your answers! We also encourage you to list out the tasks you would like done in exchange for lower rent. You always have the opportunity to talk through specifics as you communicate with potential matches, but the more specific you are in your profile, the more likely you are to get great potential matches for you.
Once you create a profile on the Silvernest platform, you can match with anyone you would like to on that platform. We want you to get the best possible housemate for your specific needs! We also know that you likely came to Open Up because you want to do good for your neighbors. By filling out this form, we will know to direct our clients to your profile to give you the chance to meet each other.