I had two rooms for rent in my ranch-style house and I was happy when a nice older lady told me she was very interested in renting both of the rooms.
She explained that she wanted one room for herself and the second room for her vast reptile connection.
I was a bit taken aback. On the one hand, I am not a huge fan of reptiles. On the other hand, reptiles won’t need kitchen privileges or anything like that so they would make good house guests. So I agreed. Once the reptiles were moved in I started to have second thoughts. Those reptiles need a lot of heat. Heat equals electricity. Electricity equals money. Thankfully, my new tenant agreed to pay anything above average to help heat her reptiles. She also said that her pets wouldn’t need much cooling in the summer months so we could save that way too. However, she does want to put a space heater in the reptile room and I don’t want her to do that. I think space heaters are unsafe and I don’t want a fire starting. My tenant assured me that the space heater she has will turn itself off if it even gets bumped but I was still not comfortable. Finally, she talked me into letting her get a baseboard heater for the room. Those seem to be a lot safer, in my opinion. Now that we have the heating issue all settled I have found that I really am happy with my new tenant and her pets. Don’t tell anyone but I am even starting to warm up to some of the lizards. They are kind of cute.