Did you ever want to fly to Mars as a child?
At some point in our lives, most of us Earth-bound terrestrials have considered what it would be like to live on a different colored ball—ya know, something besides this blue-and-green one.
Once upon a time there were 9 planets in the solar system, now there are only 8 (sorry, Pluto), but that’s still plenty of room to spread out. So why not look into it? What would it be like to be a landlord on any of the other seven planets?
Mercury is the closest planet to the sun and also the smallest. It’s about 5.5% the size of Earth.
Figuring out when to renew your tenant’s lease would be difficult if you were a landlord on Mercury, because a year is shorter than day. So you could tie your tenants into a year-long lease, which would mean you’d have to renew it every 88 earth days, but they might complain that they’d rather work with a once-a-day renewal, which would mean renewing it every 176 Earth days. The choice is up to you.
If you’re one of the unfortunate few left behind to repopulate the Earth, you should know that apartment leases are usually month-to-month or annual. Home leases are also usually annual at first so you can get to know your tenants, but if a family is renting your property and looking for stability, you can offer to change to a multi-year lease at the next renewal if things go well.
Venus is the brightest object in the sky besides the sun and moon, meaning it can sometimes be seen even in the daytime.
If you’re one of those who move to Venus during this planetary colonization, make sure your rental property is outfitted with extra-extreme air conditioning, as Venus is the hottest planet in the solar system. It doesn’t tilt on its axis, either, which means no seasons—it’s about 864 degrees Fahrenheit all year round. It’s thought that there were oceans at one point, but they evaporated. This does make it difficult if you like the beach. Plenty of volcanoes, though.
If by some unfortunate accident you’re left on earth, change the filters in your tenant’s air conditioner every other month. If your tenants have allergies or lots of pets, you can change them more often, but bi-monthly is a good rule of thumb.
Mars, the red planet, is named after the Roman god of war. It’s the second smallest planet next to Mercury.
Rental property on Mars would be a great place to advertise outdoor adventure activities. If your tenants are mountain climbers, they’ll be happy to know that Mars boasts the highest mountain in the solar system, Olympus Mons, which is a little over 13 miles high. Compare that to the 5.5 mile high Everest, and you’ll quickly see that Earth’s offering is skimpy in comparison.
Be careful, though, Olympus Mons is a shield volcano, and scientists believe it could possibly still be active.
If you’re stuck on earth with its less-than-impressive mountains, console yourself by giving your tenants a list of nearby restaurants and attractions for their age group.
Jupiter is the largest planet. It’s two and a half times more massive than all the other planets in the solar system combined! It’s a gas giant, meaning there’s not much solid ground, and the air is impossible for humans to breathe, but don’t let that stop you. Anything is possible for the well-equipped landlord!
You’ll want to be prepared for storms if you’ll be renting on Jupiter. The great red spot the planet is so famous for is actually a huge storm, it’s been raging for at least 186 years, though it’s possible it’s been going on for up to 350. Bring a jacket!
Earth-bound storms are much less exciting, though you should still make sure that your tenants are prepared for severe weather. Write down the actions they should take in case of fire, tornados, hurricanes, or other disasters and post these in a visible place.
Saturn, the famous ringed planet, is also a gas giant. Any housing options you’d want to put up for rent would have to float…which I’m sure, by the time we have the technology for you to move to Saturn, would be a perfectly viable option.
You could own plenty of land on Saturn because 95 earths would fit inside it. Lots of room for the kids to run! This would be a great area if you’re renting to families.
The same principle works on earth. Gear your advertising toward whichever demographic would get the most from your property. If there’s a big yard, advertise to families. If you’re in a city in close proximity to trendy business and coffee shops, advertise to twenty-somethings. You’re more likely to find the kind of tenant you want with a smaller, more focused pool of applicants.
Uranus is the first ice giant and barely visible from Earth with the naked eye. This caused it to not be identified as a planet until 1781. Fun fact: all of Uranus’ moons are named after characters by Shakespeare or Alexander Pope. The biggest are Miranda, Titania, Ariel, Umbriel, and Oberon.
A good heating system is key here. While Neptune is on average colder, Uranus reaches the lowest temperature in the solar system at -371.2 degrees Fahrenheit at certain times throughout its year—which lasts 84 earth years, by the way. For 42 years at a time its poles are exposed to direct sunlight, and the rest of the time they’re in total darkness.
In Earth’s less-frigid environment, furnaces can last for about 15-20 years. After this point they’ll begin failing more and more often, which means it’s a good time to look at replacing it if you aren’t renting to a family of penguins.
At last we reach the last planet in the solar system (I’m still fighting for Pluto but whatever). The lovely blue-colored Neptune is a gas giant with a stone core. It’s named after the Roman god of the sea, and it’s most prominent moon, Triton, is probably the coldest world in the solar system.
Make sure your roof is built well if you plan to rent on Neptune, as it is home to the fast winds recorded in the solar system. A storm discovered in 1989 by the Voyager 2 spacecraft boasted winds of up to 1,500 miles an hour. Scientists still have no idea how winds that strong could’ve been recorded on a planet so far from the sun.
We have no such exciting wind speeds here on Earth, but it’s still a good idea to get your tenant’s roof inspected twice a year, in the fall and in the spring. Luckily, a good roof can last for 20-50 years, depending on the materials. If a big storm comes you may have to replace a few sections, but that’s better than having the entire roof redone.
There ya go, you’re now prepared to landlord on any other planet in the solar system! Happy travels!