Global Home Exchange
Home exchange is a money saving
Home Exchange FAQ
Frequently Asked Questions about Home
difference between home swap, house swap and home exchange?
All are similar
for the same idea, home exchange for a vacation.
Can I save money
traveling on a home exchange?
where you travel, one night at a modest hotel can be well over $100 a
night plus taxes, hotel surcharges, parking and meals. -
Imagine the savings on a 2 week home exchange vacation. Instead of a
paying for a hotel, swap homes and stay free. Saving money is not the only
benefit of a home exchange. A house offers a family more
space, more conveniences and more freedom. Plus you can experience
an area as a local, not a tourist.
Can I exchange
homes within my own region or county?
home swaps will always be popular, the growing trend to Exchanges
within ones own region and country is the fastest growing use of home
What is the
length of a typical exchange?
Whatever works for you.
from weekend exchanges, short term swaps from 1 to 3 weeks and longer
term swaps of several months to a year or more.
would someone want to come to my
house or area?
Over the many years
that we have worked with exchangers, we have come to appreciate that one
can not predict why someone would want an exchange to a particular area.
We have had members from remote areas find exchanges from people who loved
fishing and hunting. We also have had members in Hawaii that
exchanged homes with exchange partners that didn't even go to the beach
and yes even members from a warm climate that just wanted to experience
living for a week or two in snow. Many Global members are open
to traveling to new places, so don't let your area be a limitation to you
finding a home swap.
If your home is in an
out of the way area or not tourist oriented, we encourage you to send out
heaps of inquiries, and put a bit of effort into explaining about your
home, neighborhood and area. As Global is network of several home exchange
clubs, we suggest you take advantage of the worldwide membership offered
and send out lots of inquiries to support your listing.
Do I need to accept an offer for a
No! You have no obligation to
accept any offer sent to you and other home exchangers have no obligation
to accept your offer.
As a person who lists their home for an exchange you are free to choose.
Many of our members receive many offers for exchange. Sometimes it takes a
few emails requesting further information before one can make a decision. Please
be courteous and answer all inquiries. Some people wait for a response
to their home exchange offer before looking elsewhere and it gives them
opportunity to still find another exchange partner if you are not
interested. Some of these initial contacts may very well be future home
exchanges for you. Trying to find the "perfect exchange
match" may reduce your chance of arranging a home exchange. Being
flexible on locations, dates and accommodation will increase your chances
of a good, successful trade which is all most people want.
Once you find the best match for you and your exchange is arranged, please
be courteous and email back the others you have been corresponding with.
Who can answer my
Any Global member plus
members of our worldwide partner clubs who register with Global. Our
multi home exchange club members may also register their home on our
Do I need to have
Check that your
homeowner's insurance will be valid while your exchange partners live in
your home. Make it very clear to your agent that they are your non-paying
guests. Most insurance companies will recognize that your home is at lower
risk from burglary when it is occupied, but your insurance cover may be
invalid if you omit to notify the company before your exchange holiday.
We understand that most insurance covers exchange partners as invited
guests in your home and offers coverage as such..
saving money, what are some other benefits from swapping homes?
Many travelers join
Global thinking the biggest benefit will be the money they save. This is
most certainly realized with savings of hundreds to thousands of dollars
on hotels, vehicles and meals. After swapping homes most will say
that the greatest benefits are experiencing an area like a local, not a
tourist and having the comfort of being in a multi room home rather than a
cramped hotel room. Families love the spaciousness of an
May I exchange
my rental apartment or rental house?
suggest you contact the owner of the apartment or house you are renting to
get any permissions necessary.
Do I have
to swap my car as well?
Swapping cars is
entirely up to you. From our own personal experience in swapping cars as
part of an exchange we recommend you and your house swap partner sign a
car exchange agreement.
Can I exchange
Some members are quite
happy to look after pets for their partners, but don't feel an obligation
to offer these services if you are worried about the responsibility.
Likewise, don't burden your guests unless you are sure they are happy with
the arrangement. In all likelihood your partners will use your home as a
base while making daily, and often overnight sightseeing trips, and may
not want to be tied down with pet care. Communicate everything at these
initial stages of making arrangements. Each member listing notes whether
there are pets in the house, whether pets are welcome as part of the
exchange and whether pet care is required. We have two small dogs.
We have taken them on exchanges with us as part of our exchange agreement,
left them with friends or in a kennel when our exchange partner didn't
want them in their home and have looked after our exchange partners cats
while staying in their home.
responsible for cleaning the house?
It really is a personal
choice. Sometimes our members arrange for their home to be
cleaned by a service, other times you clean the house before you leave.
A good rule is to leave
the house exactly as you found it, and to take care of the home as you
expect your partner to take care of yours.
Do you have a
We value your privacy.
Global Home Exchange and
Vacation Homes does not publish your name, phone number, street
address or email address in your listing unless you wish it to be there.
Our system hides your personal contact information yet makes it possible
for a potential home exchange partner to contact you directly from
your listing 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.