New to Home Exchange How to arrange a Home Exchange
So your new to home exchange. Steps you will need to take when
arranging your house swap vacation. Register your home, browse and send
out inquiries, Iron out the details in arranging your home exchange,
prepare for your home swap
Arranging a house swap
Signup - register your home
- Write a description of your home (be honest),
include things like, location, facilities and whether you are
exchanging cars too. Donít forget to add photos of your home and
itís also good to list any top attractions and local places to
visit as it will help you to get more interest and offers. Here you
can also specify what you are looking for such as when you want to
do the exchange, the destination and for how long you wish to stay
there. You want your exchange partners to be pleasantly surprised
when they arrive, not disappointed. Never hide the existence of pets
house plants or roommates that may not be traveling on exchange with
Browse and send out inquiries
- Once you have browsed through other listings,
initiate contact with those you are interested in. Ask for
additional information about their home and get detailed information
about the area, local attractions as well as the neighbourhood.
Arrange your home exchange
- When you and your home exchange partner are
both reasonably happy to exchange homes. Consider making an
agreement form to avoid all misunderstandings and clarify who pays
what in terms of telephone, electric bills, gas consumption,
insurance deductibles in case of accidents, and staple foods such as
flour, sugar, oil, etc. Home
swap and vehicle swap contracts. Here you can decide
on things such as time and dates of the holiday, how you will handle
accidental damage and details of what is or isnít accessible to
your swap partners. Use this time to get to know your swap partners.
Prepare for your home swap
- Leave your home clean. Standards of cleanliness
vary, so make sure that floors are vacuumed, swept or mopped,
refrigerator emptied, stove and oven grease-free, bath and shower
free grime, windows smudge free, and surfaces dust-free. There is no
need to repaint the house.
Clear away enough of your personal belongings to leave space on
shelves and in closets and drawers so that your guests can empty
their suitcases, arrange their things in bedrooms, bathrooms and
feel at home.
Leave at least two sets of clean sheets per bed and two sets of
towels per person. Leave toilet paper and facial tissues.
Compile an easy to read "Guide to Your Home and
Surroundings" which includes local tourist information,
hospitals, playgrounds if children are involved and household
notices about the use of electrical appliances, pool maintenance,
pet and plant care, garbage and recycling pick up, etc. Phone
numbers of a recommended doctor, dentist, babysitter, good
restaurants, and helpful friends are always welcome too.
Consider making an agreement form to avoid all misunderstandings and
clarify who pays what in terms of telephone, electric bills, gas
consumption, insurance deductibles in case of accidents, and staple
foods such as flour, sugar, oil, etc.
If practical, leave the makings of a first meal. Nothing fancy, but
your guests will be tired and hungry and grateful not to have to go
out for dinner.
Although it is not a requirement, many home exchangers leave a
small gift of welcome: a bottle of wine or a local specialty.