Arranging a Home Exchange is really easy once you select the places where you want to go and you find some offers that meet your specific requirements. Then, you have to contact the owners of the homes of your choice and see whether they are interested in your offer; if the answer is affirmative, you should discuss all the practical details concerning your exchange and agree on home swapping dates which are convenient for you both. With the help of specialized agencies, you can find a multitude of home swap options suitable for all possible tastes.
You and your Home Exchange partners will want to get to know each other by providing detailed information about your home and facilities, where to shop for groceries, whether there are is public transportation nearby, whether you have Internet connection and a computer that they can use, etc. Start to compile a folder with details on how to use appliances, useful contacts (doctor, dentist, hospital, taxis, etc), brochures on local attractions and restaurant menus -anything that crosses your mind may turn out to be useful and contribute to making their stay as pleasant as possible. Also, you should let your exchange partners know right from the start all the terms of your exchange; restrictions such as no pets allowed and non-smokers only should be made clear.
In the run-up to your exchange dates, you should prepare your house or flat for a Home Exchange; make sure that all the rooms are tidy and clean, that you leave a set of towels and bedding for your guests. Also, you should let them know security measures for your home and leave them a list with passwords or access codes that they may need. Asking a neighbour to welcome them, to take them on a tour of the house and to give them a set of keys is also a good idea. A vase with fresh flowers, a homemade cake, basic foods for their arrival or any other small gesture will show your guests that you have thought of them and will be appreciated.
Carefully choosing your home swapping partners will ensure the success of your experience. Hence, you should give the selection process all the attention it deserves; by searching through listings on websites which specialize in facilitating home exchanges before joining, you can save disappointment later. At the same time, you should have reasonable expectations when exchanging homes. You may find some things that you do not like in your exchange flat or house, but you should keep in mind that this is not your home after all. Provided that you focus on the positive things and that you are determined to make the most of the time you spend in a different city or country, you are sure to have lots of fun.
Home Exchange is the perfect holiday solution for people who enjoy travelling and who do not like staying in hotels too much. If you have decided to try home swapping, we invite you to complete the form on our website and to become a member of our network. We have hundreds of up-to-date swap offers from destinations worldwide and the number of new listings posted on our website increases every day.