Choosing to home swap is an exciting decision that opens you up to a new and very rewarding way to travel. Make sure when arranging your swaps that you make every effort to be a welcoming and caring host to your home exchange guests. Organisation as well as communication is important, but also to go the extra mile for your guests. Here is a list of tips how to be the perfect home swap host.
Write personalised inquiries
Read other profiles carefully and only write personalised messages with a brief explanation why you specifically want to stay at their home. In this way you are more likely to receive promising replies.
Be honest and responsible
Since you are agreeing to swap homes with your exchange guests it is important to be fully open and very reponsible - the last thing you want for you or your exchange guests is to spend your vacations worrying about your home. So remember to communicate, ask and answer any questions that arrise. Clean clean clean! Make sure that your home is clean and tidy for your guests and that you leave their home clean and tidy for their return.
Get clear with your expectations and requirements
Communication is the key for every successful home swap to avoid any misunderstanding and disappointment. You should be clear with your expectations and your requirements. Make sure to spend plenty of time planning your swaps and stay in regular contact with your swap partners via email, phone and Skype.
Surprise your guests with welcome present
It doesn’t have to be expensive or excessive fancy, but it is a nice touch to leave your guests a little something for their arrival. This is how you already trigger a smile on your guest’s face and maintain a happy relationship. For example you ca buy a bottle of wine or a bag of your favourite biscuits. Your guests will also appreciate if you just leave food such as bread, milk and snacks in the fridge that they can enjoy after a long journey.
Create a welcome folder
Include a welcome folder with information about your home and facilities, maps and local attractions, transport details and emergency numbers.
Double check if pets are an option for both parties
If you've agreed to provide pet care or your swap partners have agreed to look after your pets, make sure that everything is clear to both parties before you travel. Have a clear conversation up front and leave a guide with all instructions at your home for a little help on the way.