Several years ago, we published a post on the difficulty of reading home exchange offers that had been entered all in capital letters. So that home swap offers always looked attractive, we edited any where the description had been enter all in capital letters. Thankfully this is now rarely needed (everyone has discovered how to unlock the caps lock key!) but, although very rare (Home Base Holidays members are ever so very polite) we occasionally notice that a member has responded to an offer they aren’t interested in in a blunt way (involving capitals): ‘NO’
Although it’s much better to send a blunt response than none at all (at least the member sending the offer will be in no doubt that his/her offer isn’t of interest), it hardly takes any time to be courteous: ‘Thank you for your offer but we can’t consider it. Good luck in your search.’ Or, use the template replies available in your member area, adapting if needed, for a quick way to reply to offer messages.
Sometimes, a member living in a very popular location may receive many home exchange offers. If this is the case, edit your listing to ensure it is very clear if you are only interested in specific destinations (ensure the ‘open to offers’ option is unticked). Also, if you have arranged a swap and are unable to consider further offers at present, tick the ‘exchange request fulfilled’ box (don’t forget to untick it when you are ready to consider offers again).
Interested in home swapping? Sign up to Home Base Holidays and start contact our (very polite!) members: www.homebase-hols.com