It is understandable that arranging a home swap for the first time can cause anxiety for some new members. If this is you, it would be a reassurance to look for members who have exchanged before and can 'show you the ropes', guiding you through the process of arranging a successful first exchange.
When browsing exchange offers, look for the prominent 'Experienced Exchanger' under the member's photo in listings if you would prefer to swap homes with such members (of course, don't ignore offers from other first timers - you will help each other, along with referring to detailed guidance on the Home Base Holidays website).
Many experienced exchangers include more information within their exchange offer description. Here's one example from a retired Headteacher from Mapperley, Nottinghamshire (view her home exchange in Nottinghamshire):
"I have been exchanging for over 20 years and my guests have always enjoyed their stay in my small but very comfortable home. I do everything to make sure the exchange goes well."