Q: Hello, we're looking at doing our first home swap, and I was trying to find some sort of checklist/form where I can write where everything is kept and how things work? Any recommendations? Regards Lisa
A: Hi Lisa, In the Home Base Holidays Guidelines for Arranging an Exchange scroll down to Stage Four: Preparing for Your Exchange Guests for a reminder of information to leave for your exchange guests.
You might also find the trader companion form published by Know Your Trade useful to print off and adapt to record all the relevant information.
As any checklists/forms can only be quite general and may not cover everything in your own home, go through your home carefully, one room at a time, so you don’t forget any vital information. Leave instruction books for appliances and central heating (air conditioning, security system, etc) but still include simple instructions in your information folder – the manual will never include, ‘If the green light flashes, give the washing machine door a good, firm push’ but that’s the sort of practical information (i.e. your individual household quirks) that will save your guests a lot of trial and error when using your equipment.
Start your checklist/folder well in advance of your first exchange so you can add to it as something else pops into your head. Once you’ve done it, for future exchanges it will be much easier as all you will need to do is ensure the information is up-to-date.