It may seem obvious but, when compiling information about your own home and area for your descriptive listing, it’s easy to forget to mention some of the vital details in a home that can make some exchange offers impossible to consider, e.g. you have a severe allergy to cats (and no help that the cat won’t be in residence at the time of the exchange), you have a very active toddler and so need a home that’s as safe as possible, you don’t drive and need to be near good public transport, a family member can’t manage stairs or needs wheelchair accessibility.
Although no one wants to make a whole load of demands in an exchange offer (and look much too fussy), it’s much better to be upfront within your descriptive listing about anything that could make or break an exchange deal, to avoid wasting both your time and that of other exchangers who aren’t so likely to send you an offer if it’s clear their home is not going to suit your cruciall needs. I know I’ve covered this topic in the past but was reminded of it when reading the description in a Home Base Holidays member’s recent renewal listing (including this seasonal image):
San Francisco area, California – ‘Come relax in sunny California! We can offer our lovely two story family-friendly detached home (2200 sq ft) on a quiet private road. It is located in the San Francisco Bay Area (Castro Valley)..... We are allergic to cats so unfortunately homes with cats won't work.’
See the very detailed home exchange offer and more photos, He14552