A: Hi Marion, It is fairly common for one family member to be very enthusiastic about home exchange while others in the family are still sceptical and need some convincing! Of course, if someone is so concerned about swapping homes that it would be stressful and a worry to them while away from home, it’s best not to attempt to persuade them.
In many cases though it’s really an initial, and understandable, fear of the unknown (i.e. of having ‘strangers’ in your home). Reassure your husband and son that there’s no pressure at all to agree to any exchange offer unless you are all completely happy with it.
It helps to get the more wary family members involved in the correspondence with other members so that they can ask any questions they have and so see that arranging a home swap involves much communication via email and phone calls, often over several weeks until both parties are happy to make a firm commitment to go ahead with the exchange (remind them that your potential exchange partners may view your family as ‘strangers’ too until they get to know and trust you!)
It can also be reassuring to exchange with members who have swapped homes before and so ‘know the ropes’ (you will see ‘Experienced exchanger’ in their listings beside Occupation/Interests under ‘Exchange party details’) and to request (and offer) references – previous exchange partners are ideal referees.
And to tempt reluctant home exchangers, get them to check out some of the wonderful opportunities from current home swap offers.