A home swapper recently wrote about the following dilemma:
"I have found that the end of the holiday can end up with a last-minute competition to leave the house in a cleaner condition than you found it. This is beneficial, but can be embarrassing if your exchangees beat you in the game. Our first exchange guests washed and dried all the bedding, which was lovely, but we hadn't agreed to this, and all I had done was to strip their beds!"
It's great that members want to leave homes clean and tidy at the end of an exchange but it is best to agree ahead exactly what both parties will be expected to do before leaving. Most cleaning can be done the day before with just a quick last minute tidy up. Another option is to arrange ahead for cleaners to come to both homes to do a quick clean, laundry and to make the beds - although this is an added cost it is still far cheaper than what it would have cost to stay in a hotel.