There are plenty of reasons why a home swap is a fantastic way to spend your next vacation. The first step is to set add your home to the home swap site, add as much details of your home, area and personal description. Make sure to also add photos to your listing to make your home swap offer stand out. Next, it is time to search for your perfect home swap partners. There are few things to think about before booking your flight and packing your bags. Here are five helpful tips to have the best and smooth home swap experience.
To find the ideal home swap partner can take some time. After all you are looking for someone you can trust and you feel comfortable with. Also you may want to go on vacation on specific dates, so the earlier you start preparing your home swap the less stressful it will be. Give yourself plenty of time to find home swap members who match your requirements and remember it's important to discuss every detail of your proposed swap with them so that you are both sure what you're agreeing to.
It takes some upfront work
With so many properties in many different countries it takes time and some effort to find your ideal match. Be proactive! Spend time browse through the listing to find homes and locations that interest you and check their swap requirements to see if you are a match. Be upfront but do contact any members with 'feeler' message to gauge their interest in a potential exchange.
Flexibility is the key
Always keep in mind that home swapping is very different from booking a hotel. You don’t just book an available room and then show up – with a home swap the more flexible you can be with your dates and destinations the more exciting options you will have availble to you.To guarantee both parties a successful home swap you have to be open for discussions, negotiations and rearrangements.
Be patient with replies
You’ve excitedly sent your home swap inquiries but... now nobodies responded? Don’t worry. It might be that some members are away travelling (possibly on a home swap vacation!) and don’t have the time or access to reply to your messages. So be patient, if you haven't heard back in a week or two it can't hurt to send a follow up message to any members of particular interest to you.
Give it a test trial
To learn how home swapping works and to get a feel for it, it is a good idea to start small before you leave for your big home swap vacation.You could try arranging a weekend away in your own country - perhaps if you live in the city a weekend swap to the country? This way you will gain more confident and take one step closer to becoming a home swap expert!