Here are some helpful tips to address the security issues when planning your home swap arrangements.
Before going on your home exchange holiday make sure you and your exchange partners have a clear understanding on what is being agreed - this can include things such as whether your swap partners are allowed to use facilities such as your computer and whether any areas of your home are out of bounds. Make sure you feel fully comfortable with your swap partners and that they have the same attitude towards the swap agreement as you do.
It's also a good plan to create a welcome pack for your exchange guests. This can contain information about the local area but also details about your home - such as how to set your alarm and any emergency numbers such as a local plumber or electrician.
Prepare notes for your guests
In addition to the welcome pack you may also want to leave helpful notes around your home for your guests. For example if you have organised empty space it is helpful to leave a note saying that you cleared the surface for your guest’s use. You can also leave notes to help your guests use your home's appliances or to indicate what not to use such as your work laptop. These simple steps will help give both you and your guests peace of mind.
Home insurance - make sure you're covered
Make sure that before agreeing to a home swap that you have contacted your home insurance company to make sure that your home is covered during the period of the exchange. If you have also agreed to exchange cars then it is also essential to contact your car insurance company to ensure that your exchange guests will be covered. Provide proof of cover to your exchange guests and request that they send the same.
Book flights at the same time
If you have agreed a long distance exchange it can be an idea to agree that you and your exchange guests book your flights at the same time and then send each other proof of purchase. See that your exchange guests have bought their tickets should give added peace of mind as with tickets purchased they are far less likely to pull out of the exchange.
Lock away your valuables
Even though you have a good feeling about your home swap partner and trust them completely - it is still wise not to leave your most valuables possessions lying around. It is always recommended that you lock your valuable items in a cupboard or separate room to ensure security and prevent your worrying when you should be enjoying your vacation. Another option is to ask friends or family to leave your stuff with them.
Keep each other fully informed
Most people recognise that having your home occupied is far more secure than leaving your home empty when going away. However, although it is extremely rare, if something happens when on your swap such as a breakage or a water leak - make sure to inform your swap partners and agree to help pay for any repairs or replacements.
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