Most Home Base Holidays members add photos to their listings as soon as they join but there’s always a few who don’t – despite many reminders! Sometimes a member will delay adding photos until there’s a nice sunny day to take photos that show off the exterior of the home and garden at their best, or until a room has been redecorated. However, provided your home is reasonably tidy (no one likes to see overflowing bins and piles of papers on every surface!), it’s usually best to add at least one or two photos right away (you can always explain in your listing that more or better photos will be added shortly).
Julia Blake, experienced home exchanger (and Home Base Holidays representative in New England), has given her thoughts on what she looks for when browsing home swaps offers:
- It is really helpful if people put lots of photos and tell as much about their home as possible. If there are few or no photos I don't consider the listing nor if there is very little information.
- It is NOT necessary to include photos of many sights around in your area. If I'm looking I already know something about the area. What helps me is photos of interior AND exterior and maybe a couple of the street/neighborhood OR the High Street in the town.
- For us, so long as the bathroom is workable we don't need lots of photos of that. It's the living room where we'll spend most of our time and secondly the kitchen and bedrooms that we want to see.
What are your priorities when looking for potential home swaps? Home Base Holidays members can now add as many photos as they wish to their offers. In your opinion does a large number of photos, including local sights/attractions, enhance an offer or do you prefer a few well chosen, high quality photos of the home that you can quickly skim through?
Julia has pointed out the importance of including lots of information too. As exchange partners must feel comfortable with each other, complete your member profile details fully as well as providing a good description of your home and area.
See Julia’s home swap offer in Jericho, Vermont: Farmhouse-style house (above) set in a semi-rural area at the foot of the mountains; garden, barn and seven sheep, plus wonderful views!