Lena and Hasse Carlsson, experienced home swappers from Gothenburg, Sweden, have developed a wonderful personal site that not only includes details of their own home exchanges to date but also provides very useful information for anyone new to the idea of swapping homes. Click here to visit their site. As well as their site, also check out their home exchanging community Facebook page.
As you can see, Lena and Hasse are great home exchange ambassadors! Their cosy one bedroom apartment is in the centre of Gothenburg and so a good Scandinavian base for also visiting Stockholm, Oslo and Copenhagen. View their current home exchange offer.
One aspect of home exchange that can seem a little daunting to first time swappers is the compilation of a home manual with information for home exchange guests. Step-by-step information on arranging a home swap is available on Home Base Holidays (for ideas on what to include in your home manual as well as general preparation in the run-up to your exchange dates, check out preparing for a home swap). Having their own site has enabled Lena and Hasse to provide a detailed personal home manual that can be easily updated and added to, that will be very useful for their home swap guests both before and during their stays in the apartment. Click here to access their manual that is divided into sections (kitchen, office, TV/sound/light, communications, laundry, cleaning, bathroom) with information clearly illustrated with photos.
It is now easy and cheap to set up a simple personal site using a template (no coding knowledge needed!) and, in another post shortly, we will be providing some suggestions on how to get started. If you already have a personal site or Facebook page specifically to support your own home exchange experiences, please do send us a link: [email protected]