It’s important that your listing shows your home at its best and makes your home swap offer stand out. Here are some tips to help make the most of your listing:
1. Upload good quality photos
Firstly… make sure that you do upload photos to your home swap listing. Listings with photos will always attract more interest than those without. Photos are often the first thing people will see when they view your listing and so it’s important that you add photos that will show your home at its best. Wider (landscape) photos usually look better than tall (portrait) images. Try to take photos at a time of day when your home gets the best light as dark dingy photos can be a little off putting. Also make sure that before taking photos (and before going on an exchange!) that you declutter your home - no one wants to see your dirty towel draped across an unmade bed. Once you've uploaded your photos make sure to select a good default photo as this will be the image that displays on the home swap search page – you probably don’t want this to be the photo of your toilet no matter how nice it is!
2. Add a good description of your home
It’s important to write a good description about your home. Seeing a listing with no description really does not inspire confidence. Although it is important to add plenty of detail also try not to go over the top and write an essay. A brief 300-500 word description is usually plenty to give a description of your home swap offer. Include key points, some things you might want to consider including:
- Does your home have a good view / close to beach lake?
- Do you have pets? (important information for allergy sufferers)
- Does your home have disabled access? If so included details of what.
- Are you a young family? If so do you facilities such as toys, a cot, etc?
- Do you have internet access?
- Is a car exchange also an option?
3. Add details about your local area
It is really useful to add details about your home’s location to help your potential exchange partner(s) get an idea of the activities and attractions your neighbourhood can offer. Again try to keep this concise but include things such as transport links, shops and restaurants local to you, as well as any top tips and recommendations from a local (you!). Some ideas you might want to consider including:
- Is your home close to good transport links?
- Recommended nearby: parks, beaches, tourist attractions
- Activities nearby: golf, walks, sailing, etc
- Recommended restaurants, coffee shop, etc
Also make sure to include more detailed information in a welcome pack for your exchange guest(s) when they arrive in your home.
4. Keep your listing up to date
Make sure that your listing is kept up to date. Be sure to update your home exchange dates and also where you are looking to travel to. Also if you’ve had any major renovations / redecoration in your home then take some new photos to replace the old ones in your listing.
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