Q: We have a traditional cottage in Devon which we have been successfully holiday letting for many years. However, we are becoming more and more disillusioned with the holiday letting industry, with huge multinational corporations taking over the market and charging extortionate prices to us the property owners as well as the potential guests themselves. We are therefore looking at other options to make the property work for us and are very interested in home swapping.
- Sally (Devon, England)
A: It really does feel like the holiday rental market is getting very expensive both for property owners and their guests. Home swapping is an excellent alternative as, other than the small fee to join a home swap website, there are no additional costs ...which makes it a very affordable and very rewarding way to travel!
|House insurance: it’s very rare that we hear of problems during an exchange but it’s important to contact your house insurers to confirm your policy will cover the period your guests will be staying (we can also point you in the direction of reasonably price top up insurance for home swappers).|
Home swapping helps you step away from the busy tourist trail and enjoy the space, comforts and safety of a home from home. This can be especially reassuring at this time while Covid is still a real concern.
- Check out our cleaning guidelines for home exchanging during Covid.
As a result of recent travel restrictions, we’ve seen a big increase in members looking for home exchanges closer to home (such as members in cities looking for swaps to the countryside). A good option for a first swap could be to arrange a shorter break such as a long weekend getaway within the UK. Once you have your first successful swap under your belt, you could then start planning a longer trip or even plan a swap abroad.
Understandably, it can be quite a daunting planning your first home swap holiday but we're always here to help in any way we can! Contact us with any questions
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Looking for a much needed break? Arrange free holiday accommodation by choosing to swap homes rather than book hotels or holiday rentals.