Q: I've just signed up to Home Base Holidays and am very excited to start home swapping. However, I am new to this and slightly apprehensive about sharing personal details with other members. I'm probably overthinking it but guess I just need a little reassurance! Potentially, I am also open to an exchange of cars and bikes during a home exchange but again just need a little advice. Thanks in advance for your time and consideration.
A: It’s totally understandable to be apprehensive when planning your first home swap holiday. We’ve been running Home Base Holidays for over 30 years and over that time it’s extremely rare that we’ve been notified of any issues. Personal details such as your email address, phone number and post code are private and so only you can view this information in your listing. Also, details you add to your About Us page are only viewable to other current full members. Rest assured, we will never ever pass on any members’ details to a third party. However, it’s important to only add information to your listing / profile that you feel comfortable sharing. Obviously, listings with photos will attract the most interest but, if you’re not comfortable adding photos, you could always contact members you’re interested in swapping with and offer to send them photos of your home through the message area or via email.
On the subject of insurance, it's important to contact your home insurance provider prior to agreeing a swap to confirm that your policy will cover the period your guests will be staying. There are also several specialist insurance companies that provide very reasonably priced top up cover for home swappers, contact us for details
Blog posts to help you get started on your home swap adventures:
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- Declutter your home before an exchange
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- 3 easy steps for creating a home exchange user guide
- Tips from an experienced home swapper (over 30 swaps!)
- Our first home swap... one of our best holidays ever!
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