Over the summer it was so lovely to see so many new Home Base Holidays members arranging their first home swap holidays. For many first time swappers, it can feel a little daunting knowing what to do and what will your home swap guests expect. One question we often get asked by people considering home swapping for the first time is - will anyone want to swap to my 'normal' home?
Q: We're a family of three and have not been away since prior to the pandemic. We live in South London and would love a week or two out of the city; we're not fussy, a break by the seaside would be nice or perhaps somewhere in the countryside with nice nearby walks. We're really interested in home exchanging but are just not sure if our home is suitable. I've seen lots of fancy homes on the Home Base Holidays website but our home is just a small 2-bedroom flat, it's nice but nothing fancy! Do you think anyone would want to swap with us?
- Anna, London
A: It's true, there are some very luxurious home swap offers available through Home Base Holidays. However, we have members with all types of home, from the tiniest studio apartments to grand villas with pools. The good news is that vast majority of homes on the website are just like yours - nice 'normal' homes.
Don't own your home? You don't even need to own your own home as long as you get your landlord's permission to home swap (you may need to explain the home exchange concept carefully so your landlord doesn't think you are letting any old strangers live in your home or sub-letting the property).
A few HBH members looking for a home swap in London
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