Q: Hi Home Base Holidays, I am very interested in arranging a home exchange but the problem is convincing my husband. I wondered if you have any suggestions? - Sally
A: Hi Sally, thanks for getting in touch! It is very common for one family member to be keen to try a home exchange vacation while other family members may be a little unsure and need some convincing. Of course, if someone is so concerned about swapping homes that it would cause them to worry while away and therefore not enjoy their vacation, then perhaps it’s best not to push them.
However, it's completely normally to have some trepidation when first considering a home exchange - a fear of the unknown and of having someone staying in your home. Reassure your husband that there’s no pressure at all to agree to any home exchange offer unless you are both completely happy with it.
It can help to get the more wary family members fully involved in the home exchange process so that they can ask potential exchange partners any questions/concerns they have prior to agreeing the swap. Planning a home exchange involves a fair bit of communication via messaging plus ideally through Skype/phone calls. This will help you and your husband get to know the other members before making any firm commitments and so build the trust that is key to a successful swap.
It can be reassuring when planning your first home exchange to look for members that have swapped before and so ‘know the ropes’ and help guide you through the process. Experienced home exchangers can provide reviews/references of previous exchanges - this will be reassuring and can also highlight some of the joys of home swapping (look for the ‘Experienced exchanger’ star icon shown in their Home Base Holidays listing).
Here at Home Base Holidays we're always happy to answer any questions and help guide you through your first steps into the wonderful world of home swapping!
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