Home swapping, or house exchanging, is a fascinating thing to do because it can lead to so many good things. You have a new way to meet people and see new places as a local rather than a tourist. You can just throw out all the hotels, too, unless you love paying for them and living in them. We’re going to share some excellent house swapping tips to ensure success with this unique venture.
One ingredient to smooth sailing with house swap arrangements to for both sides to be totally clear about what they want before agreeing to anything on paper. It makes no difference about the particulars, for this discussion, but the point is that you should have all in writing and both sides in agreement before proceeding with the swap. If either side has to help care for something, let’s say the family dog or cat, then have that in the arrangements plus provide crystal clear instructions. Similarly, if you need to make long distance phone calls, is it permissible to use the home phone? Any types of conditional reimbursements really need to be in the agreement, and never assume it is ok to do something if you don’t have permission. Worries about the other party are usually seen in people new to this process, but yes sometimes you may wonder about the integrity of the people living in your home.
While nothing is 100% foolproof, the kinds of people who do house swapping are straight and honest, plus they perfectly understand the importance of taking care of someone else’s house. However, people understand these concerns, and you can ask for personal references before proceeding with anything. Better to know these things beforehand, but call your home owners insurance company and ask them if there are any issues with house swapping. If you rent, then avoid any issues with your landlord, and just give them a head’s up about the situation and the swap. Likewise, don’t be offended if they ask for references or ask you to sign a contract.
It’s always of utmost importance to be polite and respectful with the people you’re dealing with. If you are going to be staying at someone’s home, and they in yours, it makes perfect sense to live by the “golden rule,” meaning you should treat their house as you want them to treat yours. Don’t have big parties in someone’s house, and if you are planning to have any overnight guests, aside from the people your exchange partner knows about, you should let them know. Have everything clearly spelled out and in agreement such as using each others computers and the like. Always be very sure you leave their house in very good condition, if not better than how you found it.
Home exchanges allow you to travel while saving money and meeting new people. You can expand your circle of contacts and friends to a truly global scale. As you well know, the only to know is to give it a shot. You can always find out more, and you should in addition to what we’ve provided for you here.