House Swap for Vacations
Home Exchange Guide
A home exchange for holidays and vacations. You stay at my place while I stay at yours.
By swapping homes for a holiday or vacation, two families from different parts of the area you live in, from other regions of your country or the world agree to exchange homes for a vacation. Typically holiday home swaps are arranged for 1 to 4 weeks . There is also the option of exchanging homes for a relaxing weekend getaway to a nearby location. Some travelers use a home exchange as a means of affordable longer term free accommodation. You can enjoy a vacation anywhere in the world with free home accommodation!
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Burlington Ontario Canada
Home Exchange Guide
How to arrange a home exchange
One of the keys to a arranging a vacation home exchange is in the way you promote your home to other home exchange travelers. An eye catching listing should describe not only the home offered as exchange, but also the neighborhood, your community (city/town/region) and nearby attractions and interests, Your listing should also include multiple photos,
1. List your home. Be sure to include photos of your home or area you live in. Give yourself some time to find an exchange. Many experienced home swappers plan to start seeking an exchange 6 to 9 months before they travel.
Creating the initial "sell" letter
The first letter you send to potential exchangers should express your tentative interest, pending further correspondence.
Outline the advantages of your home–i.e., its proximity to tourist attractions, shopping, safe and quiet neighborhood, climate.
Provide a detailed description of the interior and exterior of your home, listing features like working fireplace, oriental carpets, antiques, childproofing, barbecue and outside eating area
If offering a car, give the make, year and condition. An automatic makes driving on an unaccustomed side of the road much easier.
Provide references if you are an experienced exchanger.
List your preferred dates and length of exchange. The more flexible you are, the better your chances.
Be honest. Your abode may be humbler than that villa in Tuscany where you’re hoping to go, but if the time and the place are right, your potential exchange partners would probably prefer your home to a hotel.
2. Add photos - Include photos with your listing. You don't need a photo of a sunset or luxury home to entice possible exchangers to answer your listing, but photos go a long way towards attracting a steady stream of home exchange inquiries. Most members will NOT respond to listings without photos so it is to your advantage to add them
3. Actively contact other
members. Besides listing your
home, send out heaps of contact emails to others wanting home exchanges.
You are inquiring about the other members' interest in an exchange with
you. Be positive and share a bit about your home, your family and
community. You don't need to say too much but definitely don't be
Swaps usually start with an offer emailed to a prospective
exchange partner who has been selected from a number of listings
resulting from a search. If the member feels an exchange might be
possible, they reply to the email and work out the details.
There is no timetable for how long this will take or what must be
Trying to find the "perfect exchange match" may reduce your chance of a home swap. Being flexible on locations, dates and accommodation will increase your chances of a good, successful trade which is all most people want.
When considering home exchange opportunities, most people aren't necessarily seeking a home similar to their own but rather they consider the location. Is it somewhere they would like to visit? Are there places of interest easily accessible from the home? After location, members will check the number of people the home will sleep to decide if it will be suitable and, if they have any special needs, whether these are available in the home.
Each home exchange is unique; a bond of trust must be built as you get to know your home swap partners and their family through e-mails, letters or phone calls. Most people traveling on an exchange love the idea of no cost accommodation especially because through their communications ahead of time, they find themselves not staying at a strangers home, but at new found friends, and they will be staying in your home.
Have fun planning your trip.