Home Exchange House Swap
Seniors Home exchange for a vacation or holiday is the terrific travel bargain. Since no money changes hands - you can enjoy a first class holiday anywhere in the world and enjoy free, spacious accommodation! Read more about home swaps for vacations: home exchange Seniors home exchange Holiday Home Exchange
Home Exchange for Holidays
By exchanging homes for holidays, seniors, families and singles, 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 or holiday. Typically home swaps are arranged for 1 to 4 weeks with cars an option to be included in the arrangement. There is also the option of exchanging homes for a relaxing weekend getaway to a nearby location. Some senior travelers use a home exchange as a means of affordable longer term free accommodation. Since no money changes hands between the parties - you can have the a first class vacation anywhere in the world and free home accommodation!
might take a few e-mails, faxes or phone calls to arrange the swap, but
once you have agreed on a home exchange most things fall into place.
From a home exchange article featuring Global by Arthur Frommer, world renowned travel writer.
Because, when all is said and done, a home vacation
exchange is the single most logical, reasonable, sensible, indeed
brilliant, method of vacationing in travel today. Instead of leaving
your home or apartment empty and unused during the time of your
vacation, you derive a benefit from it, you treat it as an asset. You
trade places temporarily for another home or apartment,
eliminating all costs of lodgings from your vacation budget.
One of the first questions to ask is when would you like to go? Some seniors home exchangers like to plan years ahead, while others are open to swapping homes within a few days. Most home exchangers, however, start looking for exchange partners 6 to 9 months ahead of going. Start by exploring the home exchange listings. We offer choices for those just wanting to swap homes with other seniors to joining 9 home exchange clubs. Then have fun planning and writing your own listing.
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 3 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.
Let others know a little about you. Seniors, former or present occupations and perhaps your reasons for traveling..
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
List your preferred dates and length of exchange. The more flexible you are, the better your chances.
Be honest. Your home 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.
Actively contact other members. Increase your opportunities for finding a home exchanger by sending out heaps of contacts. 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 tell then a bit about your home, your family and community
Check your inbox and spam folders for replies. Some email providers like Yahoo, hotmail and gmail have sensitive email filters. Be sure to check bother your inbox and spam folder for inquiries and replies to your home exchange offer.
Here are several "class" ideas that experienced home exchangers have contributed. You may have other helpful ideas. You are warmly welcomed to share these with others.
No need to redecorate, but leave your home spotless. Dust, mop and vacuum floors, clean out the refrigerator, scour the stove and oven, and clean the windows. Make sure bathrooms are free of mold and mildew.
Clear away enough of your own things in drawers, closets and bathroom cupboards so your guests have room to empty their suitcases and make themselves at home.
Leave at least two sets of linens and towels.
Arrange for people to tend the garden and pool, as well as clean the house if you and your fellow exchangers have not agreed to do these chores yourselves.
Write your house and car insurance companies to inform them of the exchange dates. Your home insurer is likely to consider the presence of house guests to be a plus, since an empty home is a target for burglars. (In fact, some insurance policies are nullified if the house is left empty for more than 10 days.) Let your auto insurer know the names and driver’s license numbers of those who’ll be operating your car. Car exchangers might want to consider increasing their automobile coverage during the exchange period by lowering the deductible and raising the third-party liability.
Ask a friend, neighbor or family member to welcome your guests and answer questions.
Make sure all appliances are in good working order.
Lock away any valuables and important papers, preferably away from your home.
Compile a guide to your home and surroundings, including recommended local restaurants and attractions, nearby public tennis courts, swimming pools, golf courses, pool and garden maintenance, when trash goes out, phone numbers of doctors, dentists, plumbers, electricians, babysitters, the nearest hospital.
Avoid misunderstandings by having a written agreement about exchange dates, the number of people involved, use of the car, and who pays what in terms of utility and long-distance bills, etc.
Leave the makings of a simple meal and a small welcome gift–for example, a bottle of wine or a guidebook on your area..
Have fun planning your trip.