Home Exchange - get it right and avoid these 10 Things
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Home swapping is a great way to experience travelling the world, living like a local and saving huge amounts in accommodation costs. Every day there are thousands of people who are visiting other people’s homes on holiday and vacations. These could be local trips within your own country or they could be international travel, where you experience a whole new country. If you are considering home exchange for the first time, you might be cautious and think ‘Is this really for me?’ Like many things in life, when trying something new, it is always a good idea to do some research. There are other blog postings here on Silver Travel Advisor for you to learn more about home exchange. In this blog, we would like to share with you things to watch out for and avoid. Here is our list:
looking at properties to visit on the internet, avoid listings with few or no
pictures for you to view. Often the
reasons for this are because either the other party is not really serious about
trading or the property isn’t worth photographing. Both are good reasons to avoid the listing.
you are hosting other people, don’t leave valuable or fragile items out. In over a decade of experience in exchanging,
we have never heard of a theft or an expensive item being broken, but it is
always good to be cautious. Put precious
things away and avoid a potential problem.
Accidents can happen, be smart - place valuables and fragile items
locked up and away.
embellish the truth when describing your property. All of us are proud of our homes, be honest
when creating your listing. You expect
the same when you are travelling to another person’s home. Home exchange is based on honesty and trust.
buy travel (airline or rail) tickets before getting an exchange agreement with
the other party. Your home exchange
network can help you finalise an agreement.
pursue a home swap with someone who is poor communicator. This is a sign that they are not really
interested. It is best to find a trader who
is open and communicates in a timely manner.
out for home exchange networks that don’t have clear and easy to use contact
details. Websites can be great, but
ensure they have an address and phone number.
Any reputable exchange network will make themselves easily available to
communicate with its members.
agree to a trade without verification of the people and their property. Some home swapping networks have validation
programs and can assist you in this process.
If not, you can always do some checking on the person on your own.
not send money to a host property owner in advance. The basis of home exchange is to avoid paying
for accommodation. The exception here is
a damage deposit which is a reasonable request; this should be paid only near
the time of exchange. Our recommendation
is to use a third party service like PayPal where the host can refund the
deposit back to you, even after several weeks, with no service charge to either
exchange networks that don’t offer you secure communications, don’t protect
your data and have too many free members.
You will need to communicate with others around the world about your
home, ensure that your communications are only going to people that have been
validated and are truly interested in home exchange. Don’t risk exposing your information and
don’t waste your time.
travel without insurance. Sometimes when
doing a home exchange, people forget about insuring their vacation home. We highly recommend that you get the right
travel insurance for you, home exchanging is not an exception.
We have recently started a podcast series of interviews where you can listen to experienced home exchangers. To enjoy, please visit – IVHE Podcasts.
You may also find interesting:
- Home Exchange sounds good, how do you find the right network to join?
- Travel the world, live like a local and save thousands of pounds!
- Valuable Tips on How To Get A Trade or Exchange
- Tips on how to ready your home for an exchange
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