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A guide to home swapping

If you want to try something different for your next holiday, why not give a holiday home exchange a go? Swapping your home with a like-minded traveller can save you money and open up a whole world of holiday opportunities. In this article you’ll find advice on how to make a home exchange a fun and positive experience.

How holiday home swapping works

The way home swapping usually works is that you arrange to exchange your home with someone else who is a member of a reputable network. You can visit this property exchange website to get an idea of what to expect. The short of it is you would normally sign up, browse the homes and make initial contact. Then you set up the exchange and finalise the details before you fly off on holiday.

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What to look for

There are two main things to consider: where do you want to go and what type of home are you looking for? Do you want to be in the heart of a city, on the outskirts, or out in the countryside? How many of you are travelling and what exactly do you need from your swap accommodation? Draw up a list of criteria that covers these areas and then start searching for a property that meets your needs.

Making the most of your home swap

Once you’ve looked through properties and arranged your home swap, you want to make sure you make the most of it. When you go on holiday this way, you’ll more than likely be living like a local, in the local community.

This means you have the opportunity to speak to neighbours and ask them all about the area. For example, if you’re planning a trip to Rome, you can get tips on the best restaurants, famous tourist sights and lesser known attractions in the city from those in the know.

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The technicalities

There are a number of things you can do to make the swap go smoothly. One of these is to make sure you have concrete plans in place for how you plan to exchange keys. Whether you leave it with your next door neighbour or choose some other method, communicate that to your fellow swapper.

Keep your home insurance up to date, and make sure you leave the home you stay at in the same condition you found it! That way you’ll be likely to get positive reviews and start to build a good reputation for yourself.

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