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Planning your stay

There are many websites that offer home exchange services. It is worth taking time to check the following:

  1. Ask yourself if you are the right kind of person for a home exchange. If, for example, it makes your toes curl to think of strangers sleeping in your bed, or if you are worried about theft, then this probably isn't the right arrangement for you!
  2. Make sure that the website has more than a few thousand members - the more choice you have, the more likely you are to have a good exchange.
  3. Check the quality of the listings - if there are home offers in parts of the world you are interested in visiting, look carefully at photographs.
  4. Find people with a similar family setup: this makes allocation of bedrooms easier and the equipment you need is likely to be there when you arrive, eg children's toys, perhaps a car etc.
  5. Mention your car and any pets: whether the other party can use your car, whether you'd like them to pet-sit, and any other items that you might think it would be OK to share.
  6. Confirm that your house insurance covers guests. Discuss what to do about internet and phone access with your guests and make sure you speak on the phone at least once before they arrive to get an impression of what the person/family is like.

And then all that remains is for you to get to your home exchange destination and relax - after all, you are on holiday!

For a sample home exchange website with a variable fee go to www.1sthomeexchange.com.

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