You might have heard about home exchanges in popular culture before. In fact, it’s the theme of a romantic comedy movie in which Cameron Diaz and Kate Winslet swap homes for the holidays. A home exchange, also known as home swapping, is just that. You exchange your home with another person or family for a set period of time. There’s no monetary exchange as it’s sharing your home with somebody else and vice versa.
How Does A Home Exchange Work?
You could exchange a room or the entire house. The exchange can happen with any type of residence such as an apartment, a condo, duplex, holiday cottage, boats, or even a motorhome if you’re up for the adventure.
Furthermore, there are different kinds of home exchange, a simultaneous swap in which two parties exchange homes; a non-simultaneous exchange where you stay at the vacation home or second home of the other party; or a hospitality exchange in which you’ll stay in the house with the homeowner during your travels.
How To Do A Home Exchange?
You can find plenty of social platforms to network and connect with people willing to do a home exchange, some are free but most are not. The most reputable ones have either an annual or monthly fee. A home exchange is a great way to dive into the local scene, save money on accommodations and create opportunities for new friendships with the people whose home you visit.
It’s not for everyone, and your comfort level might be tested. Virtual strangers will be in your home. You’ll need a fundamental sense of trust since you will be in their house, and they in yours. To help you with your nerves and jitters before your first home exchange, get to know the people you’ll be dealing with. Work out all the details and rules so you respect each other’s place and personal comfort. Home swaps can be a safe exchange when handled through reputable websites.
People who partake in home swapping tend to be well traveled and well educated. Arrangements are typical among teachers during the summer holidays, and senior citizens.