By putting out your “Welcome” mat, your Exchange Partners will feel more comfortable visiting your home and have a “worry-free” vacation. Here are a few tips to prepare yourself for an exchange.
Do you prefer to have a home with everything in its place or are you a little more relaxed? Whatever your housekeeping method, it is always best to clarify before you arrange an exchange. Many members prefer to exchange with people who have similar habits as it can make everyone feel more comfortable during their stay. If you are a family with tiny humans, look for homes that are better equipped to handle sticky fingers and offer laundry facilities. Communicating your expectations and needs clearly is a great way to make sure everyone has the best exchange possible.
A little room can go a long way when it comes to feeling at home. By making sure your Exchange Partner have plenty of space for their luggage, clothes, and groceries, they will feel all the more welcome. Leave some room in your closets, empty a few drawers, leave plenty of empty hangers and clear enough space in the kitchen for them to store meal-time staples. You can also share which items are moveable and which you would prefer they keep in place. It is also ideal to:
When preparing your home for the arrival of your guests, it is helpful to:
One of the many perks of using home exchange for travel is the ability to “Live Like a Local.” Help give your Exchange Partner an orientation to the area by leaving a city guide with insider information. Here are some items that might help your Exchange partners make the most of their visit:
A lot of our Members like to leave a small gift for their Exchange Partners. It can be a bottle of wine, breakfast food, some fruits, a simple meal or even a local delicacy. While it isn’t necessary, it is wonderful gesture to help them kick of their exchange.
For more tips on getting your home ready, take a look at this comprehensive checklist.
Are you ready to exchange? Join now and start living like a local.