How About a Home Swap?

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How often have you wished that you could vacation in another country but the cost of accommodation – especially if it’s the whole family travelling – has made it prohibitively expensive? Well, if you own your own home, there’s a simple solution that more and more people are starting to explore today. It’s called a house swap and the way it works is simple: you travel to another country, or even the same one, to stay in someone’s home. At the same time, they live in yours.

Why swap?

House swapping for a holiday means no hotel bills or rental charges. You may even get the use of additional perks, such as the homeowner’s car for free while you’re there. You’ll have a fully functional living space at your service while on holiday. That’s especially important for families, as you know you can cook meals or even put a quick wash on – they’re not ideal holiday activities, but they can save on expensive restaurant costs or additional packing without you having to compromise on exploring a totally new place.

Another benefit you may not have considered is that house swapping allows you to merge a holiday with a relocation research expedition! You might be in the process of moving home – you can have everything in place: you might have already secured your ideal job and sought out the best schools in the area. You might have already spoken to the mortgage advisers at Trussle to find the best mortgage deal available to you. With the internet, it takes 15 minutes to get personalized advice from a broker service, but it can take longer to understand whether a specific location is suitable for your family. How do you really know the area is for you until you’ve lived in it? Home swapping can be your way to sample a new lifestyle before committing.

So it all sounds great, and it really can be but of course, there are certain things to think about before you commit to it.

Is the swap a fair one?

The first thing to consider is whether you have the right kind of home. It’s generally a whole family thing so having enough space to welcome visitors is key. Then, assuming that you have the sort of home that’s suitable, it’s also a question of whether you really are a “home swap” kind of person. For some of us, our homes are a personal sanctuary and it just wouldn’t feel right to have other people using our kitchen and sleeping in our beds. But, as long as you think you’ll feel comfortable with this, then it’s time to move to the next stage.

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Finding the house swap

Luckily, there are plenty of home swap websites out there which can put you together with others who have had the same idea. These cover the whole world and some will even match you up with other families who share the same sorts of interests as you. A word of warning, though – there’s usually a registration fee for joining and an annual fee as well. But these usually only amount to a couple of hundred pounds at most – a small price to pay for the potential savings you’ll make on holiday accommodation.

Once the pairing up has been done, there’s one other very important thing to do if you want to be the perfect home swap guest. Make contact with the people who will be staying in your home and try to get to know each other a little better. By doing this you can explain any small quirks your respective homes might have and generally start to manage their expectations and understand your own.

One final thing to remember is that this isn’t the sort of holiday you can just arrange on the spur of the moment. So start planning at least six months in advance. And, if you follow the simple steps that we’ve run through here, it shouldn’t just go smoothly, it could even be the first of many more exciting house swap adventures to come!

About Author

LaDonna Dennis

LaDonna Dennis is the founder and creator of Mom Blog Society. She wears many hats. She is a Homemaker*Blogger*Crafter*Reader*Pinner*Friend*Animal Lover* Former writer of Frost Illustrated and, Cancer...SURVIVOR! LaDonna is happily married to the love of her life, the mother of 3 grown children and "Grams" to 3 grandchildren. She adores animals and has four furbabies: Makia ( a German Shepherd, whose mission in life is to be her attached to her hip) and Hachie, (an OCD Alaskan Malamute, and Akia (An Alaskan Malamute) who is just sweet as can be. And Sassy, a four-month-old German Shepherd who has quickly stolen her heart and become the most precious fur baby of all times. Aside from the humans in her life, LaDonna's fur babies are her world.

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Claudia
6 months ago

This is an interesting idea. I saw this concept once before in a movie called “The Holiday”, but I didn’t realize it was actually a thing. Very coo!

Brianne
6 months ago

I think a home swap is an amazing idea! I love the idea of being able to travel somewhere without having to pay rental fees. I would have to really trust the other person, but I’d give it a try.

Tara Pittman
Tara Pittman
6 months ago

While I would love to stay in a fancy home with a pool, I would not like strangers in my house. This would be outside my comfort zone

Meagan Ivie
Meagan Ivie
6 months ago

I’ve only ever heard about house swaps on TV! I think this would be a fun idea even during quarantine.

Lisa Joy Thompson
6 months ago

I’ve never thought about doing a home swap before and I’m not sure I’d want to do one with someone I didn’t know! But it’s definitely an interesting idea!

Erin
Erin
6 months ago

That is a great idea but I don’t fell comfortable having strangers in my house.

Kathy
Kathy
6 months ago

This sounds really interesting. I actually really love the idea. I think it would be a lot of fun.

Celebrate Woman Today
6 months ago

For some, it could be an exciting idea. But for me, I would not swap my home with anybody I don’t know.

Ryan Escat
Ryan Escat
6 months ago

This would be so fun to do. So much can be saved. Maybe each family should just be compliant with each other’s house rules if there is. And trust each other.

Wanda Lopez
6 months ago

This is a very interesting idea and I have considered it before. I haven’t done my homework but will definitely love to give it a try.

Natalie
Natalie
6 months ago

Home Swap is such an interesting idea. I always wanted to give it a try, ever since I saw that Holiday movie.

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Home swap is perfect place for relaxing. It’s comfortable and beautiful.

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