The idea is very simple. With a home exchange you can exchange your home with someone else. This allows two parties to go on vacation without hotel room costs. In most cases, this also gives you access to larger accommodations, a kitchen, and other amenities that you might not find in a hotel. If you enjoy dining where the locals dine and seeing more than just the tourist attractions, a home exchange might be for you.
It’s a good idea to leave a home exchange welcome kit in your home: this could be a binder with covered pages and tabs. This way you can easily delete a page or update a page when you do a home exchange. The welcome pack should contain:
a. Appliance Controls – How to operate large appliances (washer, dryer, dishwasher, garage doors, stove, grill, microwave, etc.) If you have unique items or hard-to-find items.
b. Emergency Shutdown – A section on key house locations. How to turn off the gas, water heater, fuse box, alarm information if necessary.
c. A list of emergency contacts –
o Phone number of local emergency contact (neighbor or property manager)
o Nearby hospital
o Numbers for police and fire or 911
o Car insurance details (if included in the exchange)
o Auto repair shop
o Alarm code
o List of how things are allowed in the house
O. How to contact you, the owner.
d. Local Information – Includes local takeaway menus, attraction lists or attraction leaflets from your local AAA or tourist office, local maps, directions to and from the airport.