If you are looking for a cheap way to see more of the world and get to know different countries, you will have to find out if house swap is the solution for you. There are plenty of ways to save money on holidays, you can take a trekking or backpacking holiday, but if you do not want to compromise on the quality of accommodation, you will definitely consider this option.In case you prefer a quiet weekend at a nice location, or a city break, these can cost you an arm and a leg if you were to book a holiday. But if you are using other people's house in exchange for them using yours, the cost of the accommodation can be reduced to zero. Here are some simple rules and warnings if you want to successfully complete home swap offers and befit from this clever idea.1. Register with a house swapping agencyYou will have to ensure you are finding a reputable agency that features hundreds of offers on the site. You need to look on consumer websites and read their testimonials, feedback to be able to determine which agency is offering the most for your money. These services usually come with a monthly or yearly fee, but you will be able to find some special offers, and these fees will be returned straight after your first successful exchange. The agency does offer the legal background and protection of the transaction, and checks out their advertisers, so you can concentrate on a safe house swap.2. Publish your listingAfter you have registered, you will have to put up your home as a property offered for exchange. The more attractive you can make your listing, the better results and the more requests you will get. Take semi-professional photos of your home, both interior and exterior, and if needed, detail the house rules in the listing. For example you can request that people would not smoke in your house or if you are allergic to pets, you will not want dogs to stay over. You might also want to include a detailed map of the home, and give interested people some rough ideas about local amenities and the distance from the airport or train station.3. Search for your preferred location and homesAfter having your home exchange featured on the site, you will be able to search for offers, and contact potential swapping partners. The more inquiries you send out the more chances you will have to find the best options and the most suitable house. Once you find a partner who is interested in the exchange, you will have to clarify the dates, details, give them instructions and guidance. You can also expect them to give you some useful advice, and that is why these sites are so powerful.4. Request a home swapOnce you are confident that you have found the right home and can arrange a date, you will have to send a formal request. The other party will have to accept this in order to be able to complete the exchange, so be as flexible as possible with regards to travel times and durations.
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