Home Exchange Canada? A Guide to Help You Start Your Adventure

March 14, 2022 • By THIRDHOME


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Why not try house swapping in Canada?

House swaps happen when two people or families, who live in different homes and maybe even in different countries, swap houses for a period of time, for work or play reasons.

A lot of people who swap homes do so because they want to experience life in another country, or they want to save money on accommodations while traveling, especially when traveling for extended periods of time.

Whether you’re looking to try something new that’s becoming more and more popular, trying to find ways to save money, or maybe expose your family to a different culture and lifestyle, here are some tips on how you can start your home swapping journey in Canada.

Preparing to… House Swap Canada

If you want to do a home swap, you’ll need to find someone who wants to come stay at your house while you stay at theirs. Then you have to agree with this person on the details of the swap and coordinate travel dates and length of stay in addition to setting down rules in writing about what’s allowed and not allowed.

If you’re planning on swapping homes with a family in Canada, you can start by talking to friends and family about doing a home swap. There’s a chance that they will know someone who’s looking to swap homes too.

The good news is that there are many Canadian families who are looking for people with whom they can trade homes.

You can also search for Meetups and Facebook groups that focus on home exchanges. This might take time and effort so be persistent if you want to go this route.

Once you’ve found a potential swap partner, it’s best to talk over the phone or Skype so that both families can get a feel for each other and so you can be shown the house in real time, especially if there are no third-party reviews or feedback you can check.

An Easier Way to Find a Swap Partner

If you want to cut down not only on the time it takes to find a match for your house swapping needs, but also on the risks of scams and those associated with having a stranger stay at your house, then your best bet is to use a specialized home exchange website like THIRDHOME.

Reputable sites that focus on house swapping pre-select properties and offer insurance to reduce the risk of headaches and to make the entire home trade environment a lot safer.

In addition, these sites congregate lots of properties which makes your search for the perfect house a lot easier. As an example, THIRDHOME has over 13,000 listings all over the globe, including Canada.

Your biggest issue won’t be to find a house but to choose just one among all the ones you like!

Another great thing about house swapping exchanges is that you’re not tied to someone else’s schedule.

When you find a person to swap houses with on your own, it can be difficult to match travel dates with that person, but when you use an exchange service, there are so many house choices that you are bound to find the best availability for you. Because of this, you might not even have anyone stay at your house at the exact time that you’re staying at someone else’s house. Exchanges offer a lot of flexibility.

Before You Go

Look into the country’s culture and lifestyle before making any arrangements for a swap with someone from another country.

It is important, before agreeing to do a home swap, to research the customs of the place. Be willing to make adjustments if necessary as they may not necessarily be what you’re used to.

But also remember that the whole point of traveling is to expand your horizons!


Home swapping is a fantastic way to live like a local while traveling and to save money while having a great time. It’s the best of both worlds, really!

But it can be hard to get started if you’re trying set up a home swap on your own. That’s why I recommend you sign up with a reputable home exchange site like THIRDHOME which creates an easy and fun environment to plan your house swapping adventure.

So, what are you waiting for? Let’s swap!

Get started on your home exchange adventure with THIRDHOME here: https://www.thirdhome.com/

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