Home Exchange Sites? The Easiest and Safest Way to Home Swap!February 11, 2022 • By THIRDHOME
While you don’t have to use a house swapping site to help you find someone to swap houses with for business or vacation, if you want to save yourself time, effort, and some potentially huge headaches, you can’t beat the convenience and safety provided by specialized house swapping websites.
Why use a home exchange site?
Like everything else, not all sites are created equal.
Home exchange sites allow you to list your property for free and they have a vetting process to make sure you’re not dealing with a scam. Also, some of these sites offer insurance plans, while others do not.
All THIRDHOME trips are covered by SUPERHOG, a digital trust platform that provides protection for our Hosts. In the rare event a THIRDHOME Guest causes damage during a stay and doesn’t reimburse the Host, they are covered for property damage and liability protection. Certain terms, conditions, and exclusions apply. This can give you huge peace of mind when letting a stranger stay at your house.
No matter what, before you decide to do a home swap, you should always talk with your insurance company to ensure your home is insured and that coverage includes your guests.
The best home exchange sites are easy to navigate and use.
These websites allow people from all over the world to swap residences with one another. There are even home exchange sites for people who don’t own a home. For example, if you’re renting an apartment, you can list your apartment on a home exchange site and then rent it out to a stranger for period of time.
To participate in the home exchange, you simply create a listing with a detailed description of your home that includes photos and specify where you’re looking to stay. The most popular arrangements are simultaneous ones, but this is not strictly necessary in all instances.
However, if you have any questions, be sure to contact the owner first. These people want you to enjoy your stay just as much as you want them to enjoy theirs at your place and they can be a huge source of information for you!
A home exchange site will help you find a home swap partner who meets your criteria quickly and easily. For example, THIRDHOME has over 13,000 listings all over the world categorized by location, so you can’t help but find what you’re looking for. If anything, you might have trouble choosing among several incredible options!
Don’t you wish these were the only kind of problems we ever had to deal with in life: too many amazing choices?
You found a home exchange site. What’s next?
After coordinating the dates of your stay with your exchange partner, you should also check their reputation by reviewing feedback that is available on most of these sites.
While most websites offer free listings, watch out for the ones that charge fees or hidden fees to list your house. Some of the most reliable home exchange sites like THIRDHOME are membership based.
Tips to help you avoid scams when choosing a home exchange site:
- As there are many home exchange networks available on the internet, make sure that you sign up with one that matches your situation and what you’re trying to accomplish.
- Different sites focus on different types of housing and locations. It is important to choose a home exchange network that has locations in the country you want to visit. A network with a wide range of locations, like THIRDHOME, makes it easier to find a home swap partner.
- A home exchange site should be safe. If you’re not sure about the safety of a particular website, ask around for recommendations or find reviews online.
- Additionally, a site should offer insurance to protect you. The membership fee is well worth it just because of the insurance coverage.
- When you use a home exchange site, be sure to choose one that offers protection against scams. This is an important upside to using an established home exchange site as opposed to being a do-it-yourself kind of home swapper.
Overall, the safety offered is one of the biggest advantages of a home swapping site. While there are many more benefits to using a specialized exchange, nothing beats the peace of mind that come with knowing that your house will be safe and secure during your swap. This comfort will then allow you to fully enjoy your new travel adventure!
Get started on your home exchange adventure with THIRDHOME here.