Although I have never done it myself, some families exchange homes during vacation periods. There are several advantages to doing this. If you have a pet, the pet stays home with the new tenants. Have plants and a yard to care for? No problem. The new tenants will care for it. Afraid to leave your house vacant for fear of theft? You’ll have someone there who can watch it. Have maintenance being done on your home? Having someone there adds to your homes security and keeps work progressing on time.
Staying at another’s house can also provide you with more privacy than a resort or motel.
And best of all. It can save you money. The money you save can be used for advancing your vacation or in these tough economic times, just save you money.
What are the disadvantages to letting strangers stay in your home? Well for one, your home and items inside might get damaged. Your privacy could be challenged. Theft could occur. Pets could be neglected. Smoking in your home if you are a nonsmoker could be a major issue. For some, house swaps are not a good idea. However, if you can get to know the other party, it could be a great thing.
Automobiles are often exchanged as well. This provides for mobility around your vacation area that can also be cost saving.
So how do you get around these problems? You go through an agency. They list your house and when you desire to travel. They make notes of pets that are allowed or not allowed, whether smoking is allowed or not. Any other things going on with the home is also listed. Things like maintenance projects, yard work, gardening, and other things.
Then, if possible, you visit each others homes ahead of time. This way notes can be taken and details worked out. In some cases, College professors or retirees can commit to longer periods of stay.
If the distance is too great to travel, video’s, pictures, and general information can be exchanged. The agency sets up a data base for many families across the country and this makes the process easier.
Exchanges homes the first time is always a bit traumatic. However, after a while, families make the adjustment easier.
The agency will provide a checklist as well. This checklist is exchanged and reviewed. It includes things like insurance companies, relatives that live nearby, periods of travel, periods of when your home will be available, and other logistic items as well.
With the economy being in such poor shape, it can definitely be a savings. Here are a few agency’s to checkout. You might be amazed to find that they are also available worldwide.
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