If you live in a popular tourist destination, then the possibilities for letting out your home for a holiday swap will make finding accommodation either elsewhere in the UK or abroad a lot cheaper for your trip away. There are many websites available today such as www.ukholidayswapshop.co.uk where you can register your home online and start swapping.
Once you have arranged your holiday swap and agreed on a date when you would like to swap, it is time to start preparing your home for the swap. There are many things that you need to think about, particularly security if you have never swapped with this person before. Before leaving your home in the hands of somebody else for a while, make sure to lock away any or highly valuable items in a secure room or cupboard. It is also important to make a plan for the handing over of the keys, consider whether you will meet at one of the houses and hand the keys over then, or perhaps arrange for a neighbour to
To make your home more welcoming to your swap guests, make sure the beds are already prepared for when they arrived and that they know where clean linen and towels are available. Leave information in a document about how to use the household appliances such as the television, washing machine and the wifi access key code. Provide a booklet which will tell them all about the best places to eat and drink in the local area, as well as things to do and places of interest to visit.
Obviously cleanliness is a must, before your swappers arrive, give your house a big spring clean and make sure that they will leave it in the same order when they leave. Empty the fridge or if you have a separate fridge or freezer somewhere else in the house, move all of your items into the alternative and give your guests the most convenient and obvious option.
Don’t forget the little extras! Making a “welcome pack” for when your swappers arrive will be very much appreciated, particularly if they have driven or travelled a long way. Get some bread and milk in and perhaps bake some cakes to make them feel at home. Most of all, once you arrive at their home, concentrate on having a good time, and leave the place in the same condition you left it!