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For many travelers, a home exchange is the perfect way to get away.

If the idea of spending a week living like a native in another city or country appeals to you, a home exchange might be just the ticket.

Home exchanges, sometimes called house swaps, involve trading homes with someone for an agreed-on period of time. You stay in their home and they stay in yours, which can make a vacation much more affordable compared to staying in a hotel or rental.

There are many websites that can get you started, including, and As with any provider, do your homework to make sure a home exchange site or organization is reputable and right for you.

In the meantime, here are some home exchange Dos and Don’ts to consider:


  • Communicate often with a potential exchange partner before making arrangements. Get to know them and ask for references.
  • Be clear about what you’re looking for—and what your home has to offer in terms of facilities and amenities. Photos are essential.
  • State in your listing how many people you can accommodate and whether you’re willing to accept pets, children, smokers, etc.
  • Check with your insurance company to make sure your homeowners policy will cover any damage or loss during an exchange. The same goes for car insurance if you’re swapping cars.
  • Clean up your place and leave space in closets and drawers for your guests. A supply of new toiletries and clean towels and linens is also a good idea.
  • Give your exchange partners a list of local markets, restaurants and sites to see, and ask them to do the same for you.


  • Make agreements with a handshake. Have a written confirmation of dates, house rules and cancellation policies before finalizing anything.
  • Leave out valuables or confidential documents, no matter how trustworthy your exchange partners seem.
  • Hesitate to make certain rooms or areas off-limits. Lock them if you can.
  • Forget to let your neighbors know someone else will be staying in your house. Your neighbors can also serve as a resource for your exchange partners.
  • Expect your guests to fend for themselves. Leave them instructions on how your appliances work and a list of repair people you’ve already made arrangements with should something break down.
  • Be a bad guest. Just as you would if you were staying with a friend, leave a small gift with a thank-you note at the end of your stay. And be sure to clean up after yourself.
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