The idea is very simple. A home exchange allows you to swap your residence with someone else. This allows two parties to take a vacation with no hotel room costs. It also allows you to have access to larger accommodations in most cases, a kitchen, and other amenities you might not find in a hotel. If you like to dine where the locals dine and see more than just the tourist attractions, a home exchanges may be a good fit for you.
It is a good idea to leave a Home Exchange welcome packet in your home: This can be a binder with covered pages and tabs. This way you can easily remove a page or update a page as needed when you do home exchanges. The welcome packet should include:
a. Appliance Operation - How to operate major appliances (Washer, Dryer, DishWasher, Garage doors, Stove, Grill, Microwave, etc. ) If you have any unique items or difficult items to figure out.
b. Emergency Shut-offs - A section on key house locations. How to turn off the gas, water heater, breaker box, alarm information if needed.
c. A contact emergency list -
o Phone number of emergency local contact person (neighbor or property manager)
o Nearby hospital
o Numbers for police and fire department or 911
o Car insurance information (if included in the exchange)
o Car repair shop
o Alarm code
o List of how is allowed in the house
o. How to contact you, the owner.
d. Local information - Include local take out menus, lists of attractions or attraction flyers from your local AAA or tourism office, local area maps, directions to and from the airport.
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Home Exchange has made this possible.
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