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Tips For A Successful Home Exchange






Be Flexible
The easiest way make a house swap happen, especially last minute, is by being flexible with locations and dates.  Being open minded gives you a wealth of choices and you could end up somewhere exciting that you had never thought about.  Step into someone else’s lifestyle and let the world surprise you. 

Start Small
Start with the idea of a small party or immediate family and then, if you secure a bigger property, invite others to join you.  Big groups can get complicated because it limits possibilities and it can be difficult to find dates and locations that work for everyone.

Move Fast
To take advantage of last minute swaps for summer, timing is important.  If you find something available move fast to get your travel plans in place as you can't expect a host to have you pencilled in for long.  

Be Honest 
Take the time to create an accurate and telling description of your house and community.   Sell your location by sharing information on interesting things to do and see in your area that only the locals are aware of. 

Leave Instructions
Provide a notebook with operating instructions for the various appliances, electronics, and hardware around your home.  

Inform your Insurance Agent
Talk to your insurance agent about your exchange plans.  Most insurance companies are happy to know that a house won’t be left empty and guests will generally be covered under your policy, but it is always good to check.  

Find a reputable home exchange service
Home exchange services not only provide a forum to connect with fellow home exchangers, they can also provide a level of security.  International Vacation Home Exchange- IVHE, who specializes in Worldwide Luxury home exchanges, provides a detailed contract to protect both parties.   References are also required to become part of this private home exchange club and feedback is posted by members about their recent trades.  

About International Vacation Home Exchange- IVHE
International Vacation Home Exchange specializes in Luxury Vacation Exchanges.  With the addition of Dubai, Bequia, Phuket, and Cabo San Lucus, International Vacation Home Exchange now provides its members year-round access to luxury vacation homes on 6 continents and in 56 countries.  IVHE members have access to luxury-staffed villas, yachts, ski lodges, boutique hotels and even safari game lodges.  A versatile credit system based on non-simultaneous exchanges gives members access to an uncommonly broad selection of choice properties.  Add to that highly individual and personal service given to all members, and IVHE is the 1st choice for luxury home exchange.

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