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Top Five Most Useful Amenities for Home Exchange Properties




If you’re a member of IVHE vacation home exchange and want to get the most out of your vacation home, you’ll certainly benefit from finding out which amenities most people take into consideration when they’re looking for a home swap. 

So you can transform your home exchange properties into the very best they can be, here’s a list of useful amenities which often get overlooked by owners:



WiFi connection
With the internet and social media playing such a huge role in our lives today, it’s important that your home exchange property comes with a good WiFi connection. Having wireless internet access allows your guests to keep in touch with family and friends, play games and watch movies online from anywhere in the property during their vacation. If your property is in a rural area without a decent internet connection, consider getting a dongle for visitors to use during their stay. 

Pay-as-you-go SIM card or cell phone
Using personal mobile phones abroad is a big no-no due to often ridiculous roaming charges. There’s nothing worse than coming home to a monster phone bill after your vacation, so consider leaving a cell phone with a pay-as-you-go SIM card – or even just the SIM card on its own – in your property.  This way your guests will be able to make all the phone calls they want without the cost mounting up too much. Don’t forget to leave a list of useful local phone numbers on the phone or on a notepad next to it, too. 


Well-equipped kitchen
If you want to attract luxury home exchangers, provide as many appliances as you can in your kitchen. Space permitting, feature the following whenever possible: oven, stove, refrigerator, freezer, dish washer, microwave and coffee making facilities. Don’t forget the champagne flutes and even a complimentary bottle in the refrigerator – what better way to start a vacation than with a toast of bubbly? A glass of wine or beer is also a great way to relax on vacation, so make sure you have suitable openers so your guests aren’t left attempting to open bottles with their teeth!

Full-length mirror
Don’t underestimate the importance of having a full-length mirror in the bathroom or bedroom. If your home exchange property isn’t your main home, you might have overlooked this small accessory, much to the horror of your guests  – especially the female ones!


 Picnic facilities
If you can’t fit your kitchen out with all the latest and greatest gadgets, consider complementing it with picnic facilities. Whether this is in the form of a cooler bag, picnic basket or even just a backpack, providing your guests with the ability to venture into nature and enjoy their meal outdoors will really make their holiday.

As you can see, the difference between having your second or third home occupied most of the time and having it sat empty really could be as simple as providing something as basic as a cell phone. If you want to get the most out of your home exchange property, run over the amenities and accessories you currently provide and improve on them where possible.

On the other hand, if you’re thinking about your next getaway, take a look at IVHE vacation home exchange’s extensive property portfolio and start planning your vacation home swap today.

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