A few people have asked us about our home exchange experiences. It seems to be a mysterious process that many people feel is a bit risky, and I can see why someone might think that.
|Because we offer this...|
We've done four home exchanges so far. Why? Well, it provides us with free housing in a desired location, as well as the luxury of making our own food and having more space than a tiny hotel room. It also opens up the world to us. We'd never planned on going to Australia so soon, but when we received an offer of a home exchange we thought "why not?"
|...we got to visit home...|
|...have this for a time...|
Is it risky? Well, not really. The statistics support that; damage, theft and fraud track at under 1% of home exchanges. Would you rip someone off who was staying in your own home? The transgressor wouldn't last very long on the home exchange site if they have bad behaviour. You also tend to exchange with people who have properties similar to your own.
|...and experience this!|
Home exchange isn't for everyone. You have to be okay with other people being in your home when you're not there. (We look at is as additional security...even if we're not there, we might have guests.) So far we've been really pleased and have only had one dish broken. The rest of the place has been well taken care of.