A huge benefit of home exchanging is resolving the unknown. By this, I’m referring to being able to see the exact space that you will be living in during your vacation. In comparison, when you book a hotel room online, all you get to see is a ‘typical’ room displayed on a hotel’s website that usually does not look anything like the room you’re assigned to at check-in. Once booked, you receive an instant verification confirming that a ‘room with one queen bed’ has been reserved for you. That’s it. You may request a room with a view or a room on the second floor facing a quiet street, but it’s not a certainty you will receive it.
With selecting an accommodation through an online home exchange agency however, you know exactly what the home you will be occupying looks like. The listing will include multiple pictures of the space provided by the host. You will be able to see the layout of each room, its furnishings and décor. A map and a ‘street view’ is also provided to help you determine the exact location of the home, the direction it faces and if located on a busy street or a quiet road.
They say that a picture is worth a thousand words and it is so true when looking at pictures of homes. By looking beyond the décor, you can get a sense of the cleanliness of the home, the level of clutter and how the space makes you feel. Ask yourself if you can truly see you and your travel companion staying in this space for the length of your visit. The competition is strong among homes listed online, especially in medium to large urban centres that receive a great number of tourists and business travellers. If a home doesn’t feel right or will not accommodate your needs, keep looking until you find the one that does.
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