Home Exchange: Get Dom Littlewood's tips
Fancy a week in a villa in St Tropez, or a houseboat in the Netherlands, but can't afford peak season prices charged by travel companies? Then home exchange may be a good option for you.
The One Show's Dominic Littlewood has been investigating why home exchanges are growing in popularity as holidaymakers try to cut travelling costs.
By swapping your home for a week or two with a homeowner in another part of the country or even the other side of the world, you can benefit from free accommodation for the duration of your holiday.
So if you're seriously thinking about a home exchange here's Dom's top tips:
- Be honest about your area, and the distance to the city centre or attractions.
- Be as realistic as possible and get to know your exchange partners as well as you can before you reach an agreement.
- Write a holiday agreement. Make it as specific as possible, deciding who pays for accidental damage and utility bills. Remember don't book those flights until the agreement has been agreed.
- Appoint a neighbour or friend as a contact, as well as answering questions from your exchange guests, they can keep an eye on things and be an emergency contact.
If you have any experience of a home swap and want to share your stories, let us know.