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1. Posted by Vilszike (Budding Member 8 posts) 7y

Hi all,
does someone know any websites where I find holiday change? (What does it mean? Etc. I'd like to go to England and an english guy wish to come to my hometown and we change our home.)
Thanks a lot

2. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 7y

Home exchange programs came about as a way for people to travel to different destinations and keep the accommodation costs lower. Similar to the timeshare concept (several people "own" a piece of a condo or home and reserve certain times to stay while traveling/vacationing) or renting a condo/vacation property and buy their own food, etc to keep costs down. House swapping means just that - you switch houses for a set period of time. The fees are generally set by you (for your home) and by the other person (for their home). Some charge a flat rate and you cover your food and the cleaning costs for when you leave. Others may only require you to pay the basic utility bills (gas, electric, phone, etc.) for the course of your stay.

Here are some house exchange websites:

Home For Exchange
Home Xchange Vacation
Home Exchange International
HomeLink International
INTERNATIONAL HOME EXCHANGE NETWORK

3. Posted by Vilszike (Budding Member 8 posts) 7y

Thanks for fast reply.
Actually I've got an apt what usually I rent so it's not my real home, so the home exchange could be very good solution for me.

I'll checke websites you recommended.

Thanks a lot!

4. Posted by Vilszike (Budding Member 8 posts) 7y

One more important question: how reliable and safety is this way? Have any experince?

5. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 7y

Quoting Vilszike

Actually I've got an apt what usually I rent so it's not my real home, so the home exchange could be very good solution for me.

The linked websites deal mainly with personally-owned homes. Offering a rented property could have some complications... The issues that immediately come to mind are:

  • You do not (personally) own the property therefore you may not have the authority to offer the apartment for exchange.
  • Such an exchange could be considered a "sublet" situation and, depending on your rental agreement, could be in violation of the rental contract.
  • Any damage done to the property by the "exchange occupant" could become your responsibility since you are the holder of the lease agreement.

Those are just 3 issues I foresee and there could more depending on Hungary's housing laws. I would be hard-pressed to enter into such transactions without discussing the program with my landlord/property owner beforehand. Granted, you may be able to do such an exchange without hinderance, but the above comments are food for thought.

One more important question: how reliable and safety is this way? Have any experince?

I do not have any experience with house-swapping. I have seen and read several news stories about it's growing use and, as with everything, there are good and bad experiences. So far, more good than bad. Just use caution when choosing a program (or property) and if it sounds to good to be true - it probably is and you don't want to be involved. Again, my main concern is the rental property aspect in your situation.

6. Posted by Vilszike (Budding Member 8 posts) 7y

That apt (what I rent) is my own property just I'm not live there but in an other apt.

Anyhow, we're thinking about it and tought that's the best if we don't want change... We're affraid of bad experience...

Anyhow, thank you for your help!

7. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 7y

Quoting Vilszike

That apt (what I rent) is my own property just I'm not live there but in an other apt.

Anyhow, we're thinking about it and tought that's the best if we don't want change... We're affraid of bad experience...

Anyhow, thank you for your help!

My apologies for the misunderstanding about the apartment ownership.

Good luck with your decision! If you chose to do a house swap, please come back and post about the experience as it may be an accommodations option others might want to try. You would have first-hand knowledge and info that someone else could use.

8. Posted by Vilszike (Budding Member 8 posts) 7y

of course I come back and post if I do to house swap :)

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