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Whether you're a renter or a landlord, you'll find money-saving tips in this Howcast video series on apartments and rentals.
You Will Need
- Internet access
- Detailed property description
Give yourself plenty of time to find the right person or family to swap homes with. You may dozens of people before finding the right offer, so don't wait until the last minute to get started.
Join a home exchange site
Go online and join a home exchange website. Most exchange sites are free to join, and a few charge a fee to access contact information.
Be as detailed about your home and the neighborhood as possible in your description of the property. Highlight the positives of your place to attract the attention of potential swap mates.
Find a place to visit
Decide where you want to visit and check for listings in that area. Pick an apartment you like and send a private e-mail to the owner.
Work out the details
Talk on the phone and exchange e-mails to work out the final details of the swap. Discuss who will cover what costs. Typically, the resident pays their regular bills, and the visitor pays phone bills.
Draw up a contract
Draw up a contract outlining what you and your visitor are responsible for during the swap, who is responsible for damage, and any other details of the exchange including how you will swap keys. Have both parties sign the contract.
Contact your insurance and landlord
Contact your insurance company to make sure your visitors are covered as invited guests. Since swapping does not involve exchanging money it is not considered subletting, it's usually permitted.
Swap apartments. Enjoy your stay but remember to leave the apartment just the way you found it when your swap comes to an end.