How to Prepare Your Home for Short-Term Guests and Home Swaps


If you love to travel, meet new people and you are comfortable with sharing your home with strangers, then having short-term guests or taking part in a home swap is the perfect way to see and learn more about the world while getting a bit of income. However, when you allow other people to use your home, it isn’t as easy as handing over the keys and expecting everything to look after itself; you will need to make sure your home is prepared and safe for your guests. If you do a good job before your guests arrive, then it will make your life a lot easier. Today, we will be taking a look at how to prepare your home for short-term guests or a home swap.

Clean Your Home

You need to make sure your home is clean and in good order before your guests arrive. You should pay particular attention to the kitchen and bathrooms. Make sure that the beds are clean and fresh. If you have the money, it may be a good idea to hire a professional cleaning service to ensure a thorough job. If you do it yourself, then use a vacation rental cleaning checklist to make sure all areas have been covered.

Check Hidden Spaces

All homes have areas we barely go into or clean, like an attic, basement or garage. Before you have anyone over to stay, make sure you thoroughly check areas you wouldn’t normally pay attention to. This is to ensure the areas are clean and safe. These areas can be prone to rodent infestation, which is not something you want to subject your guests to! It is best to check these areas well in advance, as the damage from an infestation or an accumulation of dirt and debris may require the services of an attic insulation removal company.

Protect Your Valuables

Whether you are renting your main home or you are home swapping, you need to make sure you do what you can to protect any valuables you can’t keep an eye on. One of the most effective ways to do this is to check the renter’s profiles and get some references from previous places they’ve stayed in. Whether this is or isn’t possible, you should still do what you can to hide and protect your valuables. This could be by using a safe or giving them to someone you trust.

Preparing for Guests

Your home needs to be equipped for guests, so their stay is as pleasant and easy as it can be. When guests have a good experience, they will recommend you to other people and will give you a good review, meaning you can do this more often and see more of the world. Some hosts will leave goodies and get creative, so guests are immediately impressed upon arrival. If there are things your guests need to know, then tell them in person and leave detailed instructions.

Using your home for short-term guests is a great way to meet people from all over the world. A home swap is a brilliant way to see the world, because you can swap with anyone you want and you will have the opportunity to get fully immersed into a new culture. Both options require careful planning and preparation, but will be worth it when they’re done right.


About Author

Kelly Lewis is the founder of Go! Girl Guides, the Women's Travel Fest and Damesly. She's an optimist, an adventurer, an author and works to help women travel the world.

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