Exchange instead of rent
Travel anywhere, live like a local and stay for free are the three essential advantages of an apartment exchange. Exchanging one's own four walls for those of strangers opens a new perspective on travel. This feeling of being like a local on holiday develops a completely new experience. Also, the fact that a stranger turns your home upside down has a certain adventure factor. But how does it work?
In principle, home exchange is very simple. You register your apartment or house on one of the many platforms and determine the exchange offer. This includes where you would like to travel yourself ("all" or "several" destinations are also possible) and in which period (or always) you are available. This results in possible exchange partners, that match the personal criteria. You get in touch, arrange the exchange, prepare your apartment and off you go!
Home Exchange Provider
There are already countless home exchange platforms worldwide. It is important to make sure that you are satisfied with the range of destinations and accommodation, before you make the effort to register your own home. The offers are openly accessible without registration. Home Exchange, HomeLink, Intervac and GuestToGuest crystallized out very popularly and with a high selection.
While with the first three mentioned an annual fee between 100 and 150€ is to be paid and thus infinitely many exchange partners can be looked for, GuestToGuest works more like a social network. It is completely free of charge, instead you get 750 "GuestPoints" (like a virtual currency) as starting credit. If you lend your accommodation, you get points, if you visit another home, you lose points.
Preparation of a home exchange
Although your apartment is virtually free on holiday, there is also a certain amount of work involved. Well thought-out planning and clean preparation of the apartment is imminent. There are a few things to consider.
The 10 principles for a successful house exchange summarize these rules clearly. Rule number 3, "Make room for your guests", may turn out to be more difficult than it sounds. Emptying wardrobes, clearing chests of drawers and creating storage space for the guests' suitcases and bags is not the problem. But where to put the personal things that actually belong there?
Rental warehouse as a possible solution
Storing personal valuables conveniently and securely is a task that can be accomplished. Rental warehouses offer an optimal solution for this. Selfstorage providers, such as Storebox, provide storage compartments in different sizes, which are terminable monthly. Video surveillance and comprehensive insurance cover ensure that you don't have to worry about your stuff during your holiday. It is also possible to store art or furniture if you do not want it to be in the house during the exchange. A smart digital booking process does not bring any additional organizational stress before your trip.
See for yourself and book your storage next door in less than two minutes online at storebox.at.
Compartments can be booked in various sizes and cost from €36,99 per m²/month, plus flexible insurance packages.
Your compartment is available immediately after booking and can be accessed around the clock with your personal access code.
Smart & Safe
All Storeboxes are accessible on the ground floor, doubly secured, monitored and insured.