What is Home Exchange?
That's easy -- you stay in my home while I use yours. With
home exchange vacations you "live like a local",
in a real home in an actual neighborhood that people who live
in your vacation destination call home. Your family has room
to spread out because most exchange homes are larger than the
average hotel room. Exchange homes can include amenities
like a full kitchen, safe parking and washer/dryer. Pet
owners may find others willing to have a "loaner pet" to
care for while on vacation. Some people even swap cars for
the duration of the exchange (consult your car insurance company
Most veteran home exchangers point to the friendships formed
with swap partners and the deeper cultural immersion in their
vacation destination that only home exchange offers. Other
benefits include the huge savings on hotel, meals, pet boarding
and car rental.
Is Home Exchange Safe?
According to insurance companies, having your home occupied
while you are away is more secure than leaving an empty house. Giving
your house keys to virtual strangers, however, is a leap of
faith for all home exchangers. CHEC provides peace of mind
to both new and veteran home exchangers by providing verification of members' addresses. In addition, CHEC offers unique damage waiver insurance that protects you if you break something in your exchange partner's home.