Every week there are several posts in the PLU Facebook group from potential new members who are reluctant to make a listing because their home is too small/too ordinary/too messy/not in a touristy location – or doesn’t have a pool. So I’d like to address some of those concerns here as seen from an experienced exchanger’s perspective.
My home is too small
Well, your house is big enough for you, so you just need to find a similar size family to exchange with. PLU has everything from singles to large families, tiny homes to mansions, so chances are you can find someone who will fit perfectly into your home. Describe clearly in your listing how many rooms, esp. bedrooms, you have, take good pictures of the rooms, and then people can decide for themselves if they will fit into your home.
My home is too ordinary
Look closely at a number of listings on PLU, and you will see that most of us actually have pretty ordinary homes. We might all drool over some of the awesome listings on PLU, but most of us are perfectly happy with ordinary (in fact many of us prefer that 😉). Your home doesn’t have to be Instagrammable, but do make it look as nice - and welcoming - as possible in your listing photos, so people can imagine having a great time there.
My home doesn’t have a pool
Neither does mine – or most of the 40+ homes my family and I have exchanged with so far. Yes, we did enjoy the few that had one, but we didn’t exchange there because of the pool. Perhaps there is a public pool or a small lake nearby? Then tell us about it in your listing.
My home needs repairs
Everything in your home doesn’t need to be picture perfect to start exchanging. But it might be an idea to get a few things fixed anyway. Try to look at your home with a stranger’s eyes: Would this problem annoy you if you were to come to your own house to spend a relaxing holiday? If it would – get it fixed. Most of us find an upcoming exchange THE best motivation to get things done 😉
My home is too messy
Again, try to imagine yourself as a guest in your home seeing your clutter with fresh eyes: OK or annoying? We’ve exchanged with extremely tidy homes and ones that were less so. Important for us has been that there was room for our things so they wouldn’t get lost among the “local” clutter. So perhaps it is time for a little decluttering after all, but you’ll love it yourself when you’re done – and it’ll make it so much easier for you to get your home ready before exchanges.
My home is not in a touristy location
People travel for all sorts of reasons: to visit family or friends, to attend a wedding or conference or school reunion, to visit colleges with their children etc. etc. So chances are high that someone will want to visit your location too.
Yes, you’ll get more enquiries if you have a penthouse condo in Manhattan, but we live in a small town that hardly anyone outside Denmark has heard about, and we have done 40+ exchanges! It may take us a little longer and require more enquiries for us to find an exchange at our dream destinations, but the extra work is totally worth it.
Take time to describe your area well in your listing, tell us what fun interesting things there are, and be active in the Facebook group, post photos from your area etc. to make people interested - and remember always to include a link (not just the number) to your listing. Send out lots of enquiries – don’t wait for people to contact you. Read people’s listings carefully so you can point out things in your area that might interest them. That way they are much more likely to consider an unknown destination. Many of us love the unknown gems, and we’ve had some of our best holidays in places we had never heard about before we exchanged there.
My home is not in Europe/the US/Australia
PLU has listings all over the world - except perhaps the North Pole (but I’m sure Drew is working on getting Santa to join up 😉) – and people want to go everywhere, so no continent or country is better than others. In fact, if you live in a country with few listings you’ll probably have even more chances of finding exchanges.
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Any more questions before you get started? Feel free to comment or ask in the Facebook group.
No more questions? Then what are you waiting for? Create a listing and start sending out enquiries! Don’t wait for others to contact you. Be active:
And remember, the most important thing is COMMUNICATION! If you have any doubts, just ask your exchange partners what they expect.