Have you entered into a home exchange agreement as you and your family intend to take a vacation elsewhere? Of course, it is just righteous and ethical that you make your house very presentable and decent for the family who would come over. You could also expect the home you would be living in during the swap to be homey and comfortable. That is why you should strive to make sure you prepare well for your home exchange.
How do you prepare appropriately and effectively? You might be surprised there might be so many preparations you should take. Worry no more. The following checklist would help you make good in preparing for a coming home exchange.
Leave operating manual or instructions so that the exchange family would rightly operate the television set, CD player, VCR, home alarm, heater and air conditioner, microwave, and vacuum cleaner. Be particular with this especially when your appliances function complicatedly.
Leave more space in drawers and closets so that the guest family could use them. It is also practical that you leave many hangers. Make sure there are enough linen for beds, kitchen towels, sufficient toilet paper, vacuum bags, and cleaners. If you got valuables, lock them in a secured compartment or a separate room.
It would be appropriate to arrange to put your mail on hold at the post office until you send notice. You do not want your guest family to receive bill statements and letters for you. For vacations longer than a week, it is also advisable to prepay all your pending bills. You should not expect your guest family to pay your dues. As for newspaper subscription deliveries, put them on hold also unless the exchange family want those papers delivered.