We know preparing an exchange during this time of uncertainty is less pleasant and smooth than usual. Whether as a guest or a host, we must adapt our habits to continue preparing for future travel. Creating trust in your relationships with your exchange partners and staying in close contact with them throughout the process is important.
As a host:
It is necessary to clean your home before an exchange more thoroughly than usual.
Reassuring your guests is key. For example, telling them that you are taking special precautionary measures contributes to a climate of trust.
It is likely that your guest will bring up the issue of contamination. The best attitude to adopt is to be transparent, open, and to discuss honestly. Calling your guest to share your precautions is the best way to remove all doubts. Of course, if you are ill, we recommend you do not travel until a doctor confirms you are no longer contagious.
A few practical tips to make it easier for your guests:
- To facilitate handing over your keys, you can install a secure key box or a smart lock with a digital code.
- If you offer a welcome guide to your guests, update it with all your safety and cleaning instructions.
- Add recommendations of local businesses in your guide to allow your guests to visit local shops and support small businesses.
- Supply your accommodation with basic cleaning products and household linens.
We hope these suggestions will help prepare to host guests in the wake of this difficult situation.
As a guest:
As always, keeping in touch with your host is essential to get information as you prepare for your exchange. Make sure your questions or doubts do not go unanswered. For example, regarding cleaning procedures, you can ask your host about their cleaning habits. On both sides, the best attitude to adopt is transparency.
If you are ill, we recommend that you do not travel until a doctor confirms you are no longer contagious.
The HomeExchange team will do everything possible to ensure your safety and comfort. If you have any questions or concerns, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.