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#1 epl0822

Posted 03 January 2013 - 02:50 PM

Thanks for the replies. I don't think I'm going to go ahead with this.

Edited by epl0822, 03 January 2013 - 04:05 PM.


#2 TillyTake2

Posted 03 January 2013 - 02:54 PM

It depends, if you don't swap then you'll be paying for your own accomodation which would cost more than a few hundred dollars...


#3 MrsLexiK

Posted 03 January 2013 - 03:06 PM

I don't think you can do a fair swap if you are going by days stayed there. You basically want a free holiday for a few days but don't want the other person to really benefit. You said so yourself it would be pointless to go unless it was at least 5 days. Simple don't do the swap or plan it so you stay longer at the other persons house.

#4 epl0822

Posted 03 January 2013 - 03:15 PM

QUOTE (MrsLexiK @ 03/01/2013, 04:06 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I don't think you can do a fair swap if you are going by days stayed there. You basically want a free holiday for a few days but don't want the other person to really benefit. You said so yourself it would be pointless to go unless it was at least 5 days. Simple don't do the swap or plan it so you stay longer at the other persons house.

If they stay 3-4 days at our place  they'd be getting $1-2k+ worth of accommodation for free. So I wouldn't say they are having no benefit at all.

#5 knickerless

Posted 03 January 2013 - 03:20 PM

It's a difficult one as usually people are swapping their owner occupied homes so "loss of revenue" wouldn't really come into it.

Really though, if you have advertised your home on a house swap site, I wouldn't view it as the other party looking to get something for nothing - it is you that is wanting the shorter swap. Is there any scope for you using their property for a longer period?

Out of interest which site do you use? I am about tos tart researching a perth-London swap and could do with being directed to a good site!


Good luck!

#6 TillyTake2

Posted 03 January 2013 - 03:39 PM

QUOTE (EHB @ 03/01/2013, 04:24 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Simple:

Their Stay $ - Your Stay $= What They Pay $

They will have to pay a difference.


Most people who want to house swap do it to avoid paying for accomodation. If I was the other party in this I'd probably jut choose someone else to swap with rather than paying extra.


#7 Acidulous Osprey

Posted 03 January 2013 - 03:42 PM

Yeah I would not swap with you if it meant I had to pay extra.

#8 ///

Posted 03 January 2013 - 03:51 PM

Pay for your own accommodation - doesn't sound like you are cut out for accommodation swap.

#9 Heffalump

Posted 03 January 2013 - 03:59 PM

Opportunity cost.

This isn't about what is fair for them, but what you would lose if you decide not to go ahead with the home swap.

My understanding of home swap isn't that it is about making money, but about both parties having access to somewhere to live while on holiday in a location of their choice.  

If you think you can get a better deal elsewhere - ie. another home swap in the area you want to holiday for equal value, or are prepared to pay rent for a holiday home then cancel.

If you don't think that you can get a better deal elsewhere, then accept the home swap on whatever the existing terms are.

Edited by Heffalump, 03 January 2013 - 04:01 PM.


#10 flopsy

Posted 03 January 2013 - 04:01 PM

QUOTE (epl0822 @ 03/01/2013, 03:45 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
If they stay 3-4 days at our place  they'd be getting $1-2k+ worth of accommodation for free. So I wouldn't say they are having no benefit at all.


So then why are you bothering with a swap? Just rent your place out if you get so much money for it and use that to pay for your accommodation. Don't see the problem.

#11 epl0822

Posted 03 January 2013 - 04:07 PM

QUOTE (JECJEC @ 03/01/2013, 04:51 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Pay for your own accommodation - doesn't sound like you are cut out for accommodation swap.

Yep, I guess asking questions about a topic in which I'm not familiar disqualifies me from participating immediately.

#12 ~She~

Posted 03 January 2013 - 04:10 PM

Can you make your holiday longer? I would just ask them for equal nights if you can get the time off.

#13 Funwith3

Posted 03 January 2013 - 04:40 PM

So if you only want 4 nights accommodation, and you only want them to stay at your house for 4 nights... yet your house is overseas and like you said, people don't tend to fly overseas just for that short a period.... what are you suggesting? I think if you're just wanting accommodation for this number of nights you'd be better to book a motel and forget about the whole house swap idea. Doesn't seem worth all the hassle just for 4 nights.




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