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Tips for a Successful Vacation Home Exchanges & Trades

Be Flexible

The easiest way make a house swap happen, especially last minute, is by being flexible with locations and dates.  Having an open mind gives you a wealth of choices and you could end up somewhere exciting that you had never thought about.  Step into someone else’s lifestyle and let the world surprise you. 

 Start Small

Start with the idea of a small party or immediate family and then, if you secure a bigger property, invite others to join you.  Big groups can get complicated because it limits possibilities and it can be difficult to find dates and locations that work for everyone.

 Move Quickly

To take advantage of last minute swaps for summer, timing is important.  If you find something available move fast to get your travel plans in place as you can't expect a host to have you pencilled in for long.  

Be Accurate

Take the time to create an accurate and telling description of your house and community.   Sell your location by sharing information on interesting things to do and see in your area that only the locals are aware of. Use our Google map to insert places of interest around your property.

 Leave Instructions

Provide a notebook with operating instructions for the various appliances, electronics, and hardware around your home.  

Inform your Insurance Agent

Talk to your insurance agent about your exchange plans.  Most insurance companies are happy to know that a house won’t be left empty and guests will generally be covered under your policy, but it is always good to check.  

Find a reputable home exchange service

Home exchange services not only provide a forum to connect with fellow home exchangers, they can also provide a level of security.  International Vacation Home Exchange- IVHE, who specializes in Worldwide Luxury home exchanges, provides a detailed contract to protect both parties.   References are also required to become part of this private home exchange club and feedback is posted by members about their recent trades.  

 About International Vacation Home Exchange- IVHE

IVHE specializes in Luxury Vacation Exchanges. A versatile credit system based on non-simultaneous trade-exchanges gives members access to an uncommonly broad selection of choice properties and has the advantage of not needing to find another person who want to visit their property.  With the addition of Dubai, Bequia, Phuket, and Cabo San Lucus, International Vacation Home Exchange now provides its members year-round access to luxury vacation homes on 6 Continents and in 56 Countries.  IVHE members have access to luxury-staffed villas, yachts, ski lodges, boutique hotels and even safari game lodges. Add to that highly individual and personal service given to all members, and IVHE is the 1st choice for luxury home exchange.

Featured home exchange #0619: France, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur

#0619: France, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur –  Elegant four bedroom villa just outside St Paul de Vence; minutes from Nice, Cannes and The Riviera

 Take a trip back in time to a medieval village perched on a hillside and fortified by an imposing stone wall. The narrow winding streets are filled with happy medieval shoppers. Now, peek over the wall. An invading army is storming the gates. And the tranquil pine and lavendar- scented air is suddenly filled with screams and flying boulders

 Okay, cut.  Fast forward to today.  The village is Saint-Paul-de-Vence, or St. Paul, in Southeastern France. It is perfectly perserved, looking much as it did in the Middle Ages. No cars are allowed.  It’s still filled with happy shoppers, but now they browse through art galleries and studios, and pause for espresso.  And if you peek over the wall today, you’ll see a peaceful, exclusive residential neighborhood. Here is where you’ll find your vacaton home exchange property --   a magnificent stone villa.

 Located inland a few miles from Nice and the French Riviera, the villa is luxury and quality all the way. It is decorated with custom-made furniture, wrought-iron work, and the owners’  marvelous collection of Venetian and Florentine art and antiques.

There are fireplaces in the living room and master suite. A piano in the hall. And a garden adorned with fountains and unique pieces of artwork.

With over 300 days of sunshine annually, Provence is ideal for outdoor living.  In addition to a charming garden, this villa has a tennis court and an infinity swimming pool, an outdoor dining room (with wet bar and fridge) seating up to 12, and a barbecue and wood-burning oven for fresh baked bread or pizza. 

Each of the bedrooms has a private en-suite bathroom; the master has a double size Jacuzzi tub.  Housekeeping services are provided every other day. Linens and towels changed every week.

 Large tables seat up to 10 in the dining room and kitchen. An exceptional staff is available to shop, cook, and serve lunch and dinner for an extra charge.  If you prefer dining out, excellent restaurants are within a five-minute drive.

 This luxurious home-exchange villa has it all. For pictures and more information, click the property link above.

 If you are not sure what the International Vacation Home Exchange is all about or how it works, explore this site further. If you own a vacation rental property, you’ll be glad you did.

Featured Home Exchange Property #0430: USA, Maryland, Kent Island, Stevensville --

Two bedroom, three bath waterfront retreat on Chesapeake Bay

Chesapeake Bay is the largest estuary in the U.S. Two hundred miles long, it separates the Eastern Shore and Western half of the state of Maryland. English pioneers in the 1600s found the Bay to be a seemingly boundless cornucopia of oysters, crab and other seafood. The surrounding countryside teemed with game, and the land was rich for farming -- everything to nurture the body, and glorious sunsets to nurture the soul.  It was a good area to settle.   

On KentIsland, the largest island in the Chesapeake Bay, a settlement and trading post was established in 1632 in an area that would become the town of Stevensville.  It thrived and grew to become the oldest English settlement in Maryland. Today, it’s a wonderful destination for a home-exchange vacation and for enjoying authentic Maryland seafood, historic sites, and fishing and boating on the Chesapeake. Many of the buildings in Stevensville are on the National Register of Historic Places.

 The island is linked to the eastern and western mainland by the impressive Chesapeake BayBridge; four miles at its longest span. The BayBridge offers easy access to Baltimore, Washington, DC, and the state capital of Annapolis (also home to the U.S. Naval Academy). You are only an hour from downtown Washington or Baltimore; just 25 minutes to Annapolis. There is also a commuter bus service to Annapolis and DC.

 You may want to book your home-exchange stay on KentIsland to coincide with one of these big spring events in Baltimore and DC:

 Baltimore – Preakness Stakes & Infield Fest: Saturday, May 17. This year will be the 138th running of the Preakness Stakes, a thoroughbred horse race that is the second leg of the U.S. Triple Crown. Weeks leading up to the event are filled with parties and hoopla. On race day, the infield rocks with music and revelry.

 Washington, DC -- National Cherry Blossom Festival – March 20-April 13. The two week festival spotlights music, dance, singing, cultural performances, a parade, fireworks, art exhibits  and more, all amid the pink glory of blossoming cherry trees.

 Your KentIsland vacation home has a private dock where you can sit and watch the sun go down over the Bay, and experience the serenity that good vacations are made of. Or you can relax by the pool, in a hot tube, or on a large screened-in porch. The house has two bedrooms and three baths but is furnished to sleep up to eight people. The kitchen is fully equipped and ready for whipping up a Bay blue-crab dinner.

 For more information on this Chesapeake gem, click the property # link. If you own a vacation rental property and are not a member of the International Vacation Home Exchange, explore this site further for good reasons to join

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