18 things no one will tell you about home swap

1. You will save a fortune in accommodation costs but then ruin it by letting appliance envy get the better of you with the purchase of a brand new washing machine when you return home. 2. Your friends/ neighbours will at best suspect that you have succumbed to weird cult or at worst fear you've been the victim of a terrible scam, where you will return home to find that your house has been sold. 3. You'll feel a little bit guilty when you arrive at much better house than yours, but this is quickly replaced with glee.... Read more...

Our guest blogger Chris Alford, from the site Love Play Work, spills the beans on home swapping like no other.

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You will save a fortune in accommodation costs but then ruin it by letting appliance envy get the better of you with the purchase of a brand new washing machine when you return home.

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Your friends/ neighbours will at best suspect that you have succumbed to weird cult or at worst fear you've been the victim of a terrible scam, where you will return home to find that your house has been sold.

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You'll feel a little bit guilty when you arrive at much better house than yours, but this is quickly replaced with glee.

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The only point of reference most people have for house swaps is 'oh, like the movie The Holiday?'

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Your kids won't want to return to their real home

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You like your vacation neighbours far better than your real ones

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Your friends will assume you will spend much of your vacation snooping, which is clearly a much better use of your time than hiking, canoeing, festival-ing, barbequing, theatre-going, swimming; wine-tasting...etc!

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You'll start to imagine your house swap is your real home and imagine you are actually living someone else's life.

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You become evangelical about home swapping because you want your friends to benefit- but frustratingly they just can't get past ''what if they steal your stuff?"

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Although you might be curious on your first home swap about what people keep in their cupboards, you quickly those sneaky peeks aren't worth the bother; if you've seen one stack of unwanted sweaters you've seen them all.

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Some people have crazy stuff in their homes (photo of sun river home)

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Some people have really awesome stuff in their home! (photos of hot tub)

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You quickly realise that people all over the world live a life that looks a lot like yours, just with slightly different crockery

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Strangers will wave at you as you drive down the street as they don't realise someone else is driving their neighbours car

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You may come back to find your kitchen cupboards far tidier than when you left them. You won't know whether to feel delighted or a little bit ashamed.

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Even bad profile writers (skimpy detail, unfinished sentences, no sign of punctuation) and sorry photographers (laundry in shot, out of focus images, pictures of the most unflattering part of the house) can turn out to have lovely homes

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You don't realise how much you have adapted to your own home until you start to describe it in your house swap info e.g. 'to turn on the bathroom tap you need to hold the pliers in one hand and a mop in the other ...'

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Everyone has too much stuff

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