FAQs

FAQs:

I am a tenant, can I still swap?

We wholeheartedly welcome Members who don't own their home into our community.

However, as a tenant, it is your responsibility to verify the terms of your rental contract and to determine whether you need to notify your landlord prior to inviting Caribbeanhomeswap members to your home.

If you are unsure, the best option is to notify your landlord prior to organising a swap and ask for approval. 

Caribbeanhomeswap.com cannot be held responsible if you invite guests in your home against the provisions of your rental contract or against the wishes of your landlord.

I am a tenant, can I still swap?

We wholeheartedly welcome Members who don't own their home into our community.

However, as a tenant, it is your responsibility to verify the terms of your rental contract and to determine whether you need to notify your landlord prior to inviting Caribbeanhomeswap members to your home.

If you are unsure, the best option is to notify your landlord prior to organising a swap and ask for approval. 

Caribbeanhomeswap.com cannot be held responsible if you invite guests in your home against the provisions of your rental contract or against the wishes of your landlord.

How do I home swap?

Become a member by signup and adding your listing.

Send and receive inquires through our secure messaging system, and arrange your swap, we recommend that you make contact with any potential swapping partner via telephone and also via skype.

 

Do we have to swap at the same time?

No, not necessarily.

In fact, many of our members arrange non-simultaneous exchanges, where your guest may come to stay with you in June, but you don't stay at their's until December, as an example.

How do members contact each other about a swap?

Members contact each other about home swapping through the secure messaging system within the Home for Swapping service. You will also receive an email to your own email address to alert you each time you receive a new message.

We ask that our members respond to all swap requests and messages, even if the swap request is not of interest to you.

Once you've made contact with members via the site, we also recommend that you discuss your home swap on a phone call or via Skype to get to know your swapping partner more.

Can I offer my home for rental on caribbeanhomeswap.com?
How many times during the year can I swap?

As a Caribbean Home Swap member, there are no limits on the number of swaps that you agree to throughout the year - it's all part of your single membership fee.

Home Swapping Etiquette

 Here are a few points to keep in mind when interacting with your potential Swapping partners. 

1. Respond Promptly to All Messages

Even if you’re not interested in the swap we ask you to reply to every message, preferably within 48 hours. Declining an offer is absolutely fine, but please don’t leave anyone hanging.

2. Write Personal, Timely Inquiries

Before contacting other Members please familiarise yourself with their property via their Listing and Profile pages. Feel free to address your potential Swap Partners by name!

We recommend sending your swap inquiry at least four weeks before your trip.

3. Present Your Home Honestly

You’re not trying to ‘sell’ your home. You want your Swap Partner to be just as excited upon arrival as when they read your Profile. So what if you don’t live in a Palladian- style beachfront retreat! Every home is special in its own way, and chances are there’s someone looking for exactly what you’re offering.

4. Expectation of Privacy

Members have a reasonable expectation of privacy while swapping and you must always respect your swap partners’ privacy. Pursuant to our Terms and Conditions of Use, Members expressly agree to disclose the existence of security cameras or other surveillance equipment on or around their property. Make sure you are also aware of and comply with applicable laws.

5. Follow the Golden Rule

Remember to leave your home just as clean and tidy for your Home Swapping Partner as you’d like their home to be for you. This also applies when you depart at the end of your swap. 

6. Do Not Cancel!

Canceling a swap once it has been set is more than just an inconvenience to your Swapping Partner. From the moment you “shake hands,” tours get reserved, plane tickets get bought and other non-refundable arrangements get made. 

Barring illness, injury, death or natural disaster, your commitment must be iron-clad, and if a compelling circumstance does force you to cancel, we ask that you make an effort to accommodate or find accommodations for your Swapping Partner.