Always Skype beforehand, it makes you feel better about the swap. Find out what the other people expect, what their “swap system” is. Always leave a clean bathroom, fresh towels and a clear fridge. Lock away any valuables in a cupboard or the loft. Suggest local pubs and restaurant – tips enrich the experience. Let your insurers know (although LoveHomeSwap. com offers a swap protection policy) – it can be considered as house sitting.