All great house swaps start with a great home manual. This checklist and manual example will get you started.
HOME EXCHANGE CHECKLIST
We’re glad to be house-swapping this summer! Here is my operating manual for our house, _____________________________________, issue ___________(YEAR).
Family cell phone number:______________________
Neighbors: Names, phone numbers, comments (if they are aware of the house-swap, etc.)
Babysitters: Names, phone numbers, comments, parent’s names of younger babysitters
House Rules: No food in living room, no food near computers, etc.
Trash/Recycling: When, which cans are used for which trash
Mail & Newspapers: Where to place
Plants/Landscaping: Watering, landscaper schedule.
Housekeeper: Who, how often, who pays
Bedrooms: Storage availability or unpacking
Technical stuff: Plumbing notes, circuit breakers
Food: what’s offered and what’s off-limits
Appliances:Stove, microwave, dishwasher, trash compactor. disposal
Electronics:Remotes with instructions for all. TV, DVD, VCR, Stereo, CDPlayer
Computer: Passwords, rules, parental controls
Street Cleaning: Parking on street,
Garage/Outdoor equipment: bikes, scooters, hose, toys
Beach trips: Easiest route, best beach, gear
Grocery shopping/wine store
Local Restaurants: Kid-friendly, More adult
Miscellaneous: Movie Theaters, Malls, Aquarium, Zoo, Skate parks
Local laws: Car seats, helmets, cellphone use while driving