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 behouse-swapping this summer! Hereis 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
HouseRules: 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: Storageavailability or unpacking
Technicalstuff: Plumbing notes, circuit breakers
Food: what’soffered and what’s off-limits
Appliances:Stove, microwave, dishwasher, trashcompactor. disposal
Electronics:Remotes with instructions forall. TV, DVD, VCR, Stereo, CDPlayer
Computer: Passwords,rules, parental controls
StreetCleaning: Parking on street,
Garage/Outdoorequipment: bikes, scooters, hose, toys
Beachtrips: Easiest route, best beach, gear
LocalRestaurants: Kid-friendly, More adult
Miscellaneous: MovieTheaters, Malls, Aquarium, Zoo, Skate parks
Locallaws: Car seats, helmets, cellphone use while driving