All great house swaps start with a great home manual.  This checklist and manual example will get you started.




Welcome ______________family! 


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

Groceryshopping/wine store



LocalRestaurants:  Kid-friendly, More adult

Miscellaneous:  MovieTheaters, Malls, Aquarium, Zoo, Skate parks

Locallaws:  Car seats, helmets, cellphone use while driving