Temp Housing Swaps in Belgium
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Temp Housing Swaps in Belgium

Temporary housing swaps is a win-win situation for everyone. Not only will your house be looked after when you are away, no rental is incurred by anyone. There are a number of properties on offer for home exchange in Belgium including a loft in the centre of the historic town of Gwent.

Home Exchanges provide a win-win situation for everyone, owners know that their homes are well cared for while they are away, and their exchange partners will take good care of their temporary accommodation in the knowledge that the owners are doing the same to their own home.

There are many reasons why people use home swaps, the main one being for vacations but people also find it is a good way of finding out what it is like to be a resident in a new country or area before they make an expensive permanent move.

Arranging a temporary home swap saves on the rental costs and if cars are exchanged as well it means there are no car rental expenses.

It gives the tenants a base in a real neighbourhood instead of being a guest in a hotel and the exchange partners and their neighbours will provide practical advice on everything from registering with a doctor to where to buy groceries.

How it Works

Home Exchange is a mutual swap between home owners so there is no rent to pay by either party, and it is a very economic way of seeing a new country or area.

The Advantages of a Temporary Housing Swap.

  • No hotel bills
  • The experience of living in a residential neighbourhood and meeting local people.
  • Enjoy the experience of living in a real home
  • The knowledge that your home is being looked after while you are away
  • If you have pets they will be cared for if your exchange partner agrees
  • If you have children the neighbours will introduce your family to local children for them to play with.

One of the best companies dealing with temporary housing swaps are Home Base Holidays. They currently have a number of properties in Belgium available for home exchange. Some of the owners specify where they want to go themselves, others are open to suggestions.

Some of the more interesting properties on offer are:

  1. A loft in the centre of the historical town of Gwent.
  2. a 300 square metre warehouse apartment situated in the heart of Brussels
  3. A very large comfortable detached house in a lovely neighbourhood South East of Brussels
  4. A fisherman's house near the coast at De Panne
  5. An apartment in the historic town of Bruge
  6. A spacious modern apartment in the Zuid district of Antwerp

How  to organise a Temporary Housing Swap

  1. Join Home Base Holidays and register your home, stating which country you wish to go to.
  2. Make contact with other members in the country you are visiting, for example Belgium.
  3. Finalise your exchange plans.
  4. Exchange confirmation.
  5. Prepare your home for your exchange guests.
  6. Leave for your new temporary home.

Anyone can take part in a home exchange but if your property is rented you will need to get permission from your landlord first. Your home does not need to be luxurious, just comfortable and large enough to accommodate a family.

Membership starts at £29 for a 12-month online listing and contact privileges. To see the properties on offer in Belgium click on to the Home Base Holidays website.

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