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Frequently Asked Questions
I have registered but i dont know how to list my property
After your registration you have received from us a message with all important information concerning your account. PLEASE DO NOT DISCARD THAT MESSAGE. It is important for you to read it. It also gives you step-by-step instructions about listing your accommodation at our site. If you did not receive that message, please make sure to adjust your Spam filter to accept messages from firstname.lastname@example.org .
List your accommodation by following 4 simple steps:
1. Is this really a free service? What is the catch? Is there any commission based charge at a later time, once the exchange or rental has been arranged?
There is no catch. The service is absolutely free. There is no charge for listing properties. There is no commission fee if you arrange an exchange or rental. No fees at all. We may introduce some fees for some services, but the basic service will remain free.
We may also introduce a small ONE TIME payment for posting listings in some categories. This is for the purpose of identity check to guard against scammers attempting to post fake listings.
2. How do I change my login ID? I have a new email address and seldom use the old one that is shown as my login.
Unfortunately it is not possible to change login ID. Even if you do not use the address any more the login must remain the same. However, you can change your contact email address in your profile and in all your listings. See the answer to the next question for details.
3. I changed my email address. How do I change my contact information?
In the left column click on Members (click here) and login. Once logged in, click on "My Profile" in the left column (forth link from the top), and in the first box at the top of the profile page delete your old email address and write your new email address. To save the changes click on the blue <Submit> button under the profile form.
Then click at the link to "My Properties" at the top of the left column. A page with all your properties will appear. Click on <Edit> button of each of your properties, find the appropriate field in the form and change your email address. Do not foreget to click on the blue <Save> button at the bottom of the page. Note that you can provide different email addresses with different properties.
See also the answer to the next question.
4. How do I change information in my Membership Profile?
In the left column click on Members (click here) and login to your account. Once logged in, click on My Profile in the left column. Change the appropriate information on "Edit Profile" page and click on <Submit> button at the bottom of the page.
5. I forgot my login and password information
In the left column click on Members (click here). At the login page click on the link forgot password?. On the next page provide your email address and click on <Send> button. Your login information will be delivered to your email address. Please remember to keep your most current email address in your Membership Profile.
6. I want to change my listing. How to do it?
See the answer to Question 3.
7. I am having problems with my photos. I've downloaded them but there is just a box with an "X" in where the photo should appear. Can you assist with instructions on how to properly download them?
Pictures of your home have to be with .jpg (or .gif) extension in their file name. If they are with .bmp, .png or any other extensions in their file name they will not show on your listing. In that case you must convert your pictures to .jpg extensions.
Please also make sure that your pictures are saved for internet use and that they don't take more than 50KB of space. Usually the pictures that are taken by today's digital cameras produce huge file sizes. You cannot upload
these files to your listing. However, there are a number of free
services on the Internet for resizing pictures. One of them is http://www.webresizer.com/ . You can crop your picture, re-size,
set the image quality, and more. Make sure to set the lowest possible
image quality (20 or 30) that still does not bring about any visible
changes to your image. The width of the new size set to 400.
Once you've done that, log in to your account, locate the listing in My Properties (see Question 3 above) and click on <Edit> button of that listing. At the bottom of the next page ("Add your Property" page) you will see 4 empty boxes next to "Image 1:", "Image 2:", "Image 3:", "Image 4:". Click on <Browse> or <Choose File> button next to each empty box to locate the appropriate picture on your computer and double-click the picture. The address of the picture on your computer will appear in the previously empty box. You can choose up to 4 pictures. Once you choose them all just click on <Save> button below. The pictures will be downloaded from your computer to the site. Click on <Preview> button to see if pictures are showing correctly.
Could you post pictures for my listing?
We could certainly do that for you, however we are getting a number of similar requests each day and we cannot devote our time to do all that work absolutely free of charge. Please understand that our website is FREE and for that reason it is expected that everyone does everything on his own. We spent a lot of time providing customer service (approving new accounts, fixing problems, answering questions, etc.) and doing the site maintenance. The site is set up this way so that it is easy for everyone to upload their own pictures. However, if you still want us to do that for you, you would have to pay $15 for that service. If you are willing to pay please go to the page http://www.exchangezones.com/payments.htm and click on PayPal Payment button. After making the payment, please send us the pictures and we will post them for you.
8. How do we find out if our area is in demand for Home Exchange by people who live in the areas where we want to stay? What is the point of joining Home Exchange if there is no demand for our place?
You will never know if there is a demand for your area until you try. The simplest way to find it out is to sign up, provide good, interesting description of you home and your area, add pictures and any other information which may attract people to your area. Once you join our site you can send offers to other members and see how they react.
9. I am very interested in a house swap... I will go pretty much anywhere. I love to travel, but I was curious how do I check to see if anyone is interested in coming to my area without putting up a posting of my own.
Just like yourself, many of our members are open to any offers and would go anywhere. Therefore the best way to find out who would be interested in exchanging with you is to post your own offer. The most important thing is to provide detailed and attractive description of your home, as well as attractions and activities in your area. It is also good to mention how far you are from metropolitan area Say also a few things about yourself. VERY important are good pictures of your home.
10. Is there a way to search for the destinations that the Home Exchange members are interested in trading for?
Yes. Use "Reverse Search". For more info read the answer to Question 17.
11. How do I send a message to the owner of a listing?
If the listing is in category Home Exchange then you must also have a listing in Home Exchange category and be logged in to your account to be able to access contact information of that member.
12. I noticed that many listings have a link to a location being shown on Google Map. Why my listing does not have this link?
The link to Google Map will not show if in your listing you unchecked the box with your address so as not to show your address to the public.
13. I would like to swap our home in Atlanta, Georgia for a home near Wellington, New Zealand.
Unfortunately we do not arrange for any home exchange or rentals. You have to do it on your own. You have to search for the appropriate listing, contact the owner (or property manager) and make your own arrangements.
14. We would like to have a link on your web site
To get a link to your website from our site you need to:
The more properties you list with us the more links you will receive back to your own site. To see an example link to a property owner's website, click on "Contact Owner" button at the bottom of this listing.
All your listings at our site will also be interlinked with All My Listings link, giving you additional exposure.
15. I manage several properties and I would love to have them all listed at your site but I have no time to do that. Could you do that for me?
Yes, we can do that for a small payment. Please contact us for details.
16. How can I make sure that people who have a posting at your website are really the owners... that is not just the con? I would not like to leave the keys from my apartment to anyone who cannot assure me that s/he really IS the owner of the apartment/house s/he is offering and I am (supposedly) going to live in...
It is really impossible for us to check if all of the listing at our site are real. It is indeed up to you to get in touch with the owners, exchange all possible information and find out everything about the prospective exchange partners. Ask them for their address, telephone numbers, references, copies of telephone and utility bills, etc. If they are real and willing to do the exchange with you they will not mind that, and they will probably ask the same from you.
If you find out anything that you do not like about a listing please let us know. We will make sure to remove all listings that are proven to be false.
17. I am having trouble doing a reverse search. Whenever I type in the name of my town, I either get 0 listings or over 1300 listings which have nothing to do with what I've typed.
You are right. By default the Reverse Search is set to "Specific" Search. That means that in your search results you will only get the listings that specifically mentioned your city or town as their desired destination. If you live in a small town then it is very likely that no-one will list it as their desired travel destination. Consequently you will end up with 0 results for the "Specific" Revers Search if you write the name of a small town. For that reason, if you live in a small town or a village, write the name of your region (for example Italy, or Tuscany) in the Specific Reverse Search, or use the "Broad" Search option.
Although you got 0 result in the "Specific" Reverse Search, the "Broad" Reverse Search option for your town may bring over 1300 results. However this is not a mistake. These results include all listings that specified in their "Destination Wanted" as "anywhere", "any", "open", "somewhere", "surprise me" and many other similar cases, including also listings that did not specify any destination. The logic behind this is that if they used any of these terms to describe their destination wanted, then it means that they might also be interested in your town. All people that are open to suggestion might well be interested in your town although none of them specifically mentioned the name of your town for the simple reason that they probably don't know that your town or village even exists. Hence the number of results of over 1300 instead of 0, like it is in your case.
18. I have been trying to send emails to home owners through your website but I keep getting the message "Incorrect email. Message was not sent."
When you click on the button "Email the owner" at a listing, you will land at the page from which you are supposed to send a message. At the top of that page there is a box "From (your email address):" where you are supposed to provide your email address. Please make sure that your address is in the proper form which is "email@example.com", or "firstname.lastname@example.org", etc. (without the quotation marks, of course) . Make sure that you are not missing a dot in your address (for example, don't put comma instead of the dot like "xxx@yyy,com"), or that there is no space in the address like "xxx @yyy.com" or "xx email@example.com", etc...
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