House Swap Website Reviews

ExchangeZones Review – May 2018

ExchangeZones
exchangezones.com

Review date: May 2018

exchangezones.com

Year founded: 2004

$6.98 per month, $17.98 per 3 months, or $58 per year

Jan Koncewicz lists himself as owner on an external website though the site itself has no reference to ownership or history.

English only

11,595 listings (for home swap, a few thousand rental listings)

Listings for select countries:

  • Brazil: 72
  • United States: 3359
  • UK: 466
  • France: 939
  • Australia: 484

Since I wrote my last review of ExchangeZones not much has changed with the network. The membership is slightly lower, and the website looks exactly the same.

Searching: The search is based on drop down menus that drill down on geography so you will always get the results you expect for a given city or town, though you do need to know the region of the country in which you can find that town.Be sure to use the filter for “Category” to only look at home exchange listings. Otherwise you will be including rentals, B&Bs and even real estate for sale (though there are no real estate listings at this time). There is an advanced search function that allows filtering on amenities and attractions as well as the number of guests that can be accommodated.

The search does not have a  filter for number of people who will be traveling for the listings (i.e. your house only has 1 bedroom and cannot accommodate a big family).

Listings: The search results return a list that just gives a brief overview of each individual house. Within each individual listing there is a map and good descriptive information about the home and neighborhood. But many of the listings don’t include information about the family with whom you would be swapping making it impossible to eliminate people who would not fit in your house. This appears to be a discretionary field that lots of people didn’t fill out.

This site offers the following variations on house swapping:

  • simultaneous or non-simultaneous house swap – this is the traditional model where two parties swap houses for an agreed upon set of dates. Non-simultaneous works best with second homes, but is also useful for people going on vacation and leaving their home empty. In this case each party picks different dates for the swap.
  • property rental – This includes B&B, traditional vacation rental, and homestay listings which they are promoting as a paid extended stay in someone’s home.

Site design: A dated look, but still reasonably functional. Some odd bugs and errors on a few pages suggesting the site isn’t actively maintained.

Additional features: Based in the United States, this site had an active blog until January 2012. The site owners do not show much activity in recent years, but their facebook page has regular posts and there appear to be a lot of active users on the network. The site charges for a variety of small services like publicizing links to external websites, which makes the website a bit messy.

1 Comment

  • I was on it since registration was free, but now it’s asking to pay to update your announcement. You can still send requests anyway, I sent 10 recently and only got 2 answers.

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