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People Like Us home exchange network review

People Like Us review

Review date: July 2019

peoplelikeus.world

Founded in 2018

Owned and run by Drew Seitam, an Australian software developer

Free

English, German, Spanish, Italian, French, Dutch, Portuguese

1616 listings in 74 countries

Geographic breakdown of listings:

Europe: 53%
North America: 28%
Oceania: 13%
Asia: 3%
Africa: 2%
South America: 1%

People Like Us is one of the newer home exchange networks, but they’ve grown very fast over the past year. I think this was largely due to good timing. PLU got a big influx of members from the fallout over the integration of HomeExchange.com into Guest to Guest. And those people have helped Drew to shape the network to focus on reciprocal exchanges with a strong sense of community. You can read my recent interview with Drew to learn more about the network’s values and direction.

I belong to PLU and find in this network some of the most engaged and active members anywhere. While the membership numbers are still small, it shows a lot of promise. The facebook group is also a good place to connect with other house swappers.

people like us review

Searching: Searches start with a location box in which you type freeform. The box auto-populates based on what you are typing. You can further filter the results by number of guests the home can accommodate, dates of travel, composition of the swap family, they swap type, and features of the home. There is also a reverse search option so you can find people who want to visit the area where you live.

Listings: The listings are slick and have a nice display of information. The search results include a map with pins for house locations. You can expand or change the search by moving within the map.

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.
  • swap points – earn points for letting others stay in your home while you are away, and then redeem those points to stay in any of the other homes participating in the program. In the case of PLU the system will be called Globes and one Globe is earned or redeemed per stay, regardless of the length of stay. All homes are valued equally in this system. (Note Globes will be introduced later in 2019)

Site design: Nice and responsive. Drew is constantly working on new features, often at the request of members of the network. There is an internal messaging system you can use to arrange home swaps.

Additional features: Homes on the network are not visible in public searches unless a member explicitly agrees to this. To see listings people must join PLU and create a profile. Drew is pretty vigilant about deactivating any profiles that do not appear sincere: “Listings which have no photos of their homes or insincere descriptions are deactivated and the members notified.”

PLU also offers a Trip Builder, that allows you to set up a multi-leg trip, save searches for each of those legs, fill them in with individual exchanges, and save other travel details.

If you’re trying to figure out which Home Exchange network to join, check out my reviews of all the major house swap networks.

8 Comments

  • Hi people,

    I’m Drew, and People Like Us is my network.

    This is a very fair review. I’ve found Dawn to be excellent and thorough and I look forward to dealing with her as the site develops.

    A couple of updates: the site is no longer “beta” and we have closer to 200 members now.

    We welcome feedback and I answer every email personally (drew@peoplelikeus.world). We’ve had some great suggestions and we release new features nearly every day.

    We look forward to you trying out our site.

    https://peoplelikeus.world

    Cheers,
    Drew

  • Hi Drew and Dawn.
    Thanks for the information, I should try it soon, one announcement from France coming up 🙂

    bye
    Etienne

  • Drew (or anyone): Is there a reverse search?

    For those of us who are in areas/cities that are not exactly at the top of the tourist hit parade, that type of search is enormously helpful. So much so that I wouldn’t pay to join a network without it.

    • Hi Jeanette,

      The functionality to enter “desired destinations” is coming but you can do a few things now: we have an excellent Facebook group, World Home Swap, which most of our members are on. You can share your listing there and ask everyone and a lot of people find swaps in that way and sometimes even from friends of friends on other networks. You can advertise on our “Feed” which will email our members directly (free once you’ve signed up and listed). And finally, you can ask me. 🙂 One of the advantages of being ’boutique’ is that I stay across where people want to travel and I can help to put you in touch with people.

      Plus, you don’t have to pay at all to join our network if you do it (and list your home) now. We’re introducing a fee at the end of the month but if you join and list your home now, you’ll get a free year so you can try it out!

      Hope that all helps!

      Cheers,
      Drew

  • As all the above comments were from the original review, my previous answers need updating.

    We have a really effective reverse search function (have had for about 6 months). It even translates languages automatically (if you’re looking for Sweden and Swedish members entered their country as “Sverige” (Sweden in Swedish), it will still find it. Indeed, you could enter the same in Swahili and it will work! We also have over a hundred search filters.

    I changed the name of our Facebook group to https://www.facebook.com/groups/peoplelikeus.world.

    The site is still free although we will introduce a fee at some stage in future.

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