Home trading vacations: Live in mine, I'll live in yours

Mi casa es tu casa*. At least that's what HomeExchange.com is offering travelers with their vacation home trading program.

For as little as $9.95 per month, travelers who match up with you via HomeExchange.com can stay in your home while you stay in theirs. It's up to you and the other travelers to decide if you want to trade cars and take care of pets, too.

Considering the cost of staying even one night in a hotel, this deal may not be too shabby. The entire year's silver membership is $114.90, and if you can't find someone to exchange a home within the first year, the second year is free.

HomeExchange.com offers connections from local to international, plus vacation rentals.


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If you live in an apartment, you can use that as a trade, too, but it's recommended that you talk to your landlord or real estate company before letting a stranger into your home.

Worried about weirdos?

HomeExchange.com has this suggestion: "Think of home exchange as Internet dating for your home. Before you would actually go on a date with someone you met on the Internet, you would exchange some emails, talk on the phone a few times and swap recent photos. By the time you agreed to meet, it wouldn't be with a 'stranger.' You wouldn't go on a date if you didn't feel a connection, and the same goes for a home exchange."

Regardless of your views of online dating, make sure you're savvy about what your home or rental insurance covers.

If you've used this program before let us know how it worked out.

 

* Spanish welcome phrase for "My house is your house."