Pictures on your advert
Your chances of finding a swap increase by 126.6% when you have at least 1 picture on your advert. If you haven't already get one up :) If you are not sure how and need advice we have a great help desk team who can assist you (see the bottom of this blog for details).
Make sure you get as much of the room as you can in the photo. Try standing on something to get a better perspective or taking the shot from the corner of the room.
Try and have a clear space, by tidying up and de-cluttering the space others will be able to picture themselves in your home much more easily.
You can upload up to 15 photos to your advert. One of the front of the property is always a good idea so if you arrange a viewing the swapper knows what to look for. We also advise you pick at least a couple of your favourite rooms to showcase the property. If you don’t want to share every single room, make sure you describe the layout of your home to give others a clear idea of what they get in the swap.
Tidy up your inbox! Go through your messages and have a good clear out so you know who is still of interest and who to let down. HomeSwapper have included a ‘no thanks’ button for your convenience, we encourage our users to be polite and treat others how they would expect to be treated. Please respond to all waiting messages.
Don’t sit and wait for others to contact you, be proactive and message others. Sometimes you may require further information about a property or location, or you might even want to see more pictures if the advert is lacking in visuals. We always promote the messaging tool to be the main point of contact so that all your messages are kept in one place.
Don't forget there is a FREE HomeSwapper app you can download from the app store (for iOS and Android devices) which will help you stay on top of your matches and messages.
Improve your star rating
On your dashboard you’ll fine on the right hand side your star rating, this is just for you and is not shared with other users. Each star you earn gives you a single entry into the monthly prize draw to win a prize of £100 Love2shop vouchers. These stars are a great indication of how well you are performing on HomeSwapper and will show you the areas that need improvement to maximise your chances of swapping.
Now is a good time to double check you have set all your search filters correctly. It is surprising how one filter can affect your matches so take your time and double check you have set these to your perfect specification.
Similarly, now is a great time to check your saved search locations are correct. Sometimes broadening your search by a couple of miles opens you up to new matches in areas you hadn't considered before.
Already swapped? You’ll find a green button on your dashboard which will help you close your account and record it. Sign in to your account here to update your advert.
Our help desk team are contactable to assist with any HomeSwapper related enquiry by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.