Our network is based on mutual respect. Historically, home exchanging problems are quite rare in comparison to vacation rentals, as there is no money exchanged between host and guest and there is actually reciprocity: guests are hosts and vice-versa. Home exchanges began in the 50s with catalogs distributed by mail to members, long before the Internet made it easier and the collaborative economy became popular. In addition, we encourage you to get to know the person (or people) with whom you are exchanging. In contrast to rental websites, in an exchange, you get to see the other member’s profile and home photos, which can reveal a lot about a person´s lifestyle and usually provides a good indication of how they will behave and treat your property.
BeLocal is a platform that allows you to enjoy the sharing experience in the safest way possible with zero accommodation costs!
However, good communication is essential. BeLocal offers a safe system for you to exchange messages and communicate with our members until you establish a trusting relationship. Your data is revealed only when you decide to go ahead with an exchange agreement. Usually, by the time an exchange occurs, you already feel comfortable with the member. Ask questions about the region and home, find out who will be travelling with the member, and look carefully at the photos. Exchange as many messages as you think are necessary to introduce yourself and your family to the interested member. BeLocal also offers an online ID verification system to ensure that you travel safely. However, it is important that you clarify all your questions. And, if you don’t feel confident, refuse it.
Our members are people like you, who love to travel and spend time with their family and friends; they prefer a more authentic travel style, do not enjoy mass tourism, and would like to contribute to a more sustainable world by limiting their impact on their destinations. You will see that, in the end, these are families just like yours, and they will treat your home with care and respect.
Tips for a successful exchange!
>Good communication is the key to a successful exchange. Ask questions, get details, and be honest in your answers to other members.
>Reserve a locked space in your house where you can safely store high-value objects.
>Leave instructions about your home and save them for your next exchanges.
>Confirm date and time of arrival. If you can’t be present, ask a friend, relative, or employee to receive your guest. Before you leave, send a WhatsApp or email reconfirming the date and time. Take your hosts’ contact information with you and let them know of any flight delays or other unexpected events.
>It is important that you are 100% sure of your travel dates when you sign the contract. After the agreement is signed, the other member will start making plans, buying tickets, confirming vacation dates at work, etc.
>Finally, if, for any reason, you don’t feel confident about a certain member, feel free to refuse an exchange invitation.