Lexy has been a member of Love Home Swap for over six years and has been swapping her scenic family home in Scotland for other people’s homes in Sardinia, Paris, Berlin and Holland. With half-term just around the corner, this could be a cost-efficient way for families to still go on holiday and make savings despite the rising cost of living.
Home swapping isn’t for everyone but Lexy encourages people to give it a try before they rule it out completely.
The secondary school teacher advised: “If you want to try it, have a go at the free trial. You have nothing to lose and maybe a whole new travel lifestyle to gain!”
As with any opportunity to make money, there are downsides – the main one being that it can take a few hours to clean one’s house before guests arrive.
However, there’s no reason why homeswappers couldn’t hire a cleaning company to do the work and deduct it from their profits.
Because the accommodation is free, travelling this way could save people £20,000 or more over the course of a year Inge claims.
Looking after someone’s home – often with pets in situ – could be the perfect side hustle for pensioners as the working time doesn’t usually exceed 1.75 hours per day.
People employed by Homesitters in the UK typically earn around £170 as a couple for a two-week homesit, plus they get reimbursed for mileage at 45p per mile.
Homesitters can also make huge savings on energy bills when they are staying in someone else’s home.