Innovation That Matters

High-end home swapping

Travel & Tourism

The march of the hotel alternatives continues, this time with the arrival of a home-swapping service aimed squarely at the upper echelon of homes. Luxe Home Swap allows people with high-end dwellings to swap accommodation with others all over the world. “Luxe” homes don’t necessarily have to be luxurious, UK-based Luxe Home Swap stresses; rather, they simply need an attractive location and home feel. Examples currently on the site include a 5-bedroom, 5-bath home in Sri Lanka, for example, as well as a 2-bedroom apartment in Gothenburg, Sweden. To use the service, homeowners simply pay a GBP 99 annual membership fee and begin browsing the homes listed on the site. Once they find one they’d like to swap with, they contact the owner to discuss the details via secure messaging and sign a digital contract. Members can make as many swaps as they’d like over the course of a year; Luxe Home Swap even offers a second year of membership free for those who didn’t succeed to find a good swap in their first. Trust is a big part of the success of any home exchange, and we’ve seen that addressed by focusing on homeowners who work in the same industry or are connected on Facebook. By focusing on wealthier clients, Luxe Home Swap achieves a similar end. (Related: Holiday sublet service offers hotel style amenitiesCutting-edge architectural dwellings for holiday rentHotel rooms scattered across the city of Linz.) Spotted by: Sunday Times via Sara Al Mulla



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