Time tends to fly too fast every year when we prepare for our trips although we should know the routine by now. After all, it's our 4th year of swapping homes. It's useful to keep a check-list and start early enough...but what is early enough, I wonder and haven't found the answer.
We spruce up the house, spring clean and also store items of value or personal nature away into our owner's closet--only to take them back out on our return.We thought we were doing good until a minor storm blew over a tree in our backyard last weekend.Two days of chopping wood and hauling branches to the curb later, the mess is over.
It seems to be the year when everything wants to self-destruct and cause us additional chores.Within the last week the dryer went, we installed a new microwave, repaired a rusty stove door, the TV needed a serious repair and today I noticed that the toaster is on its last leg - or only burning on 2 cylinders.
Whether you decide to touch up paint or freshly paint in and around your house when you embark on a home swap is obviously up to you. Not everybody does that. We are happy campers when our swapping partners exchange faulty light bulbs, empty trash cans and removed enough stuff from overflowing closets so that we can hang up our clothes or put our own food into the fridge.
The cleaner is booked for our departure day so that I don't have to strip the beds and wash and put fresh sheets on. I also always appreciate not having to make the beds first when we arrive at our final destination after long day of traveling.