Setting Up Your Listing
Clean your house (no need to stash absolutely everything; having some toys visible may be a selling point!) and take accurate pictures in good light. Start but just taking pictures with the best camera you have.
I originally put our home online last year with pictures from my iPhone 7+. Later on, we got professional HDR pictures and I noticed a sharp increase in the number of inquiries and accepted requests we had. But no need to do that right away, just get started with what you have!
Lots of people ask me if their home has to be “finished” to swap it. Our home is never finished! Obviously I wouldn’t swap your home if you are in the middle of a massive remodel, but we’ve swapped many times with a half-finished backyard and front yard fence and nobody seems to mind. Just make sure the kitchen and bathroom are in working order and warn people if you do have a half-finished project!
Next, think of your favorite things about your home and succinctly communicate them in a short paragraph. Be honest! One of the worst things you can do as a swapper is set people up for a castle when really you have a cottage. Most swappers are not in it for luxury, but to see how locals really live.