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Departure checklist

The golden rule of home exchanging is to leave your home clean for your home exchange partner’s arrival and to leave their home clean when you depart. Other options are available of course, so create a departure checklist for whatever mutual agreement you have worked out with your exchange partners.

Departure checklists set expectations.

Communication is key so that you and your exchange partners are comfortable and know what to expect. In over 25 exchanges, we each most often do the cleaning ourselves and leave the other person’s home clean. However, on a few occasions when we have an early flight we left payment for a cleaning service that was arranged by the home owner. All things are possible.

A departure checklist is handy for the guest and the host. We print the departure checklist and leave the pages in the front pocket of our home exchange book. We tuck in a handy pencil and pen.

My Departure Checklist

Thank you for being our home exchange partner. We hope that you enjoyed your stay.

  • Just tidy up and check around for your belongings. We’re famous for leaving little things behind. 
  • Take off sheets and leave on top of bed. No need to wash them. We’ll make the beds when we return. 
  • Hang used bath and kitchen towels on the outdoor hooks by the pool so we’ll know which towels are used. 
  • Throw out open perishable foods.
  • Dishes in the dishwasher, run it if needed. No need to empty. 
  • Do a quick wipe down of the kitchen counters and patio table (we battle sugar ants).
  • The vacuum is in the guest room closet if needed.
  • Broom and dust pan are in the hall closet. 
  • No need to mop, but if you must, there is a Swiffer in the hall closet. Mop and bucket are in the laundry room.
  • Empty all the trash cans. Put household garbage in the large white kitchen trash bags and seal tightly before you put in outside can. 
  • If the AC is on, set AC to auto 78.
  • Make sure doors and windows are tightly closed and locked.
  • Make sure trash cans and recycle bins are inside the fence.
  • Leave us a note if anything needs our attention. We strive to provide an exceptional home experience. 
  • Check the closets again for your belongings.
  • Check the outlets to be sure you have your charging cords.
  • Travel safely home. 

Questions for the guest

My departure checklist also includes a space for guests to give us feedback so that we can improve where needed.

  • Did you look for things you didn’t find?
  • Did you wish that you knew answers to local questions?

Please note your questions and feedback here. We strive for exceptional guest experiences and your feedback will help us. 

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