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In a given day I can generate about a billion new business and creative ideas. Most of them are crazy, and it's impossible to follow through with very many. But I know an idea is really worth pursuing when it sticks with me week after week, month after month, and instead of beginning to sound totally absurd or far-fetched, it starts sounding better and better.
This is one of those ideas. A blogger home exchange resource!
If I know anything about bloggers it's that they love to travel, they love to explore one another's homes, and they're very particular about their physical environment. What is missing in the vacation exchange and rental market is an opportunity for these likeminded design-oriented folks to find one another and make their homes available for vacation swaps!
Not only will the blogger-to-blogger format ensure that you'll be staying in a really cool place, but there's an added layer of trust and protection built in, too. You're able to verify via their blog archives that the person and their environment are a good match for you, that you feel comfortable with them, that their descriptions and photos of the home are accurate, etc..
And there's little chance that an established blogger would risk their reputation by running off with your silverware (or plastic spork collection?) or trashing your house!
Basic ground rules:
It's free to use!
No commercial vacation rentals. This is for blogger-to-blogger home exchange only and is not to be used for financial gain.
Please have an active blog or similar web-presence (tumblr, Wordpress, website, etc.) that has been established for a minimum of six months and provides at least some information about yourself, your home, neighborhood, etc.
Submit the following information if you would like your house listed. Let me know in the comments section if you think other things should be included on the list!
-Clear pictures of the interior and exterior living spaces and the immediate neighborhood (blur out addresses and street names-these shouldn't be provided until you trust the person you're working with and have a concrete swap agreement, and are within about a week of arrival!)
-List locations where you would be willing to stay, or are you open?
-Your contact email
-Links to your website, blog, and/or other media that will tell us more about you and your home
-Approximate dates your house might be available (summertime only, long weekends, flexible, etc.)
-Do you have pets and will they need to stay?
-Will you allow pets? What kind/size?
-Would you allow (or is the house appropriate for) children? Do you have children and will the house be equipped for visiting children (i.e., could carseat, crib, stroller, or any other items be made available?)
-Number and types of beds/bedrooms/bathrooms
-Is a car necessary to get around? If so, are you open to swapping cars?
-Describe your neighborhood-are there restaurants/activities in walking distance, are you near trails, the beach, or some point of interest, etc.
-Any unique attributes you'd like to share (i.e., we have an organic garden, a huge vinyl collection you're welcome to use, an amazing espresso machine, hobos living in our basement, a creepy doll collection in every room, whatever).
I'll feature each submission in its own blog post, and it will also appear on a dedicated permanent link on my blog sidebar where others can find and contact you.
Please forward this post to any of your friends and colleagues that might be interested!
SUBMISSIONS CAN BE SENT TO MODERNHAUS@GMAIL.COM
I can answer questions in the comment section below-since others might have the same question it would be helpful to make the answer visible to everyone.
So, what do you think? Would you take advantage of this resource?? What blogger's home would you most like to stay at? Maybe, just maybe, I can get them to participate!