- Make a list of all arrangements agreed - either write them down or use the websites Swap Agreement tools. If any aspects of your exchange arrangements don't appear to be covered, just add these to the agreement and contact your exchange partners to confirm. Creating a detailed swap agreement will help avoid any misunderstandings later.
- Airline Tickets and Travel Insurance: as deposits/fares paid are usually non-refundable, do not buy tickets until you are sure you have a firm exchange agreement. When you both agree to go ahead and buy your tickets, you may like to exchange copies as an extra reassurance for both parties. When buying travel insurance, check that your policy will cover you if your exchange partners must cancel due to death or serious illness in the family (no policy will cover against a member just changing their mind about going ahead with an exchange and this is a small risk you must accept when arranging a home exchange holiday). Shop around for the best deals on both flights and insurance to suit your needs.