How to Use KYT to Find Your Ideal Home Exchange Club
The Club Finder
The Club Finder offers the opportunity to search for
major exchange clubs based on specific criteria important to you.
Our search criteria include cost, number of members and more.
Follow the instructions on the database page.
Exchange Club Categories
Our Exchange Club Categories lets you see all the home
exchange clubs, including the specialty and smaller exchange
sites, grouped by specific categories.
Home Exchange Criteria
These are the criteria we have chosen to evaluate the
various home exchange organizations:
• Cost: Clubs range from free to over
$1000 (for a specialty club). Some of the organizations that
are free pledge to always be free, others are only free temporarily.
These have been noted on our list view page. Most are under $100.
• Year founded: The oldest clubs started
in 1953 and new ones have started almost yearly since the 1980’s.
If a club has been around a long time, it usually has built up
a fairly large membership and a good reputation. Newer clubs may
have innovative features that the older ones do not offer.
• Country of origin: Although all clubs
are based in a specific country, most offer worldwide listings.
There are a few specialty sites that are specific to the country
of origin. Sometimes the club has more listings in the country
of origin and is written in the language of the country. Many
sites also offer translation services.
• Communication: Blogs, forums and emails
are all methods of communication offered by some of the club sites.
It is especially helpful when clubs offer email updates when new
listing are added in “wish list” countries. KYT tells
you which clubs communicate.
• Updated: Home exchange clubs vary in
how easy it is to find out if listings are current. While most
of the larger clubs are careful about removing older listings,
some clubs highlight last updates or date of enrollment. That
makes it foolproof.
• Open/Closed: There are several different
methods of contact for home exchange clubs. If a club is deemed
open, visitors are free to browse listings and contact members.
Membership is required in order to post a listing. The advantage
of open clubs is that they offer a wider range of potential
swappers. However, this may provide more opportunity for spam.
Closed clubs require membership in order to contact other members.
Their advantage is additional privacy and security.
• Reverse Search: Reverse search allows
an exchanger to look for other swappers who are interested in
coming to their location. Some clubs offer reverse search options
to country only, others are more specific.
• Second Home: Many home exchangers have
second homes. KYT lets you know if there is an additional charge
for listing another home.
• Number of Listers: KYT has estimated
membership size. This is as up to date as possible, though of
course, these fluctuate daily. Some listing numbers may be inflated,
due to counting of members who are no longer active. When possible,
Know Your Trade has counted the listings to verify the numbers.
• Advanced Search Options:
Some sites offer many search options, which makes it easier to
find a trade if you have specific needs. For example, if you travel
with a pet, you may want to search only for pet friendly homes.
KYT tells you which sites offer options and what the options are.
• Visible contact: Some people prefer complete
privacy on their listings. KYT lets you know the varying degrees
of privacy offered by the clubs.
• Helps: Some home exchange clubs have
loads of information for the exchanger, which can be used in addition
to the resources on KYT.
• Guarantees: Some home exchange clubs
offer guarantees if an exchange is not made during membership.