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Your Destination Wishlist

Use your Destination Wishlist to communicate with our search engine. List all the places you would most like to go and we will make sure that, when it is appropriate, your home is presented to members who live there!

Screenshot of the destinations wishlist

You don’t have to fill out your Destinations Wishlist but if you don’t, you will most certainly have to make all the first contacts. Raise your chances that members in living in places you want to visit can find and contact you too.

When members living in your wishlist countries use our reverse search, (and their other criteria don’t rule your listing out), our search engine will show them your listing.

If you wonder what it means when I say “when other criteria don’t rule your listing out”. I mean that the searching family has not checked boxes to only see families with children (when you have none), or maybe their exchange dates and yours do not cross at all. Of course, in these situations, you would not be a great partner for them. Of course, they would still find you if they removed or changed their criteria to match the information in your listing.


Open for All Offers

Be sure to check this box if you are willing to consider offers from members who do not live in one of the countries listed on your Wishlist. We really encourage you to do this and be open to the spontaneous opportunities that will come your way.


Adding a Destination

Click the Add a Destination button and begin typing the name of the country, region or city that you would like to add to your Wishlist. Choose from the list of options provided by Google and your choice will be added to your wishlist automatically.

Screenshot of the match alert page


Removing a Destination

Screenshot of the match alert page

Wondering if your Destinations Wishlist affects other member’s reverse searches? It does.

The reversed search is a member asking our system to: Please show me other members who are specifically interested in visiting my location. Our system is specifically designed to help you and your next exchange partner find each other.

The rules our search engine follows are:

  1. If your Destinations Wishlist is empty, your listing will never be displayed in another member’s reversed search.
  2. If you have a checkmark in the Open for all destinations box, your listing will always be included when another member makes a reversed search.
  3. Your Destinations Wishlist is taken into account (countries, regions & cities) and your listing will be included whenever your one of your desired locations matches the location of the searching member’s home.
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My Favourites

My Favorites are a convenient way to save notes and a link back to listings that are attractive to you. The My Favorites section is linked from the top section of the Member home navigation.

The Favourites Layout

In the screenshot below you can see:

  • The date you put this listing on your favourites page.
  • A checkbox, useful for removing multiple listings from your favourites page
  • The listing id and location of the member’s home
  • Photo of the member’s home.
  • Underneath the photo, you will find information about their next exchange dates or current exchange availability as well as contact history and button.
  • The headline on the listing
  • The number of people who can sleep in this home.
  • The adults -vs- children make-up of this family.
  • Other details about the home.

Example of a favourite listing

Listing notes are private and are deleted if you remove the listing from your Favourites page.


Adding and Removing Favourites

Besides using the red “Trash” button on any listing on your Favourites page to remove a listing, you can also click the Favourite or Remove from Favourites button when you are looking at another member’s listing.

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Making Contact with a Favourite

To make contact with the owners of a listing on your Favourites page, click the green “Contact” button underneath the photo. This will open up the contact dialog. It looks like this:

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Request an exchange or start a conversation – our system has two options available for you.
To close the contact dialog, click the “hide” button.


Contacting Multiple Members at Once

To contact the owners of several of your favourite listings at once, use the link “Contact multiple favorites” from the Favourites navigation. It is highlighted in green in the screenshot below.

Underneath the recipients’ list and the message form, are the listings for all the active members on your favorites list. Add them to your recipients’ list by clicking the blue “+” button – and remove them by clicking the “Remove” link.

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After you have set up your recipients list, fill in the message form and send.


You Have Been Added as a Favourite

Did you get an email that looks something like this one?

Example email

No worries, you don’t need to respond to it. It’s only an informational email. We just wanted to let you know that someone is thinking about an exchange with you.


Please, Make Them Stop!

If you don’t want to get any more email when other members add you to their favourites list, you can adjust your contact restrictions on the Contact Information page.

Adjust your contact restrictions here.

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Hotlist for Last Minute home exchanges

What is the Hotlist?

The hotlist is the perfect place to find a last minute house swap anywhere in the world. An entry in the hotlist is only valid for four days so the list is always current and these are all members who are actively searching for a house swap holiday within the next 8 weeks. It’s a great tool for new members with upcoming vacations and also for finding a spontaneous weekend exchange. Once you’ve added your listing to the hotlist, it will stay there for 4 days and then be automatically removed.


Where Can I See the Hotlist?

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It is fully embedded in our search tool as a filter. Have a look at our search page.

Requirements

  1. An active Intervac membership.
  2. Exchange dates which begin within the next 8 weeks.

Want to know more about the hotlist? Like how to add your listing? It’s really easy.


Quickstart: Go To > Change My Listing

Listing not on the Hotlist

Listing successfully added to the Hotlist

How To Add or Remove Your Listing

The switch on the “Change My Listing” page is a toggle. As you can see in the screenshots above all you have to do is click it and it changes.

To Add Your Listing

  1. Go to the Main Settings for your listing by clicking on “Change My Listing” in the member homepage navigation.
  2. Click the “Show listing in the Hotlist?” toggle switch and it will change from red to green.

To Remove Your Listing

If you have found an exchange and no longer want your listing on the hotlist, you can remove it easily.

  1. Go to the Main Settings for your listing by clicking on “Change My Listing” in the member homepage navigation.
  2. Click the “Show listing in the Hotlist?” toggle and it will change from green to red.
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Are you new to home exchange?

Lots of questions arise when you are starting in home exchange. But we in Intervac are all here to help!
Here are a couple of questions from our members that you might find useful. And make sure you also check our guide.

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What would you say are the most important things I can do to make my listing attractive to other members?

Be sure to add lots of photos of your home and your neighborhood. Members that do have photos have an increased chance of getting the home exchange they want as they look more trustworthy to others.

Also, add photos of yourself and your pets. You can mark these to be visible to members only if you are uncomfortable with the idea that visitors to the Intervac site could see them.

Finally, it’s very important to keep your exchange dates and your destinations wishlist up-to-date so that our search engine can work to help you find the perfect exchange partner.


Member Question. Our exchange from last summer doesn’t show on our page. It was our first exchange and we would like to be sure our listing is complete.

If this should happen to you, the best thing to do is to contact your local representative. They can change this for you and will pass the general problem along to our development team for checking.

As always, we appreciate the time you take to let us know when something doesn’t work as you expect it will. Your feedback helps us to improve our online system every day.

 


Member Question. Is there an easy way to know if I already contacted a member about an exchange in the past?

Improved search returns make it easy to see if you already contacted a member about an exchange.

Yes, you can see that directly on the search returns.

Any time you see a listing with a green checkmark beside it, you know you have already been in contact with that member.

The green checkmark is your clue…

 

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Saving Search Criteria

The Save Search dialog is found at the bottom of the search filters on the search page. You must be logged-in to use this option.

Saved Search does not save the results of the search you run today, it just saves the criteria. This way, you can be assured that every time you re-use a saved search you will be looking at the freshest results our database has to offer.


Step-by-Step

Save search dialog

To Save a Search

  1. Set up your search filters
  2. Go to My Saved Searches
  3. Give your search a name
  4. Click “Save Search”

Use a Saved Search

  1. Go to My Saved Searches
  2. The searches you saved previously are links. Click the one you want to use.

To Delete a Saved Search

  1. Go to My Saved Searches
  2. Click the garbage can icon next to the search you want to delete.
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Lots of Search Filters

There are plenty of filters and convenient ways to find your next home-exchange partner. We keep track of the filters you have chosen in the bar above the listings cards.

Screenshot of the search page

House filters – Sleeping Capacity

House Filters – Facilities

  • No smoking
  • Lift/Elevator
  • Suitable for disabled people
  • Car necessary
  • Use/Exchange of car
  • Seclusion/Privacy
  • Use of boat
  • Pet care wanted

House Filters – Indoor

  • Free internet access
  • Computer available
  • Hot tub or jacuzzi
  • Air conditioning
  • Central heating
  • Fireplace
  • Baby equipment
  • Toys and games
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Clothes dryer
  • Television
  • Piano
  • Guitar
  • Other musical instruments

House Filters – Outdoor

  • Garden
  • Terrace or deck
  • Balcony
  • Park/playground
  • BBQ
  • Sauna private
  • Garage
  • Private swimming pool

House Filters – House Type

  • Single storey home
  • House
  • Flat
  • Caravan
  • Holiday home

Environment Filters

  • In the city
  • In the suburbs
  • In a small town
  • In the country
  • By the sea
  • In the mountains

Surroundings

  • Beach
  • Boating
  • Golfing
  • Forest
  • River
  • Sea
  • Lake
  • Shopping
  • Mountains

Exchange Filters – Dates and  duration

  • Exchange filters – Exchange Dates
  • Exchange filters – Length of Stay
    (minimum number of weeks)

Exchange Filters – Exchange Types

  • Bed and Breakfast
  • Hospitality wanted
  • Long-term exchange wanted
  • Non-simultaneous exchange
  • Home exchange
  • Hospitality exchange
  • Youth exchange
  • Renting possible

Family Filters

  • Number of adults
  • with children / without children
  • with pets / without pets
  • experienced exchangers only
  • spoken languages

Search Preferences

Reverse Search: You can also choose to show only listings belonging to members who have your area in their Destinations Wishlist.

Exchange Filters: If you want to see only listings open for exchange, put a checkmark in the box next to “Open for exchange”. This will remove all offers not currently open for exchange from your search results.

Hotlist: You can also choose to show only the listings of members looking for a last minute exchange.

And you can sort the listings that you see by:

Most recent: These are the newest and freshest listings in our database and this is the default sort order. You can be sure that the listings you see first, no matter what your search criteria are the newest we have to offer.
Country: This is useful if you have not specified a country for your search.
Listing number: Especially good if you are looking for your own listing. You can place your search and sort by listing number to make it easier to find your listing in all the others.

My Saved Searches

Yes, you can save and name your search criteria for quick access to the latest listings! Read all about Saved Searches.