Simple Home Exchange Agreement

A contract between you and your exchange family, even a basic agreement is helpful
to keep details clear.

Things to consider:
Duration of Exchange
Condition of House at start and end of exchange
Who pays utilities
Who is responsible for repairs
Phone use
Yard and garden maintenance
Pet care
Smoking allowed or not
Mail and phone messages
Use of car (or not)

Sample Agreement (this is just a sample and not a legal form):

This represents an agreement between____________________________________
who is in residence at:_________________________________________________
and _______________________________________________________________
who is in residence at:_________________________________________________
The exchange parties agree to exchange their homes from (period) ___________________

Both exchange parties agree to take the best care of each other’s home and agree to leave the house in as clean a condition as when they arrived. If there should be an accident of any kind, the involved party (where the mishap occurred) agrees to replace or repair the item's) involved. Each party also agrees to pay for any charges incurred while at the exchange home which are billed to the exchange home (for example, telephone bill) unless otherwise agreed upon.

(In this area you can outline specifics for each property such as pet care, garden care, car use, etc.)

Both Parties Sign and Date