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Host Tips for Safe Xchanging

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  • It’s no secret that we’re living in unprecedented times right now, but as we start to see society normalise we wanted to share some insights on how you can Xchange safely moving forward. Hosting a guest to help you with domestic tasks will significantly reduce the number of people coming in and out of your household. Rather than having separate visits from someone doing multiple tasks such as childcare, cleaning, gardening and dog walking, one guest can help with these tasks on a daily basis via an Xchange. You can save money and get the help you need and a guest can save money by helping you out.  Below you can find some helpful tips to ensure yourself and your guest are on the same page, and can establish some ground rules for everyone’s peace of mind.

    • Understand their lifestyle. Your guest will likely have work or study requirements, and a social life. You need to keep this in mind when taking in a guest. Be clear about what you’re comfortable with in terms of socialising and what you’d like them to do before re-entering your home.
    • Set clear rules around having visitors. Will you and your guest be allowed to have visitors? Be mindful of who is visiting your home and practice safe distancing to protect your guest as well as yourselves.


    Make a plan for what happens if someone is in contact with someone found to have COVID-19, or if someone in the house gets it. Will the whole house go into isolation? Is there an area of the house that can be used as a self-quarantine area? Keep in mind that you don't want your guest to be concerned about how getting sick may affect their living situation. If you’d like your guest to have a COVID-19 test prior to moving in, it's a reasonable request now that the test is readily available.

    Here are some household tips to maintain optimum health at home:

    • Regularly disinfect surfaces around your home that are regularly touched by multiple people such as kitchen benches, bathroom, toilet, doorknobs and fridge door;
    • Don’t hug, shake hands or touch each other;
    • Request that all members of the household have the Covid-19 app incase you or your guest come in contact with someone who may have the virus;
    • Check in regularly with how everyone is feeling. If anyone is starting to feel unwell or are showing symptoms get tested and listen to the medical advice. 

    Communication is key. In order for your Xchange to be successful it’s important that everyone feels comfortable asking questions, and giving answers. At the end of the day, having everyone on the same page from the beginning is the best way to instil clarity and confidence in the Xchange.

    To stay up to date with the latest information on Covid-19, check with the Australian Government Department of Health