"I've been a host now for a number of months. Our guest, Li, is from China and I absolutely adore her. She's given me some of the freedom back that I had before having a child. She's fantastic with my 4 year old daughter and has really fit in with my family. For busy professionals and parents, The Room Xchange is fantastic. What better way to use your spare room that is unoccupied for most of the year. She's helped me with my life so I can go back to work and get some personal space back. She's really changed my life."
"I was going through a separation and finishing up my PhD in astrophysics. My scholarship was running out and no job or accommodation lined up. I searched Google and found The Room Xchange. I moved in with the Dautovic family a week later and they made me feel welcome right away. In just six weeks since, I’ve finished my PhD, gained a part time job in my Host’s business, they introduced me to a publisher in Europe and now I'm a contributing writer for a digital magazine. I've recovered from an emotionally difficult situation and saved myself a lot of financial grief. And the best thing is, I feel like I’m part of their family."
"I had been desperately trying to work out where I was going to live when my daughter came across The Room Xchange. I was 54, separated and my husband and I had lost all of our financial security due to a business failure. I was genuinely concerned about what I was going to do. Here I am, barely a month later and I not only have somewhere to live but am confident about my future! I have also been provided with the freedom to choose my own direction."
"My partner and I both dislike cooking and would rather work on our businesses. We contacted The Room Xchange and they helped us set up an engaging profile and then introduced us to Sally. Having Sally living with us has absolutely transformed our lifestyle! Having raised 4 adult children, she knows how to run a household. We arrive home to a cooked meal, the dishes are washed and the laundry is done. The best thing is that she's such a lovely person! We can't believe how lucky we are. The Room Xchange is such a win-win for us all.
"As a house-sitter, I was constantly looking for and living in between houses. It's glorious to have a permanent spot and not having to move every week. In my first month of Xchanging I've achieved more in my business than I had in the previous six months. I've finished my book, released and launched it in the 8 months I've been Xchanging. If you need somewhere to settle to help you get your business off the ground, I highly recommend it".
"Our property is listed on Airbnb which created a lot of additional work for us. Having Tracey here helped us to prepare our Airbnb space which enabled us to better manage our property. It's also a great way to use resources, meet new people, try new things and open up a new world of friends and family."
"I made lifelong friends and a second family. They took care of me and I took care of them. What I didn't expect was gaining a second set of parents. They were really kind to me and literally transformed me in ways I never expected. It's a very special bond and an extraordinary experience that everyone should have. If you're on a working holiday in Australia, it's the best way to travel. You get to experience the country like a local and feel at home at the same time."
"We have a large family home and now an empty nest. Instead of downsizing, we'd rather share our space. Xchanging has provided affordable accommodation to those who need it and we've utilised the space in our home through sharing. The empty nest doesn't feel so empty anymore. Having an Xchanger is about more than getting help each day. Our lives have become more enriched and exciting by inviting new people into our home. It's how The Room Xchange began."
"Being a Guest is a wonderful way to share your life and passions with other people. Whether you can speak another language, are a secret home Master Chef or just love connecting with like-minded people, it is a great opportunity to expand, share and learn from those around us. Plus, with the high cost of living and housing, The Room Xchange is offering a way to live better and smarter."
"Thanks to The Room Xchange, I was able to enjoy Melbourne without the heavy burden of accommodation costs so that I could enjoy the month I was visiting here. My Host, Tiffany, was very welcoming and I enjoyed caring for her 3 year old daughter. I would recommend The Room Xchange for whoever wants to grow from social interactions, have a pied-à-terre to visit the surroundings or if you're in transition like I was."
"I became a host because I wanted to stay in my own home with my wonderful friends and neighbours around me. My daughter was up and down from Melbourne while looking after her family because she felt she owed allegiance to me. The guest who I have has been kind and helpful doing a lot of the things that I can't do."
"I'm a busy professional in the real estate industry and I'm always coming home to an empty apartment and it can get quite lonely. I became a host because I wanted to share my life and my home with someone who was similar to me. It's nice to come to a delicious meal that my host cooks for me and to have a meaningful conversation with someone outside of my professional life."
"My girlfriend and I became hosts because we both run businesses and both value the time that it takes to build those businesses. Having lunches and dinners made for us is just heaven! Becoming a host has given more time to run my business and taken away the stress of running a household."
Don’t waste your hard earned money paying for rent and bills when you can share your skills and Xchange your time.
There are massive benefits to Xchanging.
It's time to leave home, fly the coop and live independently. Xchanging is a great first way to leave home. You'll still have the support of your Hosts and at the same time the freedom to gain some independence without the cost.
Better for the environment
By utilising resources that already exist, you are essentially decreasing your environmental footprint. By using your Hosts household furniture and items, you're decreasing landfill and emissions. Good on you!
More time to do what you love
By Xchanging your skills and time for food and accommodation, you are essentially decreasing the number of hours you have to work in order to live. If you played your cards right, you could Xchange and travel all over the world.
Concentrate on university
University is hard enough without having to worry about the high costs associated with it. Not only do you have to pay such high fees, university housing isn't that cheap. By Xchanging somewhere close to where you study, it will decrease your travel time and costs.
Time to start that project
We all have a book idea, a business concept or a dream holiday we'd love to go on, but the high cost of living puts an end to that. However, Xchanging will enable you to achieve those dreams and much more. It's also a great way for people who are 'in-between' and need a soft place to fall.
Enrich your life
Xchanging is about sharing lives and resources. It's about supporting each other via a fair an equitable Xchange. It's about learning from each other and growing as humans being. Ultimately, it's about creating micro-communities in the most intimate place of all - home.
We all have hidden skills and things that we naturally love to do. They’re the skills that you want to consider when Xchanging. Not everyone loves kids, cooking or gardening but there are some that are mad about it. You could be a crazy organiser - you know who you are. Everyone comments about it. Those skills are valuable to busy people. Take a look at some of the ideas below.
If you have a passion for cooking and love sharing your recipes, then there are Hosts waiting for you! So many Hosts are struggling to get good quality, healthy meals on the table. Here's to chance to shine in your very own Masterchef Kitchen!
Some might call you a neat freak, but we'd call you an angel in disguise! There are so many cupboards and drawers waiting for your methodical hands to whip them into shape! Declutter, organise, sort and sell. A Host's dream!
Let's face it, not every place you stay in has enough of a garden to get that green thumb moving. But we have heaps of Hosts who have gardens they need help maintaining. So if you've got a green thumb, we have a home for you.
Please take me for a walk, rub my tummy and play with me! Long work days are now making it impossible for many pet owners to give their pets the love they deserve. If you're an animal lover, you'll find an ideal Xchange in no time!
If you love being around children, we have plenty of Hosts waiting for someone just like you. To ensure you get a placement, a drivers licence and working with children check is a must along with an up to date first aid certificate.
Are you a person who loves making plans, keeping everyone on time and supporting people in their day to day lives? You could be an ideal Personal Concierge. Help our busy professionals get their lives back by managing their day to day 'to do' list.