The Room Xchange is a platform that connects busy, time poor households with guests who provide an agreed amount of help around the house in Xchange for accommodation. The host gets much needed in-home help and the guest can reduce their cost of living.
The Room Xchange is the easiest and most secure way for people to use their spare bedroom as a resource and connect with a growing community of like-minded people who want to experience independent living, without the high cost. An Xchange is so much more than just getting your time back and cost-effective living, it is about de-stressing your life, getting the time for things that are important such as spending time with family, connecting with friends, taking the time for your health, going away on the weekends and doing the things our busy lives often prevent us from doing.
The cost of living has left many of us with high mortgages and long working hours to service the costs. However, it's not unusual to have a spare bedroom in most middle class homes. That spare bedroom is a cost centre, yet many of them are left unused. By Xchanging your spare bedroom you can begin to not only get some much needed help around the house but some of your much deserved time back as well. You can use that time for yourself, your loved ones, to start a hobby, read a book, get a massage or write a book. Whatever you'd like to do instead of what you have to do such as cooking, cleaning, laundry, doing everyday errands or gardening.
But it's much more that. By becoming a host you are opening your front door to new experiences that will enrich your life. You'll build relationships with people from other cultures and lifestyles which in turn will broaden yours and your households ideas and understanding of the world at large. You'll positively impact the life of another person and give them the opportunity to minimise their cost of living by contributing to your life, and in turn, making their life better. You will genuinely be changing the way you live - for the better.
Incomes have not increased to match the high cost of living. This is leaving many people financially challenged and unable to afford to live. However, we have many hosts who live in homes with a spare bedroom who could do with some help in Xchange for food and accommodation.
Xchanging is ideal for local and international university students, young adults who want to leave home but can't afford the rent. Long-term travellers who want to experience what it is like to live with a local and meet new people. We also have a number of business women who become guests so they can stay with a local instead of a lonely, expensive hotel.
It's also a great opportunity for people who are in between stages of life. You may have lost your job, recently divorced or perhaps just wanting to take some time out for yourself until you figure out the next step. Or you may be an entrepreneur who wants to dedicate all your resources into your latest business idea.
But it's also much more than that. It creates a sense of community and belonging that you just can't get living on your own. It's also valuing the planet as you're using resources that already exist - a furnished, empty spare bedroom. The best part of it is that you create new, life long friends who will affect your life in ways you never imagined.
You will genuinely be changing the way you live - for the better. It's a new way to stay.
We want the Xchange to be fair. We came up with an equation based on average rent, food and utilities. The amount worked out to be around $350 a week. Divide that by $25 an hour, which is a fair rate for household chores and it equates to 14 hours a week or 2 hours a day. Some households are smaller and might not require 2 hours a day, so they can agree on 10 hours a week and the guest can pitch in for food. It's really up to the host and guest to negotiate what they think is fair. You might have a skill that is of higher value. For example, a guest might be an artist and could offer to paint an abstract piece of art in Xchange for a two week stay in a beachside apartment. Think about what you can offer, what the value of that is and what you would like in return. For hosts, think about what you need help with and what you have to offer in return.
You can Xchange for as little as a week or as long as a year. It's up to you. You might like to Xchange for a week to see how you all get along before you commit long-term. Or you may just be happy with a short-term Xchange. It depends on the needs of the host and the length of time they're happy to have a guest. A host may only have a small project they want completed and are happy for a guest to stay for a week to complete it. Or they might want someone on a day to day basis ongoing. It's up to the host and guest to negotiate what that looks like and expectations around it. Make sure you indicate in your profile whether you wish to Xchange short or long-term.
There is no money Xchanged hands between the host and the guest. It's an Xchange of time for help.
There is no charge to create your profile, search or connect with other users. Up until this point, it's totally free.
For a short-term Xchange it's $25 a week or part thereof. If you're wanting to Xchange longer term, we have a monthly discounted rate of $60. Our fees cover you for our $5m public liability and bodily injury insurance policy, our customer care support and the continued use of our platform for further Xchanging. We will from time to time run special offers to new users so make sure you come back and check that out. We'll also let you know via our social media platforms and email newsletters.
For less than 4 coffees a week you could totally change the way you live.
Once you find someone you'd like to connect with, simply click 'connect' and they'll be notified via text message that you'd like to chat.
If they like your profile and they accept your request to connect, you'll receive a text message and you can begin chatting in our secure internal messaging system.
If that goes well and you're ready for a phone call or face to face meeting you can provide each other with your phone numbers and go from there.
If all goes well and you decide to Xchange, you both need to book the Xchange via the platform for the duration of the agreed time. This will show that you're currently in an Xchange by blocking out your calendar and will also ensure that you're covered by our insurance policy.
Here are some tips on questions to ask your potential Xchanger.
The first thing you need to do is register your FREE account which will take you about two minutes and it's an easy process.
Once you have registered and verified your email address, you can then log in and create your profile. You need to 100% complete your profile, which includes your Digital ID from Australia Post, before you can connect with users. This is a safety mechanism that ensures all users have been verified and are transparent in their approach.
You can always contact the team if you have any questions here.