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HomeLink – home away from home!
How to Get Started on the New HomeLink Website
The new HomeLink International website is now live! Members are invited to update their listings directly on the new site.
⌂ Log-in and you can opt to create a new password
Initial log-in must be done using your current HomeLink email address. While at the log-in page, you can continue using your old HomeLink password or you can go to Log in and click on Forgot your Password?, which will prompt you to create a new password. Fill in your email address and SEND. You will immediately receive an email allowing you to create your own new password (must be at least 8 characters) and log-in.
⌂ Update your listing(s)
⌂ Create your family profile
Verify and complete the information you want to share. Add a profile photo (of you, your family or simply an image that you like). New! Youth Exchange via the HomeLink network is a great and reassuring way of introducing your children to the mind-broadening experience of travel. It is now an integral part of the Family Profile. If activated, a new tab will appear directly on your listing!
⌂ Update your Dates and Destinations and create Listing Alerts
Select up to five different sets of Dates and Destinations and attract more pertinent home exchange offers. Use the most generic set of "Open to all dates and destinations" only if you really are ready to travel anytime and you don't care much about the destination.
⌂ Check out your Dashboard and set your Time Zone for messages
Use your own personal space to verify incoming messages, edit your listing(s) and access your exchange documents.
⌂ Start searching for homes and add your favorites to your Wish List
Finding homes that match your travel plans, and exchange partners who share your interests, has never been so easy! Try the new Affinities and Affiliations criteria and find members with similar hobbies and professional interests. As a side note, if you wish to find your own listing then you first need to log out and then submit the location of your home to the desired destination field.
⌂ Send messages and get to know your potential exchange partners
The new HomeLink messaging system is organized in "conversations", allowing you to easily see the entire message history between you and each member you are in contact with. In addition, a photo of both exchange homes is displayed at the top of each conversation, making it easy to visualize your exchange.
⌂ When ready, confirm your exchanges using the new Exchange Agreement
The HomeLink Exchange Agreement Form has been streamlined! Easily accessible at the top of each conversation in the messaging system, the new EAF is automatically pre-filled in with basic information taken from yours and your partner's listings. Using the EAF not only provides you with a written permission to reside in someone else's home, but also eliminates all possible misunderstandings regarding dates, number of guests, and the fundamental logistics of the exchange. The EAF will now be an essential part of the successful management and follow through of all HomeLink exchanges (automatically recording your exchange history in your Dashboard, increasing the number of exchanges on your ee-counter, sending you the Exchange Evaluation Form at the end of each exchange, and inviting you and your exchange partners to sign each other's Guest Book ...).
⌂ New Website User Guide
Our Swiss office has prepared a thorough user guide (PDF) that you can download for future reference.
⌂ Some of the known errors that are currently being worked on
Launching an entirely new website often brings out bottlenecks that need smoothing over. Our IT team is already working on some of the known errors, e.g.:
Sincerest apologies for any inconvenience.
⌂ DOWNLOAD the check list as a document - save/print