This week’s article on how to use the HomeSwapper site takes a look at setting up the match filters for the home you’d like.
We’ve put together another step-by-step guide to make sure you’re getting the most out of our matching system.
Starting from the top, when you log on to your account, you’ll be taken straight to your Dashboard. On the left side you’ll see an option to click on My Matches:
You can also get here from any page of the site through the menu bar at the top of the page, by hovering over Matches and then clicking on Find a match:
Once you’ve clicked through, you’ll be taken to the Find a match page, where you’ll be able to set detailed preferences for the matches you’d like to see. At the top of this page you can choose how you would like to view the matches we find for you. You can View as list or alternatively, View on map.
You’ll also be able to choose how you sort the results that you see here; by distance, rent, highest percentage match, most recently logged on and the newest or oldest properties on the site. So, have a think about what is most important to you and filter the results in the best way for you. Just make sure you click on the purple Update button each time you change anything on this page!
There are four different types of match filter you can set here, so we’ll now take you through each one in order:
This is the most used tab of all and shows homes you want, and swappers that want a home like yours.
Our matching is based on rent, type of home, location and the number of bedrooms in each home. The preferences you entered when you signed up to HomeSwapper will be here already, but in this tab you can really narrow down your search preferences or change your existing ones if necessary.
At the top of the Matches section you’ll see the location finder, where you can view your saved locations in the drop-down menu:
You can add more location preferences here by clicking on search a new location and entering the new location into the search box that appears. As soon as you start typing, suggestions will appear that you can select, as shown below:
You can also choose how far from this exact location you’re willing to go and then click Done – your new location will be added to the list! Remember that the more locations and the greater the search area selected, the more choices will appear in the search.
Also in this top bar, you’ll be able to select the minimum and maximum amount of beds you’d like to search for, as well as the amount of rent. Make sure you’ve checked that you’ve put in either the amount of rent per month or week as both options will appear in the drop-down menu!
Below this, in the Type of home and Type of tenancy sections you can add more than one type that you’re interested in, simply by clicking on the various buttons. You can also do this in the Features section, although please do note that the more elements you choose in the Features section, the fewer results you’ll see. So, think carefully about what you need versus what you want.
For elements that aren’t listed in the Features section, you have the Keywords box. Start by typing keywords or phrases into this box, making sure you separate keywords or phrases with a comma so our system knows they are individual phrases, as in the example below:
This box can also be used to search by username if you’re looking for a specific user that you’d like to connect with.
Below this is the Last logged in filter, so if you really only want to include very active swappers in your search then you can set this to show only those that have logged in in the last week. You can also select if you’d like to show homes only from your current landlord or homes from local landlords in the Landlord options section below the Type of tenancy section.
In the final tier in the search options here you’ll be able to choose whether you want to specifically search for adverts that are ‘Serious about swapping’, ‘Council homes only’, ‘No swap required’, ‘Only homes with photos’ or ‘100% matches only’:
Please note that if you search for ‘100% matches only’ this will limit your search results.
Now you’re ready to see your results! Make sure you’ve clicked on the purple Update button at the top of the tab to secure your preferences and then click on Search:
Your results will appear in a list below, so that you can take a look through them and see if any of them match your preferences enough to start making contact.
If at any point, you want to start again with your preferences, simply click on the Reset button and your preferences will be wiped, leaving you free to begin again.
This option shows homes which you might be able to move into via a chain of swaps. If you see a home you like in this search, the system can help you build a chain of swaps to make this work.
The only difference that you’ll see here is that the ‘100% matches only’ option from the bottom tier of search options will have disappeared, but you can otherwise search for a home using the directions above.
For more information on searching for and building MultiSwap chains, please click this link to our step-by-step guide.
3. All homes
This tab is a more general search that matches what you are looking for only, not what other swappers are looking for. This will show you a lot more homes than you would see on the other tabs, like Matches. Just be aware though, that these swappers will not necessarily be looking for your type of property or area.
The search functions on this tab are exactly the same as those described for the Matches tab above, so just follow that as a guide and get searching!
4. Looking for a home like yours
This tab has the opposite function to the All homes tab and instead, brings all the people who are searching for your type of home into one place. You can then look at their homes to see if any are suitable for you. This is a great option if you are more open to exploring other locations, or if some of your preferences are not essentials. You might find a great home here that wouldn’t have shown up in your results otherwise!
Here, you’ll see that there are slight differences in the match filters, in that the location option will no longer be there, as well as the option to ‘Include homes I don’t like’ under the Excluded homes section. Clicking this button will mean that homes you’ve previously disliked will come up in the search. If you’d rather keep them out of the search, then do not click on this box.