My question is, how to you prepare your home for guests you may never meet? The first time we had an exchange arranged, I did not think of anything other than providing a sparkling clean home with clean sheets on the beds and dishes put away.
But then I became concerned about security and for the last 4 exchanges have removed all our financial files and other sensitive information ( medical, etc.) from our file cabinet and locked it all in a trunk downstairs in the storeroom. I also remove all prescription meds from the bathroom cabinet and clear out two bathroom drawers and some in the bedroom for guest use.
I put our laptops and extra iPad in the locked trunk, and clear all papers and calendars off our desk, storing these items in a cardboard box.
But that's it. I leave the alcohol bottles in the liquor cabinet ( it's just gin, Campari, and vermouth for my husband's favorite Negroni) and we do not have a lock on the wine cellar.
Otherwise we de-clutter and clean, set out clean towels, etc., clean out any perishables from the fridge, and leave a sheet of instructions for appliances and contact info for the neighbors as well as for us.
I am curious if others who belong to a home exchange network do more, or less, than this to get their home ready.