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Searching Adverts

In this section of the User's Guide we look at what advertising fields can be searched, some of which are explained. When you click on the "Search - Property & People" link for the ECHS website (at the top of the page), you will come to the six search categories. You can also use the "Adverts Quick Search" menu, in the left column of this page, to view adverts. After you select an advert category, all advertisements for that category are displayed.

You can use the search field in Search box above the listed advertisements to find specific words in the in the Advertisement title and Advert description fields of posted advertisements. If you make a search from the Search box, press the enter key on your keyboard after you have input your text, to get any results. Optionally, click on the Advanced Search link under the Search box and then select the fields you want. You do not have to select every search field with an Advanced Search. Here are explanations of some of the main various Advanced search fields:

Home Descriptions:

  • Home type - when you are looking for property, select the type of home you are searching for, which is provided by a couch surf host, an exchange, a home sit, rent or sale. See below for a home type related to a people search

Location:

  • Country - select the country you want the home to be in, or where a person you are searching for is located or wants to be located.

Costs:

  • Rent / rate price range in € - select a range that you can pay. For example, if your maximum value is € 375, select 300 - 400. If you are searching for a person then select a value based on what you want to charge.
  • Selling price range in € - select a range that you can pay. For example, if your maximum value is € 375 000, select 300 000 - 400 000.

Availability:

  • Available from (month) - select the month you want a home to be available from.
  • Available from (year) - select the year you want a home to be available from.
  • Term of availability - choose if you want a home for a short or long term.

Searching People:

When searching for people, using an Advanced Search, select the Status of the person you have a preference for, to rent a home to. The “Status” search fields that do not relate to renting are a Couch surf, Homeshare and a Home sitter. Then put yourself in the position of the person you are searching for. So, for the search field "Home Wanted from" think and select from what date YOU want to offer the home from. For the search field "Term home is wanted from" think and select whether YOU will offer your home short or long term. The following search fields are important when searching for people but any search field can be left blank.

  • Status - decide what type of person you are looking for. Someone to rent to; have a home sitter or a homeshare. Home sitting and homeshare are not agreements that include rent. Choosing the most suitable status field will make the following search fields easier to select.
  • Home type preferred - choose a home type that you have, that is equal to what a person may want. For a home sitter, the "No preference" option or leaving the search field blank is likely to produce more people for your search who are more interested in the position of home sitting and not necessarily the home type.
  • Home wanted from (month) - when you are searching for People, you select a month to suggest it is the time you want to rent a home from, as well as the time a person wants a home from.
  • Home wanted from (year) - when you are searching for People, you select a year to suggest it is the time you want to rent a home from, as well as the time a person wants a home from.
  • Term home is wanted for - in this search field for People, a person would have stated how long they want a home for. This allows you a choice of a short or long term occupant.
  • With children - if you are looking for someone to rent to, then decide if you have a preference for someone with children or not. If you are looking for a home sitter and the person states "Yes" in the result for this search field, it means they can look after children and does not mean they will have their own children with them.
  • With pets - if you are looking for someone to rent to, then decide if you have a preference for someone with pets or not. If you are looking for a home sitter and the person states "Yes" in the result for this search field, it means they can look after pets and does not mean they will have their own pets with them.

Contact Details:

  • Gender *
  • Smoker *
  • Age *
  • Occupation *
  • With children *
  • With pets *
  • Accept children
  • Accept pets

* These search fields only relate to a search in the people category for adverts. Contact details can only be viewed by registered users.

Couch Surfing:

All, but the last one, of the following fields explained below relate to couch surfers who a are searching for a suitable host.

  • Gender(s) of host(s) - with this option you can decide on the gender of the host.
  • Home type of host - here you can select the type of home you would like a host to have.
  • Sleeping space type - you can filter the types sleeping spaces offered by a host.
  • Sleeping space location - where in the host's home is the sleeping space.
  • Host sleeps separately - does the host sleep separately from surfers.
  • Max. surfers per night - how many surfers in a host's home at any one time.
  • Max. overnight stay - how many nights can a surfer stay with a host.
  • Preferred gender(s) of host - this is a field a host can use in a people search for couch surfers amongst other filters for a people search.

Advanced Search

  • Sort by when you select a category to search for property, such as Couch surf host, Exchange, Home sit, Rent, Sale or People, before and after an Advanced Search, you have an option to sort the search results with sort by, with a particular field. For example, if you use the sort by option for Country, this will revise the search and list all countries in alphabetical order.
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