Choosing a Vacation Rental

Planning a vacation can be challenging, especially when it comes to deciding where to stay. If you’re all set on a vacation rental, it doesn’t even end there. With countless properties and locations out there, it can be overwhelming to choose. But there are considerations that can help you choose right without losing your sanity.

Pick a popular destination.

If you’re looking to save some cash, go where there are plenty of vacation rentals so that prices are competitive.

Compare before choosing.

There’s no denying the benefits of making comparisons. Best of all, you can do that conveniently online!. Those comparison tools on the Internet sure are useful. Very importantly, do not sign anything until you’ve done some comparison shopping.

Hold the cash until you’ve signed the paperwork.

Before sending any money for vacation rentals, make sure you’ve signed your rental paperwork.

Know who’s it is you’re dealing with.

Ask for references and know more about them through their website. Most vacation rentals are managed by professional real estate agents, so the paperwork should come with all the details you need to know. Even if you’re talking directly with the property owner, you should still sign a rental contract.

Examine the fine print.

If you decide to leave early, is there a cancellation policy? Do they have a cancellation policy, in case you want to leave early? Do they say when you’ll get your deposit back if you do cancel?

Know the contract inclusions.

Though most contracts for vacation rentals will state, everything included” or “all in,” make sure there are no secret surcharges. If Internet and cable are covered, does that mean high-speed Internet or WiFi? Is cable basic or premium? If they say electricity is included, is there a maximum? If you’re renting a home with a pool, who’ll pay to heat it (this can get expensive in winter)? These small things about vacation rentals are often overlooked, yet they can make a considerable difference in your final total costs.

Consider your travel companions.

If kids are coming, take a look at the bed configurations. If the room only has one king-sized bed, that can spell trouble. Also make it a point to scan pictures of the property. If you’re traveling have a crayon-happy 3-year-old, a house with an all-white theme decor will be a bad idea.+ If your beloved Great Dane is coming along, be sure they don’t have a weight limit for pets.

Get an emergency contact person.

During emergencies, such as an electrical blackout or the stove not working, make sure there’s someone you can call. The contract must also include a timeframe for the problem to be addressed.