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.
Select 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, never sign any paperwork until after you have comparison-shopped.
Hold the cash until you’ve signed the paperwork.
Before making payment for vacation rentals, be sure that you have signed your rental paperwork.
Know who you’re doing business with.
Ask them for references and know their background. Most vacation rentals are managed by professional real estate agents, so the paperwork should come with all the details you need to know. If you’re dealing with the homeowner, you should still have a lease to sign.
Examine the fine print.
Just in case you have to leave early, do they have a cancellation policy? Do they tell you when your deposit will be returned, in case you actually cancel?
Know the contract inclusions.
Most contracts for vacation rentals will state, “all in” or “everything included,” but check for hidden surcharges. If Internet and cable are covered, does that mean high-speed Internet or WiFi? Is that basic cable or premium? If they say you don’t have to pay for electricity, is there a cap or limit? If the house comes with a pool, make sure they’ll pay for heating (this can get expensive during cold months). These details about vacation rentals, while seemingly small, can make a tremendous difference in your final total bill, and thus should not be ignored.
Consider the people you’re traveling with.
If you’re traveling with kids, check the bed configurations. If there’s only one king-sized bed, that can mean trouble. Also make sure you examine pictures of the house. If you have some crayon-crazy toddlers coming, forget that house with a stunningly fancy interior design.+ If you’re flying in with your beloved Great Dane, make sure she’s within the allowed size for pets.
Get an emergency contact person.
Lastly, make sure you are given a name and number to call in case of emergencies, such as the dishwashing breaking or electricity suddenly being cut. The contract must also include a timeframe for the problem to be addressed.
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