Choosing a Vacation Rental

Planning a vacation can be challenging, especially when it comes to deciding where to stay. Even if you’re all set on getting a vacation rental, it doesn’t really stop there. Considering countless properties and locations, choosing can be daunting. But there are considerations that can help you choose right without losing your sanity.

Go with a popular destination.

If ou want to save some money, choose a place where there are several vacation rentals – that means prices are competitive.

Compare different properties.

You can’t deny the benefits of making comparisons. Best of all, that gets so much easier 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 making payment for vacation rentals, be sure that you have signed your rental paperwork.

Know who you’re dealing with.

Ask for references and know more about them through their website. Most vacation rentals are handled by professional agents, so you should find all the important information in the paperwork. Even if you’re dealing directly with the homeowner, it’s still important that you sign a lease.

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 included, does that include WiFi? Is that basic cable or premium? If electricity is covered, is there a cap? If the house has a pool, who’s paing to heat it (this can get expensive during winter)? These are the small things about vacation rentals that usually end up overlooked, yet they can make a huge difference in your final overall expenses.

Consider the people you’re traveling with.

If you’re traveling with kids, check the bed configurations. If there’s no more than a king-sized bed, you’re courting disaster. 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 you’re flying in with your beloved Great Dane, make sure she’s within the allowed size for pets.

Know whom to contact in case of emergencies..

Lastly, make sure you have someone to call during emergencies, like an electrical blackout or the dishwasher breaking. The contract must also include a timeframe for the problem to be addressed.