Sometimes, the toughest challenge when planning a vacation is choosing where to stay. If you’re all set on a vacation rental, it doesn’t even end there. With tons of locations and properties out there, choosing can be overwhelming. 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.
Consider more than one property and compare.
There’s no denying the benefits of making comparisons. Best of all, you can do that conveniently online!. There are lots of comparison tools on the Internet that you can use. Very importantly, never sign any paperwork until after you have comparison-shopped.
Don’t make payment until after signing paperwork.
Before sending any money for vacation rentals, make sure you’ve signed your rental paperwork.
Know who you’re dealing with.
Research their background and ask for references. With most vacation rentals being run by professional agents, you should get all the pertinent details in the paperwork. Even if you’re dealing directly with the homeowner, it’s still important that you sign a lease.
Check 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 tell you when your deposit will be returned, in case you actually cancel?
Know what’s included in the deal.
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 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 the people you’re traveling with.
If kids are coming, take a look at 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 your crayon-crazy three-year-old is coming, forget that house with a gorgeous white couch and fancy decor.+ 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 should also come with a minimum timeframe for resolving the problem.