The Beginner’s Guide to Vacations

How to Pick the Right Vacation Rental

Sometimes, planning a vacation can be tough, especially when deciding where to stay. Even if you’re all set on getting a vacation rental, it doesn’t really stop there. With tons of locations and properties out there, choosing can be overwhelming. But there are tips that can help you make the right choice while keeping 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.

Consider more than one property and compare.

The benefits of making comparisons are obvious. Best of all, you can do that conveniently online!. Take advantage of those comparison tools on the Internet. Very importantly, never sign any paperwork until after you have comparison-shopped.

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 you’re doing business 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 talking directly with the property owner, you should still sign a rental contract.

Check 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.

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 that basic cable or premium? If they say electricity is included, is there a maximum? 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 children, check the beds. 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 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.