Top Tips for Renting a Vacation Home
By: Anthony Ramamsumiran •
Renting a Vacation Home?
Renting a vacation home can sometime be a stressful way to start a vacation. Some people may not know where to start because of the range of options available. The main thing to remember is to plan ahead and set a budget and stick to it. After looking into various options here are some top tips to get exactly want you want from a vacation home.
The Early Bird Catches the Worm
An early search can reduce high, last minute costs by planning 6 months ahead of your trip. The more advanced the better. After your research is complete, contact a real estate agent that specializes in short term vacation home rentals, the more popular the agent the more options you will have to choose from. Local newspapers with an online presence can be a very handy for your search because not all the rentals would use a real estate agent. There are various websites that also acts as a search engine for vacation properties.
Read the ENTIRE contract
The key reason I mention this is many people over look thing such as the payment schedule and who is liable for certain costs such as damages or further cleaning costs. Be sure to check for these things; Utility bills, Internet, Phone Service, Cable, Cleaning/housekeeping, propane/gas if a grill is included, policies on pets and subleasing. All vacation rentals have various rules so make sure you read all of them for the places under consideration. Remember, there is always room for negotiation in regards to extra days, discounts on weekly/monthly rent. If you haven’t made the booking, that’s a tool for bargaining! Find out if housekeeping is included and if the vacation home would be cleaned on the last day of your stay and who pays for it.
When you first get to your chosen destination, take plenty of photos and make sure to take pictures or a video of pre-existing damage. When you leave the place, make sure to do the same when you are leaving. This may sound slightly extreme but it is better to be safe than sorry. When you’re leaving have a walk through with the owner/property manager to ensure they are happy with the condition of the property.
Venturing in to renting a vacation home can make a fantastic holiday as long as you plan accordingly and take control of the situation. Using the tips above can result in a vacation that’s affordable and worry free.