Practical and Helpful Tips: Vacations

Tips for Choosing Quality Vacation Rental

Sometimes, the toughest challenge when planning a vacation is choosing 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 considerations that can help you choose right without losing your sanity.

Pick a popular destination.

If you want to save considerably, your best bet is to go where there are lots of vacation rentals and prices are competitive.

Compare before choosing.

The benefits of making comparisons are obvious. Best of all, that’s very convenient to do online! Those comparison tools on the Internet sure are useful. Very importantly, do not sign anything unless you have comparison-shopped.

Don’t send cash until you’ve signed paperwork.

Before making payment for vacation rentals, be sure that you have signed your rental paperwork.

Know who’s it is you’re dealing with.

Research their background and ask for references. Most vacation rentals are handled by professional agents, so you should find all the important information 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.

Most contracts for vacation rentals will say “everything’s included,” but check if there are hidden surcharges. If Internet and cable are covered, does that mean high-speed Internet or WiFi? Is cable basic or premium? If they say electricity is included, is there a maximum? If you’re renting a home with a pool, who’ll pay to heat it (this can get expensive in 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 only one king-sized bed, that can mean trouble. 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.

Know whom to call for emergencies.

Lastly, make sure you have someone to call during emergencies, like an electrical blackout or the dishwasher breaking. The contract should also come with a minimum timeframe for resolving the problem.