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One of the most relaxing ways to enjoy your vacation is to stay in a rental home, with added comforts of home that you don`t get in a hotel. The privacy and the freedom of having your own place to call home while you are on vacation are hard to beat. However, there are some things that you need to consider before you book a rental home for your vacation. Here is a look at five things to know when renting a vacation home.
1. Start now!
The best and most popular rental homes can book months or even years ahead of time. Make sure that you start your search for accommodations as far in advance as possible to make sure you get the best selection of vacation properties available. Start looking as soon as you know where you want to go. The more inquiries you make the better chance you have of finding a good deal or a unique property. Planning ahead of time will provide you with the most options and budget flexibility than waiting until the last minute.
2. Have a backup plan
No matter how excited and prepared you are for your vacation, things can pop up at the last minute to change your plans. It is important to be aware of your vacation rentals cancellation policies ahead of time. If the rental property you have selected does not honor cancellations you may want to consider purchasing outside travelers insurance to provide your vacation plans with some security in the case of a last minute cancellation.
3. Read the contract thoroughly
Make sure you read the contract carefully before you sign it. You need to know exactly what is and is not provided in the contract. Make sure that you bring the things you need with you. Knowing the contract inside and out will also prevent you from doing anything that will cause you to have to pay a fee while you are renting and will ensure you have the appropriate expectations before arriving.
4. Know the value of your location
If you are looking to book a vacation rental home in a popular tourist area, don’t be surprised to pay top dollar for the location. Don’t be afraid to try and negotiate with the owner to try and lower the price of the rental. Also, if you rent during off-peak times, you will often be able to get a substantial discount. Although popular locations charge premium rates they also offer the benefit of convenience that is priceless to many travelers, especially those travelling with children. Keep in mind if your accommodations are located in a popular area they will also be close to most of the tourist sites and attractions which will save you time and money in the long run.
5. Ask the owner for tips
A great way to enhance your vacation experience is to ask the owner or property manager for recommendations. Rental owners are often locals themselves or are at the very least familiar with the area their property is located in. They can be a good resource for insider tips on the area and will know where to find the best deals and attractions. They also receive feedback from previous guests and travelers that can prove insightful when planning your itinerary.