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Choosing a 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 countless properties and locations out there, it can be overwhelming to choose. But there are considerations that can help you choose right without losing your sanity.

Pick a popular destination.

If ou want to save some money, choose a place where there are several vacation rentals – that means prices are competitive.

Compare before choosing.

You can’t deny the benefits of making comparisons. Best of all, that’s very convenient to do online! Take advantage of those comparison tools on the Internet. Very importantly, do not sign anything unless you have comparison-shopped.

Hold the cash until you’ve signed the 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.

Ask for references and know more about them through their website. Most vacation rentals are handled by professional agents, so you should find all the important information in the paperwork. Even if you’re dealing directly with the homeowner, it’s still important that you sign a lease.

Scrutinize 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 say when you’ll get your deposit back if you do cancel?

Know what’s included in the deal.

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 included, does that include WiFi? Do they have basic or premium cable? 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 details about vacation rentals, while seemingly small, can make a tremendous difference in your final total bill, and thus should not be ignored.

Consider your travel companions.

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 it a point to scan pictures of the property. If you have some crayon-crazy toddlers coming, forget that house with a stunningly fancy interior design.+ If you’re flying in with your beloved Great Dane, make sure she’s within the allowed size for pets.

Know whom to contact in case of emergencies..

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 must also include a timeframe for the problem to be addressed.