If you're looking to rent a vacation home but are wondering where to start, rest assured you're not alone. Finding the perfect vacation home isn't always easy, but there are ways to guarantee you get the vacation you want without breaking the bank. As with most endeavors, planning ahead and being organized are key. Here is a list of Do’s and Don’ts when renting your vacation home.
Do: Start your search early
Prior to planning your vacation (preferably 6 months to a year in advance) determine where you would like to go and do a quick rundown comparison of the seasonal rates in your chosen area. While this may seem excessive, keep in mind that vacation home rentals - at least, the good ones - usually book up very quickly.
Do: Read the entire contract
Unfortunately, people are often so excited to have landed the vacation home they wanted and so eager to start having fun that they overlook the importance of the contract. But you should never ignore this document as it outlines your responsibilities and the responsibilities of the company you’re renting from. Be sure to have a clear understanding of who is responsible for cleaning, utilities, internet, phone service and cable. Also, find out what is included. If a grill and beach chairs are included in your rental, you’ll save money that way, but if not, you can factor them into your budget prior to leaving.
Don’t forget the deposit
The company you are renting from may require a substantial upfront security deposit, and it’s vital to include this in factoring your budget. You’ll also want to be aware of the deposit return process as well as the conditions that must be met in order for your deposit to be returned (i.e., cleaning requirements,etc.) This will help make your experience a more relaxing one knowing that both the renter and company are on the same page.
Do get a contact number for after hours
Make sure you always know who to reach during business hours or after hours while in your vacation home. Should the unexpected occur, like a loss of electricity or a burst pipe, you’ll want to have immediate access to the landlord or owner and they’ll be glad you did!
Do a walk through before leaving
Before checking out, ask the landlord or owner to walk through the premises with you. Make sure that they see no problem with the condition of the property. This can prevent unwelcome surprises or unexpected charges. It also gives you time to fix a problem if one is discovered.
For help finding your perfect vacation rental contact the experts at White Pelican Realty.