What to Consider with Vacation Rentals
So much of our time is spent at work. When it's time for a vacation, you want your hard-earned money to work for you. Vacation rentals are a popular alternative to hotels and are often less expensive. Equipped with kitchens, they offer the option of eating in rather than dining out, saving you money and hassle. The Internet has allowed for a boom in vacation rentals, but with so many options, it can be difficult to know how to select the right property.
Choose a location for your future travel and then consider accommodations. Don't settle on the first rental you come across. It pays to shop around to find the best deal. Compare amenities at each property. Is a higher price worth having something a little extra? Or would you rather compromise and spend a little less? Give yourself time to make an informed decision about which rental best meets your vacation needs.
Ask Questions and Read Reviews
Before you book a property, be sure to ask questions about the rental. Don't go only by what you see online. Most owners are happy to answer inquiries about their property. Make a list of questions ahead of time so you don’t forget to ask anything.
Reading reviews will also give you a sense of the property's pros or cons that may not be apparent from the listing. It’s always great to hear the opinions of people who have stayed at the property, but it’s also important to take them for what they are – personal reviews. One person’s experience – good or bad – may not be the same as yours.
How and When to Book
Skip the booking agent and make the arrangements yourself. This simple step helps you to avoid fees of 10 percent or more that third parties may charge. Also, remember that depending on where you’re going July and August are peak vacation seasons when kids are out of school, and prices run high. Consider taking your trip during a different time of year. Vacations for travel after Labor Day can be considerably less expensive.
Many vacationers book their rental a year in advance. Planning ahead is a smart way to make your money go further. Just make sure you know the cancellation policy and any fees that you may incur by cancelling. While booking far in advance can save you money, it can also be a risk. As with our suggestions above, just remember to weigh your options.
Following these tips can help you make the most of your down time, ensuring that the money you've worked hard for is spent wisely.
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