How To Find Rental Properties For Your Next Vacation

July 28, 2017

Hotels and resorts are so passé. Even international travel is all about renting a property that feels like home. A holiday home gives you all the amenities of a home with the luxuries of a resort. Just like hotels, there are several rental home options for vacationers. You can pick according to the price, people staying, and the duration of your vacation.

When Should You Start Looking?

If you are planning on traveling next summer, start your search now. Try to book the property by the end of this year. At vacation hotspots like Isla Mujeres, getting a beachfront property at the last moment is impossible. Vacation rentals book up faster than you can say, “Let’s go!”

Where Should You Start?

Many people are unsure about where to start looking. The best place is on the web. Just type the location and your requirement, i.e., “name of vacation spot + vacation home rentals.” Do not forget to consider the possible time of your visit for a perfect match. A local real estate agent or a travel agency can help you too.

Verify The Details

However, while checking up businesses, always look for their reviews online. You should check online business directories like Yelp for a practical idea of the business standards and practices. Local newspapers are surprisingly good sources for information on vacation homes. You can subscribe to a local newspaper online that specializes in vacation property rentals and activities.

Validate Multiple Sources

When you do come across an appealing ad or property for rent, investigate. Read multiple sources and call up advertisers for their rental policies. Most people become overwhelmed after finding an excellent property and the neglect the fine print. This can cost you a lot regarding utility bills, phone services, Wi-Fi services, housekeeping arrangement, gas supply, and cable connections. If you are traveling to an exotic place, keep the cost of air conditioning and heating in mind as well. Ask explicitly for their preferred arrangement before you sign any documents.

Bargain For A Better Deal

If you think your dream rental is costing you more than it should, do not shy away from a little good-natured bargaining. This always helps if you have a large deposit to pay. You can always negotiate the payment terms. If you know the property you want, is not yet booked. You can easily convince them to throw in a couple of extra days for a slightly less rental.

The Checkout Check

Before checking out, walk through the property thoroughly. The landlord should check the property while you are present. This will prevent any unexpected bills and unpleasant surprises. In case there is a minor problem, you can offer you fixer-upper skills or call an expert to look. However, you can only do this if you have time in hand before your flight.

Vacation should not be a stressful time. You should book your property in advance and make your stay happier. Always go for a property that is affordable. Keep all expenses in mind and make sure you have enough cash left for having fun at the new place.

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Andi Perullo de Ledesma

I am Andi Perullo de Ledesma, a Chinese Medicine Doctor and Travel Photojournalist in Charlotte, NC. I am also wife to Lucas and mother to Joaquín. Follow us as we explore life and the world one beautiful adventure at a time.

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