How to Find a Great Vacation Rental

Choosing a vacation rental over a hotel can be a great way to “live like a local.”  But with thousands of vacation rentals by owner listed online, how do you really know what you’re getting?  There are no guarantees in life, but there are certain steps you can take to find great vacation rentals and avoid any unpleasant surprises.

  1. Find a local vacation rental agency that represents properties in the specific area you’ll be visiting, and make sure the agency inspects all the properties they represent.  Booking a vacation rental property through an agency offers assurance that the property will be clean and well-maintained.   You’ll also be able to choose from a greater selection of vacation rental homes and apartments.
  2. Research your destination before you book anything.  If you’re planning a beach vacation, how far will you have to walk to get to the beach every day?  If you’re visiting a city, make sure you book a vacation rental apartment in a safe neighborhood, near the sites you want to see or accessible to public transportation.
  3. Pay attention to square footage!  City apartments in particular can be tiny, even if they offer two bedrooms.  Figure out how much space your family really needs to be happy on vacation.
  4. Determine what things are essential for your comfort and convenience.  Amenities offered in vacation rentals by owner can vary greatly, so consider whether you’ll need features like high speed internet access, cable TV, central air or a full kitchen.
  5. Before you book, make sure you’ll have 24 hour access to help in case of an emergency.  If the property owner isn’t local, they should have a property management service available. This is another good reason to book through a vacation rental agency.  When the water heater bursts in the middle of the night, you want to know who to call!

For more tips on how to successfully find vacation rentals and avoid vacation rental scams, check out this helpful article:  http://www.inman.com/buyers-sellers/columnists/tomkelly/5-tips-safely-book-a-vacation-rental.  With a little research and planning, you’re sure to have a great vacation!

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