Tips on Renting a Vacation Home during the Holidays

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During the Holiday Season it is not always easy finding the perfect mountain getaway or desert villa, but there are ways to guarantee you get the vacation you want without breaking your bank. As with most things, planning ahead and being prepared are the keys.

  1. Begin An Early Search
    To avoid some of the stress that comes with the holiday season; book your vacation rental early. Remember the good homes book up quickly.
  2. Consult with a Vacation Home Rental Expert
    Check with a vacation rental agency or a local real estate agent to get a referral to an agency. They will have a variety of homes for you to choose from for your holiday.
  3. Read the Whole Contract!
    Unfortunately, people are frequently so excited that they booked the vacation home they desired and so eager to start having fun that they forget to look at the contract thoroughly. But, this agreement shouldn’t be disregarded, as it describes what you are on the hook for. It will describe not only your fee schedule, but also your liability in case of damages or if extra cleaning is needed.

Keep in mind that the costs involved in air conditioning or heating a vacation rental can be sizable, so be sure to factor those into your budget if the owner has not already included them in the rent.

  1. Is There a Deposit?
    Some vacation rentals, especially those that cater to pets, may require an upfront security deposit? Be sure to check with the contract, and add this to the money that has been budgeted for your rental. Also find out what steps need to be taken in order for you to get that deposit back. Some homes require a cleaning deposit or if the house is left messy, you may be charged additionally for the extra time it takes to clean up the home. Be sure you understand all of these factors
  2. Who do you Contact?
    Although you may be excited about running off to your vacation rental after you retrieve your keys, be sure to get a contact number in case any problems occur.
  3. Double Check the House
    Before leaving your vacation rental, be sure to do a final walk through to make sure that you have left it neat and tidy and have not left anything behind. If you have any questions about checking out, be sure to contact the agency that you rented the home from.

Bottom Line
Renting a vacation home, especially during the holiday season, doesn’t have to be stressful. Thorough and advanced planning can make your holiday more enjoyable and help ensure that you’ll be able to book the home you desire at a price that is affordable. Most of all have fun and enjoy the holidays in your vacation rental!

2 thoughts on “Tips on Renting a Vacation Home during the Holidays

  1. Thanks for this advice for renting a vacation home. It’s good to know that you should try to talk with the owner and learn if there is some kind of deposit. This seems important especially if the deposit would affect what budget you have for the rental.

  2. Thanks a lot for these renting tips. Definitely saving this, thank you for sharing!

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