Booking a vacation rental can be a quick and easy process if the correct steps are taken to ensure a stress free search. Being organized and planning at least six months in advance are key to a painless booking process. By following the steps below, you should be able to secure the rental home of your dreams at a great price.
Decide on your details
The first step in any vacation rental home search is deciding on exactly what you are looking for.
Where do you want to go? Not only do you need to decide on the city or town you want to stay in, you should determine if there is a particular area or attraction that you would like to be close to. Narrowing down the location will ease the process by allowing you to focus on only the properties that are located where you want to be.
What size vacation rental are you looking for? Think about how many people you need to fit comfortably, how many beds you need, and how many bathrooms you would like to have. Use filtering tools when searching to only show properties with your required number of bedrooms.
Next, decide on the exact dates you’d like to travel. Take a peek at the availability calendar for each and every rental you view, but remember that not every owner keeps their calendar up-to-date, so it may be smart to confirm availability in an inquiry. Beginning your search early will better ensure availability is open for properties you are interested in.
Lastly, decide if there are any amenities that are completely vital in your search – such as handicapped access, hot tub, WiFi, or air conditioning.
Now the fun part begins! Get online and explore the thousands of vacation rentals listed on VacationHomeRentals.com. Save a list of those which interest you and meet your requirements. Make sure to take your time when reading each property’s description, reviews, and owner/manager information. Begin sending inquiries to owners to request more information and confirm availability.
Compare and contrast
Once you’ve heard back from the owners you’ve inquired with regarding availability, pricing, and additional information, begin to compare and contrast each available property by looking at location, pricing, size, and owner reputation. Make sure you have all of the information you need and don’t be afraid to ask the owner for more – including asking for a copy of the rental contract. Narrow down your options one-by-one until you have just a handful of favorites. Share these options with friends and family who may be traveling with you as their opinions will certainly help influence your final decision.
Finalize your trip
Once you’ve decided on your rental home, get in touch with the owner to finalize payment details. Plan to touch base with the owner closer to the date of your trip to discuss getting the key and other check-in technicalities.
Sit back and relax!
Planning ahead pays off – you’ll now have plenty of time to organize the rest of your vacation!