If you'd like to take a getaway with your family but you don't like the thought of staying in a hotel around other people, consider booking a vacation home rental. A vacation rental could be a single-family home or condo, but either way, you'll have plenty of space to spread out, prepare your own food, and enjoy your getaway without being around a lot of people all the time. Here are some things to know about renting a vacation home.
Book Your Home Early
Homes in prime locations and near popular events and attractions can be booked many months or a year in advance. That doesn't mean you can't find a vacation home at the last minute, but you'll have more choices the earlier you start looking for the perfect place to take your vacation.
Factor In Added Fees
Vacation rentals might charge by the night, week, or month. However, there are also added fees to know about upfront. A cleaning fee is usually required, and if you'll take your pet along, there will probably be a pet fee.
Many vacation rentals come with everything you need, such as linens and cooking supplies, but some rentals might charge extra for linen and kitchen equipment rentals. Be sure you understand what's included so you know what you need to bring with you on your trip and what you need to pay extra for.
Know The Rules
Vacation rental owners have to follow local laws, so there will probably be a limit on the number of people who can stay in and visit your rental home. There may also be restrictions on the number of cars you're allowed to have and where you can park.
Besides that, individual owners have their own rules concerning what you can and can't do on their properties. Everything should be spelled out in your agreement, but if you have any questions once you arrive at your rental, be sure to call and ask.
Find Out What To Do About Emergencies
Hopefully, you'll never have to worry about a broken water heater or clogged drain at a vacation rental, but if you do, you'll want to know who to call. Some owners manage the rental themselves and they may live nearby and be easy to contact and get along with. Other vacation home owners use a property management service that can take calls any time of the day or night to handle an emergency.
Renting a vacation home is not like renting a hotel room. Your experience will be different, and probably much better. You'll have more rooms plus a full kitchen, and the best part is you can find rentals in just about any area you want to visit.