Looking for a Rental Property? Here are some tips to consider ensuring the most suitable property for you and your guests during your next rental property vacation.
Location: Scope out your location first. If you have a specific area you prefer, start looking at available properties as soon as possible. When being location specific it helps to start your search early to make sure you can find the most ideal property within that area. The later you decide to book your rental the harder it may be to get the location you desire. Budget: Have a budget in mind. However, it doesn't hurt to look at properties a little over your budget because you can always ask if the owner is flexible on their price. Sometimes the owner is willing to negotiate. It never hurts to ask.Size: When you begin searching for a vacation rental property, make sure the properties you are viewing can accommodate the number of guests in your party. Most rental properties list a total number of occupants.Photos: If you are personally viewing an array of rental properties, take a camera along with you. This will help you remember each property as you are making your final decision. Features: Make sure the property you choose includes the features you need. You never want to get stuck with a rental unit that does not meet all of your family's needs. If you need handicap accessibility or if you want a property with a pool, confirm the features before you commit to the rental. Time Frame: Rental time frames vary from property to property. Properties can be rented yearly, monthly, weekly and even daily. Security Deposit: All rental properties require an additional fee known as a security deposit. This is held by the owner or the Realtor and used only if needed. Treat the rental property like it was your own property. You will have no issue getting your security deposit returned to you if you take care of the unit. Pets: If you have a pet, you may be limited on the amount of rental properties to choose from. Also, an owner may require a non-refundable pet security.Once you've found an ideal rental property that suits you and your guests the only thing left to do is simply Enjoy. If you enjoyed staying in your rental unit you can always contact your rental agent shortly after your vacation to ask about next year's availability. There may be substantial savings if you book early. You will also be able to get the vacation dates you want far in advance because of booking early. And most importantly enjoy your vacation!