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What to Look for in a Vacation Rental Property

If you are planning a dream getaway, then your accommodations can make or break your vacation enjoyment. Therefore, it is important that you do ample research before you make that reservation, especially when it comes to rental properties. Here are some suggestions for what to look for in a vacation rental property:

Location, location, location. This one is worth saying three times. Of course, you want to choose a rental property in the area you plan on vacationing. But even more than the general locale, you need to be very finicky about exactly where the property sits – street and everything. Don’t let your beach vacation be ruined by the fact that your rental property is actually ten houses away from the beach, down a dirt road, and surrounded by view-blocking trees.

Sleeping space. Sure, the ad may claim that a property can sleep ten . . . but that doesn’t mean everyone is going to be comfortable. Find out beforehand what, exactly, the designated sleeping arrangements are. A fold-away cot is not the same as a bed, and you should know what you are getting into before you arrive at your rental.

Conveniences. Take some time to think about how you want to spend your time while on vacation, and which conveniences you need in order to make your time away from home as comfortable and easy-going as possible. For example, unless you plan on hanging out at the laundry mat during your vacation, your vacation rental property should have a washer and dryer. Also, your rental should be near a store of some sort, so you can purchase groceries while you are there.

Neighbors. Of course, you can’t exactly ask to meet all of your neighbors in person . . . but you can ask the property manager for references, and then ask those references about their experiences with the neighbors. Some locals resent vacationers, while others welcome them. Your neighbors can go a long way in making your vacation more enjoyable, or making it miserable.

Pictures. Before you commit to anything, get plenty of pictures – that is, if you can’t view the property in person. If a property manager sends you only a couple of pictures, that’s a bad sign. You should be able to view pictures of all the interior spaces, as well as the property outside, before you make your choice.

Planning a vacation takes a lot of work, and choosing the right accommodations is one of the toughest parts of the job. Follow these suggestions to ensure that you end up in a vacation rental property that you can be happy with.

About the Author: Ophelia Okino loves to travel with her family and finds that vacation rentals are the most affordable way to get her family anywhere special for any length of time. They give her the ability to better plan meals, sleeping arrangements, and outings – something that can be difficult with a toddler, tween, and teen in tow!

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