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How Can I Hire A Vacation Rental Home Successfully Online?

Updated on July 31, 2017
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Stella has published a selection of travel articles and destination guides, accompanied by a wealth of photographs.

Family Fun in the Summer Sun

 Vacation rentals where you can enjoy sun- filled beach holidays are easy to find.
Vacation rentals where you can enjoy sun- filled beach holidays are easy to find. | Source

Vacation Rental Tips

Whatever the location or time of year, those planning a vacation have no end of choices nowadays when it comes to renting a vacation home online.

There are so many Internet sites to choose from which offer a selection of vacation homes for holiday rentals both at home and abroad so from the first time you consider making a booking you will be amazed at the help and advice these sites offer. You can browse vacation homes on the net entirely at your leisure until you find the right one for you and your family.

When browsing for a vacation rental on a reputable site online you can be sure the photos and videos will be approved and that they are genuine, up to date and a true reflection of the property and the immediate vicinity.

How About a Cosy Cabin for a Welcome Winter Break?

 Winter breaks are just as popular as beach vacations, and rentals can be found on the same sites
Winter breaks are just as popular as beach vacations, and rentals can be found on the same sites | Source

The Sun Is Not for Everyone

If the idea of the usual beach holiday bores you why not opt for a winter break where you can still participate in a variety of activities without freezing to death. Many vacation rental homes allow you to enjoy the beauty of a snow covered landscape while you can luxuriate in hot hubs and never leave the warmth of the cabin if that is your wish. As long as your chosen rental is not far from all the amenities your resort has to offer, you will never be bored whatever the weather.

Reputable Sites to Bear in Mind That Will Ensure You Get the Best Possible Deal.

Many privately owned vacation homes are listed on Tripadvisor and this can ensure you will be renting one that is approved and the owner's credentials have been thoroughly verified. Flip key is a similar site that will have a selection of vacation rental properties available throughout the globe.

Rest assured that you can book with confidence through these sites, safe in the knowledge that your funds are safe and you won't become the victim of a scam. Many sites show reviews from previous renters so you can read these and have the opportunity to thoroughly research the accommodation, the surroundings and the amenities long before you commit yourself to any definite booking.


Pleasant Surroundings Both Day and Night Are Very Important

A pool view is always a spectacular feature to admire both day and night
A pool view is always a spectacular feature to admire both day and night | Source

Destination Deals to Suit Your Budget

Decide on your location and the time of year you wish to take your vacation and make sure you have left yourself enough time to arrange everything. Last minute deals are all very well if you are used to travelling at short notice but for those who prefer more time to plan the venture in finer detail it is best to leave a reasonable gap between booking and date of travel.

Agree on your budget and factor in all costs such as spending money, airport transfer expenses, groceries and gratuities etc.

Be sure to check the climate for the time of year you will be at your destination. This needs some thorough research because being rained off every single day in a remote seaside location where all activities are beach-based is no joke.

Check the local holidays and celebrations that will occur during your stay and gauge how they will impact on your vacation. For instance the month of Ramadan in Muslim countries will affect just about everything even though the weather may be superb. Many attractions and restaurants will close or serve a limited menu.


Thorough Research Required

As with everything thorough research is needed regarding every aspect of your booking but one thing that bothers vacation home renters is the legitimacy of the adverts they reply to and pay their deposit to. Reputable sites will guarantee that their advertisers are genuine vacation home owners and this will give you the peace of mind you need when paying your deposit. Yes, there are scammers but they can be avoided with the proper research.

You will also be able to see reviews from past renters on vacation rental sites who have all given a fair assessment of the vacation homes they have stayed in.

There are strict guidelines for vacation home owners to adhere to that ensure their adverts are not misleading. There are often detailed maps of the location and immediate vicinity so you know that if you are hoping to rent a beach front apartment it will definitely be next to the sea!

Another important aspect you need to investigate before you book a vacation rental is how far the vacation home is from local attractions and amenities. If you don't drive and local transport is non-existent you could be in for an expensive stay if you have to rely on taxis.


Make Sure Points of Interest Are Nearby

El Torcal, Andalucia, Southern Spain
El Torcal, Andalucia, Southern Spain | Source

Group Size, Price and Payment

Be sure you rent the right size property for your party. It can work out exceptionally cheap when sharing top notch accommodation with a group of friends but just two people in a sprawling villa will prove expensive.

Find out what exactly is included in the rental price. You don't want to be shocked by a long list of unexpected extras. You may find you have to pay a supplement for parasols and sun loungers round the pool or for the hire of a cot, high chair or additional bed and you will likely have to pre book these. Of course you must expect to pay for trips and tips etc as you would if you were staying in a hotel. Another point to remember in hot countries is to check if there is any additional fee payable for air conditioning.

Make sure you are aware of the method of payment and what currency you will be paying in and also be sure to calculate the cost of any transfer fees or bank charges that may be added.


A Villa with a Pool Is Great for All the Family

A villa with a pool will be appreciated by all
A villa with a pool will be appreciated by all | Source

Housekeeping and Management

From the property inventory list you will be able to tell what facilities, furnishings and equipment is provided at the vacation rental home for your use so you know what extras you'll need to bring if any.

There will likely be an agency on hand to hand over the keys and show you how everything works or at very least a designated key holder who lives locally who will be available to assist you with any queries you might have throughout your stay.

Vacation rental home owners are eager to please their guests and often rely on repeat bookings and recommendations from previous renters so you may be pleasantly surprised by some nice touches such as a free welcome pack or discounts for local attractions.

Make yourself familiar with the cleaning times beforehand so that neither you nor the household management staff is inconvenienced. Sheets and towels should be changed three times a week or more frequently in very hot countries.

Now all you have to do is jump in the pool and soak up the sunshine (or get in the sauna and roil in the snow!) knowing you have put enough careful thought into planning your well-earned vacation.

Self-catering Accommodation Is a Great Option for Large Groups and Families

Apartment complexes with pools are great for families
Apartment complexes with pools are great for families | Source

Madeira - a Portuguese Island in the Atlantic Ocean - has Plenty of Villas with Breathtaking Views Like This

Madeira Island scenery
Madeira Island scenery | Source

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