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Useful tips on how to find cheap vacation rental homes

Updated on November 30, 2012

Advantages of a vacation rental

Renting a vacation rental home for a vacation is getting more and more popular between people, at most among those, who have one or more children.

Renting a home for a vacation has many advantages, like it is cheaper than hotels and it is like having a vacation not too far from the comfort of your home. It is much more intimidate than a hotel room and sometimes a vacation rental home can hold up to 8-10 people, so you can bring your whole family with you if you want. You can also cook for yourself and enjoy the benefits of a single home that is not crowded like a hotel would be. While a hotel room for a family with two children would cost more than $2500 near a beach, vacation rental houses vacation rental houses would cost only around $800. And this is a huge difference – with this money left in your pocket imagine how much program you can organize for you and your family.

Vacation rentals in the mountains
Vacation rentals in the mountains
Vacation rentals near the sea
Vacation rentals near the sea

Where to find the perfect vacation rental?

The ideal place to look for cheap vacation rental homes is online. There you can look for the best accommodation for you and compare the search results as well (like place, price, number of rooms and baths, surroundings, opportunities to relax, etc.). This will be an easy job as many ads are fully detailed – the best is to look for detailed ads with pictures.

When you have found the perfect one, make yourself sure you have chosen the best by looking at the details, and ask a few questions from the owner if you are unsure in something.

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Tips of questions you may ask after you have found the best vacation home

  1. Never send money to the owner until you sign all the paperwork.
  2. Make sure you have fully understood the cancellation policy.
  3. Ask whom to call when a problem occurs.
  4. Ask for ‘fresh’ pictures about the rental home – the ones in the ad can be old.
  5. It is ordinary, when the owner asks for a deposit (for example a cleaning deposit) – just make sure in which case would the owner not return the deposit fully.
  6. Ask what is exactly included in the price of the home.
  7. Ask if there is a refund available when you have to leave earlier.
  8. If you want to bring a pet with yourself, ask if it is allowed or not.
  9. Take no devices for granted – even if it is included in the price. If there is something missing, be patient and polite when asking the owner.
  10. Live in the house and pay attention to every part of it during the vacation – like if it was yours. Just imagine what you would expect in the place of the owner. You would not like to get a ruined home back, right?

Inside a vacation rental home
Inside a vacation rental home


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    • omcj1234 profile image

      omcj1234 7 years ago

      You always have to use a reputable website when using vacation rentals. For sure.

    • Peggy W profile image

      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      We've never gone that route but it seems intriguing. Thanks for the information.

    • katiem2 profile image

      katiem2 7 years ago from I'm outta here

      Oh this is great to know. I don't own a time share and now know I don't need to in order to benefit from great vacation rental homes. Thanks for the great tips on great vacations. Rated up and bookmarking this one!

    • beatriceflores profile image

      beatriceflores 7 years ago from Providence, RI

      Yeah that would be great :)

      In the mean time we can enjoy them on a temporary basis.