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Renting A Vacation Home

Feb 29, 2008
Instead of staying in a hotel during your vacation, you may want to consider renting a vacation home on your next trip. There are a lot of benefits to renting a home instead. Besides the fact that homes are almost inevitably larger, they offer many of the conveniences of your own home, such as the ability to cook, large areas to hang out, enough bedrooms for your entire family instead of all sharing one from the same large room, and probably 2-4 bathrooms to avoid those uncomfortable family bottleneck situations when everyone is trying to get out at the same time.

Vacation homes are just as cost effective as well because hotels tend to be expensive anyway, so renting a home doesn't cost much more than staying in a hotel for a week - sometimes it's even less! Plus you get the benefit of being able to cook in a home rather than go out to eat every day. (Though you can certainly find hotels with in-room kitchenettes, the additional cost may not offset the benefits you can find in a home.)

Finding a vacation rental home is actually easier than you may realize. The Internet is packed with web sites dedicated just to renting out houses. First, plan your destination, and then look for available rental homes in that area. It is as simple as that. You also many want to talk to friends who have visited the same area in which you are headed. If they rented a home and had a great experience, a first-hand recommendation is usually a reliable referral.

Many homeowners rent their homes, specifically in high tourist areas, simply because of the income they are able to generate. So, it is highly likely you will find a lengthy selection. If you can't find anything to your satisfaction on the Internet, you can place a call to a realtor who deals in home rentals in that area.

Before renting a home, make sure you know the price. Additionally, ask what is included in the price, such as telephone use, pool use, and any amenities on the property. Verify the safety of the general area, and ask for references. In a vacation spot, homeowners usually have rented their houses in the past and are more than happy to provide phone numbers of previous guests who have enjoyed their stay and offered their willingness to receive such calls.

Usually if you are renting a home that is arranged through a realtor, the realtor will have already done a lot of the legwork for you, so you can rest assured you are getting a great home to rent. It will also normally be in a little safer area because the realtor has completed background checks to ensure the homeowners are reputable.

Lastly, there is a certain level of cleanliness that you must maintain while vacationing there. Ask about the clean up work required of you before your departure; and by all means leave the house in at least the same shape as when you arrived.
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