So it’s set – a cabin rental for your next family vacation. But how to begin? With the large number of cabin rentals you’ll find, you practically have a sea of choices to scan through. That can be overwhelming.
Here are tips to help make your search for a cabin rental much easier:
Check in advance.
A lot of people start planning their summers the day after New Year’s. Also, in a lot of the popular vacation destinations, there will be loyalists – people who’ll want the same house for the same period every single year To get the widest selection, start even before New Year’s, and remember to ask they offer early bird discounts. Sometimes, this discount can be as high as 10%, so don’t hesitate to ask.
Determine your wants and needs.
Need to bring you kitty? See if pets are allowed. Planning cookouts? Their grill should be in good shape. Yes, a written contract is a must, and this document must contain all of these details and more, including the name and number of the one in charge, in case something goes wrong.
If it pays to wait, wait.
This may contradict number one, but if you’re heading to a rather popular destination, note that supply outweighs demand. That’s why the closer you get to the high season, the more owners and agents will be scrambling to fill their houses.
If your vacation dates and amenity requirements are flexible, you can make some good savings if you search for a cabin rental at the last minute. Just don’t get too attached to a particular rental, and remember what this really is: a game of risk versus chance.
Review the fine print.
Before you commit to a cabin rental, make sure you know the deal inside and out. Look into the nitty-gritty of their terms and conditions, and never assume anything. Do they provide the furnishings? What about transportation? Cleaning services? Insurance? What are your responsibilities? Whatever other questions, details or concerns you have, talk to the owner or agent about them. An unwanted surprise hardly fits into most people’s picture of a vacation.
A lot cabin rental sites feature reviews and feedback from past guests. It’s good to spend a little time reading them. Note that a cabin rental is hardly like the hotel room booking you may be used to – there’s a contract involved. You can’t just terminate your plans and the contract and get your complete refund. Sometimes, you’ll have to wait weeks or even up to a month. So don’t think you’re being overacting, especially when you know you have some questions to clear up. That’s just the way it goes.