Executive summary about vacation condo rentals by Karen Schaler
If you're planning a vacation, renting a luxury condo instead of staying in a hotel can save you big bucks. Plus, you'll have more space to relax and enjoy your home away from home. Renting a vacation home is an especially smart choice if you're traveling with a group of friend. Here are 4 tips to help you get the biggest bang for your buck.
1. Choose a popular rental destination.
Some top locations in the United States for vacation rentals include: Arizona, California, Nevada, Florida, North and South Carolina, and Hawaii.
2. Comparison shop.
Now it's easier than ever to comparison shop when you're looking to save on a vacation home rental. Vacation home listings can be found in magazines, newspapers, online and through rental agencies and Realtors. Official area convention and visitor bureau Web sites can be another source of rental listings. Some individual rental owners advertise on rental directory sites, so you will deal directly with the unit’s owner. Other rental owners hire a management company to handle rentals and maintenance. Always compare notes before signing any paperwork.
3. Don't send money until you sign paperwork.
Get the rental agreement in writing. When renting a vacation home, never send anyone money until you've signed your rental paperwork. Read the fine print.
4. Know exactly what's included.
If utilities, Internet and cable are included, does this mean the property has WiFi and high-speed Internet? If electricity is paid is there a cap?