We're in the first weeks after we welcomed the new year, and here we are listing down places to visit this year.
If you finally have a calendar of schedule for all your trips this year, the next question you should be asking yourself is where to stay once you're there.
What exactly are we looking for? What are the factors we should consider in choosing the best vacation rental? Is it the cleanliness of the place? Price range? Or should it be a gorgeous house sitting atop a hill?
Whatever your preferences are, there are still some basic guidelines that you should consider before booking a place. We've listed down eight tips on what you should look for when booking a vacation place:
Look for Some Photos
Photos are portals to a place we haven't been to. So, for us to actually get a feel of what we are coming into, photos are our trusty ally.
Personally, my booking pattern depends on whether the photos of the vacation place are nice and welcoming.
Research about the place, what they look like and what's the surrounding area like. Photos can instantly give that information we want. We need to be visually stimulated to be able to feel if this vacation rental is for us or if it's not.
Check the Google Maps
Whether you want a place near the center of everything, or you want to stay far away from the noise of the city, the best that you can do is to check the exact location of the place you are eyeing.
Google maps can provide you with the actual spot where the rental space is located. It gives you an overview of what to expect within the neighborhood.
Oftentimes, the best vacation rentals are found way off the beaten path and far off from any urban distractions. In that case, you have to be well-informed about the distance of your rental space to major attractions that you want to see, even restaurants that you might want to try.
Read at Least 5 Good Reviews
I don't know about you, but an overall good review is a deciding factor that I trust when booking a rental place. I feel more comfortable confirming a certain accommodation booking if the place is well commended by past guests because that only means they had a good time staying at that place.
Reviews mean a lot. If you find a listing that has more than 20 reviews, go through them and find out if the place has more good reviews than bad ones. If it has more good reviews, then you're likely to be in good hands.
It's up to you to decide whether to book it or not.
Review the Booking Process
One other factor to keep in mind is whether the booking process is easy to understand. If it sounds sketchy to you, especially if they have weird rules about the payment, you can ask further questions and make clarifications.
Don't be afraid to know more about the listing. It's important that you build trust between you and your host.
Legit booking sites are often easy to navigate and have a user-friendly interface. If the place you are looking at works that way, then it's highly likely that they are a trustworthy place.
Strictly Follow Your Budget
Before looking for a place, you have to identify how much you are willing to spend on a vacation rental home. This way, it narrows down your options.
Honestly, if you don't have a set budget in mind and you're faced with a lot of options, it's harder to decide which one you like best. It can even be way more than you can afford, but you book it anyway because you like the overall vibe of the place.
Having a set budget means you don't go overly ambitious. It means that you understand what type of vacation homes you can rent out depending on how much you are willing to spend.
Confirm the Rental Availability
Technical glitches are sometimes inevitable in this digital world. Sites may look like they work properly but when you try to book a place, it's always booked.
If the site provided a number or email that you can contact, try inquiring using that option to check if the dates you'd like to book is available or not.
There's no harm in trying, especially if you really like the place.
Get a Formal Lease Agreement
A formal lease agreement is your safety net in case anything unfortunate happens. Everything should be in black and white to ensure that both you and the owner are protected from any legal concerns.
Always read the fine print. Make sure that both you and the owners understand the terms and conditions of the rental agreement.
Any vague points should be clarified before you even sign the paper. You have to be keen on that, trust me.
Check if it is Stocked with Your Daily Needs
Being on vacation should be filled with relaxation and less stress. Now, to make sure you experience exactly that type of vacation, check if the house you are renting is well-stocked with your daily household needs.
Toiletries, towels, blankets, kitchen equipment, and other home appliances that will help make your vacation easier.
You may also ask the owner of the house if they have a recommended Airbnb turnover service if you plan to stay longer. That way, you won't have to worry about keeping the house clean during your stay since these professional cleaners know exactly how to turn a place clean and tidy.