Vacation Home Rentals and Rental Agreements

On your next vacation, why not treat yourself and your family to a vacation home rental. Just visualize it – You relaxing in a hammock outside the rustic log cabin you have taken on rent, enjoying the breeze blowing through the trees, listening to the birds chirping, ensconced in the lap of Mother Nature. Imagine yourself unwinding, far away from the pressures of the office and the frantic pace of the daily grind. Indeed, a vacation can become extra special by opting for a vacation home rental at a destination of your choice, not only for you and your spouse, but also for the kids, who are bound to love it too.

When it comes to vacation home rentals, they come in all sorts of shapes, sizes and prices. From quaint cottages by the lake to luxurious beachfront homes right at the edge of the sea. Or, if you want, it could be a traditional, stone cottage in the highlands of Scotland, or a condo or apartment in the middle of a city of your choice, or perhaps a cabin in the middle of the woods or on a snow-filled ski slope. You can get properties that can accommodate single or more families, some you can get for short-term rentals, while others could be ideal for corporate housing. The prices of these vacation home rentals vary according to the location, the size, and of course the amenities. In other words, you can find one that will suit your requirements, taste, as well as budget.

Many vacationers are realizing that it is far more advantageous to stay at a vacation home rental and are choosing to do so whenever they travel on vacation. Some of the essential factors they look for are only available in vacation homes. For instance, apart from the extra space, where a whole family of four, for example, can have a room for each person if a 4-bedroom house is taken, there is the option to cook in the kitchen, and eat meals in the dining room. Many vacation homes also have Jacuzzis or private swimming pools.

Plus, people can maintain their own routines, having the freedom to come and go as they please, without having to be subject to hotel rules and regulations. In addition, when people travel in families or in groups, vacation home rentals turn out far cheaper than hotels, which charge per head. In fact, a vacation home is a home away from home like a hotel room can never be.

The following are a few things you should consider when you choose your vacation home:

If it is a short-term rental you are taking, check to see what the minimum days you can stay are. While some places will allow just five days, others will let you stay even up to a month.

Check to see if the house is well maintained. Also, find out what the services are that come with the house and if they give anything free.

Check out the amenities that are supposed to be included with the house. If there is a swimming pool, find out if it is screened or heated. Also check out if extra charges will be added for the amenities.

Another aspect that you should consider is the type of house it is, especially if you have a toddler with you, or an elderly or disabled person. For example, a 2-story would certainly not be suitable in that case.

Houses with scenic views of the beach or mountains, or even close to an amusement park, are preferable.

Check out with friends and relatives about the vacation homes they have experienced living in. They can tell you what to watch out for.

Before renting a place, find out about the rental agreement. While rental agreements do differ from place to place, the following are a few common items that exist in most rental agreement forms:

The Terms of Payment

Refund Policy and Security Deposit

Check in and Check out times

Cancellation Policy (which include late arrivals, early departures, and no-shows)

Limitations on Occupancy

Description of the Property, and Items Supplied, such as Linens, Appliances, etc.

Care of the Property, Appliances, Furniture

Trash Removal and Cleaning Policy

Keeping the Home Secure Policy

Other terms could be a Smoking Policy or a Pet Policy

Try out a vacation home rental on your next vacation; you could end up creating lasting memories for yourself and your family.