So you’ve decided you’ll go for a cabin rental for your next family trip. But where do you start? With the large number of cabin rentals you’ll find, you practically have a sea of choices to scan through. That can be overwhelming.
To make your job of finding the right cabin rental easier, follow these tips:
Many people begin planning their summers right after New Year’s. Also, you may find that in most popular destination, there will be people who’ll rent the exact same property within the exact period of time, every single year. For the widest selection, begin even shortly before New Year’s and and inquire about discounts for early birds. Sometimes, this discount can be as high as 10%, so don’t hesitate to ask.
Know what you want and need.
Bringing your doggo? See if pets are allowed. Planning cookouts? Grill should be in great shape. Yes, you should have a written contract that specifies all these details and more, especially a name and phone number you can call when something goes wrong.
Wait if it pays to.
This may seem like the antithesis to the first tip, but in very popular destinations, supply outweighs demand. This is why as the high season nears, owners and agents will be found in a rush to rent out their properties.
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 attached to a certain property, and keep in mind that this is a game of risk against reward.
Review the fine print.
Before you commit to a cabin rental, make sure you know the deal inside and out. Get down and dirty reading their terms and conditions. Are furnishings included? Transportation? Cleaning and laundry? Insurance? What are your responsibilities? All of these and whatever other details come to mind, ask the property owner or agent. An unwanted surprise hardly fits into most people’s picture of a vacation.
Many cabin rental sites post reviews and feedback given by 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 call of your plans and walk away with your full refund. Sometimes, you’ll have to wait weeks or even up to a month. So don’t think you’re being too fussy when you have nagging questions in your head. That’s just the way it goes.