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How to Choose the Best Vacation Rental Home

How to Choose the Best Vacation Rental Home
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Updated: 9/6/2022 | How to Choose the Best Vacation Rental Home

Vacation rentals and AirBnBs are a cheaper alternative to hotels, especially when it comes to accommodating families or large groups of friends. Unlike most hotels, holiday accommodations often provide a fully supplied kitchen with appliances, often free parking, more privacy, and even at times the same service as in hotels such as a pool or daily housekeeping.

However, when choosing a holiday home, there are several important rules that may differ from the usual procedure for choosing hotels and which you need to pay attention to when booking.

How to Choose the Best Vacation Rental Home


Rented housing often has everything a traveler may need; a complete set of dishes, an iron, a washing machine, a patio with a barbecue, and an enclosed courtyard with garden furniture. If you think the presence of outdoor furniture is an unimportant factor, then you are mistaken.

Remember these lines when you swing on the outdoor swings tired after the beach or fry burgers on the grill and sit on rattan chairs in the evening, under the sea breeze. If from the entire list you are offered only an iron and two forks and no outdoor furniture, you should think about whether such a house is worth its price.


Before booking a holiday home, you need to determine the landmarks and businesses you want to see and if they are a reasonable distance from your rental.

If you rent an apartment in the city, think about what area it is in and how far it may be from public transportion? Are there supermarkets and cafes nearby? How to get to the main attractions? If you’re looking to explore some beaches, evaluate the distance to the beach and whether you’ll need to include a car rental in your trip planning. 

We love to book i highly walkable areas that are close to many attractions and get an Uber or one-day rental for attractions that require driving.

Cancellation Policy

While many hotels offer free cancellation and don’t charge for stays prior to check-in, in the case of vacation rentals, the cancellation policy can be a significant factor in your planning your trip.

Up to 14 days prior to arrival, cancellation fees can be up to 100%. Also, when booking, a certain percentage of the total cost (from 10 to 100%) may be charged immediately. So, read the booking and cancellation conditions carefully as they may differ on a case-by-case basis.

Cleaning Costs

In a hotel, cleaning is usually included in the price, while private facilities usually charge an additional fee for the final cleaning after you check out.

When booking, you need to pay attention to whether the final cleaning is included in the final price or you will have to pay for it separately (and how much). In addition, you can clarify whether it is possible to carry out the cleaning yourself and not have to pay for the extra service.

Arrival and Departure Details

Private accommodations often do not have 24-hour service or concierge, so it is necessary to think over the time of arrival and departure in advance and coordinate it with the property manager.

It’s important to note that often, late check-in (after 111 PM) is uncommon and may not be possible at all with private rentals.

We like to choose rentals that have digital access via a digital lock or mobile app.

Secure Payment Settings

Often, holds are placed at hotels for incidentals. That is not the same with private rentals.

Always choose to pay through secure payment settings such as Airbnb or VRBO.

And ONLY pay in advance to a bank account if you have a rental agreement signed by the renter. This is not common, but is a practice with certain renters.

Pet or Kid Friendly

When reading vacation rental descriptions, you will often see terms such as “family-friendly”, “pet friendly”, or “suitable for families with children and animals.”

However, it is not always clear what they mean. Ask for specifics such as the presence of a crib and/or high chair for a child in the house, playgrounds nearby, or is it simply the owners allowing the possibility of accommodation with children and animals?

Be sure to check exactly what each term means before you travel. This will help you determine what you may need to bring with you or if this accommodation is appropriate for your family at all.


When choosing a vacation home, pay attention to the reviews and ratings of an accommodation. Unlike hotels, vacation rentals have fewer reviews.

Make sure you read all the reviews, good and bad, prior to booking.

Hope you found our vacation rental tips useful. Wish you the best possible vacation!

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