The Top 4 Tips for Choosing Vacation Rentals

Vacation rentals are great for those who want to get away, yet still want all of the comforts that home provides.

The thing is, there are a lot of vacation rentals out there. And unlike shopping for a home, you rarely get the chance to see a vacation rental in person before committing. So how are you supposed to know which one to choose?

The vacation rental you choose can make or break how much you enjoy your trip, so it’s very important to take your time with the decision and to know what to look for beforehand.

Read on to learn the top four tips for choosing a vacation rental.

Tips for Choosing Vacation Rentals

Tips for Choosing Vacation Rentals

1. Use a Reputable Website

An online search is one of the best ways to find a vacation rental. However, it can sometimes be difficult to figure out if the house listed is actually the real rental house.

For every success story you read about someone booking their rental property online, you can find a horror story about someone booking a property and then showing up to find that the home does not even exist. Or even worse, someone shows up to a rental property to find people living there who didn’t even realize that their house was listed.

To avoid these situations, make sure you avoid sites that are known for being abundant with scams, like Craigslist. Instead, choose sites that have reviews of the property, high-quality photos, and easy-to-find contact information.

If you want to be on the safe side, is a good example of a high-quality rental site.

2. Take Advantage of Search Filters

A lot of times, people will fall in love with a property, only to later find out that the property doesn’t fit their budget, their schedule, or something else.

To avoid this heartbreak, make sure you take advantage of the search filters that most sites offer. On most vacation rental sites, you can filter by budget, date, location, and more specific things like bedroom number, amenities, and Wifi.

The more you narrow in on your search, the easier it will be to find the property of your dreams.

Tips for Choosing Vacation Rentals

3. Read the Reviews

As we mentioned earlier, reviews are one of the best indicators that a rental site is legitimate.

So before booking a property, it is very important that you read the reviews. Pictures only tell half the story. Reading the reviews will clue you in on things like how good the communication is with the renter, how easy it is to work all the amenities in the home, how safe the area feels, if there are loud neighbors, and more.

Reviews are usually the best way to get a feel for a place without seeing it, as there’s no reason for someone to lie in a review.

Also, don’t just skim through the first few positive reviews you see. Dig deep and find the negative reviews too, as these will help you get the full story of a property.

4. Location, Location, Location

Last but not least, you want to make sure you spend a decent amount of time researching the location of the property.

And we’re not just talking about city or neighborhood here. When researching a property, you want to make sure it’s conducive to your needs.

For example, if you’re hoping to check out the city’s nightlife, you’ll want to choose somewhere that’s close to bars or that at least offers easy transportation to them. Or, if budget is an issue for you, you’ll want to make sure you choose somewhere that’s within walking distance to places or that at least has a lot of transit lines near it.

With these 4 tips, you’re well on your way to finding the vacation rental of your dreams!

About Marina Villatoro

Marina Kuperman Villatoro CEO of, a travel resource site to inspire families to travel with kids of all ages. Marina has been an expat 20+ years in Central America raising 2 boys in a multicultural, trilingual household. She travels all over the world with her family to give first hand experiences of where to eat, stay and play with kids. Needless to say, it’s never boring! Join Marina on Facebook and Twitter for more unique and boutique family travel!

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