1. Look for Good Reviews
The vacation rental should have great reviews from previous tenants with their overall experience of staying at the location.
2. Determine the Location
The location of the rental should be ideal for your preferences if you want to be in close proximity to shopping centers, restaurants, or a nearby lake.
3. Find a Rental with Quality Photos
The ad for the vacation rental should have high-quality content and photos, which is an indicator that the property is maintained well and is likely managed by a reputable company.
4. Use Reputable Websites
Many travelers are often scammed with vacation rentals by using bad websites to search for a property. Stick to using well-known websites that have good reviews and research county record offices to determine if it's actually a vacation rental that is available.
5. Consider Transportation
Many people travel without bringing their car along, making it important to determine if public transportation is within walking distance near the vacation rental that you want to book.
6. Search Using Your Dates
When conducting a search online for a vacation rental, search by using specific dates to determine what properties are available. This will narrow down the results and make it easier to choose from different listings or even adjust your dates to find a better place to stay.
7. Consider Safety
Read online reviews of the local area or neighborhood where you're planning on booking a vacation rental to determine if it's safe. Research the crime rates and if a security alarm or a gate is available on the rental property.
8. Look into Extra Fees
Look into hidden fees that come with rental properties, which can include the cost of cleaning services, insurance, or booking fees.
9. Research the Amenities
Each vacation rental includes different amenities, which can include free wifi service, washers or dryers that are available, or an on-site Jacuzzi that can be used. Look into the amenities to determine if they're specific to your needs and preferences.
10. Ask About the Views
Many people make the mistake of booking a cabin or a condo only to find that it has terrible views of the surrounding area. Don't be afraid to ask for photos of the views to ensure that you can enjoy the location.
This post was contributed by Jersey Cape Realty, offering vacation rentals and real estate on Cape May, NJ.