Pointers for a Good Cabin Rental Experience
So it’s final – a cabin rental for the family’s next vacation. But how or where do you start? With so many cabin rentals today, you’ll be looking at a sea of choices in front of you. You could be overwhelmed.
To make your search for the right cabin rental easier, here are tips to start with:
Check in advance.
A lot of people start planning their summers the day after New Year’s. Also, in a lot of the popular vacation destinations, there will be loyalists – people who’ll want the same house for the same period every single year For the widest selection, begin even shortly before New Year’s and and inquire about discounts for early birds. This discount can be as great as 10%, so don’t think twice about asking.
Determine your wants and needs.
Bringing your doggo? Check if pets are allowed. Thinking of cookouts? Grill should be in great shape. Yes, a written contract is a must, and this document must contain all of these details and more, including the name and number of the one in charge, in case something goes wrong.
If it pays to wait, wait.
This may seem antithetical to our first tip, but if you’re going to a very popular destination, expect supply to outweight demand. That’s why the closer you get to the high season, the more owners and agents will be scrambling to fill their houses.
So if your dates and amenities are flexible, you can pocket some savings by doing doing a last-minute cabin rental search. Just don’t obsess with a specific rental, and bear in mind that this game is essentially risk vs. reward.
Examine the fine print.
Before you commit to a cabin rental, make sure you know the deal inside and out. Look into the nitty-gritty of their terms and conditions, and never assume anything. Are furnishings included? What about transportation? Cleaning services? Insurance? What are your obligations? Whatever other questions, details or concerns you have, talk to the owner or agent about them. When you’re vacationing and having a good time, the last thing you want is an unpleasant surprise.
Many cabin rental sites post reviews and feedback given by guests. Spend time to read a few. Keep in mind that a cabin rental is different from a hotel room booking – you will actually enter a contract with the owner. You can’t just terminate your plans and the contract and get your complete refund. Sometimes, you’ll have to wait weeks or even up to a month. So don’t think asking questions is being too fussy or overacting. That’s just the way it goes.