Renting a home for the summer, whether the entire season or just a few weeks, is a great way to have a relaxing vacation. Often, home rentals save you money compared to hotels, since you will have access to a full kitchen and all the amenities of home. The following tips can help you avoid surprise fees and additional costs so you can budget for your vacation accordingly.
Tip #1: Verify access
Just because a home is located on or near a beach, doesn't mean you have beach access. Before signing the rental agreement check that there is beach access and that it allows you to bring on guests. If you plan to launch boats or water equipment, you may also want to see if there is access to a private boat launch or if a public launch is readily available. In some cases, you may have to pay an additional fee to access things like a launch or fishing pier, so make sure you are well aware of everything before you rent.
Tip #2: Check for supplies
Many summer rentals come fully appointed – this means a kitchen stocked with pots and pans, and linen closets with plenty of towels and extra sheets. While this is often the case, it's not always the case. Check ahead of time to see what is available for your use, this way you can bring items from home instead of having to purchase them upon arrival. Prices can often be inflated on everyday items in vacation towns, so it's better to plan ahead.
Tip #3: Ask about laundry access
Some vacation rentals are also private homes in the off season, which means certain parts of the home may be off limits to renters. Basements and storage rooms are the areas most likely locked, but these are also where the washer and dryer is most likely to be housed. Verify that you will have laundry access at the home. Otherwise, you will need to plan ahead and budget to visit laundromats during your visit.
Tip #4: Get the scoop on parking
Does the home have it's own private drive or parking place? Parking can be a major expense if you must pay to park at street meters every day. Even if street parking is free, it can still be a pain to find parking near your rental if you are competing with other tourists for a spot. In some cases, you may need a permit to park overnight as well, so make sure you are fully aware of all parking requirements.
Talk to a real estate agent, like one from Pace Real Estate Services, that specializes in summer rentals for more help.