|Focus On: Summer Rentals
Even if the groundhog predicts six more weeks of winter, there's no reason why you can't begin thinking about summer vacation - especially if it includes a summer rental. So, to get your mind off the snow and onto the beach, here are some tips to help you with the entire rental process.
· Check online local newspapers and vrbo.com for those "rentals by owner" options.
· Be sure to visit websites, such as vacationrentals.com and homeaway.com, which specialize in vacation rentals.
· If possible, drive through the neighborhoods you are considering to find homes advertising for the summer. You'll also learn if it's the right area for you.
· For those that already have a summer home, but want to try a new destination, log onto homeexchange.com where you can temporarily trade your home for another.
The Contract and Costs
· Make sure you know who pays for cleaning/housekeeping, utility bills, internet, phone service, cable, propane/gas and air conditioning/heating.
· Get a checklist of what's included - are beach chairs and a grill part of the deal?
· Be aware of the policies regarding pets and subleasing.
· Find out about the housekeeping schedule, and what condition the property must be returned in, for your full deposit to be refunded.
· Photograph and/or videotape the property on the day you arrive to ensure that any existing damage is documented.
· Get the landlord's phone number for any emergencies, such as a burst pipe.
· Walk through the premises with the owners. Be sure they see no problem with the property's condition. This can prevent unexpected surprises or bills later.
Are you envisioning yourself already relaxing on the beach, but don't want to deal with all that's involved to get there? Let GoodDeeds manage the entire rental process for you. We'll find you that perfect summer rental, handling all the details from start to finish, so all you'll need to think about is packing the sun tan lotion!