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Tips for Finding a Good Cabin Rental

So it’s set – a cabin rental for your next family vacation. But where do you start? With the large number of cabin rentals you’ll find, you practically have a sea of choices to scan through. 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, you may find that in most popular destination, there will be people who’ll rent the exact same property within the exact period of time, every single year. To get the biggest selection, start even early than after New Year’s, and don’t forget to ask for early bird discounts. This discount can be as great as 10%, so don’t think twice about asking.

Define your wants and needs.

Need to bring you kitty? See if pets are allowed. Planning cookouts? Their grill should be in good 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’s better to wait, do so.

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 the reason owners and agents scramble for renters as the high season draws near.
So unless with your dates and amenity requirements are set in stone, you holding off that cabin rental search until the last minute can offer you savings. 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. Get down and dirty reading their terms and conditions. Are furnishings included? How about transportation? Cleaning and laundry? Insurance? What are your responsibilities? Whatever other questions, details or concerns you have, talk to the owner or agent about them. The last thing you want during a vacation is an unwanted surprise.

A lot cabin rental sites feature reviews and feedback from past guests. It’s good to spend a little time reading them. Don’t forget that a cabin rental is far from booking a hotel room – you have a binding contract between you and the owner. You can’t just call of your plans and walk away with your full refund. Sometimes, you’ll have to wait weeks or even up to a month. So don’t think you’re being too fussy when you have nagging questions in your head. That’s just how it works.
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