Guide To Renting A Vacation Rental

When you are looking for a vacation rental, consider booking direct with the vacation rental owner. The process for renting a vacation home differs from booking a hotel room. Their personal interest in your stay and knowledge of the property are far beyond that of a hotel reservation center! This helps you make the best choice for you and your family. Sometimes it may take an owner a while to respond to your inquiry for a variety of reasons. So be patient, send multiple inquiries and follow our easy steps below to reserving a vacation rental - it's absolutely worth it!

1.Search Vacation Rentals

To view a property, navigate to the area you are interested in starting on our list. A list of properties will be shown along with several icons showing the most popular amenities for each property. Once you find a property of interest, click the title of the property to see the details for that property. We recommend you make inquiries to multiple vacation homes that meet your preferences.


If the property that you want to reserve is found, you use our site and make reservations to the Owner or Manager directly. To secure a reservation for a vacation rental, it is standard for homeowners or property managers to request a reservation/security deposit ranging from 10% - 50% of the total rental rate. Specifics related to the reservation/ security deposit, including property maintenance, damages and additional fees such as telephone charges, should be outlined in a detailed, written agreement.

3.Lease Agreement

The Owner or Manager should send you a written Lease Agreement which includes arrival/departure dates, payment schedules, pet policies, as well as cancellation/refund terms and conditions. Review the vacation rental agreement carefully before you sign it.

4.Send Final Payment to Owner

Payment schedules vary from homeowner to property manager. However, full payment is generally expected prior to arrival. Submit all payments as specified in the written agreement to avoid losing your reservation and/or deposit.

5.Receive Information from Owner

The Owner or Manager should advise you about travel arrangements, including the most convenient airports, car rentals, alternative transportation options and route to property.
They should also provide you with:
  • Gate codes and any other access details
  • Keys or a number set(for the numerical keypad lock)
  • 24/7 contact name and telephone number in the event of any questions or issues including emergency

6.After Stay, Refund of the Deposit

Contact Owner and find out when you will receive your refund for the deposit. As long as you keep the house in the same manner you found it in and follow the owner's checkout procedures, you should receive your full deposit back.