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By Owner Vacation Home Rentals are Rapidly Becoming the Destination of Choice
According to recent reports, over 50% of vacationers said that they plan to book a Vacation Rental Home during the next year. Add to that, a full one quarter of Families who were surveyed have already stayed in one, and 33% of owners said that in 2009 they had seen more weekly rentals.
There is little doubt about why this phenomena is happening. Vacation Rentals by Owner have a lot to offer. And where it comes to affordable vacations, vacation rentals are second to none. With a vacation rental a family can often get a nicely furnished living room, several bedrooms, a fully furnished dining and cooking area, and often patio and sometimes a pool and jacuzzi.
Families can find everything, from a studio condo to a seven-bedroom home with private pool. Without doubt, there's a Ideal Vacation Rental just for you.
Saving money for other things with a vacation rental by owner.
If you travel with others, a unit containing multiple bedrooms and bathrooms will let you split the overall lodging costs across the group. And the savings from just eating in a few days really adds up.
Not to mention the flexibility when you have your own kitchen. You never have to hurry to get to the breakfast buffet before it closes. You can sleep in, and have your lunch out beach side for a lot less than you'd pay in a hotel restaurant. Most rentals have a coffee maker. Many even have espresso machines and other amenities like egg poachers.
Your kitchen will also include all the tools you desire to make lunches, appetizers, or a midnight snack. In Florida destinations, blenders are a must for margaritas, rum runners and other beachy beverages.
Know the minimums. Many areas have specific guidelines for rentals, some are three night minimum rentals but the majority are for seven night minimums. Because of the 7 day minimum, many owners select one day as the turnaround day usually Saturday. When they're not fully booked, you may be able to stay fewer nights or check in mid week, this is really a matter of convenience and planning for the owner. Where there's lots of competition you'll find more flexible terms.
Usually a minimal deposit of is required to book the unit, with the balance due one or two months before your trip. You may also have to pay a security deposit, which is always refundable.
Every owner has different guidelines but most owners will return a deposit if they can rebook the unit if you cancel. But if they can't, you'll probably be out your deposit. If it's large, consider buying travel insurance as protection.
For your next trip, look into staying in a vacation rental instead of a hotel. You'll likely be happy you did.
The author is the Founder and Operating Manager of Florida Gulf Vacation LLC which offers Affordable Beach Rentals by owner along the Florida Gulf Coast from the Keys to St Pete Beach up to the Panhandle beaches as well as Disney Rentals in the Kissimmee Orlando area
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