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I've never rented a vacation home before. How does the experience differ from renting a hotel or motel room for my vacation?
An individually owned home or condo is, first of all, more spacious and more private than a hotel or motel room. You will have the entire home, including fully-equipped kitchen and often more than one bath, at your disposal. You will not have, of course, room service or valet parking. But you can often arrange for daily maid service if you would like it. Just ask the reservation agent. In comparing cost, you will likely find that the cost per bedroom to rent a vacation home is significantly less than the same number of hotel rooms.

Can I pay for the accommodation with my credit card?
Most vacation rental agencies take Visa and Mastercard.

What will I need to bring with me?
For many vacation rentals, you need only arrive with your clothes and your groceries. These units come complete with bed and bath linen and soap and paper products. For others, you may need to bring bed linens and cleaning supplies. Be sure to check with the agency to see what is included. Check out our inventory page to see how most vacation rentals are equipped (click to go there now!)

Is there a security deposit involved?
Most agencies require a security deposit of $500 to $1000, possibly more for holidays and special events. You may also be asked to sign an agreement that authorizes excess cleaning charges or damages to be charged to your credit card.

Are all the utilities on in my vacation home when I arrive? What about telephone and cable TV?
Vacation homes have the utilities on when you arrive. For rentals of one month or longer, you are asked to assume the cost of some utilities, such as gas or electricity. Telephones are provided in most units and local calls are usually free. You will need a calling card or a credit card to make long-distance calls. Most vacation homes have standard cable service for the area.

Am I expected to clean the vacation home before I depart?
Most vacation rental companies engage housekeepers to clean the unit after your departure and prepare it for the next guest. You will probably pay a separate cleaning fee for this service. However, you are usually expected to leave the home "broom clean" which means bagging your trash, cleaning your own dishes, and leaving no major messes for the housekeepers to clean up.

When is the most economical time to book a vacation rental home?
Most resort areas have high and low seasons. If you can book during non-peak times (low season) and avoid holiday times, you can obtain the best rates. You may also want to ask if a better rate is available for a longer stay.

Can I make reservations at the last minute?
Yes! Although it may be difficult during high season, it never hurts to call at the last minute. There may be a cancellation, and there may be vacancies available that the vacation rental manager will fill at a discount. Ask

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