Mexi-go! Deciding on the Perfect Vacation Rental

VR2If you are planning a getaway to a warm destination like Mexico or the Caribbean and have decided to stay in a vacation rental, there are so many choices available offering basic accommodations to luxury homes. They range from single detached houses, villas, low and high rise condominiums and even houseboats and yachts!

To assist in narrowing your choices of the type of home needed, there are many factors to consider. Over the next few weeks, each factor will be addressed and today we will begin with the Duration of Your Stay.

At the early planning stage, you will have an idea of how long you plan on staying in the vacation rental. For stays of several weeks or months where you’ll be living in the home full time, you should consider a larger, full size home with multiple rooms for you and your travel group. For stays that are for a week or two getaway, a smaller home or condominium in a low or high-rise building or complex may be satisfactory. A smaller home will require less upkeep and is more ideal for a short stay of a small group.

Another issue to help you decide is to look at the size and layout of your own home. If you are planning a getaway for you, your partner and three children and currently live in a three bedroom/three bathroom house, you would want to book a vacation rental of similar size and composition. Even for a short stay, renting a two bedroom condominium with one bathroom will be stressful on everyone.

Know Before You Go…. For stays of several months, consider vacation rentals that tend to rent out primarily to long term guests. The homeowner and property manager will be more familiar with these arrangements and this will simplify the negotiations related to the base price, inclusions and the rental agreement preparation. Similarly, a homeowner or property manager who tends to rent homes for short stays will not be as familiar with the procedure to follow to accommodate a long term guest.

Stay tuned for a review of the other factors or read them all in my latest book available through Amazon and through this site….


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