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Tips for Finding a Good Cabin Rental

So you’ve decided you’ll go for a cabin rental for your next family trip. But where do you start? With so many cabin rentals today, you’ll be looking at a sea of choices in front of you. You could be overwhelmed.

Here are tips to help make your search for a cabin rental much easier:

Start ahead.

A lot of people start planning their summers the day after New Year’s. As well, in many of the popular destinations, you’re going to find loyalists, or people who’ll be renting the same property each year for the same time period. To get the widest selection, start even before New Year’s, and remember to ask they offer early bird discounts. If you get lucky, this discount can be as much as 10%, so don’t be shy to ask.

Determine your wants and needs.

Want to bring Fido? Check if pets are allowed. Planning cookouts? The grill should be in perfect shape. Yes, you should have a written contract that specifies all these details and more, especially a name and phone number you can call when something goes wrong.

Wait if it pays to.

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 why the closer you get to the high season, the more owners and agents will be scrambling to fill their houses.
If your vacation dates and amenity requirements are flexible, you can make some good savings if you search for a cabin rental at the last minute. 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. Check the terms and conditions and all the nitty-gritties. Do they provide the furnishings? How about transportation? Cleaning services? Insurance? What’s your part of the deal? Whatever other details you’re concerned about, ask the agent or owner. When you’re vacationing and having a good time, the last thing you want is an unpleasant surprise.

Most cabin rental websites have reviews and feedback written by real 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 terminate your plans and the contract and get your complete refund. There are times when you’ll have to wait from weeks to a month. So don’t think you’re being overacting, especially when you know you have some questions to clear up. That’s just how it goes.
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