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Find the Beach House of Your Dreams with These Essential Tips

With summer on the horizon it's time to start planning your vacation. You may already be dreaming about white, sandy beaches and clear, blue waters, but before you pack your bags, you need a place to stay. Renting a beach house is the perfect way to relax and unwind, but you want to be sure you choose the right one. Follow these tips when checking out vacation homes and you will discover the perfect rental for you.

List out Your Priorities before You Search

It is so easy to get caught up in the beautiful photos and lavish detail when viewing websites of vacation homes. So, you should make a list beforehand, to avoid losing sight of what you need. Do you want to be right on the water, or closer to town? Do you need a kid-friendly beach house or one that allows pets? Are you planning on staying several weeks, or want a quick weekend getaway?

Once you have figured out what you need, you will be able to conduct a more careful search of homes that will provide you with the vacation you want at the price you can afford.

Rent Early

Many travelers start booking their summer vacations months in advance, so the earlier you can start your search, the more options you will have. You may think that waiting until summer begins will allow you to negotiate a better price, but you could risk losing out on your dream rental.

Conventional wisdom often says that if you wait until the low season, such as spring or fall, you will find a better deal. However, there is no guarantee that you will have the vacation you desire. The beach may not be staffed with lifeguards after September, or town attractions may be closed before Memorial Day. Rent early and you will get a great home for the summer.

Read the Fine Print

You found your beach home and are ready to place your deposit. Before you do, make sure you read all the fine print of your contract so you know what to expect. Is there a limit to when you can use the beach? Is there a no-parties clause? Do you have to pay a cleaning fee? Knowing the details will help you avoid misunderstanding later and help you from losing money.

Take care of the property and you will be a guest that will be welcomed back year after year.

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