Renting a Luxury Home for the Holidays

Real Estate Agent with Thompson Real Estate

Holidays are around the corner, and everyone's rushing to make the perfect vacation plans. Holidays are the perfect opportunity to host big family reunions. So make it a blast by renting out a luxury home.

Luxury vacation rentals are the perfect place to kick back after a long year. It also lets you keep your plans intimate and close to your family. You also don't have to worry about making room in your home for visitors, and you get to enjoy a unique experience.

Here's everything you need to know about investing in a luxury home for the holidays.

Know When and Where to Look

Start searching early if you're planning to rent a luxury home for the winter. It can be difficult to secure a luxury home during peak season on short notice. In addition, good luxury rentals run out fast as the holidays approach.

Rental agencies are a great place to find quality luxury homes. An agency can direct you to rental owners and help you find the luxury home of your dreams. Some services can also help you set up flights and rental cars to make your vacation a breeze.

You can also look into a rental agency in your state or city if you don't plan to travel too far. If something goes wrong, you can count on your agent to help.

There are also plenty of online listings from homeowners themselves. Consider checking out these luxury homes.

Don't settle for the first option you see. It helps to take your time and look around to find the best deals.

Confirm the Location

Once you've locked into a good luxury home rental, you want to ensure you understand the location. Check how close it is to tourist spots or attractions you want to see. Some beach home rentals are actually closer to the freeway than the beach.

Some home rental owners will not disclose the specific location on the description for privacy reasons. Contact the owner and ask about landmarks, like a restaurant, gas station, or grocery store.

If you can, check the place out before you decide to put down a deposit. Some photos can make a home look bigger than it really is.

It also helps to read the description thoroughly. Don't be afraid to ask questions if you have any reservations. Look at reviews from previous guests and take note of their experience. 

Identify Your Needs

Remember that renting a luxury home is far from booking a hotel. Housekeeping won't arrive every day, and you won't get a continental breakfast. Luxury home rentals have different amenities.

When planning to rent a luxury home, it's essential to have a list of must-haves. This may include WiFi, parking, or access to public transport. It also helps to have a grocery store nearby if you plan to have an extended vacation.

You may even want to have a private swimming pool or a place for a bonfire. Manage your expectations and know what features you're willing to sacrifice. You can pack extra bedding, food, and other supplies before heading out without worrying about anything missing.

Read the Contract

Luxury rental homes often have specific requirements for guests. Some luxury homes may permit pets or have a maximum occupancy. Reading the contract is essential to enjoying your luxury rental home in peace.

The contract will include a list of your liability for cleaning or damages. It will also have your payment schedule and if you would have to pay for heating or air conditioning.

It helps to have a licensed attorney read through your contract before signing it. This will give you some peace of mind during your vacation.

Once you've signed the contract, ensure to share the rules with everyone in the group. You don't want someone to accidentally break a rule and worry about it during the holidays. The contract often also includes any cancelation policies.

It's best to look into flexible cancellation policies in case of complications.

You Can Negotiate

Negotiating is a great way to get the best deal possible for your stay. As discussed prior, understand what features you are willing to sacrifice for what you want to negotiate. Use your leverage as an interested customer.

Booking early can get you an excellent rental for a reasonable price. However, if you're willing to risk a late booking, you can find some last-minute deals.

Most rental owners are partial to negotiations if they don't have any other interested bookers. Be polite and let the owner know you'll take care of their property.

Include the Deposit In Your Budget

When renting a luxury home, there is often a security deposit before check-in. If everything goes well during your stay, the deposit will return to you, and you can be on your merry way. However, if you damage anything or leave a huge mess, you may end up losing your deposit.

Seasonal luxury home rentals tend to have a large upfront security deposit. If you want to ensure you get your deposit back, understand the owner's conditions.

Check Out Properly

Many luxury rental homes have strict rules about checkout. Keep in mind that your rental vacation home is someone else's home. Checking out properly is not only a way to get your deposit back it's good manners!

It's best to take a picture of the rental property on your first day. You may want to rearrange some furniture, and a picture will help you put everything back in place.

If there are problem areas, include them in your documentation. The owner may blame you for damages that were already there when you arrived.

How to Rent a Luxury Home for Your Holiday Vacation

Renting a luxury home is a great way to enjoy the holidays with your family. Use these tips to find the best vacation rental for your needs!

Are you interested in renting out your home for travelers? Check out our other blog posts for more tips. We also cover some great guides on investing in real estate.

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