Are You Thinking About Renting a Vacation Home?

Vacation rentals usually have many advantages and are often great deals. You typically get more space for your money, most come with full kitchens which save you money on meals and they’re great for accommodating large groups or families that want to stay together. While most people only see the good in them, there are some things you should know before you book and Keys to the Lake is here to help. When you’re looking for a Lake of the Ozarks vacation rental, make sure you keep these tips in mind:

1. Start your search early

If you can avoid some of the stress and extra costs that can go with securing a vacation home last minute, why not? Vacation rentals during peak season, especially the more popular ones, get booked up fast! It’s best to start your search at least a few months before your vacation. While it may seem extreme, searching 6 months to a year out would be ideal.

2. Pay attention to the layout

A common mistake that some renters make, is that they focus more on how the home looks, rather than the functionality. While the home’s aesthetics are important, if the layout doesn’t work for your family or the group you’re travelling with, then you should check out other rentals.

3. Read the whole contract

The contract is something you should really take your time with and thoroughly read over. The contract should outline your payment schedule, as well as what you are liable for in case of damages.

Other things that should be included in your contract are:
  • ·  The arrival and departure dates
  •     The costs of the deposit, pet fees and cleaning fees
  • ·  The method and time frame for those fees to be paid
  • ·  The cancellation policy

Make sure to read through the fine print and don’t hesitate to ask any questions, especially if there’s something you don’t understand. It’s also important to get a checklist of what is included in the vacation rental. This will give you an idea of what you need to pack or purchase for your trip.

4. Ask questions so you know what you’re getting

Here are some questions to keep in mind when searching for your vacation rental house:
  • Do I need a car? Is there convenient public transportation?
  • Is the neighborhood noisy?
  • How available are you if I have questions?
  • Are there laundry facilities available?
  • Is the property kid-friendly? Are pets allowed?

5. Ask about available services

Although you hope you won’t have any issues while staying at a rental home, the truth of the matter is, anything can happen and it’s best to be prepared. Some rentals may expect the renters to do their own leg work if anything goes wrong. It’s best to rent a vacation home that is equipped with a list of reliable service people or have contact with someone who can provide you with one when necessary.

6. Don’t forget the deposit

Some seasonal rentals usually require an upfront security deposit. You should always keep the deposit in mind and make sure it fits into your budget. You should also know how the deposit will be returned and what conditions need to be met.

The next time you’re searching for a Lake of the Ozarks vacation rental, let us help make the process easier. We give our clients the peace of mind that things will be done right the first time. When every little thing means everything, Keys to the Lake stands preeminent in exceptional service and attention to the details. Give us a call today at 800-986-5397 and let our team hand you the keys to your ideal Lake of the Ozarks vacation rental.

"We don't aspire to be the largest company in the region. Rather, we are determined to be the best at what we do!" ~ Mark Krantz, Owner

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