If you're headed to the beach for your family's summer vacation, consider arranging for a rental service to find you the best place to stay. If you do that, you'll be working with agents who are very familiar with the area you'll be visiting, and they'll probably get the best prices for you. Before you contact the vacation rental service, consider exactly what you want so that you'll be ready to answer important questions.
Obviously the amount of money you can afford to spend will play a big part in the vacation rental you select. For instance, if you have allotted a generous amount of money for your beach vacation, you might be wanting to rent a high-end luxury home. If you are on a limited budget, consider renting a nice condo or a less impressive house. If you request full maid service, of course, that will add to the cost of the rental.
Do you want the rental property to be close to the beach? Maybe you're just as interested in seeing local sights. If so, that might mean that the rental property doesn't need to be close to the beach, but that you would prefer it to be more centrally located. If you will be without a car, you might want a rental property that is within walking distance of the beach and other attractions.
Even if you will be going to the beach, you might want a rental property that has its own swimming pool and a hot tub. Maybe you want a large back yard where your family can set up things like a volleyball net or a croquet set. If you have a dog, you might be very interested in finding a property that is totally fenced. Instead of a regular kitchen, maybe you would love to have a state-of-the-art kitchen where you can prepare meals for your family or where you can cook together.
Whether you want a high-end luxury home or a less expensive rental property, consider how many bedrooms you will need. For instance, maybe you want a master bedroom for you and your partner and one large area where the kids can set up sleeping bags. Additional bedrooms for kids will be helpful, as will having a futon or a sofa bed. The same goes for bathrooms. Think of arranging a vacation rental that has at least one extra bathroom.
The agent at the vacation rental service will match your requests to available homes. You'll even get a virtual tour of the places the agent thinks will be best suited to your needs.