Booking A Vacation Rental? Here’s What To Ask Your Host To Dig Deep

More space, privacy, free parking, a spacious kitchen, affordability, and more- these are a few perks that compel travelers to ditch their customary accommodation for vacation rentals. From families to solo travelers, people are enjoying staying at gorgeous vacation rental properties. No doubt, the number of vacation rental properties across the world rising is at a rocket’s pace. 

If you are also planning to spend your vacation at a vacation rental property, here are a few questions you should ask the vacation rental host. Take a look. 

When was the apartment last occupied?

In the times when the pandemic is still looming in the air, travelers should consider their safety above everything. 

While selecting a vacation rental apartment, ask the host about their most recent booking. If the space was occupied before your arrival, chances are that you might come in contact with infectious respiratory droplets that tend to survive on surfaces. 

Ideally, there should be a grace period of at least three days in between the departure of the last guests and your arrival.  

How do you clean the apartment? 

Reputed brands follow set cleaning and sanitization guidelines for cleaning their properties. Ask your host about the measures they adopt to clean their rental apartment. Do they do it themselves or hire professionals for the same. 

Book the property only if it meets safety standards. 

What’s not included in the property? 

While most properties describe their offerings in detail on their website, some do not spill all the beans. Hence, it is always better to talk to your vacation rental owner upfront about their offerings. 

You should know whether or not to bring your own toiletries, bed linen, pet food, or eatables. Hence, find out what is not included in the property and pack as per. 

What are the restrictions in the city, county, or state? 

On account of the ongoing pandemic situation, the authorities are constantly updating their travel restrictions. Some cities or states require you to quarantine yourself for two weeks, while some do not impose any such compulsion. 

If you are looking for apartments in Arlington VA, you should know about the travel restrictions of the county. Similarly, if you are traveling to Austin, you should be aware of the travel guidelines of Texas. 

Ask the host about the local restrictions. 

What is the exact location of the property? 

It is not uncommon for travelers to arrive at their accommodation with high hopes, only to find out that the areas of interest are too far away from where they are staying. 

Call the owner to confirm the exact address of their rental property and then check the property on Google Earth. Check the exact location and the famous tourist spots located nearby. Find out the distance between your accommodation and the nearest museum, subway, restaurant, club, and other places of interest. 

What is the cancellation policy?

Any unforeseen condition can lead to the cancellation of your vacation plan. It could be your health issues, unexpected workload, or any similar event. 

If you get stuck in any of these or other situations, calling for the cancellation of your vacation plan can put you in trouble. But if you are aware of the cancellation policy of the rental property, you will know what to expect. 

Ask them about their cancellation policy and read the contract in detail. 

The bottom line 

A bad experience with your accommodation can ruin your entire holiday experience. Hence, it is always better to clear your queries before finalizing a vacation rental property. Follow the above tips to minimize the chances of crashing your expectations and get ready to have fun!

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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