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How to Find the Perfect Holiday Villa Deal

Looking for the perfect holiday villa isn’t easy, but there are ways to make it easier. Like most endeavors, good planning and being organized are the secret.

The following are simple steps that can assist you in finding the most awesome holiday villa at the most awesome price:

1. Begin your search early.
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After deciding on a destination and dates, a real estate agent who specializes in holiday properties will be very helpful. Also, local newspapers online are such a great resource (many rentals aren’t tied to agents) and so are websites that focus on vacation rentals.
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2. Look into different sources.

Keep your options open by consulting a variety of estate agents and websites. If you live near your holiday destination, you can drive around the neighborhoods where you’re planning to go to look for ads. The more informed you are regarding the area, the better the deal can probably get.

3. Read the entire contract thoroughly.

Yes, it’s important to review the contract, even if the deal and the villa are already perfect-sounding. This document has to include not just your payment schedule, but also your liability in case additional cleaning is needed or there are damages. You should get a checklist of what’s included the rental.

4. Negotiate!

Almost everything about a holiday villa rental is negotiable, from the deposit amount to the monthly or weekly rent. If the manager or owner isn’t budging, see if they’ll let you rent a week or a day longer for a slightly lower price.

5. Remember the deposit.

Seasonal rentals are known to require a larger security deposit upfront. Remember this while creating your budget. Also determine find out how the cash will be given back to you. Understand the conditions to be met (for instance, all payments should be cleared and the entire home cleaned).

6. Inquire about housekeeping.

There are rentals with a cleaning service that comes in on the last day, and you, as the renter, will be covering the bill. Others have cleaners who come every now and then during your stay. Just know what their schedule is and who’s paying.

7. Take photographs!

To ensure that you’re not blamed for existing damages to the property, take pictures all around right on your first day. Record the nature of the damages and the exact spots where they are. Then on your last day, do the exact same thing over.

8. Get the phone number of the manager or owner.

Lastly, it’s great that you now have the keys to the villa and that you’re raring to enjoy, but don’t forget to get your landlord’s number, just in case there are problems, like a busted pipe or maybe a power outage. You’ll be so glad you didn’t skip this step.