Renting a home, condo or other accommodation for your vacation is an option many people like. You get to stay in one spot, have to unpack only once, see the local sights, take day trips and live like a local. The Better Business Bureau has some tips to consider when renting that vacation home.
Be sure to get your agreement in writing. Never wire money or send a check. Using a credit card will most likely offer the most protection in case there are problems with your rental. And be sure to actually talk to the owner...not just communicate by email.
Find out how to get back your security deposit. Ask if there is a cleaning fee or a fee for electricity, phone service, Internet or other utilities.
It never hurts to ask if the owner offers tickets to attractions or discounts, especially if you are renting in "off season".
If you notice a problem with anything once you arrive, be sure to take photos or videos. Share a copy of them immediately with the owner.
If a offer sounds too good to be true, it probably is. This doesn't mean you still can't find a "deal" when renting. Just do your homework first.