How To Rent a Holiday Home Safely And With Serenity
Regularly, when summer holidays approach, media attract their attention, fraud or various problems or disappointments tourists can face.
From a dream villa… this does not exist in an email address of a hack owner, from holiday homes that do not correspond to reality to owners desperately absent in case of problems: these are some of the scenarios disasters that can discourage tourists Choose this type of vacation. However, a holiday villa offers many advantages and satisfies millions of tourists all over the world every year.
The supports often consider solutions once the damage is performed but often skips the simple steps that can limit the risks. Since prevention is better than cure, I think it can be useful to remember some common sense behaviours. They will allow you to make your choice with confidence.
Don’t panic: fraud remains an exception, and excellent visibility offered by the Internet encourages the owners to offer the best conditions for their guests. All of them want to avoid bad criticism that can “kill” their holiday home during different seasons.
A holiday should be fun and only fun. Before being taken away from your enthusiasm, be careful, and everything will be fine.
Here Are a Few Tips:
- Cross information on the Internet: if the house that seems to meet all your criteria has its own website, check if it also appears on well-known websites of holiday homes; in general, the owners want to have Maximum visibility and announce their property on different websites. Some of them clearly mention how long he has been a member, which is a member, which is totally reassuring in terms of the existence of holiday rental and its quality. In fact, the owner cannot eliminate negative reviews. It can respond to them and justify them, which could also be very instructive.
- Contact the owner personally: In general, the main holiday rentals give the owner’s phone number and even their photo. Call it and ask all the questions you have in mind. Of course, this does not completely discard fraud, but personal contact will allow you to put many very specific questions about the home and its surroundings. If you think your interlocutor is a doubt to respond to distrust …
- Request his address (his home and not his holiday rental) and see Google if you live there, really. You can also request your number of identity cards or your profession. Cross this information with Facebook, connected, etc. An owner who has nothing to hide will not have difficulty providing this information.
- Request an invoice relating to vacation rental: such as electricity or water, with the name of the owner.
- Request other photos of the house or property than those published on the Internet: an owner must be able to send them to you.
- Make sure there is a rental contract; ask and read carefully. If necessary, make a lawyer or a real estate agency.
- Pay attention to the owners who do not update their calendars: this procedure allows scammers to rent the same periods to different tourists.
- Avoid too tempting offers: please note the famous “too good to be true”! Compare the property to other similar properties in the market. If the difference is too big, it is worth investigating a little more. Scammers use this technique to seduce their victims.
- Pay attention to the payment means: now you have made your choice, and it’s time to pay. A 2530% deposit must be made to ensure that the reserve is a common practice, and the balance must be paid a few weeks before arrival. Some owners will accept the cash balance on arrival; in the case of a bank transfer, do not hesitate to pay with a credit card or PayPal. Proposes of payment rates: you will be completely protected.
- In many countries, the owner must have a specific license to rent their villa or holiday apartment. In Greece, it’s called an “EOT License”. This document assumes that holiday rental meets the criteria required for its category. EOT licenses mention the name of the manager and are published on the Internet.
- To avoid unpleasant surprises during your stay, make sure you have a local contact in case of problems. If the owner does not live in the area and the property is not managed by an agency, you should know who can help you if the washing machine breaks, if you forget the keys inside the village or if the colour of the pool water is turquoise is Status rotated Flashy Green …
- Feel free to ask questions before signing the contract: the most serious owners want their customers to be fully satisfied. Famous word of mouth and some good Internet reviews are your best reward. It clarifies the services included in the rental or non-rent price: utilities, air conditioning, cleaning, bed linen, pool maintenance, etc. Discover the distances for the beach, the city, shops and entertainment. Make sure the property meets the needs of all the members of your group: small children, the elderly or people with disabilities. I always invite my future tenants to ask me questions.
- A property tour: most owners will ask you to pay a security deposit, reimbursed in output or a few days later. Suggest the person who will welcome you to take a property tour with you. If this is not possible, do it alone after arrival. If you detect damage, take a picture and immediately report the owner. This will avoid future disputes.
- Do not hesitate to take the cancellation insurance: this investment will give you peace of mind, especially if yours.
Well, now, you are ready to choose your dream villa!