Thursday, July 10, 2014

Vacation Homes - To Rent or Not to Rent?

We just wrapped up our week long vacation on the southern Oregon Coast. We also just completed our 5th successful vacation home rental.  If you have always wondered about renting someone else's house, I'm here to tell you this is a vacation option worth exploring.

You are probably wondering what do they cost and where do you go to find one? I hope I can answer a few questions and give you a few of our family's hints and tips for a successful vacation in someone else's house over two different blog posts. This first post will discuss finding a house to rent and what they cost.

Now keep in mind that these houses are second homes and investment properties for the owners; they are not their primary residence so you are not going to see family photos on the wall or clothes hanging in the closet. It really is just like a hotel without room service and daily housekeeping. And don't worry, you don't have to clean the toilets when you leave, housekeeping comes in after you leave to ready the house for the next renters. 

Cost
Vacation home rentals can cost as little as or as much as you are willing to spend. There really is something out there for everyone. Consider your budget. Maybe you have plans to stay in a hotel on your vacation. The per night costs of a vacation home are most times comparable or even better than the per night of a hotel. Rentals usually always require a refundable deposit and a non-refundable cleaning fee. You will also pay local tourism taxes too.  

Have you ever wanted to travel with another family or members of your extended family? For instance maybe Grandma and Grandpa want to go too. Just need to find a bigger house. Rental options include apartments, condos. townhouses, cottages and homes with as many rooms as you will need. 

Finding your perfect rental
To begin your search I recommend www.vrbo.com or www.homeaway.com. You might also do an internet search for local real estate or property management companies in the city you plan to visit. Here is the link to the house we just rented in Brookings, Oregon. http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p299201vb. You can check a homes calendar and book the days you want directly from the website. You can also see pictures of the properties, read about the local sights and read the reviews from former renters.

The Great Escape in Brookings, OR
So why do we choose the vacation home rental over hotel accommodations?
We are a family of four with two young boys and hotel living for a week is not as luxurious as I might like it to be but the vacation home is ideal! The boys have their own space, mom and dad have their own space, we can cook if we want to (and we do) and I can keep up on the laundry. Doing laundry may not seem like a chore you want to deal with while on vacation but trust me, this makes unpacking awesome! 

There is usually a yard for our active kids to play in and a refrigerator that I can stock with the snacks a two year old, four year old and their 40 year old father demand. We always choose homes in locations close to the activities we enjoy. For our family this is the ocean. For your family it might be the lake, a riverfront or downtown in a city with bright lights.

Here are pictures and links to the other four rental homes we have rented in the past.

We rented this one on our honeymoon. I hope to go back to this one again someday. Maybe for our 10 year anniversary? Hint, hint if you are reading Jake. 

It was just the two of us for this trip and we just needed to get away so this little condo was perfect. 

This was the first vacation with a baby. He was 5 months old and traveled so well for this lengthy car ride. 

This trip we invited my parents to join us. The house was large enough to accommodate our then family of three plus my parents. 

In my next post I will offer some tips and suggestions for packing for a vacation rental stay. What to bring and what to buy when you get there. Stay tuned. 
Thanks for reading! ~mrs. c


1 comment:

  1. Love your vacation rental posts, Vacation Homes - To Rent or Not to Rent and Vacation Home Rental - Tips and Hints. And wonderfully stated: "hotel living for a week is not as luxurious as I might like it to be but the vacation home is ideal! The boys have their own space, mom and dad have their own space, we can cook if we want to (and we do) and I can keep up on the laundry. Doing laundry may not seem like a chore you want to deal with while on vacation but trust me, this makes unpacking awesome!" So glad we found you. We will link to your site so our guests may read this too. Thanks so much. The Houses On Manzanita Beach www.VacationRentalsManzanita.com

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