4 Tips for a perfect stay

Renting a holiday home is easy and should be satisfactory as well. Very often disagreements and negative opinions arise from poor communication between the two parties.

If you are going to rent a holiday home, we would like to give you some pieces of advice so you will not have to worry about anything during your stay.

1. Property Information and Amenities

Clarify all the questions concerning the accommodation that are most important for you such as:

+ Address and location of the accommodation;
+ Distances and ways of accessing places;
+ Bedroom distribution;
+ Terrace, balcony or yard equipment;
+ Kitchen utensils and equipment;
+ Cable Tv and WiFi;
+ Possible sources of noise;
+ Shared or private pool;
+ Check-in and Check-out time.

Make sure you have a clear “image” of the accommodation, because the majority of negative comments are due to false expectations.

2. Confirm the total cost of your stay

It is important that you confirm the rental price with the owner. In the lists and in the advert, what is shown is the minimum price charged for that accommodation per night, but that price/night may be only applicable if you rent for a fortnight or in low season. Thus, it is very important that you consult the accommodation cost for the days you wish and for the number of people staying.

Furthermore, we recommend you find out the total cost involved:

+ Extra cleaning of the accommodation;
+ Extra bed linen and towels;
+ Wifi service;
+ Extra beds or baby cots;
+ Late/early check-in and late check-out
+ Other utilities and services that are charged apart and represent an additional cost.
+ Security Deposit (reimbursed but funds needed)

A clear outline of the total amounts to be paid, return of the security deposit upon departure and conditions in the event of cancellation, help to avoid unexpected surprises.

3. Clear beforehand check-in & check-out terms.

Make arrangements with the owner or property manager as to how you will receive the keys and how they are to be returned at the end of your stay. Schedule your arrival time if possible as well.

4. Get all contacts before you leave home.

It is advisable that in addition to having the owner’s or property manager’s e-mail address you also have a telephone number or two to be able to contact them. Therefore, if an emergency occurs during your stay, you will be able to contact them. 

Although most properties have a list of emergency number, prepare those in advance too just as a precaution.