Posts Tagged ‘Orlando accommodations’

10 Things you MUST know before booking an Orlando vacation rental

Wednesday, September 9th, 2009

4Renting a vacation rental in Orlando Florida should be an exciting and seamless part of your vacation planning.  There are a few things that travelers must keep in mind when they are in the process of searching for and booking a vacation property.  Here is a short list of the 10 things you MUST know before renting a vacation rental in Orlando Florida.

1. Know where to search.
There are literally thousands of places you can look for Orlando vacation rentals, but not all portals are created equal.  Look for a portal that allows you to filter through the hundreds of properties advertised and also allows you to quickly compare your offers.  Because Orlando is such a popular destination and most portals have hundreds of listings, how do you know that a listing on page 10 isn’t the right one for you?  We thought about that in Rentalo.  We allow travelers to fill out 1 form, and our system matches your needs with the criteria of properties that fit them.  That way, you get answers back from owners who have properties that will be reasonably close to what you are looking for.  You get to compare and make a better and more informed decision.

2. Plan ahead.
Orlando Florida is one of the hottest destinations worldwide all year round.  The key to getting the best Orlando vacation rental is in planning your vacation ahead of time and taking advantage of Special Offers.  Rentalo displays properties offering Special Offers via our traveler newsletters.  Sign up for the savings.

3. Be open to search nearby destinations.
Most travelers have heard of Orlando, but did you know that you can also find Davenport or Kissimmee vacation rentals, sometimes at a lower price?  You may have to drive 5 more minutes, but the savings may make up for it.

4. Discounted Theme park tickets.
With such a competitive market and with so many vacation rental owners waiting for your business, they know they need to stand out. Many property owners offer perks like discounted Theme park tickets.  This alone may save you hundreds of dollars instantly, so ASK!

5. Get a contract in writing.
Ok, so you found the perfect place and you are ready to book it… not so fast.  We strongly recommend that you ask the property owner for a contract in writing before you send any payments, even if it’s just an email and not a formal invoice.  Most property owners are regular folk just like you, but you still want to have a paper trail of your communication in the unlikely event that something comes up further down the road.  The more detailed the better.

6. Avoid fraud.
Most property owners and managers are friendly and professional people.  Once in a while (as with anything in life) you find people that try to use portals to scam you.  This is less frequent on sites like Rentalo.com which have a very strong Anti-Fraud system built in, so potential scammers can’t even advertise.  If you get an email asking you for all the money upfront via cash, wire transfer, Western Union or Money Gram, we strongly recommend you do not continue with the transaction unless you are certain they are a real property owner (example, your friend already stayed in the property).

7. Pay with a credit card or Paypal.
The most recommended form of payment to make sure you are covered is via credit card or Paypal.  If you pay this way you can rest assured that you are covered in the event something goes wrong.  Also, paying this way allows you to sign up for the Rentalo Worry Free Lodging Guarantee.

8. Buy travel insurance.
Again, most travelers don’t even think about this, but what if everything is fine with the rental, but you have problems with your trip?  What if a family problem comes up? Some properties cannot give you the money back because of their policies.  For just a few dollars you can have total peace of mind and insure your trip.

9. Get booking details.
Find out details about your lodging far in advance your arrival.  Get a map with specific driving directions.  Make sure to get details about entrance to the property and proper procedures for the stay, nearby restaurants, grocery stores, hospitals, etc.  Keep in mind that many property owners may not leave near the property, so make sure you have a contact number for a local person in case you need assistance.

10. HAVE FUN!!!
Don’t forget the most important thing, make sure you have lots of fun and let us know about it!