In a majority of cases, your vacation property will be privately owned and decorated to the owner’s taste and liking. Be prepared to treat your rental as though it were your own home, or perhaps even better than you treat your own home. It is your responsibility to make sure that everything is in the same condition when you leave the property as it was when you arrived at the beginning of your vacation.

Each property is unique and will be managed according to the owner’s preferences. Some will provide linens with extra blankets for cooler nights, towels, and perhaps even kitchen utensils. Fully tiled and modern bathrooms are a nearly universal standard. Not all rental properties will be equipped with a shower, but most bathtubs will be equipped with a handheld spray unit.

Many of the older farmhouses and villas are built from stone, have extremely thick walls, and are a haven during the hot summer season. Surprisingly, many vacation rentals are not equipped with air conditioning. If this is a luxury that you just can not live without, be sure to specify this need to your agent. Otherwise you might not be so lucky as to get a rental with air conditioning when you book your property.

The cupboards of rental properties will almost always be completely bare. Since you will most likely find it irritating to have to buy an entire box of salt for a one week vacation, it might be a good idea to pack some basic kitchen items along with you before leaving home.

More often than not, country getaways come with uninvited and undesirable guests such as flies, spiders, mosquitoes, and other such pests. Your tranquil morning The cupboards of rental properties will almost always be completely bare. Since you will most likely find it irritating to have to buy an entire box of salt for a one week vacation, it might be a good idea to pack some basic kitchen items along with you before leaving home. could be disturbed by the sound of a nearby lawn tractor mowing the grass in the early hours of the morning. Cows, horses, cats, dogs, goats, and other farm animals or wildlife might also be nearby, making farm and country locations unsuitable for individuals who suffer from serious allergies.

Cleanliness and upkeep can be expected from agency managed rental properties. Such rental properties are more likely to have updated repairs than owner managed rental properties. Most real estate companies have cleaning and maintenance at their disposal and, as a result, agency managed rentals are often taken care of properly and not allowed to fall into disrepair as often as other rentals.

A few things should be addressed regarding rate seasons. In general there are two rate seasons for most vacation rental properties. The summer season, or the in-season, and the rest of the year, or the off-season. Every rental property will have its own rate schedule and rentals will typically cost more during the summer season than they will during other times during the year. To find out exact rates, you should check websites and brochures. And, of course, every rental property will have special rates on holidays and sometimes weekends.

Most properties rent on a minimum weekly basis, with exceptions occasionally being made during the slower, off-season months. All rental properties should be fully furnished, but not all property owners will provide linens, towels, and other such personal items. Therefore, it is wise to find out ahead of time what will be included with your rental so you can provide for all your needs during your vacation.

Individuals who smoke or wish to bring along their pets should pay extra attention to the conditions of stay for each rental property. It is becoming increasingly difficult to find rentals that are pet friendly. Even those that allow pets often require an additional security deposit from pet owners. Smokers don’t have such limited options because even if smoking is not allowed inside their vacation rental property, they have the option of stepping outside to smoke. Some vacation rental properties prohibit smoking anywhere on the grounds, but most rental property owners allow at least outdoor smoking as long as cigarette butts are properly disposed of instead of littering the area, making the property appear trashy and unkempt.