Tips for choosing a luxury holiday home
Updated: Sep 20, 2018
Are you booking a luxury holiday home? Well look no further as Immaculate Chateau has got tips on how to choose the very best luxury holiday home. Here are some things you may want to consider when you start your research for the perfect escape. There are so many choices out there, but with a little insider knowledge you can find your perfect luxury holiday rental and enjoy the peace of mind that your holiday is safe and secure. Whether looking for a sunny escape or a winter getaway. It is easy to say "I want to go on a holiday and rent out a holiday home". However, you may either have a harder time discovering your perfect escape. So where do you even begin?
There are so many ways to look for that picture-perfect luxury getaway. But, our advice to you is first make a list. Yes! A list. This will make your life so much easier by having a clear idea of which direction you want to take. Break it down to what you want and weigh up these options. Before you start your search, you should agree on a budget and organise your funds so you’re ready to pay once you’ve agreed on a property.
Focus and have specific search criteria. For instance, a French chateau. Decide what is essential and what is desirable. For example, the essential can cover the number of people that the home can accommodate and location of the property (do you prefer to be near a beach? Or the countryside in the middle of nowhere, away from the hustle and bustle of life?). On the other hand, desirable could include heated pool, Wi-Fi, private chef and the list goes on. There are so many specifications that you may want, so add them to the list.
You may already have an idea on which country or even region you want to go to. Phew! That narrows it down. You may even know the exact accommodation. You now have the option to go directly to the accommodation's website or use an agent. Did you know that you can save a lot of money by booking direct with the owner? The owner’s website allows you to find out a lot more about the suitability of your rental before handing over the money. If you find the perfect property on a booking site, the chances are it’s also available to rent direct from the owner too and usually it is at a reduced cost. Search for keywords or sentences used in the description, and of course the property name and location. It’s worth shopping around and comparing rates if the property is listed with multiple agents. Make sure you know what you are paying for and that there are no extra hidden costs.
Finally, Google the street view to see what is around. If the property doesn’t tell you exactly where it is or doesn’t display photographs know that is a red flag, a big NO NO. The most important thing is to avoid scams. Some places look too good to be true, especially if the price is very temping. If you are unsure always try and ring the owner. Always phone and speak directly to the person you are making the booking with before parting with your cash. Any reputable owner will be happy to oblige. Plus, a person’s voice can even give you a sense of how genuine and passionate they are when you ask questions. Online reviews are also a great source of information. Websites such as TripAdvisor, HomeAway and Airbnb will give you honest reviews from previous guests. It’s also worthwhile searching for any social media accounts the owner has. This enables you to get a feel for the owner, see comments from previous guests and keep an eye out for special offers or late deals.
The best holiday homes are in high demand and will fill up quickly, especially in peak season. Preparing early can save you any disappointment.
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