Regardless of what time of year it is, vacations are a much-needed chance for you and your family to relax, unwind, and have some fun while escaping from the stresses of daily life. A vacation is an investment, and it’s one that takes a lot of time and effort to plan, so it’s important to make sure that you’re not only finding the perfect destination, you’re finding the perfect home to rent as well.
Wilmington, NC isn’t just the perfect destination for spring breakers, it’s ideal for vacationers of all ages! After all, with all of the beautiful beaches, incredible restaurants, abundance of history, and temperate weather, you’d be hard-pressed to find a better place to travel during any season. The trick isn’t figuring out where to go, it’s where to stay.
Fortunately, the following steps make it easy for you to figure out which of our rental homes or condos is the perfect fit for your Wilmington vacation:
1. Figure out what you want/need.
What are your goals for this vacation? Do you want to relax by the pool? Are you looking to do some fun activities or take some day trips? Maybe you’d like to get some shopping done? Asking yourself questions like these will give you some insight as to where you’ll want your vacation home to be located and what kind of home will fit in your budget.
2. Determine how much space you need.
The people traveling with you will have a big impact on the kind of home you rent and how many rooms you’ll need. A smaller home with two to three bedrooms and one to two bathrooms will probably suit a family of four on a week-long vacation just fine. However, if you’re traveling with multiple families in a large group, you’ll need to put some more thought and planning into not only how many bedrooms and bathrooms you may need, but how they are configured within the home.
3. Start looking early.
Better safe than sorry! Be prepared and start your search for the best vacation rental in Wilmington early to give yourself the most options and guarantee you get what you need. This is especially important if you’re planning on traveling around a holiday. A good rule of thumb is to start planning your vacation for six months in advance.
4. Try to stay flexible.
For example, let’s say you plan on visiting Wilmington for the 4th of July. You do your research months in advance and find the perfect home, but when you go to check availability, you find out that you won’t be able to rent it until the second week of July. If you go into the vacation rental process willing to compromise, things won’t be so stressful if you do need to change your plans a little.
5. Check more than one source.
There are lots of ways to find vacation rentals. Shopping around will help you gain information from past renters and learn more about the area you’re staying in. Starting your search online is a good place to start, but by working with a local company, like Network Real Estate, you might find some listings that won’t be available on any of the mainstream vacation rental websites.
6. Read reviews.
The internet is nothing if not an excellent resource for getting other people’s opinions. While all reviews should be taken with a grain of salt, they can give you some much-needed insight regarding whether a vacation rental looks like it does in pictures, is located in a good area, is clean and well-kept, etc.
7. Consider developing a meal plan.
If you’re planning on eating out for almost every meal, you’ll want to make sure your rental is conveniently located near plenty of restaurants. However, if you want to save a little money by cooking at home during your vacation, you should consider a rental that’s close to a grocery store and has a nice kitchen with plenty of utensils and cookware.
8. Read the contract carefully.
Once you’ve selected the perfect home, make sure you go over your rental contract before you sign it. Most elements of a rental contract are fairly standard and designed to protect both the owner, renter, and the rental company. But, since every home is different, your rental contract is where any additional expenses or requirements will be outlined. Reading the contract in full will help you understand things like how housekeeping works, additional costs for utilities, whether pets are allowed, how much the deposit is, and so on.
9. Buy trip insurance.
Trip insurance is just another way to protect yourself from losing money on your vacation in the event that something prevents you from going, like an illness in the family or flooding from bad weather.
10. Take a walkthrough.
If you live nearby (or know someone who does), taking a walk through before you sign your rental contract is never a bad idea. If not, you should absolutely ask for a walkthrough of the property when you first arrive for check-in. Not only does this give you a chance to learn how all the appliances, lights, electronics, etc. work, but it’s also a good time to check for any pre-existing damages and take pictures of them to prevent potential issues later.
11. Stay in touch with your rental agent.
It’s good to keep your agent’s phone number in case you have any questions or concerns during your vacation. Plus, if you keep in touch with them, they might be able to help you find a Wilmington beach rental for years to come!
Planning your next vacation doesn’t have to be hard. All it takes is a little preparation and the help of the Wilmington rental agents at Network Real Estate, and you’ll be sunning yourself on the beach or enjoying a cocktail by the pool in no time. Call us for help with booking your next vacation rental at 910-395-4100.