Four Important Things To Consider When Renting A Vacation Beach House

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If you, and the group of people you normally vacation with, have decided to give up the amenities of room service during your next vacation, consider how much fun it would be to have everyone under the same roof in one of the many vacation beach houses that you can find for rent. But just like any other rental, all vacation homes are not created equal. Some offer far more bells and whistles than others, and half of the fun in finding the perfect home is knowing that it is the perfect match for your group or family. Here are several things that you will want to know and consider during your search. 

Which Beach To Choose?

One of the first things that you will have to decide prior to renting a beach house is exactly what beach or coast will you visit during your vacation. While for some people this may be decided by where they are currently located or where they want to visit, other groups may narrow this down by the activities they want to participate in while they are there. 

For example, if you and your group want to snorkel during your beach vacation, you may consider beach homes that are located in California or Florida, but what you may be surprised to find out is that you can find some of the best snorkeling locations in other states around the country in addition to these two states. Some of these include:

  • Wisconsin
  • Rhode Island
  • Illinois
  • Connecticut

If you have fishermen in your party, you may consider visiting beaches in the following states:

  • Texas
  • Louisiana
  • Massachusetts
  • Virginia
  • North Carolina

All of these places are known for great salt water fishing excursions.

If you are just planning to lay out in the sun, play in the surf, and build sand castles, make sure that you ask your realtor about the condition of the beach you choose. Some locations are rockier than others and may not be suitable for these types of activities.

Where Does Your Location In Correlation To The Beach Need To Be?

How far away from the beach are you willing to be? Houses that are located directly on the beach or directly across from an access point typically demand higher rental prices, especially during peak season.

Do you have young children, or will you be lugging a lot of stuff back and forth to the beach each and every day? If so, it may be worth paying the extra rent for the convenience of being right there. If you are willing to walk a couple of blocks to access the beach, sand, and water, then you may consider opting for a less expensive location that is slightly farther away.

Will You Choose Public or Private Beaches?

Do you want to be near a public beach or a private beach? Public beaches may fill up faster depending on the season, but many of them may offer you the security of having a lifeguard, chair rentals, bathrooms, food vendors, and more. Private beaches will provide you with more peace and tranquility but may be a little harder to access and you may have to act as your own lifeguard. 

How Many Bedrooms and Bathrooms Will You Need?

The size of the home you choose will depend on the number of people that you have going. Make sure you have enough space and a sufficient number of bathrooms for everyone in your party. Your rental contract will usually spell out the maximum number of people that they will allow to stay in the house at any one time. While you may be tempted to squeeze an extra person or two into the home you are renting, if you are caught doing so, this may spell the end of your vacation and the rental agent may not be willing to return any of your money. 

When choosing a vacation home, look online at the layout and compare the number of beds that are listed with the floor-plan provided. Many homes will maximize their capacity by using sleeper sofas and murphy beds.  While these may be great locations for the children to sleep on all week or over a long weekend, it may not be the perfect space for two grown adults. Remember one of the reasons most people decide to rent a beach house is so everyone can have a little bit more space. 

Vacation beach homes can be an excellent rental choice. It will give you all of the conveniences of home but in different locations. Just remember to call your rental agent early for the best selection.


3 July 2017

Sarah's Renting Tips

Although I've never worked professionally in the real estate business, I sure know my way around it. How, do you ask? Well, I have simply rented a lot of different places and worked with a lot of different landlords and real estate agents. In the past 7 years I've lived in 11 different houses or apartments, none of them my own. In finding those 11, I have looked at literally hundreds of apartments. I used to hate house hunting, but now it's kind of fun. You just need to know what you want and the right questions to ask. Hopefully this blog can help you learn some of the tricks of the trade from another renter like yourself.