Summer will soon be here and many families will head to the beach. Renting a beach house is a cost-effective way for a large group to stay and play together. Though the season is fast approaching, there are still beach homes available and getting answers to several questions before reserving one will ensure an enjoyable vacation.
Question 1: Where is the home situated in relation to the beach? If the family includes many children, it can be cumbersome to lug beach gear miles to the shoreline. “Adjacent” to the beach could mean across the street or across town.
Question 2: What supplies and equipment are included with the house rental? Some landlords provide beach chairs, bicycles, linens, and kitchens that are fully equipped. Others expect tenants to bring their own towels, sheets, dishes, and utensils.
Question 3: Is the home child and/or pet friendly? Whether the “children” of the house have two or four feet, they will probably go on the trip so ensure that the landlord will accept them. Find out whether a security or cleaning deposit is required for pets. Ask about whether the yard and an onsite pool are fenced and if balconies and their doors are secure.
Question 4: How will repairs be handled? The toilet or garbage disposal may become clogged or the outside shower may stop working. Find out whether emergency service will be available for these situations.
Question 5: What is the rental cancellation policy? Insurance is available for cruises but not typically offered for beach rental homes. If an emergency or extreme weather requires backing out of the arrangement at the last minute, will a portion of the rental fee be refunded? It should be and the cancellation policy should be issued in writing so there are no questions about what it includes.
Question 6: What activities and establishments are near the house? Beach house rentals are more fun when the homes are within a short distance of amusements, a boardwalk, movie theater, restaurants, and shops. This way, the family will have plenty to do on a rainy day.