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May 10, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 132

Increasingly, families and even couples are looking towards condo rentals when it comes to planning their vacations. While often a bit pricier than a good hotel room, it affords them a true home away from home that simply can't be duplicated by even the nicest hotel. In exchange for giving up the room service that comes with a hotel (which many people find more of an intrusion than an amenity), you get a comfortable apartment-style setting with a kitchen, separate bedrooms, and living room. For those with children, it makes a lot more sense than renting multiple hotel rooms and it can certainly be a boost when it comes to saving money on meals out. Here are some things you can research to get a great condo.

Time It Right

If you want to make sure you have your choice of rentals, don't wait until the last minute to book your vacation. This is especially true if you're headed for a popular destination. If you wait until the week before you're scheduled to go (or, heaven forbid, are planning to drive around and find a place when you get there), you could find yourself having to take whatever is available. If you start your search well in advance, you'll have much more choice in the matter. It may seem like overkill, but you'll make things a lot easier on yourself if you start looking for properties six months out. You can often get much better rates this way, as well.

The Location

There are two schools of thought when it comes to deciding where your primary search for rentals should be focused. For example, let's say you're planning a beach vacation. On the one hand, you could look exclusively for rentals right on the beach, or across the street. These will put you right in the thick of things, with easy access to the ocean and all of the other tourist places you'll probably want to visit. You'll probably be paying top dollar for these places, however. On the other hand, you can save money by choosing a place further away, but you'll be inconvenienced by having to drive some distance to get where you want to be.

The Extras

Condo owners are losing money when their facilities aren't occupied. Therefore, you may be able to negotiate for some extras and amenities when looking around for accommodations. One thing to look for: rentals being handled by management companies, rather than private owners. These companies know how to move units and will often include specials and extras to entice people to stay. A private owner who doesn't use one of these companies may not realize what it takes to put people in the unit.

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