When planning a trip, it could be difficult to find accommodations spacious enough for everyone in the group. As an alternative to cramped hotel rooms, many people stay in vacation home rentals. This way, everyone has space to spread out while enjoying the comforts of home. To avoid scams when reserving a property, the team at Alabama Vacation Home Rentals, advise doing a bit of detective work beforehand. As some property owners or booking companies include scams, they have partnered with AVROA (Association of Vacation Rental Operators and Affiliates) for the #AVROA #BookDirect initiative on Feb. 7 to protect travelers. Below, they share their top advice to avoid getting swindled.
3 Steps to #BookDirect Vacation Home Rentals & Avoid Service Fees
1. Look for an Online Presence
In the internet age, a reputable vacation home rental will have an online presence. When weighing options, enter the property name into a web search, or complete an image search of one or more photos on the advertisement. It shouldn’t be difficult to find the rental home website and social media profiles, complete with images of the property. The address, name, and phone number should be consistent wherever you see the rental mentioned. To ensure others have heard of the property, check for reviews or comments on valid listing websites.
2. Don’t Be Afraid to Ask Questions
Asking questions is the best way to determine whether a rental owner is trustworthy. This is their property, so they should be able to answer questions about the property features, area, and more. If they fail to come up with any answers, it may be a scam.
3. Consider Pricing & Payment Methods
From property size to location, several factors contribute to rental pricing. Although it’s fine to look for deals, be hesitant to book a space that seems too good to be true. Considerably low costs often indicate a catch. The preferred payment method should also be taken into account. Avoid working with owners or companies that pressure you into paying the full amount when typically only a deposit would be required. Wire transfers are also suspicious, as you don’t know who is on the other end receiving your money. Become familiar with your preferred payment methods and what level of consumer protection is available if you suspect fraud.
Whether you are traveling to the Gulf Coast beaches, planning a Game Day getaway, or looking for a mountain cabin, Alabama Vacation Home Rentals is sure to have the vacation home of your dreams—with no booking fees. To ensure everyone is on the same page, they verify listings and facilitate an open dialogue between guests and property owners. To #BookDirect your next vacation home rental, visit the company online to search for great options from verified owners without the added fees.