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How To Save Money On Vacation Rentals

How To Save Money On Vacation Rentals

A summer vacation home rental is a great choice for your family vacation. If you book a rental home for more than a week, it can often be much less expensive than a hotel. You’ll also have more room, and many times you can have your own private pool and Jacuzzi in the backyard. It’s simply a more private, more spacious, and more relaxing environment, which is great for you and your family. But despite all these initial advantages, there are even more ways to save on your vacation home rental. Here are a few tips to help you do just that.

1. Avoid the early summer

The period between late May and early June is a notoriously bad time of the year for getting a good deal on a vacation rental homes. This is the time when children get out of school, and many families immediately rush out to take a vacation. With many more families competing for the same real estate, vacation home owners have no incentive to lower their prices. In fact, they often raise them a bit during this time. It is much better to take your vacation during the mid to late summer months.

2. Be flexible on your dates

Rather than booking a home based on the dates you want to travel, you might try a different tactic. Instead, plan your travel dates based on when a home is available. Not only does this give you a wider selection to choose from, but it gives you the highest likelihood of securing a discount.

3. Be flexible on the home

Instead of choosing the exact home you’d like to stay in, you might consider asking the realtor which homes are available. If you let them choose, they might be able to get you into an even more luxurious home than you might have originally chosen – at a better price.


This can save you the most money. However, if you’re the type of person who likes to plan everything out months in advance, it may not be the best choice for you. If there is a last minute cancellation on a home, or if a home has failed to get booked and the date is quickly approaching, a realtor would rather book the room at 40 or 50% of the regular price rather than see it sit empty for a couple weeks. Keep your ears open and your eyes peeled for deals like these.

With a little diligence and ingenuity, it is certainly possible to find great deals on a summer vacation rental. Saving money on your lodging will allow your family to spend more money in other ways, like more entertainment and better food.    

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