Top Tips For Your Perfect Rental Holiday
1. Contacting the Owner
To make an enquiry or booking for any of our holiday homes and villas you must make contact with the home owner or their local agent direct. We clearly indicate on the site if it is the owner or their agent you should contact and provide you with both their telephone number and a secure facility for you to contact them by email.
We advise you to check the availability calendar to make sure the property or properties you have selected are available for your holiday dates.
Home owners are usually happy to answer any questions you may have although you need to be aware that not all owners will speak fluent English. And please take note of different time zones if you are phoning and the owner lives in another country.
2. Making Your Booking
When you have made your choice of holiday home we suggest you confirm your dates, flight and arrival times, number in your party and the price of the villa by email. Ask the owner / agent to send you their booking form and ask how and when they would like you to pay your deposit.
3. Paying Your Deposit
Most owners and agents require a deposit on booking and it is usually between 10 and 20% of the total cost of your holiday. The most common methods of payment are bank transfer or credit / debit card. If the owner / agent would like you to pay by bank transfer they will give you all the information you need for your bank to make the transfer. Owners may ask you to pay by card via a secure system on their own web site or they may take your card details by phone. Always ask the owner to confirm by email that they have received your deposit and that your booking is confirmed. And ask them to confirm by when you need to pay the balance of your holiday cost and what amount you need to pay. Remember to keep this information for your records and put the date in your diary!
4. Booking Your Flights and Other Travel Arrangements
Booking your travel arrangements after booking a property gives you more flexibility on the accommodation you choose. However, you might have booked a flight and want accommodation to fit around it. Whatever you do, make sure you book your travel arrangements in plenty of time. It is the responsibility of a holidaymaker to make their own travel arrangements to and from the property. Useful information such as the nearest airport and the best way to travel to your holiday home are usually included on the property details. If not, then do ask the homeowner to advise you.
5. Organising Travel Insurance
It is important for you to take out your own travel insurance to cover unforseen events and make sure that it meets your particular needs.
6. Paying Your Balance
Most home owners and agents require you to pay the balance of your fees several weeks before your holiday is due to start. Some owners take a deposit to cover potential breakages or damage to their home which is refundable at the end of your holiday as long as there is no damage. We recommend you pay by either bank transfer or credit / debit card and ask the owner to confirm receipt by email. Ask the owner to provide you with directions to the property and advise you of the best method of transport. Some owners may be able to arrange transfers for you though a local company. Make sure you are clear about the arrangements for collecting the keys and take appropriate phone numbers with you.
7. Arriving at Your Holiday Home or Villa
We suggest you re-confirm your date and time of arrival a few weeks before the due date with the home owner. Make sure you take your travel directions, address and contact phone numbers with you (and the keys if the owner has sent them to you via post). Some owners or agents may meet you in the local town and take you to the property and others may meet you at the property with the keys. As all are different it is important that you are clear about the arrangements and having a mobile phone is always useful to maintain contact.
8. Leaving the Property
Remember to leave the property clean and tidy. Switch everything off and lock all windows and doors and return the key to the local contact if that is what the property owner has asked you to do. When you get home make contact with the owner and ask for the return of your breakage deposit.
We hope you have a fantastic holiday!
The team at Simply Holiday Homes