Vacation Tips - 2

First Time Vacation home Renter?

Here's what to expect.

The Rental Agency is Your Contact

Usually you won't have any contact with the owner. The rental company handles all the interactions, check-in, the cleaning service, minor repairs, etc.

Check-in Time

You will probably be given a check-in time; which may actually be the earliest possible check-in time. Many are very strict about this time; if you will be arriving at an odd it doesn't hurt to ask if special arrangements can be made. But don't count on it, especially if it is near a holiday or peak season.

What's Stocked

For vacation rental house, check the rental agency's website for items stocked at the house. Basic supplies are typical: kitchen with standard cookware, tableware, coffeemaker, blender, toaster, etc. Linens and towels are typical but not always.

You can expect that the houses' furniture, appliances and the kitchen cookware are reflected in the rental price. Houses in the lower price-range may have basic furniture, lesser quality of pots, pans and dishes; there may not be a dishwasher or icemaker. Houses in the the upper price-range may have a hot tub, nice pots and pans, decent kitchen knives, high-volume icemaker...

Some houses have a few baby items: high, chair and pack-n-play.

What's Not Stocked in the Kitchen

Most rental houses and condo have fully stocked kitchens. You are responsible for expendables, such as foil, garbage bags, toilet paper... There may be some to get you settled. Towards the end of the vacation season, items may accumulate (especially salt and pepper).

You won't Know Everything About the House

You probably won't find some detail: the type and size of coffee filters needed, are there salt and pepper (usually there there are several), the water quality (everyone says it's ok - but they're used to it).

Some houses have a book that contain an introduction; how to operate the hot tub, dishwasher, etc.; local points of interest and restaurants; and important numbers; garbage pick-up day; etc.

Special Needs?

Renting equipment (crib, dog crate, crutches...) may be pricy; you may be able to buy it at a local thrift shop.


If you are taking your dog, only rent houses that specify dogs allowed. This is someone's house, respect their wishes.


Previous tips


Clean your home, pay the bills, do the laundry before going on vacation. .
When  you return, you can relax for a day before returning to your normal routine.