For Tenants

5 Things to Consider Before Renting a Summer House



There is nothing more fun than planning a getaway with either your family or friends. The joy of just thinking of a vacation away from the hustle and bustle of work and daily norms will make anyone want to open a site to find the perfect place to rent out during the holidays.


However, never rush in deciding to rent a summer house because choosing the wrong place to rent could ruin the whole trip all together! Here are some vacation home rental tips for families looking at what needs to be taken into consideration before renting a vacation home!



  • Plan ahead of time!

Last minute planning will get you stressed out for sure. Not only will most of the best rentals be taken if you are planning the trip at the 11th hour but that means you may need to settle for something less than satisfactory and pay higher prices too!

Make a  check list such as :


  1. Where?
  2. When?
  3. Budget?
  4. How many days?
  5. How many people?


  • Location, location, location!

Yup, it may seem like a no brainer but when it comes to vacation home ads, people usual get bought into the look of the home, which is of course important, but imagine a beautiful house but 30 kilometres away from any food, night life or even the beach.


Make sure to check the exact location even when some rentals may say state they are near certain places, which could even mean it is a 30-minute walk to civilisation.


So, make sure you know the reason for the trip and renting a vacation home. Always be ready for situations such as someone got sick on the trip and locating the nearest medical centre. Be prepared!



  1. Do your research!

If there is one mistake most vacationers do is not do research on the property. See what other renters say about the place, some places look like a dream, but you may never know if its maintained poorly with bedbugs…ewwwww…


It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3 to google on anything in this generation, so don’t forget to use it to your vacation house hunting advantage! You may even find hidden gems by searching based on the location or country you are planning your adventure!



  1. Read into the details!

YAY! You found a property that fits your needs and you want to rent it soo bad! Restrain yourself before making the booking until you have read all the fine prints and details!

Every property has their own set of rules and sometimes different payment terms. Things to look out for before placing the booking fee:

  • Utility bills
  • Internet
  • Phone service
  • Cable
  • Cleaning/housekeeping
  • Propane/gas – if outdoor grilling is available

Never assume that by renting a vacation home, everything is included. Holiday horror stories like eating everything in the fridge thinking it was part of the package but in the end they were charged separately will definitely turn the mood off for anyone.


Make sure to ask all the questions you need to clarify before booking the place, don’t worry landlords don’t bite! If you want to be 100% sure you are going to be dealing with an awesome landlord, download the SPEEDHOME app, they make sure to check all their landlords before putting the properties up for rent.



  1. Negotiate, confirm and get the contact person number!

Once your dream vacation house to rent, negotiate any last minute items , book and confirm the property and make sure to get the direct contact person who you will be dealing with!


It is always better to negotiate if you feel it is needed instead of renting a place which you are a little unsure if its worth the price. Be open, it will take a load off your shoulders and the landlord will know how best to help you during your stay. At the end, communication is always key when it comes to renting a vacation home.


Once you are able to go through the above, all you have to do is pack your bags and get ready for your much-needed rest and relaxation time with your family!




P/s: Once you do find and check into your vacation home, make sure to check it with the landlord or at least take photos of things that may look like it was damaged of faulty beforehand. Keep it has a record, just in case after checking out they may confuse you as the reason for the damages.

These are 5 things you need to consider, and to make it all easier and hassle free, just download the SPEEDHOME app or head on to for more information. The awesome people there are ever ready to assist you in any way possible!

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