Renting a vacation property or pet cabin can be the perfect option for your family’s next trip. Whether you are looking for a lake house in the woods or an apartment to explore a new city, these tips will help you find a place that meets all your needs.
Finding a vacation property or pet cabin requires a little more research. While many vacation rentals allow pets, most do not explain their rules in their lists. These tips will help you find a place that will happily accommodate your furry family members.
Use websites with pet filters
When looking for a holiday property suitable for pets, start with websites that allow you to filter for properties that welcome pets. No need to waste your time walking around photos of homes where your pet is not allowed! At GoPetFriendly all pets are welcome. And on sites like VRBO.com, FlipKey.com and GlampingHub.com you can sort for pet amenities.
Once you find some pet options, you will need to do some extra digging to determine if your specific pets are welcome. Like hotels, most holiday home owners have restrictions on the size and number of pets. Some owners also exclude certain breeds.
Contact the owner by email to confirm their requirements. And don’t forget to include a cute photo of your pet and share all the virtues that make him an excellent pet guest.
Focus on destinations suitable for pets
In general, you will be more fortunate in finding a holiday property suitable for pets in places that are known to be pets. Scanning our pet guides is a good start!
Limit opportunities by focusing on the activities you and your pet enjoy the most. Do you want to walk on the beach? Hiking trails? Showcase and dinner outside? Your holiday accommodation should provide you with easy access to many fun alternatives.
Read the reviews
Almost all holiday rental websites allow previous tenants to write reviews. Read them carefully and pay special attention to any comments about the ease or difficulty of working with the owners.
Be honest with your pets
Placing the cards on the table is best when renting a holiday property or a cabin suitable for pets. Saying you will wear a Chihuahua when you actually have a St. Bernard can jeopardize your deposit – and pet deposits can be significant!
Make sure you understand the pet’s owner’s policy, the amount of deposit required, which animals are welcome, and whether there are certain areas in the home where pets are not allowed. And be sure to take all the rules in writing before making a deposit to avoid misunderstandings.
Travel in the off-season
If your heart is set on a specific vacation rental, but their pet policy does not fit your pet, try to arrange a stay during the off-season. Some owners may follow their rules or negotiate a better deal at a time when the house would otherwise be empty. Connecting with the owners of several properties will also give you more opportunities to explore.
Inquiry for deposits
Most pet owners require a substantial pet deposit. Find out how much the deposit will be and what you will need to do to get it back after your stay.
Another option is to purchase a short-term insurance policy to protect the property owner. Although insurance costs will not be reimbursed unless your pet is harmed, these policies are usually quite affordable. And you need to give the property owner the necessary security to accommodate your pet.
In general, it is always best to be polite and friendly when you are interested in pets in holiday homes. And don’t forget to follow the rules! Once you have a stay under your belt, ask if you can use the owner of this property as a recommendation for future rentals!
Have you rented a vacation home with your pets? What advice would you give?
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