Vacation Rentals: Don’t Make These 6 Mistakes

Posted on Jun 30, 2021

The increasing popularity of short and long-term rental properties listed by owners has really blown up the traveling industry, as has renting RVs. Being able to stay in one place when traveling is kind of empowering.

Vacation Rentals Don't Make These 6 Mistakes

But many travelers have made mistakes when it comes to renting homes, cars, and RV.  Unfortunately, some mistakes are more costly and dangerous than others. For example, lodging and transportation will be major expenses for any traveler. Making mistakes when renting a car or home can quickly ruin a travel budget. 

Let’s explore 6 mistakes people make when renting homes, cars, RV’s, etc.

1)  Misunderstanding Of Location And Judging A Place Only By Photos

Location is essential when you’re planning to rent a home for vacation. It’s crucial that you get somewhere closer to where you plan to visit. Confirm the full description of the rental site and check its closeness to the various attractions you wish to visit.  

Don’t judge a book by its mere cover. In other words, don’t judge a rental home (or RV) by common photos. While it may be enticing to proceed with a booking based on images alone, take your time and study all that vacation rental has to offer so that you can make the best choice before booking. 

2) Ignoring The Reviews

The best information really comes from the reviews. They advise on what you should be expecting and even mishaps to avoid. For example, you’ll find information about parking lots, the kind of neighbors, lack of nearby restaurants, proximity to attractions or the beach, and so on.

For instance, if you want a beach vacation and find that the property is 5 miles from the beach when you arrive, you’ll likely be disappointed. But, on the other hand, a property with hundreds of positive reviews is impressive and can give you peace of mind.

3) Exceeding The Maximum Miles Per Day 

Not all rental cars come with unlimited mileage. While renting with a car rental company, ensure you don’t exceed the stated capacity or be asked to pay a fine. Different rentals have specific charges per mile; some might charge 35 cents per mile for every mile traveled per day. Be sure to read the fine print, so you know the restrictions if any. 

4) Leaving Without Inspecting The Vehicle

Most times, when picking up your car rental, all you’re thinking is to start the car and drive away to begin your vacation. But, it’s crucial to inspect our rental car thoroughly before driving off. It’s wise to take pictures of any damaged part and ensure all the observed damages are documented. 

The best option is to do this inspection yourself and inform the company upon leaving the property that you have found some things that you do not want to be charged for when returning them. The same goes for any mechanical problem. If the car is not in optimal condition, return it.

5) Not Using a Reputable Company

The most serious mistake is renting from the wrong person. There are various ways to rent a vacation rental home, car, or RV, including sites like VRBO, Airbnb, RVShare, and Rvezy. Some people prefer to rent from individuals directly, but this can be risky as there is no one to help figure things out if something goes wrong.   

For example, many people make the error of expecting that an RV will have specific amenities because of similar details seen online. If you expect particular features, such as the number of beds, bathroom with a door, etc., to be available, be sure to check the listed features to make sure the RV contains everything you will need.

It’s a good idea to rent through a reputable company, whether you’re renting a vacation home, RV, or rental car, and now the refund policy as well. 

6) Not Getting Travel Insurance

Lastly, travel insurance can help provide you with a safety net against financial loss before or during your trip, whether you’re traveling domestically or abroad. Types of travel insurance include trip cancellation insurance, travel interruption coverage, car rental insurance, and medical expense coverage.

Be sure to get multiple quotes and compare coverages, which an independent insurance agent can help you get. 


Renting a home, car, or RV can be a great way to explore the world. The best practice is to carefully review the listing and research very well before clicking the reserve button.

When you arrive, take a few minutes to inspect the property or vehicle. Don’t be afraid to contact the host or rental agent if you have any issues with your rental. And, having trip insurance is essential protection. Knowing the above mistakes to avoid is sure to help you make your trip as smooth as possible.

Contact Otterstedt Insurance Agency if you have any questions regarding trip or rental insurance.

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