While this past summer’s vacation might have been put on hold, now is still a great time to plan a future family getaway. In addition to asking the family for their location preferences, it’s important to ensure you’re making a satisfying choice on a vacation rental. Before booking your trip, ask the owner or rental company the following questions.

What to Ask Before Booking Your Vacation Rental

1. Which Essentials Are Provided?

Like hotels, most vacation rentals provide necessities like bath towels, shampoo and conditioner, bedding, and clothes hangers. However, these vacation spots may also go above and beyond, stocking the kitchen with cookware and detergent, or leaving sunscreen for your beach day. Before you commit, check with the vacation rental company to see which essentials are offered. In some cases, you may want to stop at a local grocery store or pharmacy before your stay, while others will provide everything you need for a comfortable vacation.

2. Is There a Reliable Wi-Fi Signal?

Vacation rentalEven though you may have set an automatic “out of office” response for your work email, that doesn’t mean your family will want to spend the whole vacation unplugged. You’ll still want Wi-Fi to post photos and check-ins on social media, as well as to keep in touch with the house or pet sitter back home. You may also use the signal to stream movies or play music throughout your getaway. Therefore, you should ask the vacation rental if there’s a Wi-Fi signal, if it’s strong enough for streaming, and if it can be accessed throughout the property.

3. What Cleanup Is Expected of the Guests?

While a professional cleanup service will likely comb through the property after your stay, you won’t be treated to daily turndown service like a hotel. When your stay is done, you may be required to perform some basic cleanup tasks—such as taking out the kitchen trash, doing the dishes, and removing the bedding. If certain chores are a deal-breaker for you, make sure to get the specifics from the owner or vacation rental team before you book your stay. In some cases, you may be charged an extra fee for skipping these tasks.


To start planning your next fun family vacation, reach out to Sugar Sands Realty & Management Inc of Orange Beach, AL. They manage 200 beachfront condos, providing the ultimate backdrop for an unforgettable getaway. When you book one of their Gulf Coast escapes, you'll be within close proximity to historic attractions and engaging activities, including deep-sea fishing. Learn more about their offerings online, or call (251) 974-1672 to speak with a friendly representative.