Looking for a holiday apartment abroad is not much different from looking for an apartment in your city. It takes patience to search through different agencies. Search features vary from site to site – but all show photos and provide location and price. To close the deal, a deposit is required – between 30 and 40% of the total. Most agencies accept credit cards. A few only operate with PayPal. Once you do the payment, the agency notifies the owner, who then contacts you via email to arrange your arrival details.
What sites to look for?
The best starting point is really Google. Enter the magic keyword “best rental homes in Europe”. You can search by the name of the desired city. The hottest sites will appear on the first page. Get ready to see it all – from total rubbish to absolute dazzle, priced accordingly. Most sites offer a mismatched collection, mixing luxurious/ minimally decorated apartments with apartments full of junk. Some sites boast apartments that are very similar to each other – an indication that they all belong to the same agency.
The final price is what matters
Do not be impressed by the value that appears on the map or search screen. This price is just a reference for comparison and can vary radically depending on the number of people on your reservation and the dates of your trip. Therefore, it is very important that you inform the arrival and departure dates and how many people will be with you during your stay.
Do not leave it for the last time
There are some extremely disputed cities where getting a last minute reservation is practically impossible. So be careful with the cancellation policies, but do not leave it to the last minute, as it may be too late. Pay attention to the aspects such as commerce, hospitals, entertainment zone, security, etc. It is interesting to look for a property that offers comfort and safety to your family, offers more leisure options for all ages.
It is safe booking online
You cannot guarantee 100% safety, because it is impossible to get your hand on fire for so many independent owners. In any case, conducting the process through a real estate company is always less risky than dealing directly with the owner. Exchanging multiple emails before arriving (asking for details, asking for tips) helps ensure that your apartment exists and will be available on the agreed date. Above all, your security is not compromised with professional rental home services.