How to find a rental home in Avalon NJ or Stone Harbor NJ for the summer

How To Find A Rental Home In Avalon NJ or Stone Harbor NJ For The Summer

Published: Thursday, March 17, 2011, 8:00 AM
By CHRIS MAUTNER, The Patriot-News The Patriot-News

Thinking about a summer rental for your vacation this year? The general rule of thumb is the sooner you make the reservation, the better.

Even though people have already started snagging summer rentals, there’s still plenty of time to find a place, depending upon when you want to travel and where you want to go.

“It’s not too late at all,” said Donna Abbott, communications and public relations manager for Ocean City, Md.

“The inventory is still pretty good,” said Ryan Vince of Tim Kerr’s Power Play Realty in Avalon, N.J.

If you want to book a rental property for the summer, here are questions you might want to ask yourself, not to mention your real estate agent:

Where to stay?
Location is everything. If you’re heading to the seashore, for example, do you want to stay right next to the beach or would you rather be near the local bars and restaurants? Your answer could determine how much you’ll need to spend, as oceanfront properties tend to be more expensive.

When to go?
If you’re hoping to travel during the peak times — between July 4 and the second week of August — you might have trouble booking a rental home. If you’re a bit more flexible in your travel plans, however, you shouldn’t have any trouble finding a place you like. Traveling in the middle of the week, or during late June, tends to be less expensive than during late July and August. If you don’t have to travel during the summer months, you might want to consider vacationing in May or September, when you can find excellent deals.

Who are you traveling with?
Are you traveling with kids or by yourself? If it’s the former, are they preschoolers or teenagers? Your answers to these questions might determine where and when you vacation (you might want to be close to the shore if you have young children).

What amenities do you want?
How equipped do you want your rental property to be? Do you need a full kitchen? A dishwasher? Swimming pool? How many modern conveniences do you need to fully enjoy your vacation?

How do you avoid rental scams?
Not everyone selling property on the Internet is an angel — scammers exist and renters should be wary. Warning signs include poor grammar and spelling and punctuation errors in the listing, or a refusal to accept credit cards or personal checks. If they want you to wire money to a specific account or are unwilling to provide additional information about the property, beware. Even if you have to pay a fee, it’s better to go with a source you trust, such as a licensed real estate agent or a local tourism bureau.

Does the property have a rental agreement?
If so, review the terms and conditions carefully. If you’re not sure, check with the state or local municipality to confirm that the owner has a business license and is paying lodging taxes.

Should the site be inspected?
If you can afford to make the trip, the answer is yes. “I always suggest [buyers] come down and preview rentals beforehand,” Vince said. Spending a weekend on-site examining properties can help avoid problems later on. If you can’t make the trip, however, be sure to ask lots of questions about the age of the house, how updated it is, etc. Any reputable online site will have photos of the property to show you exactly what you’re getting.

What will your responsibilities be?
Find out beforehand if you’re expected to do any odd jobs, such as setting out the recycling or cleaning up before you leave.

Who do you contact if there’s a problem?
Established companies or renters will offer contact information that you can use any time of the day or night if a problem arises.


Published: Thursday, March 17, 2011, 8:00 AM
By CHRIS MAUTNER, The Patriot-News The Patriot-News


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