5 Protect-Yourself Rules for Booking a Vacation Home


tuscan-villaAh. Summer vacation.

Otherwise known as that wonderful time of year when you can unplug (well, mostly), soak up some much-needed rays—and check into that fabulous vacation home rental you booked in the Tuscan countryside.

But what if you booked online what looked like an amazing place to rent  … only to arrive and discover that it’s nothing like the glossy gallery of photos that sold you on the home?

Well, this exact thing happened to me and my husband when we decided to stay in someone’s San Francisco apartment via Airbnb.

When we arrived, what looked online like a hip brownstone was really a bachelor pad decked out with taxidermy critters, a smelly fish tank in dire need of cleaning, and other icky accoutrements.

Want to avoid falling prey to a similarly bad online (rental home) dating scenario?

We chatted with two vacation rental experts about the top “buyer beware” issues—and rules you can use to protect yourself from getting stuck with a homestay lemon.

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