How to Rent a Beach House

by Parties & Entertaining Editor

How to Rent a Beach House. If you're tired of staying at impersonal hotels, you may choose to rent a beach house on your next vacation. A rental home can be an attractive alternative if you're traveling with your family or a group of friends.

Step 1

Determine the number of people that will be joining you on your trip to the beach. It's possible to find rental homes in many different sizes. Also, get a feel for the different age groups in your party, as some owners may choose not to rent to a group of college kids or families with lots of small children.

Step 2

Draw up a budget for your beach vacation, and decide how much of that budget will be used to rent a house. Your accommodations will probably be the biggest expense on your trip.

Step 3

Choose between renting a home from a private owner or renting through an agency. You may be able to negotiate a better deal by renting a home directly from the owner, though you'll have a greater selection of homes from which to choose if you go through a rental agency.

Step 4

Contact the local visitors' center for any advice they may have regarding local beach house rentals. They may also have some money-saving advice to help you get the most out of your vacation.

Step 5

Read local newspapers to get an idea of the types of homes available for rent and the different price ranges. Familiarize yourself with the different beaches and the pros and cons of each one.

Step 6

Negotiate a price to rent the beach house you've selected. Depending on the time of year and the number of guests, the price may fluctuate. Be prepared to pony up a deposit if the homeowner requests one.

Step 7

Make reservations as early as possible. This is especially important if you're planning to book a vacation during the months that are most popular with tourists.

Step 8

Observe all the homeowner's rules while you stay in his beach house. There may be restrictions on smoking and noise. If you violate the rules of the house and cause damage, you may forfeit your deposit and risk a lawsuit.

Step 9

Clean the home before you leave. Get rid of your trash and strip the sheets off all the beds in which your group has slept. While an individual homeowner may contract a janitorial company to clean the home between guest stays, you should still do your part to clean up after yourself.

Tips

  • Ask for specific information on how many people the beach house sleeps. Many homeowners will exaggerate this number in an attempt to attract business. They may include sofas in the living room as sleeping space. By renting a beach house with a large party, you'll probably save more money compared to the cost of renting each person or couple an individual hotel room.