Renting Your Vacation Home Through an Agency vs. a Third Party

Your bag is packed, the deposits have been made, and you can practically smell the ocean air. But when you arrive at your vacation home, does it resemble the image you’ve had in your head for weeks? Is your check-in process an ordeal, or smooth sailing?

Renting someone else’s property for any length of time, no matter how short, is a bit of a gamble, especially when you have the option of using a vacation rental agency or a third party like AirBNB or VRBO. While all of these are credible channels to explore in finding the best place for you and yours to stay, there are some definite differences that could sway you to make use of one or the other.

Who is your point of contact?

AirBNB is well-known for being a channel through which the owners of the homes or spaces up for rent can directly manage who stays there and when. It’s a great opportunity for the homeowners to keep an eye on their investments, and to get to know their houseguests on a more personal level. However, some vacationers might prefer a different approach. If you would rather have the added benefits of working with a rental agency – such as linen and equipment rental and property management services – then you might want to research the best in the area and peruse their offerings before you look into other accommodations in the area.

The bottom line

Vacations do come with one less than enjoyable facet that we’ve all encountered during our planning stages: the budget. But without it, your getaway would be difficult to plan! It plays such a significant role in your vacation that it can often be the deciding factor when choosing a place to stay, or with which company you want to rent during your time in the area. AirBNB and VRBO, as well as other renting facilitators, do tend to have different rates because of the way the service works with homeowners. Sometimes, you can find more cost-efficient options than you will find rental agencies, but in other cases they can be quite similar. The particulars would have to be sorted out when you get down to finding your accommodations for the period of your stay.

It’s all in the details

There have been recently reported cases in which excited vacationers arrived at their homeowner-managed destinations only to discover that the physical location did not match up to the expectations given through the online listing, or even a mix-up in availability. While this isn’t a guaranteed setback, you can more often avoid similar issues when you decide to rent through an agency. Offices like the Intracoastal Vacations company have to monitor listings and schedules on a grand scale, which means that they use a tried and true system to make sure you as a visitor can get all of the information you need and the best customer service for your budget.

A vacation is supposed to be a fun, exciting break from the everyday; booking it and planning for your stay should be just as enjoyable! Whichever route you take in getting your experience underway, it’s important that you choose the one that will best suit you and your family’s needs. If you’re ready to explore southeastern North Carolina, contact us and find out how we can help!

Home for the Holidays

When the holidays roll around, we all have that family member (if the role doesn’t fall on our shoulders) who volunteers to host the parties, put up loved ones from out of town in his or her home, or take on the bulk of the cooking.

Next year, rather than put the pressure on yourself or another to accommodate all the revelers, why not take a group vacation? Here at Intracoastal Vacation Rentals, we have lots of housing options for families and gatherings of all sizes, and even seasonal offers to help ease some of the financial stress of trying something new in place of your traditional celebrations!

Customizable sleeping arrangements

Let’s face it – when everyone ventures to one family home, chances are that someone ends up crashing on the sofa or on a creaky air mattress on the floor because there aren’t enough rooms to give each person his or her own bed. By choosing a rental home at the beach in advance, your group can select a house that will come as close as possible to offering everyone a comfortable place to sleep, rather than relying on someone’s everyday home to make up the difference.

Borrow someone else’s kitchen

Even when all your guests pitch in to help cook or clean up after the feast, the prospect of presiding over the holiday meal can be a daunting one. There is a way to take some of the pressure off, though. By renting a vacation home for everyone, there will still be the preparation and clean-up afterward, but you won’t have to worry about monopolizing someone else’s kitchen, or vice versa. And if you really want to keep everyone’s hands out of the meal prep, North Carolina coast has some amazing restaurants and venues that would be happy to reserve space for you and yours well before the holiday season even starts!

Decorations are optional

Some people prefer the house to be completely revamped for the holidays, while others might favor a more subtle celebration. But when everyone agrees on a beach house to rent during the time off from work and school, compromises can be made so that everyone is surrounded by the accents that will make the season bright. Rather than the decorations falling solely on the host, have each member of the group bring his or her favorite decoration or tree ornament, and let the low-key part of the festivities begin.

Holiday traditions are difficult to break away from, but we encourage you to embrace new things with all of us here at Intracoastal Vacation Rentals! If you want to get a jumpstart on next year’s festivities, contact us and we’ll help you find the best house to host your holiday.

2017 Wells Fargo Golf Tournament in Wilmington, NC

The PGA Tour Returns to Wilmington, May 1-7, 2017

The Eagle Point Golf Club in Wilmington will be host to the 2017 Wells Fargo Championship, part of the PGA Tour. The Eagle Point Golf Club, designed by Tom Fazio, has continued to rank as one of Golf Digest’s “America’s 100 Greatest” golf courses since 2009.

This will mark the first time since 1971 when Azalea Open was held at the Cape Fear Country Club, that a PGA Tour event has been hosted in Wilmington.

The tournament is expected to bring thousands of visitors to our area. Continue reading “2017 Wells Fargo Golf Tournament in Wilmington, NC”