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VacationHouse Destinations is featured on AOL

(News Item #0319, Published: 07/21/10, VacationHouseDestinations.com)

We are excited to be featured on AOL's Real Estate homepage in a story that highlights tips for renting vacation homes. You can check out the full story here. A few more tips we would give you when renting a vacation house:

1. FIND A TRUSTED SOURCE OF VACATION HOME RENTALS

The most important thing someone can do is work with a reputable company that takes the guesswork out of which homes to rent. There are a lot of scams on the Internet with properties that look good on the Web photos, but in reality are completely different when you get there. Look for a company that physically inspects each property before renting it to you, so what you see when you get there, is the same thing you expected. Of course, working with VacationHouse Destinations, you already know we take the guesswork out of finding the perfect getaway.

2. NOT EVERY PICTURE IS WORTH A THOUSAND WORDS

A place might look luxurious in photos, but when you get there, you didn't realize you had to bring your own linens and toilet paper. Work with a trusted source that inspects each property before you go there so you're never left guessing if a property is "really that nice."

3. PAY WITH A CREDIT CARD

You can add an extra layer of protection when reserving your home by paying with a credit card. You can weed out some vacation home scammers who only want check or cash and a little extra that they "will send back to you once they deposit the check." Most reputable vacation home owners take credit cards to help you feel more confident.

4. MAPPING SOFTWARE IS YOUR FRIEND

Mapquest can be your friend - while the location might be Popular Destination, USA - you don't want the vacation house to be located right next to the railroad tracks (unless you like trains of course).