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How To Rent A House Abroad

Here are five things to consider when renting overseas.

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“Little details can make a big difference.” —AAA Travel Counselor Linda Baehr

KNOW YOUR NEEDS Larger homes—including villas, beachfront spreads, and mountaintop retreats— can be great options for group vacations. To narrow your search, Baehr says you should answer questions such as: How close to a city do you want to be? What about a swimming pool? How important is the kitchen?

GET A VISUAL Written descriptions don’t suffice. "Ask to see photographs of the inside and outside of the rental," Baehr says. "A picture really is worth a thousand words."

ASK ABOUT EXTRAS Some properties provide housecleaning service or access to a private chef, among other amenities. Baehr reminds you to find out what the rental price includes.

CONSIDER THE LAYOUT The listing says the place sleeps 12, but in what configuration? "In some places, what is called a bed is actually a pullout sofa," Baehr says.

PROTECT YOUR INVESTMENT Baehr recommends that you talk to a travel counselor before booking, buy travel insurance, and get everything in writing. She also advises paying with a credit card, rather than cash or check, in case you need to contest charges.

This article was first published in Winter 2017. Some facts may have aged gracelessly. Please call ahead to verify information.

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