Today is #BookDirect day!! You may have seen many social media posts or emails with the #BookDirect hastag, but what does it mean?
When searching for a vacation rental home, there are many websites and apps out there that list properties. They show the photos, the descriptions, and even pricing. But, did you know that the best place to book your next vacation rental home is directly through the property manager? Here’s a list of 5 reasons why you should always book directly through a vacation rental manager.
1. Avoid the Fees
The best pricing can always be found by booking directly through the property manager. Listing sites such as Airbnb, Booking.com, Homeaway, and Expedia charge guests (and Owners) a fee for their services. Those Owner fees are always passed on to the guest in increased rents and service fees. You can save hundreds by cutting out the middle man and booking direct.
2. Discounts and Promotions
Booking directly through the property manager’s website or by calling their office ensures that not only do you avoid the service fees, but you are able to take advantage of any discounts and promotions that are not available on any other website.
Did you know that not all vacation rentals are listed on 3rd party sites? By shopping only on these listing sites, you could be missing out on your dream vacation home! Booking direct through a professional property manager ensures you get the most current availability.
4. Local Expertise
When you book your vacation direct with a professional property manager, you get access to the locals who live and work here. They can tell you about the best places to eat or the closest lifeguarded beach access to your vacation home. Our staff has personally seen all of our properties and can tell you the details of each one. Third party listings sites are usually not located in the same state as the vacation homes and can’t give you the tips that only a local can!
5. Help when things go wrong
If you booked your vacation rental through Expedia or Homeaway and were to get locked out of your vacation rental while on vacation, who would you call? If the house you were renting sprung a leak or was not cleaned up to your standards, how would you get that fixed? Professional property managers are available 24/7 and are located nearby so they can handle issues quickly.
Get the most out of your vacation budget and have the best experience by booking directly through a professional property manager. Ready to get started and plan your perfect Outer Banks getaway? Contact our Vacation Planners today. We’re ready to help you have the best vacation ever!