Ten Tips for Securing the Perfect Timeshare Rental

published on April 22, 2011 by .

You can’t go wrong with renting a timeshare when traveling with children, friends, or simply want something more than a standard hotel room. Every savvy traveler should know these ten tips for finding and negotiating a successful timeshare rental.

  1. Shop Around: Don’t settle for the first timeshare rental you see. Take the time to contact several owners – even if they aren’t advertising the exact week you want. You may find they can change their reservation with the resort for the week you want.
  2. Negotiate: Because you are dealing directly with the timeshare owners and not the resorts, prices are often flexible. Ask if the rate is negotiable, or make an offer less than the asking price.
  3. Verify: It is always a good idea to contact the resort directly to verify that the owner you are dealing with actually owns at the resort, and the unit advertised is what the owner has reserved – be sure to ask about the view too.
  4. Sign a rental contract/use escrow: The best way to ensure that your vacation investment is safe is to use a rental escrow service. However, there is a fee. If you prefer the do-it-yourself method, be sure you have a rental contract in place. RedWeek.com offers a sample timeshare rental contract to its users.
  5. Don’t Pay 100% up Front: When dealing with a stranger over the Internet, it is best not to pay 100% of the rental fee up-front. Offer to pay 50% to secure the reservation, and the other 50% when you receive confirmation from the resort that the reservation has been placed in your name.
  6. Payment Methods: Never, ever pay by wire transfer as it is a method most often used by scammers. Before making payment, ask yourself if you will have proof of payment, is the payment secure, and what is your liability coverage in case something goes wrong? RedWeek.com has put together a payment method comparison page to help you determine the payment type that works for you.
  7. Confirm your Reservation: Don’t take the owner’s word that the reservation has been placed in your name. Call the resort personally and verify that the reservation is in your name and ensure that the owner cannot change the reservation back to his/her name at a later date.
  8. Take Your Rental Contract with You: Your rental contract should have all the information you need if a problem arises: the owner’s name and contact information, and the resort and unit information.
  9. Let Others Know About your Experience: After a successful timeshare rental experience, be sure to add your resort review to the RedWeek.com resort page and also send a letter to the timeshare owner letting him/her know of your experience and that you would be happy to serve as a reference to future renters.
  10. Become a RedWeek.com Member Today. Use our unique Posting Alert function and be notified of new rental weeks as soon as they hit the market.

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