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Will You Regret Not Reading Our "Safe Rental Tips"?

Updated: Oct 14, 2022

alternatives to vrbo
Alternatives to Vrbo and Airbnb

Be an informed consumer!

I use my New Hampshire cabin rental as an example in the article, but these safety precautions will work for renting a vacation or cabin rental anywhere!

​We have owned and operated a North Conway Cabin Rental for almost 30 years and have heard lots of crummy stories!!

The crummy story about VRBO, HomeAway, Airbnb, and TripAdvisor is they charge YOU a Service Fee of 8-22% when you book online. According to industry analysts, those fees are predicted to go higher in 2019!

​ALWAYS book directly with the owner to save BIG BUCKS!

I highly recommend reading about Alternatives to Vrbo and Airbnb for lots of tips to find a vacation or cabin rental.


Here are some questions that make a great starting point for you to think about and suggestions of what to ask.

It's a jungle out there and they will help you in your quest to find the perfect home or cabin in the maze of North Conway Vacation Rentals!

Ask the owner of a cabin rental or vacation rental:

  • Are you the property owner or manager?

  • Do you live nearby in case of problems?

  • How long have you been renting the property?

  • How old are the pictures on your website?

  • Do you have adequate parking at the cabin rental?

  • How many cars can fit in the lot?

  • How far is the cabin rental from [Landmark]

  • Is it on a busy, main road?

  • How many neighbors are around the property?

  • Does the city/town have a noise ordinance?

  • Do you allow parties or events?

  • Is the lot wooded or clear cut?

  • Is there a rental agreement for the property?

  • May I get a blank copy to peruse?

  • How long does it take to get our security deposit back?

  • Are the amenities listed on the website private?

  • How early in the AM is plowing/shoveling done?

  • Is there high-speed WiFi? Is it free?

  • Is there a place to relax outside?

  • Is there enough room for a game of whiffle ball or bocce?

  • How close is it to the nearest main road?

  • Are neighbors' houses close to the rental?

  • Are there any businesses or construction companies close that would wake us early?

  • Is there anyone available 24/7 for emergencies?

  • Could I see a floorplan of the Vacation Rental?

  • How do you accept? Do you provide receipts?

  • How long have you been renting your home or condo short-term?


  • Pay by wire or Western Union

  • Conduct all your dealings by email or private messenger

  • Rent without talking to the Owner/Property Manager

LISTEN to your gut!

The internet is an awesome resource. Be wise and do some research!

Use Caution! Call the ad company where you saw the listing and ask:

  • How long has the owner been advertising on the site?

  • Have they had any complaints?

  • Read Reviews

  • Google their business name and check Google reviews

  • If it sounds too good to be true...

  • FOLLOW YOUR GUT! There's NO better indicator than that.

Please feel free to contact us for more information about things to do in North Conway area or renting a North Conway Vacation Rental!

Or, skip all that and rent the BEST North Conway cabin rental and look forward to a wonderful and relaxing vacation!

Choose to vacation in the gorgeous White Mountains! They never disappoint!




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