When on vacation, looking for the perfect place is not as easy as it seems. People make it seem like a piece of cake while others suggest staying at a hotel but the wisest idea would be finding the perfect apartment and enjoying your vacation there. Goa has see plenty of serviced apartment commence operations due to the demand for these types of accommodation in Goa.
There are many villa owners in Goa who buy them just as a second or vacation home and keep them empty most of the year. If you manage to find someone like this, you may get it cheap since from his their point of view, some money is better than the nothing they were initially making. If you plan to rent a villa for the long term, consider hiring an architect or interior expert to remodel you home, these professionals are available in Goa are very economical rates.
A few things to keep in mind while renting a villa or condo as a serviced apartment.
- Make sure you find the right platform while looking for vacation rentals
This involves asking around, ie. Your friends or family, for the right place or listening to what people that have traveled there before have to say. Now a days, you can search on multiple websites more than willing to help make the search better.
- Knowing exactly what you want
You may not require some of the features coming with the condo, but may get them anyway and have to pay extra. The best thing to do would be to think about this carefully and then decide on what you are getting. You may hate living by the beach as the feeling of sand under your feet makes you uncomfortable, so getting a places there, is unadvisable, but you might get it anyway and have to pay extra.
- Timing your purchase
Holiday seasons like Christmas or others are usually expensive. Furthermore, booking in advance sometimes greatly cuts down the price. Try booking a few months in advance, and you may even end up with a better choice.
- Finding out what you are renting
Just because the advertisement says it can house the number of people you are travelling with, doesn’t mean it’s a good investment. You have to make sure, four rooms is what you need; otherwise you have a shell out those extra bucks for no reason.
- Getting to know the owner
Get to know the owner, he may be able to help you out if you have difficulties later. Make sure he isn’t some shady guy either, he is less likely to cheat you then.
- Finding out whether your rental is part of an association
Many associations back up neighborhoods or groups of houses. If you have an association and need something sorted, you can always ask someone for help. The alternative, you having to dance around if a pipe bursts or if you have some electrical trouble.
- Becoming a power user
Check up all the details of the place on the internet. There are sites that help compare to make sure you get the best deal. Read up on the places, especially reviews put up by people who stayed there in the past.
- Avoid getting too large a group
Sometimes it is just easier if you break your group down into smaller groups. You will have more privacy and can get adjoining villas so at the end of the day, you still are together. Many villas in Goa are rowed to each other and you can always look at the option of booking multiple villas.
- Review the contract thoroughly
Most serviced villas and apartments have a minimum stay period of 3 nights and for days. You will also have to pay for additional facilities and amenities that you would be charge for as well.
10. Staying Flexible
Remember you are choosing between a villa, condo or service apartment and that isn’t as easy to come by as compared to a hotel room. Make sure you have flexible dates, you can debate them with the owner to make sure everything goes perfectly. Be open to changing to a few days before or after. This is when it helps to be booking in advance, you usually have more of a choice.