Use Google or another search engine you might prefer to find a vacation rental in Cape May. Avoid the paid ads at the top of the page results. Often the ads are for national listing sites that know very little about the Cape May area. Look at the results for your search below the paid results and you will see local results. These are local vacation rental related businesses like realtors and local vacation rental listing services like Cape May Vacation Rentals. Local Cape May rental businesses many times will offer much more information about the area and the rental your interested in.
If you do find a rental on a national listing site that charges “service fees”, avoid the service fee by searching locally for the rental. Many owners list on national sites and also have their own personal vacation rental website. Search for the owners website by name. Owners often give their rental a name like ” couples retreat” or “seaside cottage”. Once you find an owners site, book through the owners site and save on service fees.
Look for discounts
It never hurts to ask an owner for a discount. Many owners will not offer discounts during the high-season but will during the slower, off-season. If you are staying for a week or longer, check to see if there is a discounted rate for extended stays.
Many owners who have websites accept credit card, personal check or paypal. Paying by check will often save the owner credit card fees.
Read your Rental Agreement
Its is very important to take the time to read the rental agreement before reserving a rental. Note that the dates are correct, check-in – check-out times, parking and more. Most importantly, review the cancellation policy. All rental agreements have cancellation policies that vary. Summer season rentals may have more restrictive cancellation policies.
Policies can vary, so be aware if you aren’t completely sure about your travel plans. Many national listing sites have standard cancellation policies: flexible, moderate and strict. Purchase cancellation protection