Michigan Getaway: 5 Rental Home Tips

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Vacation rentals are a great option for your Michigan getaway if you want to experience a new town, or beach living, but want all the comforts of home. This week, Guest Blogger Melissa Morrison shares some tips so that you can get the best experience while renting a vacation home.

If you’re looking for a home-away-from-home for your next vacation, look no further than a vacation rental. Vacation rentals include cottages, private homes, condos and resorts. These vacation properties can be a great choice for people looking to stay somewhere with all of the same comforts of home. Renting a home has many advantages over staying at hotels. It allows you to cook at home; you can rent a home with friends or family to save on cost, and they give you more space and a yard to run around in. But with thousands of places to choose, navigating this market can be a bit confusing. Below are some hints to make your vacation be the best it can be.

Photo Credit: Rental BugFind the right place

There are many websites to help you choose the right place. You can often search for amenities like hot tubs, the home’s pet policy, and the number of bedrooms your party needs. Review the information and the photographs of the homes carefully.

Contacting the Property Owner

Most people choose to contact property owners via email, which is a great way to narrow down your search. Email can be a great way to ask additional questions, as well as check availability. I always recommend talking to the property owners/managers over the phone to make sure you have received all of the necessary information and are comfortable with the owners.


Unlike hotels, you will be paying for lodging before your trip. Typically, you will pay a security deposit and the rest will be due within a month of your trip. Each property owner has a slightly different payment structure, but the same principle will apply.

Photo Credit: Rental BugAgreement/Guidelines

Each property will have a different set of rules or guidelines to be followed during your stay, which will most likely be provided to you in a form of a rental agreement. This agreement covers things such as the cleaning policy, neighborhood rules, and contact information, to name a few things that might be included. Make sure this information is provided, and both parties fully understand what is expected during the stay. It could mean the difference between receiving your security deposit back and spending more than you bargained for during your vacation.


Usually upon arrival you will find the wonderful home or cottage that you were anxiously waiting to visit. But sometimes unfortunate things can happen during a trip. If something breaks during your stay, or you arrived to something broken, make sure to contact the property owner right away. Quick communication to the property owner will ensure that all parties are not surprised at the end of the visit with an unexpected outcome.

Staying at vacation rentals offers many advantages: larger accommodations, the ability to cook your own meals, and simply enjoy the comforts of home. By understanding the few differences from traditional hotel lodging, you can ensure a great stay.

Melissa Morrison is native Michigander and owner of www.rentalbug.com, a Michigan vacation rental website that offers over 650 accommodations throughout the state of Michigan.



11 thoughts on “Michigan Getaway: 5 Rental Home Tips

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    its where all the action is, yet quite , GREAT for whole family

  4. After owning and renting several properties in Holland and Grand Haven, the best experience for both the renter and owner, is renting directly from the owner. When I receive an inquiry from a potential renter, I gain an understanding of their needs, expectations and their sensitivity to price. Rental management companies that act on behalf of the owner, are only interested in the daily rate per rental unit they collect, instead of developing a relationship with the customer, booking and signing checks as well as I personally check my renters in and out each week. I have rarely had an issue cause my renters know I am the owner of the property they are vacationing in. There is no third party to dilute ownership of providing a clean, safe and price sensitive property.

  5. The number of cottage rentals is increasing considerably because people started to choose them instead of a hotel room. A cottage is a cheaper solution and also more comfortable…..Almost in every case, the view of a cottage is better than the view from the hotel. In a cottage a family can feel like home, eat what they want, not what the hotel offers…..there are just advantages if you choose a cottage instead of a hotel.

  6. Vacation home rentals are the new wave of a hotel room. Most homes are over 1000 sq. feet and allow larger amount of occupancy compared to a hotel room. Many homes are fully furnished from the linens to spices, and usually will promote that on their website. Check out our Lakefront homes on Twin Lake, located 8 mins. from Michigan Adventure, and conviently located to Lake Michigan, Grand Haven, Blue Lake Fine Art Camp, Silver Lake.


  7. We have always stayed at a resort because I was so unsure of how to go about the process of a single family rental. We are in love with Northern Michigan and all the wonderful places there are to visit! Every time we are in the area we lean of a new place to check out. Thanks for all the information, being happy with Boyne Mountain Resort I doubt we will ever change our location but this is good to know in case we need/ want to have our own get away for the week.

  8. Hi,

    Most of the rental property owners will have a complete list or inventory of items that are with the home. If you are thinking of Florida you should check out The Villages just North of Orlando. Many people will come for the winter and rent a cottage. I’m sure many people from Michigan would like to head South for the season which is January thru March. The Villages is an active adult community often referred to as “disney” for adults.
    So if you are interested in a vacation rental in Florida think the Villages.

    I hope it’s okay to mention my site here….it’s http://www.VillagesHomes4Rent.Com and we have “by owner” vacation home listings in The Villages!

    Thanks for a good article on vacation home rentals!


  9. A lot of cottage rental owners will provide a list of what’s included, so you don’t have to bring anything unnecessarily. Guest should clarify with owners exactly what’s included if the owner does not include this information with the reservation confirmation.

    Thanks, Melissa, for keeping the traveling pubic informed!

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