With stunning coastal paths and well-maintained boardwalks, it’s no surprise self contained accommodation Caloundra holidays are quite popular. Whether it’s a family vacation or a romantic getaway, Caloundra has a variety of rentals perfect for different occasions.
A great place to find the best Caloundra accommodation is at www.accomcaloundra.com.au. Run by Henzells Agency, a local real estate company, Accom Colundra offers a vast collection of holiday properties. You can easily search, book, and pay online.
Indeed, the internet has made it so much easier to book a holiday rental nowadays. However, it has also made it easier for some people to take advantage of self-contained accommodation bookings which are done online.
Self-Contained Accommodation Fails
With the holiday break just around the corner, many people are scrambling to make last-minute holiday bookings. All the rushing can sometimes end with negative results.
Take the Australian tourist who made headlines when he sued Expedia. The gentleman booked a beachfront shack in Hawaii for $300 a night. However, upon arriving at the property, he was dismayed to find out that the place was actually a dump with no view.
He was offered a $150 credit coupon and a $95 refund, which he refused. Instead, he took the issue to the ACT Civil and Administrative Tribunal. Luckily, the tribunal ruled in his favour.
This isn’t always the case, though. Some holiday goers aren’t so lucky when they have disappointing holiday accommodation experiences.
In reality, you aren’t guaranteed that your booking will be 100% satisfactory until you get to the rental property and until you’ve actually stayed there. But you can always be more cautious.
Mistakes to Avoid When Booking Self-Contained Accommodation
1. Expecting that what you see is what you get
A great thing when looking at holiday rental options online through self contained accommodation Caloundra listings is you can view pictures of the property.
You get to see how it looks inside, what the view is like, what furnishings and appliances are provided, how big the place is, and so on.
But just like someone’s profile picture on social media, what you see might not always be the reality.
Whether it’s intentionally meant to trick people or they just happen to be old photos of the holiday home, you can protect yourself from being “catfished”.
Go to Google Maps and Streetview to have a more up-to-date view of the property. This also lets you see it’s actual location and how near it really is to the beach or town and if it’s located on a busy street.
Contact the agent or property owner and ask for more recent pictures.
Read reviews. Some people even include their own photos of the holiday rental in their reviews.
Check where the apartment is located in the building complex. For example, the Kookaburra Court has residential units located along the Bulcock Beach Esplanade. However, that doesn’t mean all the units in the complex offer the best beachfront views. So, make sure you know which part of the building the apartment is located so you know how good the view is from that area.
2. Being sneaky
Some holiday goers will try to stretch some rules. For example, booking a holiday home which accommodates 6 when there are actually 9 of them in their travel group. They won’t mind if some of them have to sleep on sleeping bags.
Or, if they weren’t able to book Golden Beach pet friendly accommodation, they might just book another home which doesn’t allow pets and arrive at the property with their animal companions anyway. They promise their pets will behave.
Some owners may be considerate and give exemptions. But this isn’t always the case.
Remember that agents or owners can refuse you on the spot and not even give you a refund, especially when the capacity and pet rules were clearly stated in the terms and conditions.
Which brings us to the next mistake…
3. Not reading the terms and conditions
Many skip the part of actually reading the terms and conditions and house rules to their demise. As a result, they can just return home frustrated after paying additional charges, penalty fees, or not getting their deposit back.
It is important to know the house rules and terms and conditions so you can avoid any unwanted charges and making a fool of yourself.
For instance, some pet friendly accommodation Golden Beach Caloundra properties welcome animal companions, but they might have a rule of not allowing pets on furniture. In case you break this rule, you have to pay extra for the cleaning.
Not knowing such small details can end your holiday on a more bitter note.
4. Neglecting booking safety and security
Make sure you are booking through trusted self contained accommodation Caloundra property websites and are dealing with reputable agents or owners. Read reviews, research on the listing or booking site, and give the agent or owner a call so you can talk to them in person and gauge how comfortable you are in dealing with them.
Scams are becoming more common online. While there is not a 100% guarantee that you can protect yourself at all times, you can still take steps to avoid such scenarios.