You forget about comfort
Nenad Aksic/Shutterstock Ever crashed at a friend’s house and didn’t get a wink of sleep because their mattress was lumpy? “A great night’s sleep means everything on a trip,” says Henderson. “Find out what kind of mattress your host has. If you like a firm one, sleeping on a pillow top for four days might make you miserable.” Other issues to consider are the furniture. If you like to kick it back after a day of touring, the Victorian-style parlor chairs and settee may have looked great in the picture but not so much for relaxing. If you have kids, a bathtub may be essential for little ones who don’t use the shower yet. Plan ahead and think of how you will be using the home on a daily basis to determine whether it will be a good fit.
Not reading the fine print
Subbotina Anna/Shutterstock You certainly didn’t expect to get the flu when you booked your home last week, but now your vacation has to be postponed. Be sure to read the fine print on cancellation policies. Ask for clarification if you have questions. “Sometimes cancellations cannot be avoided. Find out if your booking gives a 100 percent refund when canceling; some do not,” says Henderson.
Where will I park my car?
Syda Productions/Shutterstock Parking can be an exhausting process, especially if you book a home or apartment in a large city. Can you park for free on the street or will you need a visitor’s permit? Will you have to park a few blocks away or nearby parking garage? If you’re flying and plan on using Uber around town or public transit, verify those services are available in the area.