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.
Does “cozy” mean small?
Ai825/Shutterstock Cozy and quaint sounds warm and inviting but could it actually mean you’re booking a shoe box? Bill and Eleanor Seavey, Airbnb “Super hosts” in Cambria, California note, “One thing we have discovered that’s important is how the space has been described, particularly square footage-wise. The problem with square footage is that many people don’t really understand it, and a lot of times, Airbnb hosts have converted small ‘extra’ spaces into rooms.” Will you feel comfortable in a tighter space or claustrophobic? If you expect to entertain friends or are vacationing with kids, space is an important detail not to be missed.