Summer House Rules for Vacation Rentals with Friends or Family

Written by Posted On Wednesday, 29 May 2019 03:23

Sharing a vacation rental with friends or family is a great idea to cut down on expenses but make sure you have summer house rules in place.

It’s no secret that traveling is expensive. In fact, the average hotel in the United States costs just shy of $130 per night. If you’re planning to spend a full week on vacation, you could easily spend $900 on lodging alone!

Luckily, there are cheaper ways to travel. While vacation homes may seem more expensive, you could save a ton when you split it with several friends or family members.

But sharing such a big purchase can cause conflicts to arise. And nobody wants that. Before you book your accommodations, make sure you outline some summer house rules to minimize drama and ensure everyone is on the same page.

Do you want to know what we’re talking about? Keep reading to learn the top rules everyone in your summer house should be following.

Talk About Finances

Nobody likes talking about money. But when you’re going to be splitting a large purchase, like a summer home, it’s important to make sure everyone is honest with their budget. If one person is stretching their finances too thin, they’ll be more likely to drop out of the agreement.

Instead, you can come up with a plan to ensure everyone is within their budget. This may mean getting a cheaper house or letting people with lower budgets pay less in exchange for taking the smallest rooms.

If you’re carpooling to your summer house, you’ll also want to talk about how you’ll split the cost of gas, tolls, and parking.

Vote on the Rental Together

One of the hardest parts of renting a vacation home is getting everyone to agree on a house. If one person goes and rents a house without talking to the rest of the group first, people may get upset that they didn’t get a say.

Instead, get the group together and talk about wish lists. You may want a house in a convenient location or one with a big kitchen.

Using this information, find 2 or 3 houses that would work. Then, get everyone together to vote on them. While it’s not likely that everyone will vote for the winning house, they’ll at least feel better that they had a say in the process.

Talk About Bedrooms

Picking bedrooms, even if it’s just for one week, can cause a lot of unwanted drama. People stuck with the couch or the smallest room may feel as though they shouldn’t pay as much as the person who got the biggest room with the queen-sized bed all to themselves.

Before your vacation starts, be sure to talk about the bedroom situation. Will bedrooms be first come, first serve? Or maybe those who end up sleeping on the couch can pay less or be excused from cooking.

If several bedrooms contain two or more beds, you may also want to decide who will room together beforehand. This way, roommates can feel free to talk about expectations and sleep schedules before the trip.

Create a Plan for Food and Alcohol

The beauty of renting a vacation home is that you’ll have a full-sized kitchen at your disposal. However, not everyone will want to take full advantage of this.

While you may think it’s a no-brainer to save money by cooking all your meals at the house, other group members may prefer to take it easy and just order takeout every night.

If you do decide to cook at home, come up with a plan. Decide how you’ll split the cost of groceries and who will cook on different nights.

If you plan to drink at the summer house, you’ll also want to talk about how you’ll split the cost of alcohol. Since people have different tastes and tolerance levels, you may want to have everyone just buy their own drinks.

Don’t Invite Anyone Extra

Alright, so you booked a vacation home with your friends but suddenly another friend asks if they can come too. The more the merrier, right? Well, not quite.

Inviting an extra person after plans are already made can cause problems. If all the bedrooms are already filled, other members may not want another person staying there or crashing on the couch. If everyone in the house is already friends but someone invited a stranger, this can also make group activities feel awkward.

When renting the house out, make sure everyone is okay with the group of people going. Make an explicit rule that nobody else should be invited without first talking it over with the rest of the housemates.

Be Respectful Towards the House

Whether you’re formally renting a house, staying at your friend’s second home, or just relaxing in a friend’s backyard summer house from 1st Choice Leisure Buildings, respect is key. If the home gets damaged or is left a mess, somebody will have to pay for it.

Make sure you don’t get too rowdy after a night of drinking. Use coasters, avoid handling fragile objects, and clean up after yourself during your stay. If you do accidentally break something, make sure you offer to pay for the damages.

Decide What to Do with Keys

When you’re sharing a summer house with a large group of people, there likely won’t be enough keys to go around. To avoid losing them, you’ll want to decide what you’ll do with them beforehand.

You may opt to leave all the keys in a bowl beside the door. If your group tends to split up and do separate activities, make sure only one person from your group is taking a key on the way out.

Do Your Share of Cooking and Cleaning

Part of renting a vacation home is agreeing to do your fair share of cooking and cleaning. If one person in the house gets stuck taking on the majority of these tasks, they’ll likely start to get angry.

Make sure you’re cleaning up after yourself and cooking when it’s your turn. If your group is renting for a few weeks, you’ll also have to worry about cleaning the house and taking the trash out. It’s a good idea to create a cleaning plan to ensure everyone is doing their fair share.

If you’re only staying for a week, be sure to check your lease agreement. Some rental properties expect you to clean the house upon departure while others hire a cleaning service. Again, if you need to clean before you leave, come up with a plan so everyone is chipping in.

Keep Showers Short

Do you love taking long, hot showers? While that may be fine at home, you should consider keeping showers short when you’re sharing a vacation home.

Other people may be waiting to shower after you, especially if you’ve all just gotten back from a long day of hiking or swimming in the ocean. You also don’t want to use up all the hot water and make your housemates wait even longer for their shower.

Balance Group Activities with Alone Time

Are you renting a vacation home with friends and a significant other? It makes sense that you’d want to spend some alone time with your spouse while on vacation.

Just make sure you’re striking a good balance. Beach days, sightseeing, and dinners can usually be done with the whole group. But there’s nothing wrong with splitting up into smaller groups or going off on your own some days, especially if you want to do something the other housemates aren’t interested in.

It’s a good idea to talk about your expectations with the group beforehand. This ensures that everyone is on the same page and is comfortable breaking apart into smaller groups when convenient.

Respect Quiet Time

While some housemates may think that vacation is for staying up late and sleeping in, others may arrange for early morning activities. This can cause potential problems if quiet times aren’t respected.

As a group, you may decide that between the hours of 10 pm and 10 am, everyone will try to be quiet. This means that those staying up late may want to drink at a bar or in the backyard instead of partying loudly inside and those getting up early should be careful not to make too much noise while getting ready.

Not only is this respectful, but it helps to ensure that everyone gets a good night’s sleep. If housemates are constantly woken up, they’ll likely be grumpy all day which can quickly create an uncomfortable or tense mood in the house.

Top Summer House Rules

Don’t rent a vacation house with loved ones without first discussing some rules and expectations. Just follow the above list of summer house rules to get started.

Are you thinking about buying a vacation property? Browse the rest of our website for advice and news before making a decision.

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