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Planning Your Vacation at the Jersey Shore Post Sandy

For many, vacationing at the Jersey Shore in the summer is a tradition. The Jersey Shore wraps fun, activities, and enjoyable family time all into one great package…including the sand between your toes. However in the wake of Sandy, it’s more important than ever to book your summer vacation rental sooner rather than later – if you know you want to vacation at the Jersey Shore this summer, don’t wait to secure your plans! The demand is already showing to be as strong as usual, but the inventory will absolutely be lower.

There are a few things that you will want to think about before you call a realtor:

  • When would you like to go?, You’ll need to decide when will be the ideal time for you to be at the Shore. If you have a child in sports, July or early August is probably best for you since in many cases, school sports’ practices start mid-August. If you have pre-school children, September can be less expensive and quieter, but still warm. Or, would you like to be at the Shore for Memorial Day, July 4th, or Labor Day celebrations?
  • How long will your vacation last? Do you want to rent for the whole summer (Memorial Day – Labor Day), one month, two weeks? The length of time is very important, as shorter vacations will limit the places where you can rent. Condominium associations typically have a minimum rental length written into their bylaws. For example, Beach Front North in Long Branch has a 3 month minimum rental, so to stay there you will have to be willing to rent for the whole summer. Many Spring Lake homes list rentals for 1-month minimums – but if they have not secured tenants as it gets closer to Memorial Day, you will see them agree to 2-week and some 1-week rentals.
  • What’s your budget? You should decide how much you want to spend on your rental. Your budget will help determine in which towns you can find rentals, and the location in those towns. The more you can spend, the bigger home you can find, the closer you can get to the ocean, and the longer you can stay.
  • What type of a vacation are you looking for? Are you a beach bum, whose main concern is getting your perfect spot on the beach each day? Are you bringing kids who need to be near amenities or a boardwalk with amusements? Are you looking for a place near some great nightlife? Sumptuous Restaurants?
  • Do you have a pet? If you can find someone to look after your pet while you are on vacation, that would be optimal. If your pet has to come with you, know that this will limit your options.

It’s important to consider the answer to all these items before calling a realtor. Knowing this information will help the realtor find you the best rental to meet your needs. You will also want to make sure that your realtor is familiar with each town’s plan to ready themselves for the summer post Super Storm Sandy.

So, make your list and call an experienced Jersey Shore realtor today. Waiting will limit your choices!