Availing a timeshare has been a steady part of American holiday culture for decades. For many, they offer a constant promise of rest and relaxation, with all the amenities and services taken care of. It’s like a resort that you don’t have to research and book every single year. But it helps to note that timeshares don’t work for everybody, but for the people for whom they’re made, they’re really indispensable.
So if you are thinking about buying a timeshare for the first time, you might not understand what to look for when making your decision. After all, timeshares are far from a homogenous vacation product. There are many types, styles, price points, and locations for you to mull over.
Here are some of the most important questions you can ask when evaluating a potential timeshare.
» How Often Can You Use It?
Before you buy a timeshare, first make sure that you understand how much time will actually be available to you. Some timeshare packages make your unit available only a few days each year, without much flexibility regarding when those days are. Other timeshares offer more options. If an annual vacation at the same time each year works for you, that’s fine. But if you want a timeshare that lets you in when you want to go, or lets you stay more frequently, make sure you explore these options.
» What Else Can You Do With The Unit?
One of the best parts of having a timeshare, at least for some people, is to be able to share the timeshare with friends and family. Say you are unable to use your timeshare time one year because you are traveling for work. Being able to offer it to your kids or to some best friends is a gratifying use of the timeshare. Some timeshares even allow you to rent out the unit according to certain parameters and policies. Sometimes these details will not be offered by the timeshare people, so make sure you ask and that you read the fine print.
» How Useful Is The Location For Your Purposes?
Some people want a timeshare that’s close to home, so they can always have a getaway without having to travel too far. Others want a timeshare that gets them far outside their normal timezone. Carefully consider your travel options and desires when making this decision. If you live on the east coast, you may think that you’ll always want a trip to California each year. But you may find in practice that this is too much of a hassle, and that the timeshare goes unused despite still paying for it.
Timeshares can be the perfect way to make sure that you always get the holiday time you need. When you find the timeshare center with the right offerings, you’ll have a blast without having to lift a finger. However, all of this comes at a cost and without carefully considering all aspects of owning a timeshare, you may work your way into a situation that isn’t the best for you and your family in the long run.
Doing your homework pays off in this situation!
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