How to Research Potential Timeshare Rentals

Researching timeshare rentals is one of the most important parts in the process of buying a timeshare. A timeshare is designed to be something that is owned by you for life. With such a long-term investment you will need to do your due diligence to make sure that the investment is worth your time. In order to be sure that you will like it, you need to research the potential timeshare rental before you buy. Here are a few tips for researching timeshares.

Research the Parent Company

There are many different timeshare companies doing business today. With that being said, there are only a few companies that are big enough to make most customers happy. When you own a timeshare, you want to make sure that you are involved with a reputable company that has a good chance of being in business for many years. If you go with some "fly-by-night" operation they could be out of business before you get to enjoy your timeshare. 

Doing business with a large, successful timeshare company will also help when you are ready to exchange your week. One of the big benefits of owning a timeshare is that you are supposed to be able to trade your week for a week at another destination. In this way, you can go almost anywhere that you want in the world. However, if you do business with a shady company, you could find yourself in trouble when it comes time to trade. They might not have the resources to run a good exchange. Make sure that you do thorough research on the parent company behind the timeshare resort before you buy. 

Better Business Bureau

One thing that you will want to do before you do business with a timeshare company is check with the Better Business Bureau. The Better Business Bureau is the leading authority on how companies treat their customers. Therefore, if a timeshare company has been unscrupulous with their clients, you will be able to find out through the Better Business Bureau. They will have a detailed company profile for each timeshare company out there. You will be able to see exactly how many complaints that they have had against them in the last few years. 

Online Reviews

Besides the Better Business Bureau, you should also be able to find several websites reviewing timeshare companies. If your timeshare company has been in business for a while you will undoubtedly be able to find reviews of them. Read several reviews and look at what their customers have to say about them. Many times, you will be able to get the best information from those that have actually used the company. 

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