Every pair of shoes doesn’t fit or suit every person, and neither does every timeshare. The trick is to figure out what you really want, what you really need, what you can afford, and how to get the most out of your timeshare. That’s why you read this blog, right?
A timeshare located right by Disneyland might be perfect when your kids are eight and ten years old, but what if you have 17 and 18-year-olds? What if you’re 58, and wondering if you would use a timeshare in retirement? What if you’re single?
Each timeshare company has its own personality, style and price point. How often would you use your timeshare—one week a year, three weeks a year, or perhaps a week every other year? Would you like friends to enjoy the timeshare week with you, perhaps traveling to different countries and exploring them together? Is a studio just fine for you, or do you need a couple of bedrooms to accommodate everyone?
Model units are great for showing you the decor, but look around the timeshare property. How are the grounds, pools, buildings and amenities maintained? Look at the people you see there. Do you feel that you fit in with them? Does the free owners’ breakfast have the kind of food you want to eat?
Take a good look at the list of locations where your timeshare company has timeshares. Is there a place that you want to keep returning to? Is there a program that lets you exchange to a sister resort within the company for a reasonable fee?
How much effort do you have to put into owning a timeshare—writing a check or paying the maintenance fee online? Are the maintenance fees paid monthly, annually, or every other year? What suits your style of budgeting—would you rather make an automatic monthly payment, or are you happy to save up and pay once a year? Do you have to call or email to make reservations, or can you do it online? What works best for you?
When you buy a timeshare, pay attention to seasons. Seasons in timeshares are not like spring and winter—they’re all about how desirable it is to be at that particular location at any given week of the year. So if you want to go to Florida in February, it’s going to cost more than if you buy a timeshare for a week in August, when it’s hot and there are not as many people traveling there. Do you need to work around your family’s availability, such as when your spouse can take time off, or when the kids are out of school? Make sure your timeshare will be available when you are.
Timeshares are like a home away from home where you walk in, enjoy the place, and leave. No maintenance, no fuss. You can find a place that you want to go to, is affordable, and just feels right—and enjoy!