How do I Choose the Best Timeshares?

Harriette Halepis

The world is full of timeshares, but choosing the best timeshares requires some careful consideration. The first step towards selecting the right timeshare is to think about your ideal location. As with any other piece of real estate, location is crucial. Instead of falling prey to fabulous timeshare options inside of popular resorts, think about the things that you like to do during your free time.

Some timeshares feature amenities, such as a tennis court.
Some timeshares feature amenities, such as a tennis court.

Slopeside timeshares are great for those who love to ski and skate, and beach timeshares are ideal for those who love to swim and sun, though your ideal vacation might not include sun or skiing. In short, take a look at all the possible timeshare locations out there, and then decide upon the ultimate location. Next, think about the type of timeshare that will work best for you.

Popular vacation spots may offer timeshare opportunities.
Popular vacation spots may offer timeshare opportunities.

Fixed-week timeshares include one specific time each year that a timeshare is available. If you know when you will be able to take your vacation each year, then a fixed-week might work well. Otherwise, a floating timeshare might be a better option. Floating timeshares allow you to select your vacation time each year, which means that you don't have to work around a set schedule. Then again, you may have to coordinate your time with other timeshare holders.

Timeshares located near beaches can be great for some people.
Timeshares located near beaches can be great for some people.

Another important factor is the amount of money that you want to spend on a timeshare. The best timeshares include a lot of extra value for the price. Search for timeshares that include extra ammenities, such as beach access and tennis court usage. Some properties also include added perks such as food and travel accommodations.

Search for timeshares that have extra amenities, such as beach access.
Search for timeshares that have extra amenities, such as beach access.

Also, take a close look at the rules involved in purchasing a timeshare. Some of the best timeshares offer exchange programs that will allow you to exchange your allotted time with another timeshare owner. This type of option can be ideal if you tire of your present property location. While an exchange program is worthwhile, many properties do not offer this option, so make sure to read the fine print.

Many ski resorts offer timeshare opportunities.
Many ski resorts offer timeshare opportunities.

In addition, find out what kind of pet policy a timeshare has. If you intend to bring the family pet on vacation, it is best to find out if pets are tolerated before you sign a contract. Often, even the best timeshares have a no pet policy. If you are unsure about investing in a timeshare, speak with friends and family members that may have experience with this type of property. The best timeshares are those that include everything you need to make your vacation a relaxing and enjoyable one.

It's important to find out which weeks the timeshare will be available.
It's important to find out which weeks the timeshare will be available.

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