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Wednesday, February 01, 2017
I would like to make a few suggestions to the people who own vacation rentals
I always use VRBO/Home Away for our vacation rentals. I prefer to deal with the owners than to deal
with a management company. I say that all the time, but now I have some other
things to say about the owners and to them:
This rental owner had no pet rules so Ruby claimed the sofa!
First things first, if you say 'pets considered' or 'pet friendly' - be careful using those terms when/if you don't really mean it. I always ask what the pet rules/regulations are and here are some of the answers:
* Pet has to be under 20 pounds.
* Pet must be crated when left alone.
* Pet must sleep in the garage or on the covered porch. That means no dogs allowed in the house!
* Keep the furniture covered so flying dog hair will stay
Most rentals charge a pet fee and supposedly that’s because
of the extra cleaning required. Some
charges are minimal while others charge $100 or more no matter if you stay a
night or a week. Hey, leave a vacuum
cleaner where I can reach it and I’ll keep up with the dog hair myself! I do that now if/when cabin owners leave me
something to work with.
I am fine with:
* Dog must be on flea/tick preventative.
* Dog must be leashed when waking the property.
* You must pick up after your dog.
* Any damages done you are responsible for.
A comfy king size bed!
The next topic is beds….yes, they are a necessity and all
rentals have them LOL! However, my
husband and I are not small people.
About 4 years ago, we upgraded to a king size bed. For us to stay in a rental with a queen size
bed is not something we want to do. We
have done it, we weren’t comfy. Maybe
one night would be okay, but a week in a queen size bed could mean a disaster.
It never fails I find the perfect cottage or cabin but once
I read further into the listing I find they only have queen size, or even in
some cases full size beds. I know that a king
size bed is a little costlier than a queen, but once the initial outlay is made
the owners have better chance of renting it.
If there isn’t space in the room for it, that’s a different story. But if there is room please upgrade to king
size beds! I would also be happy if the
rentals sites (Home Away/VRBO and others) added ‘king size bed’ as a search
criteria. It would save me (and probably
others) time and disappointment.
I can’t make anyone do anything, but if I make a few
suggestions, and others do also, maybe someone will take notice! You never know what could happen if
you just ask and asking is free!