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Q: Who do I contact about advertising my property?
Most of what you want to know should be on the website but if you have questions please feel free to call us. Please remember we don't give recommendations or take questions or handle problems you may have with advertisers.
Q: What much does it cost to advertise on this website?
Because our website is powered by the world's first Multiple-Listing-Service (MLS) for Vacation Rentals at www.VRMLS.org we are able to keep our rates low. Www.VRMLS.org is owned by the Vacation Rental Industry Association (www.VRIA.org) as a service to members and Guests. To learn more click here.
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Q: What if I have a complaint about a property or Owner?
Just like dealing with anyone else, the best way to resolve problems is to contact the Manager or Owner directly. By phone is best or if you can't reach them, then an email might do. Keep all complaints civil. Follow the golden rule - treat others like you want to be treated. If that fails, you can file for arbitration or mediation through the Vacation Rental Industry Association. Go to www.VRIA.org for the details.
Q: Why are bookings usually non-cancelable.
Unlike hotels, vacation homes are valuable assets held by private parties. To allow Guests to hold dates in advance only to cancel them later, means the owner would miss out on other prospective customers in the meantime. In addition, because most homes are booked in advance last-minute replacements are not always possible. We can, however, offer to re-sell dates for a Guest who made a prior purchase. In that case, some or all of the Guest's funds may be refunded if a replacement Guest is found.
Q: Is it possible to arrange an early checkin?
Usually housekeepers need all the time between Guests to prepare the property for arrivals. So early checkins are not always available. In the case where a room was not previously rented, and the cleaners have gotten the clean completed, it may be possible to arrange an early checkin. Because this requires rescheduling, staff time and coordination there is a charge for early checkins. Usually the charge is 1/4 of the daily rate for four hours early and 1/2 the daily rate for 8 hours early. And it is not possible to confirm availability of an early checkin until 24 hours in advance.
Q: Are Guests allowed to check-in early?
Cleaning rooms, condos, homes and resorts between Guests is a big job. It can take many hours to make a place spic and span. It isn't always possible to start the cleaning process on time, so housekeepers need every minute get a unit clean before its scheduled check-in time. Guests who arrive early disrupt the cleaning process. In fact, housekeepers are not allowed to continue cleaning if a Guest arrives early and enters the property.
Q: How do I report abuse or fraud?
If you get emails unrelated to properties or unsolicited commercial email through our inquiry system or from someone who got your name from our site please notify us by email. Should you be approached with fraudulent activity or be a victim of fraud it is best to report it to your local police. For abuse or fraud, should it involve a member of our website please notify also.
Q: Is there a website membership fee for using your website?
Nope. Browsing properties and information is free. But we do ask you to register for certain information. It helps us help you.
Q: Is it possible to arrange a late checkout?
Yes, sometimes - Keep in mind housekeepers need all the time between Guests to prepare the property for arrivals. So late checkouts are not always available. Due to scheduling requirements, there is a charge for late checkouts and it is not possible to confirm this availability until 24 hours in advance of departure.
Q: To make a booking must I deal with the Owner?
Not at all. We'll take your order, send a confirmation and instructions for accessing and using the property. Our Owners rely on us to do all the work. And you can rely on us to make sure the property is ready for your arrival.
Q: Why is there a cleaning fee for Vacation Rentals?
Vacation rentals are bigger than hotel rooms and require more effort to clean. Rather than increase the price of every day's rent there is usually an out-cleaning fee. It is also your way of knowing the place will be clean when you arrange.
Q: Where does your company operate?
Although we started small, our company is growing. We currently have network offices in Washington State, Idaho, Hawaii and Mexico. Coming on line are British Columbia, Oregon and other great destinations. Local Partners provide hands-on services to Owners and Guests making sure every home is exactly what it should be. Our central office does the marketing, advertising and administration to keep the lodging services first rate.
Q: Do I get more room in a Vacation Rental?
Yes of course - the average hotel room is small, but vacation rentals are larger, with kitchens and extra space where you can hang out with your family or friends. Sit in the living room instead of squeezing into the only chair in the room.
Q: I've lost my logon or password. What do I do?
No problem. Just go to the Login Page of our website. Look for the "Forgot your Password" link. Or you can call us during business hours.
Q: What is the weather like in the Puget Sound area?
The word, year round, is moderate due to the effect of sitting in the middle of Puget Sound. In summer the days can be long and sunny and warm but seldom scorching hot. Winters can be cold and rainy but the sun will pop out and beam through the windows. Spring comes early and autumn stays warmer and bright well into the season.
Q: Are there Rules for Guests?
Yes - to keep owners, neighbors and other guests happy there are guidelines to follow. In general we ask that Guests comport themselves in quiet, safe and unselfish manner and that they treat the property and the area with respect.
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Q: Are vacation rentals timeshares?
No. Properties in our network are primarily owned by private parties and families. We do not sell timeshares or promote timeshare presentations. No mandatory sales pitches.
Q: How do I purchase a Travel Insurance Plan?
You can purchase a Vacation Rental Insurance plan directly through your vacation rental company.
Q: Can we bring a trailer or camper to the property?
Unless otherwise specified in your booking confirmation, properties do not allow trailers or campers due to concerns with occupancy and neighbors.
Q: Can we have a campfire at the property?
If specifically noted on your guest instructions, campfires may be allow but only in existing fire-rings and only in cooler months when there is no pollution advisory in effect.
Telephone our office before proceeding. Use only provided or purchased firewood. Keep fires no higher than 24 inches and have a water source nearby before starting. Fires must be extinguished no later than 10PM.
In addition,. Campfires are never allowed in summer due to concerns about forest fires, range fires or house fires.
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