Vacation rental anyone?

posted 3 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 3
2831 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

is it anywhere close to where you or her live?

i’d be concerned if it isn’t, because then you would have to do a lot of traveling if something went wrong, or to do maintenance.

Post # 5
10219 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

Hi @ceebree: We’ve done the Vacation Rental thing in the past, and had great success.  We used FlipKey which is an affiliate of TripAdvisor (which inturn is owned by the Expedia Group).  The cool thing about FlipKey is that you’ll find Reviews online with TA… AND there is guarantee that what one sees is what one gets.  None of the other independent rental companies (like VRBO offer that)

Going thru FlipKey was uber-easy… and straight forward.  We never had to worry as a Consumer if our money was going off into la-la land / a scam… or worse yet arrive to our Destination to discover there was no rental to begin with (common on some websites like Craigs List – Kijiji – Air B&B – even VRBO)

You might want to look into FlipKey… just to see how it works and all… cause I’m guessing that if the Renters like myself are happy… that the Rentees might be just as satisfied knowing that their property is being rented out to quality folks as well.

Hope this helps,

PS… Curious where your Rental is as Mr TTR & I travel a lot.  If you don’t feel comfy posting here, send me a PM… who knows we might be in your neck of the woods in the months to come.


Post # 6
10748 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2014

We don’t own one, but we are renting one for our honeymoon. I liked the listings best when they had a full detailed description, tons of pics, maybe even a floor plan, and had the availability calendar on VRBO so I didn’t have to waste my time contacting ones who were booked. And list the prices up front too. Oh and also list the property location on the map – the adrress hidden ones were annoying. Another pet peeve of mine!

Post # 9
2831 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@ceebree:  as long as there’s management there, i wouldn’t worry (:

and i agree about having floorplans and loads of pictures, and maybe an inventory of what you have (linens, housewares, etc) and what size beds are in each room.

Post # 10
232 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

@ceebree:  DH has a few rentals through VRBO and I deal with a decent amount of rental inquiries through my own job. One huge thing I have found is to be prompt with your responses. People really appreciate hearing back from you quickly. Many properties on VRBO are not handled properly; you send in an inquiry and never hear back from them. Being quick and thorough with your response is comforting for a person who is kind of taking a “risk” by booking a rental directly through the owner instead of through a hotel or reservation company. I know a few people who have been scammed through VRBO. They booked a condo and paid the owner the rental fee + $500 refundable security deposit and they never got the security deposit back (they didn’t damage anything; the owner has done this multiple times). Or they booked the condo, show up, and “SURPRISE!” the owner accidentally doublebooked you so you’re shit out of luck. It’s pretty sad that some bad apples could ruin it for people who are doing it right like DH.

Also, I’d make sure you know the area well. Usually you’ll get easy inquiries where the person has certain dates they’re looking for and you tell them it’s available and what the total cost will be. Other times, you’ll get an inquiry that’s like a freakin’ novel where the person is telling you their whole life story and asking you a million questions about the area, things to do, where to eat, etc. It can get kind of annoying. 

Post # 11
1175 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@ceebree:  I have stayed at VRBO’s rentals many times, in many different areas.  I have not ever had a problem with anything at the rentals,or with money turning up in space somewhere.  I always choose FlipKey or VRBO over hotels when we go out of town on vacation, and we will be renting one for our wedding.

As long as you have maintenance, I would say you should be fine. 

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