What is your check-in and check-out time?
Where is the nearest restaurant?
Is smoking or vaping allowed?
Do you accept pets?
Are linens and towels provided?
Is there a gas station close by?
Are your rental rates based on a Per Person basis?
For example, if the description states that the unit sleeps 4 to 6 persons, your base rent covers up to 6 people (including infants) at no extra charge.
How do I prevent email from going into a “bulk mail” folder?
Email providers such as AOL, Yahoo!, Hotmail, and others are regularly changing their methods to classify email. Our system delivers email to all accounts the same way, and the vast majority of recipients receive it in their mail inbox. Some email providers filter messages based on content, subject line, or the “From” address and may put your email into the recipient’s bulk mail folder. We recommend that list recipients add our email address and our domain (realTopia.ca) to their ‘Approved Sender’ list (also known as a whitelist).
Do you accept credit cards?
What type of pre arrival instructions should I expect?
What if something goes wrong while I am there?
What currency are prices shown in? What currency can I pay in?
Can I get a refund?
First, be aware that we have a 60 day cancellation policy. After that, we will refund you only if we are able to rent your guest suite to someone else. We will try hard to do so.
Second, we recommend purchasing Trip Cancellation Insurance for added protection. If your trip has to be cancelled for covered reasons such as illness, accident, death of a family member or traveling companion, jury duty, weather conditions which cause delay/cancellation of travel, or fire or flood in your home, this coverage protects your investment and will reimburse the normally non-refundable payments you make for your vacation rental, airline tickets and other covered travel related fees.
8 reasons to choose a Vacation Property instead of a Hotel
Vacation homes are more spacious and comfortable.
When you choose a Vacation Property, you get an actual home with bedrooms, bathrooms, kitchens, living rooms, and dining areas, not a tiny hotel room, often with limited amenities. People who stay in private homes don’t feel so compelled to wear themselves out cramming in every touristy activity in town. They don’t mind just hanging out in the living room and relaxing more, which after all, is what a vacation is supposed to be.
You can live like a local.
When you stay in someone’s home, you get a more authentic experience. There’s no need to feel or look like a tourist. Get inside information from the homeowner. Homeowners love to share helpful hints with their guests. They point you to the best restaurants in town, the best hiking trails, and the best bike rental places. They tell you who has the cheapest gas, which roads to take to avoid traffic, and which attractions are overpriced “tourist traps.”
You can cook your own meals, do laundry and eat together in a dining room.
If you’re on a budget, both of these factors can be huge benefits. Obviously, eating every meal in a restaurant gets pricey. Preparing your own meals not only saves money, but there’s just something nice about savouring a home-cooked meal occasionally while on vacation. Laundry facilities means being able to bring fewer clothes, which is not only a sanity saver during packing, it’s a space saver for those long car rides.
There’s more to do during inclement weather.
Most vacation rental homeowners provide DVD’s (along with the players to view them on), video console games, board games, playing cards, and other family-friendly diversions. Also, all rental properties at realTopia Vacation Rentals have Free Internet access, access to NetFlix, and comfortable living rooms where the family can be together.
The rental process is getting easier and more convenient by the day.
Admittedly, it’s not quite as simple to rent a vacation home as it is to book a hotel room, but it is still pretty easy. Homeowners themselves are becoming more consumer-friendly in their business practices. Despite popular misconception, you don’t always have to commit to a week. Many homeowners will let you rent by the weekend or even on a nightly basis, particularly during the off-season. And while some still expect you to send them a personal cheque, realTopia Vacation Rentals accepts credit cards.
There are plenty of vacation homes to choose from.
An overcrowded real estate market means more and more people are choosing to rent out their second homes rather than trying to sell them. If you’re looking to stay closer to home this year to cut back on gas or airfare costs, you’ll be happy to know that there’s a vacation home close by.
You’ll likely come back.
There are many other good reasons to choose a Vacation Property, but once you go the vacation home route, you probably won’t go back to hotels.