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VRBO virgin here, any parculiality I need to be aware of?

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I noticed quite a bit of mentioning on here of VRBO as a source of lodging. And it looks like quite a few of you have done it often.

 

I'm looking into a property for summer vacation. On the web site, it looks pretty good and the reviews are all positive. What are the typical things you experienced renter pay special attention to? Any pitfalls I should be aware of especially?

 

Also, I don't know what sort of vesting VRBO does. (or no vesting whatsoever, anyone can list a property?) So how do you verify the "owner" does own (or have permission to manage) the property?

 

And, the nitty gritty: How does one usually receive the key (and give it back)?

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Have a little bit of experience with VRBO.  Pick-up and drop-off key to condo at local property management company.  There was a little hiccup about agreed price, they called owner and all was squared away.  If there seems to be a glut of places for your destination and dates don't be afraid to negotiate price or at least ask owner if any "specials or discounts" apply for your visit.

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My family stayed in VRBO properties in London and Paris. Arrangements were easy as pie, it was cheaper than a hotel, and the owners made convenient arrangements with us for check in and out. In Paris the owner came and gave us an orientation to the TV system and laundry facilities, which was a lifesaver. I'd do VRBO for any trip where I'm staying in one place for a few days. 

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Many stays in VRBO properties. Only had one bad experience. Best to go with a place that has a number of reviews or feedback from other folks. They do have an insurance option if you are nervous.

 

One thing i try to do is get an address and then google earth it to be sure there is actually a building there! I also try to speak to the owner on the phone to get a sense of who I'm dealing with.

 

Most of the time we've had great experiences and way cheaper and more convenient ususally and often a lot more comfortable than a hotel, especially for long stays or with family.

post #5 of 7

Hi,

 

This is Jennifer from VRBO Support.  You ask some great questions and most can be addressed in the Help section on VRBO in the "Traveler" area, as those are typical concerns for new travelers. 

 

If you have other questions please don't hesitate to contact us through the "Call Me" button at the bottom of http://www.vrbo.com/support/.

 

Let us know if we can help.


Jennifer

VRBO Support

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What are the typical things you experienced renter pay special attention to? Any pitfalls I should be aware of especially?

 

 


Check to see that the beds match the type of group you're going with.  If you have a bunch of kids, look for twin and bunk beds (easy to find).  If you're going with a group of couples, look for lots of queen beds (harder to find).  This is the big thing I've learned to pay attention to, as all properties that "sleep 8" are not created equal.

 


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Also, I don't know what sort of vesting VRBO does. (or no vesting whatsoever, anyone can list a property?) So how do you verify the "owner" does own (or have permission to manage) the property?

 

 

No clue, but I've rented probably about 6 or 8 times off VRBO and haven't had a problem yet with anything like that.



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And, the nitty gritty: How does one usually receive the key (and give it back)?

 

Varies, depending on the property.  Sometimes pickup at a property management company, sometimes the key is in a coded lockbox outside, sometimes the house is unlocked with the key inside.  It just varies.  Make sure you have a local number of someone (caretaker, owner, etc.) that can help in case something goes wrong and you can't get in.

 

Overall, my experience has been very positive.  Some properties weren't quite as nice as I was expecting, some were nicer, some were exactly what I was expecting.  I've rented stuff in ski towns, at the beach, houses for weddings, small one bedroom condos, large six bedroom houses, you name it.  I wouldn't hesitate to use VRBO again, personally.

 

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Make sure there are lots of photos, and that the owners respond to all of your concerns promptly. These have been my 2 benchmarks for renting a property through VRBO, and I've always had good experiences.

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