Important Questions to Ask When Renting a Florida Private Vacation Ren…

Make sure that the cost you are being quoted is the all inclusive price. This may seem like an obvious question, but you would be very surprised how many people do not ask this question. They are then left with a very sour taste in their mouths when they are suddenly confronted with additional costs. Some people nevertheless do not read the small print and go ahead and sign almost anything. All good tour operators and private homeowners will make the total cost very clear, but if you are unsure, it is always best to ask. Honest homeowners will not mind you asking at all. Ensure that VAT/ USA Tax included.

Are all sheets and towels provided or do we need to bring our own ? It is always best to check, as some rentals expect you to bring these items. The majority of Disney World rental homes do include bed linen and towels but there may be the strange one or two that do not include these items. It is also worth checking on hairdryers etc. in addition.

How do I get to the villa or condo?  If you’re visiting Florida for the very first time and you are not used to driving on the right hand side of the road, having to find your way to your Disney rental house can be very stressful. It is consequently vital that the home owner provides you will very accurate instructions in finding the villa. This is especially true if you are travelling at night. There is nothing worse than getting lost after a long flight. If you do have any questions, always contact the owner. They will always be please to help.

How do we collect the keys?  This is a very important question. Having just travelled across the Atlantic, the last thing you may want is to travel to a rental company location to collect the keys. Sometimes the office may be closed and you will need to make phone calls. Or, the collection point could be a long way from your villa which will include another long excursion. This is very tiring after a long flight. The easiest way is to have a Disney World rental home with a lock box at the house with a keycode. Really easy, turn up at the villa and let your self in.

What time is Check-in and Check-out?  Most Florida private rental villas to pay attention to hotel rules, which is typically check out at 11am, with check in at 2pm. This gives the home owners Management Company time to clean the villa. However, if nobody is following you into the villa, most owners will let you check out late to help you with late take-off flights.

Can I bring my pet ?  This is almost always clear from the start, but if you don’t see any specific preferences, you should always ask.

Do you allow smoking in the villa ? Once again, this is almost always clear from the start, but always ask. Most owners do not allow smoking inside the villa but most allow it outside in the pool area.

How close are you to Disney World and the other attractions ? This may once again seem like a logical question but some Florida private rental homes are located a long way from the parks. Most are usually within 15 to 20 minutes excursion and that is fine. However, some may be well over 40 minutes excursion which may not be to your liking.

Will the home that I book be the actual home that I will stay in? You should always check this with the people you are considering renting from. Many commercial sites show pictures of beautiful Disney World villas but truly allocate your actual home on arrival in Florida. In effect this method that you do not know where you are staying until you arrive. All homes that are advertised on are privately owned and will be the actual home you will stay in.

What happens if something goes wrong while I’m at the villa? – Do not panic!  Before you leave home, make sure that the home owner provides you with a local phone number(s) that you can contact if there should be any problems. Ask them if there is a call out charge for unsociable hours. Some Management Companies can charge up to $100 for a call out in the late evening.

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