Frequently Asked Questions
We hope these FAQ's answer some of your questions. You will find more details in Rental Info and How To Reserve, however we invite you to call us if you have any other questions or require more details.
WHEN DO I BOOK?
You may submit a rental request at any time. Fall and winter bookings give you the best choice for locations and dates for the next summer. New listings are always being added, so bookings do continue throughout the year. Our owners renew their listings each fall, so if the calendar for the holiday home you are interested in has not been updated yet, feel free to inquire.
ARE THE CALENDARS UP TO DATE?
The calendars are integrated with our reservation system therefore they are updated as soon as a booking is taken; be aware availability changes very quickly as we are working in live time.
IS THERE A MINIMUM BOOKING PERIOD?
During the high season, the minimum booking period is one week for most properties but we can offer 3 to 6 night rentals at select properties. If you see that a property still has availability for the upcoming week, ask us if it's available for less than a week. During the Low and Winter Season the minimum is 2 nights for most properties and 3 nights for long weekends. There may be some exceptions when there is a last minute cancellation or if there is still availability at the last minute.
Long weekend rentals are available at some properties in the summer High Season (July and August). Victoria Day and Thanksgiving are available at most vacation properties.
HOW DO I BOOK A HOLIDAY HOME?
Select a holiday home that interests you, and confirm its availability on the handy Availability Calendar. You can then book online by following the instructions, or you can call us or email us with your details. We will email a rental agreement within 24 hours for you to complete and return. No booking is considered confirmed until your rental agreement has been approved and we have your deposit.
WILL THE HOLIDAY HOME BE HELD FOR ME?
Once we have received your request, we will contact you to confirm details and availability. If the reservation is more then 6 weeks ahead, you will be asked to provide a 30% deposit, a signed Rental Agreement, and a post-dated cheque or credit card authorization for the balance, and the holiday home will be held for 1 week pending receipt of these items. If the reservation is within 6 weeks, you will be asked to provide a signed Rental Agreement and credit card authorization for the balance which is due within 30 days of your arrival, and the holiday home will be held for 1 week pending receipt of these items.
HOW DO I MAKE PAYMENT?
We accept cheques, money orders, Visa, and Mastercard. Cash is also acceptable under special circumstances.
To book a holiday home, we require the following:
- If the reservation is made more than 6 weeks prior to check-in, a deposit equal to 30% of the total invoice (i.e. Weekly rate = $1000, 30% = $300 deposit)
- Authorization to charge your credit card for the balance + the security deposit. Alternatively, a post-dated cheque for the balance + the security deposit, dated 30 days prior to the start of your holiday.
- A signed copy of the Rental Agreement.
HOW DO I KNOW FOR SURE THE HOLIDAY HOME IS BOOKED IN MY NAME?
Once we have received your payment and signed Rental Agreement, your booking will be confirmed . We will send you a written confirmation by email.
HOW DO I MAKE CHANGES TO MY RENTAL AFTER I'VE RETURNED THE RENTAL AGREEMENT
If you need to make changes after you've returned the rental agreement, please contact our office my phone or email. This would include changing the number of occupants (provided it doesn't exceed the capacity of the property), adding or removing a pet, adding or removing cleaning and/or linen fees, and adding or removing an early check-in/late check-out. There is a $10 administration fee for any fee changes.
HOW DO I GET THE KEYS?
The keys will usually be in a lock box beside the door of the holiday home or there will be a combination type entry. You will be advised of the code the week before your holiday.
WHAT ARE THE ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE TIMES
Unless otherwise noted in the Information Sheet: Check-in is at 3:00 p.m. on the day of arrival and check-out is 11:00 a.m. on the day of departure. Please check your Rental Agreement or reservation confirmation.
Most "high season" i.e. summer bookings, start and end on a Saturday or a Sunday.
CAN I BOOK AT THE LAST MINUTE?
Some holiday homes can be rented last minute if there is still availability however we require a 48 hour processing & preparation period from the time that your reservation is accepted until check-in.
WHAT IF I HAVE TO CANCEL?
Cancellations by the renter must be in writing. On receipt of such notice of cancellation, we shall endeavor to re-book the holiday home for the entire period of the original booking. If we're successful in re-booking the holiday home for the entire period originally booked, we shall refund to the renter all monies paid (whether by deposit or otherwise) less a cancellation fee of $50.00 per period booked (plus HST).
If we only succeed in re-booking the holiday home for a portion of the period originally booked, we will refund the monies paid relating to the period re-booked, less a cancellation fee of $50.00 per period booked. If we're unable to re-book the holiday home at all then all monies paid by the renter (whether by deposit or otherwise) can be forfeited to us. The full amount of the security deposit will be returned to the renter regardless of whether we are able to re-book the holiday home or not.
We are handling private vacation properties and we need to give the property owners a sense that we are renting to responsible people who are going to treat their property with respect. Think of it as if we are renting out YOUR private home. Any information collected is used for internal screening purposes only.
WHY IS THERE A MAXIMUM OCCUPANCY ON HOLIDAY HOMES?
It is necessary to have a maximum number of people to preserve the demands on the water system, the septic system and to maintain the condition of the holiday home. Exceptions are made for infants only (one year old or less).
CAN I OR A GUEST BRING A PET?
Holiday homes accepting pets are the only locations where pets are welcome. Owners of pets at any non-pet holiday home will be asked to leave with no compensation given for lost vacation time.
Pets are only permitted on the property if they are indicated in the Rental Agreement and approved by the property owner. All pets must be kept on a leash when outside the vacation home and renters are responsible for cleaning up after their pets.
WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING?
Unless otherwise stated, pillows and blankets are provided, but you must bring your own bed sheets, pillowcases, towels and kitchen linens. It is also advisable to bring your own drinking water. Arrangements can usually be made to provide linens, if requested; a fee will apply. At least one week advance notice is required.
WHO CLEANS THE HOLIDAY HOME?
You do. You are expected to leave the holiday home n the same condition you found it, including cleanliness. Cleaning supplies and a check list are provided. It will be inspected as soon as you depart, so that it will be ready for the incoming guests. Failure to do so will result in a charge against your security deposit. Cleaning can be provided for an additional charge and at least one week advance notice is required if you wish to include cleaning service with your rental.
WHAT DO I DO WITH THE GARBAGE?
Instructions for garbage disposal are provided at the holiday home. Failure to dispose of garbage properly could result in a charge against your security deposit.