Tips for Renting a Vacation Home
Don’t get too hung up with certain amenities...you may be missing a great experience in a hot-tubless home, for example. Make a list of the things you must have (like needed sleeping capacity, or pets allowed), then a list of nice-to-have but not critical. And remember, the town of Manzanita is wide and shallow — approximately seven blocks deep — so no matter where your rental is located, you’re close to the beach and the main street businesses.
Be sure to keep the contact number of our rental office on you in case there is a problem. If you do find a problem with the home, please contact us immediately so we can make an effort to correct it. Mistakes happen, appliances and mechanical systems malfunction, things get missed by our very busy cleaning crew. We want you to make great memories in Manzanita, so please let us know if something is not as it should be.
Pay attention to the listed descriptions of the beds...whether the total sleep count includes bunks, doubles, hide-a-beds in couches, whatever. The bunks and doubles and hide-a-beds may be fine for the kids, but for the adults...not so much.
Don’t forget to factor the security deposit and cleaning fee into your vacation budget. Then be sure and meet the conditions to get that deposit back—no damage, property missing, etc. Read the rental agreement (and policies) for all the stipulations.
Double-check the arrival and departure dates on your contract.
Pay attention to the specified limit of cars that can be parked on the property.
Verify where the cleaning supplies are kept so you can keep up on things. We provide a thorough cleaning (fees posted for each property) after you’ve left.
Do a walk through before you leave so as to assure there is no problem with condition of the property. Also, please verify that the windows and doors are closed and locked, ovens and cooking surfaces are off, coffee pots unplugged, furniture back in it’s original location, stuff like that. This final walk-through is also the time when you’ll find the things that would have been left behind...like shampoo in the shower or a novel in a window seat.
Save money on meals by taking advantage of the home’s kitchen to prepare meals instead of eating out every meal. Many of the homes have a great-room configuration to allow those preparing meals to stay involved with the rest of what’s going on.
For groups of friends and relatives, renting a vacation home is a great way to share expenses, have a gathering place in the family or great room to visit, save on meals costs by using the kitchen, and more. A good way to make it all work is to appoint someone as treasurer to book the reservation with us and collect from the rest of the group.
As with most endeavors, planning ahead and being organized are the keys. And for best selection, find and book your vacation home early. Inventory during the peak seasons goes fast...begin your research and planning six months out. A year even.
Additional tips and information about staying in one of our homes are found on the Frequently Asked Questions page. And please be sure to read the policies and procedures page to fully understand the rental agreement details and fees.
Thank you for considering Manzanita Rental Company. Please consider sending us an email or giving us a call and tell us how your experience went. Your comments are valuable to us and our home-owners.
Make Your Memories in Manzanita!