How does VacationRentalsToGo differ from the other vacation rental listing services?
The simple answer is that we give you more for less - in fact, a lot less! The truth of the matter is that
other vacation rental listing service typically charge "whatever the traffic will bear". Many vacation rental listing services are simply trying
to charge the most they can squeeze from the wallets of their customers.
What are the steps to get my property listed on VacationRentalsToGo?
How do potential renters contact me?
Renters may contact you directly by telephone or via the "Contact Owner" form on your listing, which sends you an email. Please keep in mind that your personal contact information (phone number, personal website link) is not displayed on your listing until the listing has been purchased. Likewise, your listing cannot receive inquiries until the listing has been purchased.
May I add photos to my listing?
Absolutely! You may add as many pictures as you wish. In fact it is highly recommended that you have at least several high-quality pictures that show your property as advantageously as possible. Keep in mind that your listing is "selling" your property to potential renters. Nothing is as effective as good-quality pictures in accomplishing this. Make sure your pictures are taken on sunny days, preferably in the summer (when the vegetation is in bloom). When taking indoor pictures open the blinds and curtains and also use a flash. You want your property to appear open, airy, light and inviting. Also, be sure to include pictures of attractions such as the view from your property, nearby marinas, golf courses, mountains, beaches, pools, shopping, restaurants, etc. Keep in mind that visitors may not have a good idea what is nearby, so that is part of what you want to describe. While it is important that your property is clean, attractive and inviting, renters to do not spend every minute inside - show them what a great place your location is to visit!
What size pictures should I upload?
You may upload any size picture to your listing, but be aware of a few considerations. You should avoid uploading any small (i.e. thumbnail) pictures. The reason for this is that a small picture is expanded to fill the VacationRentalsToGo picture viewer (400 pixels wide by 300 pixels high). Therefore, any picture smaller than this will result in distorted pictures that look "fuzzy". Uploading very large pictures that are several Mb or larger will give you nice crisp pictures, but large pictures also take longer to upload and process. Ideally, if you know how to resize pictures, uploading a picture that is about 800 pixels wide by 600 pixels high will give you a sharp image and a quick upload and processing time.
How do I edit my listing?
Login to your account and click the "Edit this listing" link. You may enter a replacement value into any field, or a new value into an empty field. When done, scroll to the bottom of the data entry form and click the Submit button.
How do I change my contact email address, password and telephone number?
Login to your account and click the "Update my profile" link. Please note that your account username may not be changed interactively. If you wish your account username to be changed to any other valid email address, please Contact Us. Also, please note that you may additionally specify a secondary email address to receive inquiries on each listing. This allows two different parties to receive inquiries, such as spouses or agents & owners.
I do not see my city - can I still list my property?
Yes, that is no problem. Simply login to your account, then select the link titled "Add a new vacation rental listing to this account". You will be prompted to identify the property's location. When you arrive at the city selection, if your city is not on the list of existing cities, you may add your city using the form near the bottom of the page. Be careful that you spell your city correctly, as you will not be able to reverse the operation if an error is made. If an error does occur, please Contact Us. Any city added to the list must be a legitimate city. If the city is not found in Google Maps or the US Postal Service website, it is subject to deletion.
Is there a direct URL to my listing?
Yes, the URL for your listing will be www.VacationRentalsToGo.com/YourPropertyIdNumber (example: www.VacationRentalsToGo.com/37181)
What is the cost to list a vacation rental on VacationRentalsToGo?
We charge $9.95 per year per listing. This price will neve increase for listings posted this year.
Does VacationRentalsToGo offer discounts for multiple listings?
No. All listings cost the same "practically free" price of $9.95 per year. Our pricing philosophy is to offer the lowest, full-service pricing of any vacation rental listing service.
May I include more than one property on a listing?
No, this is not permitted.
What should I do if I receive a suspicious inquiry?
Inquiries with poor grammar, spelling, improper use of capital letters should raise a "red flag". If the inquiry is missing
a telephone number, has an overseas telephone number or comes from a free service such as gmail, hotmail or yahoo, that is also a potential red flag.
Quite often a scammer will concoct a story about "providing a honeymoon for a godson" or traveling via a "church sponsored trip".
Unfortunately, there is no 100% certain way to spot a fraudulent inquiry, as legitimate renters may also have free email accounts or not be
very careful when composing an inquiry. In general, if you suspect a fraudulent inquiry, it may be in your best interest to ignore it. Some scam
artists want nothing more than to capture your email address, which they can do by receiving your response. If you have your phone number
posted on your listing, a legitimate renter can always call you if they have not heard from you.
What can I do to protect myself from fraud or surprises as either a renter or owner?
Unfortunately, given the prevalence of fraud on the internet in this day and age, one should probably start from a position that
every transaction is potentially fraudulent, then take steps to satisfy oneself that it is indeed legitimate. Too often we hear of
cases in the news where innocent people are victimized by just assuming that all is well and being too trusting.
Take positive steps to establish the legitimacy of the other party and walk away from any transaction that does not pass your tests.
Below are some general guidelines and ideas for establishing a satisfactory comfort level.
Why are my pictures "fuzzy"?
This is usually caused by uploading a picture that is smaller than 400 pixels wide by 300 pixels high. If you have uploaded a "thumbnail" image, it gets stretched to the 400 x 300 size, which will cause distortion. The solution is to delete the "fuzzy" image and re-upload a picture that is at least 400 x 300 pixels in size (or larger).
Why do some features not work on the website?