Everything you need to know about cottage rental and a whole lot more !!!
This Newsletter is for Cottage Owners and Cottage Renters alike !!!
|So here we are again, and everyone is chomping at the bit to experience some warmer weather and to start planning for another summer vacation. Undoubtedly, some of you are going to do what you do every year and that is to rent a cottage in Central Ontario. On the other hand there are many of you who have never rented a cottage before but who are giving cottage rental some serious consideration. Hopefully if you decide on renting a cottage you will be renting your cottage through WRD but whoever you rent from, we are sure you will have a great time at the cottage ..... or will you? As a rental agency, we have been arranging cottage vacations for 24 years and as such we can say that you can rent what appears to be the most beautiful cottage there is, but if you are not prepared for what to expect in cottage country, your experience may be less than anticipated. For example, if you have grown up in the city with all of the city conveniences, you may find cottage life rather difficult unless you prepare in advance for this new cottage experience. And this is what this newsletter is all about. We want your cottage experience to be all that it can be.|
So don't be afraid to ask any question you want about cottage rental. Simply send an e-mail with your question to email@example.com and you will receive an answer back or your question will be answered in the next update of the WRD Cottage Rental Newsletter.
Question : Where is the best place to rent a cottage in Ontario?
Answer : There is no best place to rent. Those who normally stay in the Muskokas think that the Muskokas are best and those who rent cottages in the Haliburton Highlands think that there is no other place in Ontario like the Highlands. Both of these areas will get an argument from people who have cottages in the Ottawa Valley or Southeastern Ontario. The bottom line is that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. All of these areas and a whole lot more have wonderful cottages for every pocketbook. I think a key consideration most renters have is how far they are willing to travel to get to their cottage. A 2 1/2 hour drive seems to be the limit of most renters. And if you have kids like mine when they were very young, I didn't reach the end of the driveway before they started asking, " are we there yet" ?
Question : What is the best way to find a rental cottage?
Answer: We may be a bit biased but as a cottage rental agency, we know that we work hard to match our clients needs to one of our cottages. However, there are a multitude of rental agencies on the internet so beware. Choose an agency which rents cottages and nothing else. Make sure that the agency operates out of the area where their cottages are located. Many of these new agencies operate off shore and have little or no knowledge about the area where the cottage is located. Pick an agency which has been in the business for at least 5 years and who are able to answer in depth questions about their cottages. Ask the agency where their office is and ask directions to their office. If they seem to operate out of their home, be careful, they could be here today and gone tomorrow.
|One last observation, I can say to you that if I was looking for a rental cottage today, I would not rent a cottage directly from the cottage owner. Every summer we see or hear horror stories about people who have rented from owners, and who have paid their money only to find out that the cottage is nothing like described or pictured on the internet. I really feel sorry for these people and when these folks come to us, we try hard to salvage their vacations and find them a cottage which their family will enjoy. Don't get me wrong, not all owners of cottages operate this way but if you don't know the owner, how are you to know for sure.|
Question: "Why is cottage rental so popular, when should I start looking for a cottage and how much can I expect to spend for a good cottage?"
Answer: The popularity of cottage rental is pure economics. For example, our average executive cottage rents for $2830 per week. That may sound like a lot but if you consider that the average executive cottage sleeps 9.5 people, this means that the average executive cottage ends up costing $42.55 per person per night. Where else can you stay in this world for less than $43 a night and on a lake with absolute privacy. Cottage rental is so popular because it's a great deal, simple as that. If you don't believe me, figure out what your last family vacation to Cuba or Cancun Mexico cost you per person, per night. Scary isn't.
With regards to when you should start looking for a cottage, this is also tied to the popularity of cottage rental. Since we started this business 25 years ago, people are reserving their cottages earlier and earlier every year. Therefore you should start to look in December or January for your summer rental cottage. It seems that as soon as New Years is out of the way, everybody starts getting real serious about their summer vacation plans.
As far as what you can expect to pay for a nice cottage, let's say you have a family of 5 and the grand parents will be joining you and if you were to pay $35 per person per night for a week, it would cost you just over $1700 for your accommodation. I suggest that you have a look on this web site at our cottages priced around $1700 that will sleep 7 and I think you will agree that they are really nice.
Question - What do we need to bring to the cottage ?
Answer : Just about everything you will need for a great vacation is supplied. The only things you will have to bring are your own sheets, pillow cases, towels and face cloth's and life jackets. The reason we ask you to supply your own life jackets is because it would be almost impossible for the owner of the cottage to supply all the different sizes of life jackets that would be needed by your group and all the other groups that will rent the cottage. A life jacket is a very personal thing and as such, you and your children should be fitted for the right size life jacket to ensure your safety and that of your children. In addition to the above, you will need to bring your own food and drink and personal hygiene items. However, there are large food stores in the villages so don't think that you will need to bring all your food from home. The same is true for beer, wine and liquor.
Question - When listing my cottage with a rental agency, why are some rental agencies so cheap.
Question: I have visited a lot of cottage rental web sites and it becomes very confusing when trying to determine value for my rental dollar.
How do I know that the rental rate on a particular cottage is fair?
Answer: This is a very good question !!! I think that a lot of it is determined by the rental agency and the amount of experience the agency has in cottage rental. In the case of WRD Cottage Rental, we put all of our cottages through a process whereby we take all the emotion out of the pricing process by evaluating what a cottage has to offer in the form of amenities, extras, how many renters can stay in the cottage, what the shoreline is like, what exposure the cottage has, does the cottage allow pets, does the cottage have satellite and internet capabilities,is there a hot tub or sauna, how far from the nearesttown and what kind of watercraft is there at the
cottage etc., etc. By the time a cottage appears on our web site, we have a very good idea as to what that cottage is worth and that the cottage has gone through a professional evaluation and scrutiny to determine the rental rate. In the final analysis, there is no such thing as the perfect cottage and we take all negatives and all positives into account when pricing a cottage.
|Question: We recently received a question as to why there is a limit on the number of renters in a cottage.
Answer: There are a number of reasons but the primary reason is because when the cottage was built, the contractors installed a septic system which was big enough to handle the number of bedrooms or the number of people who would be in the cottage at any one time. Lets say that the cottage septic system is sized or designed to handle 8 people. Unlike your residence back in the city, all waste which goes in the toilets, sinks, bath tubs, washing machines and dishwashers goes to the septic system and therefore will stay on the cottage property while being processed by that septic system. As with any other system, there is a limit as to how much waste a septic can handle and it is determined by how many toilet flushes there have been, how many baths and showers have been taken, how many loads of wash have been done in the washing machine and how many loads of dishes have been washed in the dishwasher. As a renter at this cottage, you can do certain things to limit the possible problems with the septic by not flushing the toilet after every use, spacing out the baths and showers taken, not using the dishwasher when only half full and by doing only one load of clothes washing per day. Believe us when we say that you do not want septic problems during your vacation because more likely than not, you will have to move to another cottage if one is available. In addition, it is absolutely important that nothing is put down the toilet other than human waste - no sanitary napkins, no grease, no cloth material of any kind and no children's toys of any kind. The reason is that all waste is pumped from the cottage to the septic system and anything like the aforementioned products will get stuck in the pumping system resulting in the pump needing to be serviced and maybe replaced. I must say as a cottage rental agency, we do not take kindly to a group of renters who exceeds the number of people in their group as stated on the rental contract for the above reasons. Your cooperation in this matter is vital and indeed very much appreciated.
Question: What is the true difference between rental agencies i.e.: WRD Cottage Rental, Airbnb or Home Away etc; etc. ?
Answer: I am so happy you have asked this question because there is much confusion when it comes to deciding on a rental agency. I think that the number one criteria should be which agency provides the best information needed for a potential renter to make an informed decision when evaluating one cottage versus another. Basically, there are 3 major groups of companies who offer cottages to rent.
1) There is the full service agency which is what WRD Cottage Rental Agency is all about.
2) There is the large platform advertiser such as Airbnb, Home Away and Canada Stays for example.
3) And thirdly there is the newspaper advertiser such as Kijiji who are in the business as an inexpensive
alternative for cottage owners who are cutting corners to advertise their cottages. The differences between
the three are like night and day !!!
In the case of WRD Cottage Rental, we visit each and every cottage on our website. We photograph it, we
design the web page and we interview both the owner of the cottage and all potential renters before renting
out the cottage. We are the authority when it comes to knowing about our product. We are true property
In the case of Airbnb, I don't know where to start to explain about Airbnb. Some people think they are
wonderful and yet almost daily the bad press on the internet about Airbnb is almost staggering. Let me
begin by saying that all companies who rent out cottages are in the business to make money. First of all,
to my knowledge Airbnb has no staff in the field in Canada. In other words, all information about cottages
on their website comes from the cottage owners. Secondly, these large platform marketers have thousands
of listings and they only care about making money to satisfy their shareholders and investors and consequently
they do not vet (interview) their renters before they arrive at a cottage. The only question they ask of a potential renter is if they have an active credit card. To us here at WRD, this is a really risky approach to cottage rental.
With regards to Kijiji, I can speak from personal experience. This past summer, a family came to our office
in Haliburton pleading for help. Apparently they had rented a cottage through the newspaper and they paid
for the cottage via an electronic transfer of funds prior to arrival. When they arrived at the cottage there
were already people in the cottage and the cottage itself was nothing like described in the newspaper. Not
only was their vacation ruined but they were out a fair amount of cash. So renters beware. There is some
good news however !!! We were able to find them a nice cottage for their vacation but the lesson they learned
was a tough one indeed.
Here is what some of our cottage owners are saying about WRD Cottage Rental Agency...
"For the past 8 years we have used WRD to rent our cottage in Haliburton. Our experience has been outstanding.
Bill and the staff at WRD are most helpful, courteous and effective at securing qualified rentals. When we first decided to rent our cottage we had some concerns as to how it would work out. We have now had over 50 rentals and have been very pleased with the marketing of our cottage, the suitability of renters and the overall rental experience. Great work WRD!"
"Six years ago, we purchased a cottage with the intention of renting it and chose WRD Cottage Rental Agency to represent us. We are happy to say that we have been fully rented each and every summer as well as many winter rentals. We have been so pleased with the performance and service we received from WRD, that we have purchased another rental cottage and with the help of WRD, we are confident it will be a success as well."
"Our cottage is our special place, and the idea of renting it out was uncomfortable for us. We have been with WRD for 11 years now and all our fears have waned. Now we are happy to share our cottage with approved renters from WRD. They all have been easy to deal with, respectful of the property and leave it as they found it, if sometimes not a little better. The staff at WRD are great and there has never been a delay in payment or any issue that we could not address within a timely manner. You guys are great, keep up the extra effort."
"The management and staff at WRD are absolutely the BEST! My husband and I were new to renting and Bill and his staff helped properly represent our property and prepare it for happy renters. They reviewed the property in person, provided guidance on rental rates, and also provided feedback to us when we were looking at improving it. We always got paid on time and always got feedback on what our cottage might need when we asked for it. Fran and Darlene are excellent and have always communicated well on all matters. This will be our 13th rental season with WRD and our cottage has been heavily booked each season. We have also made use of the WRD cottage change-over service as we live in Toronto, and that has been flawless. I would strongly recommend WRD to anyone looking at renting out their cottage property. You will not be disappointed."
Once again thanks to our 2019 summer customers for a fine Summer season. Now that the first snow has arrived (yes we had snow today Oct.31st in Haliburton) we are excited to see October in our rear view mirror which
means that winter is just around the corner. Now is the time for you to make that big decision to finally rent a cottage in winter. Our winter page is up to date and we continue to add new winter cottages. So if you want to make that winter break happen, now is the time to start looking at what is available. You will now see that there are many new cottages to choose from as well as our tried and true cottages back for another year. In other words, now is the time to evaluate your winter cottage needs and to contact WRD as soon as possible while there is still a good selection. Avoid disappointment and call WRD at 705-457-9434 for
assistance in finding that perfect cottage for your winter break !!!
You are one of over 1.8 million people who has visited this website and we thank you
for taking the time to find out more about our family oriented agency !!! If you need
some help with your vacation, call us at 705-457-9434 and talk to one of our
Vacation Planners who will be happy to help you find the perfect vacation destination.
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