While at the Vacation Home how will we know the rules?

Usually an information binder or folder will be available at the Vacation Home. This binder will advise you of any and all rules. Please be respectful and abide by them. Most will also include local attractions and "Things To Do".

  • Phone calls: If a local land line phone is available you will be able to use it for local calls. Any long distance calls should be charged to a calling card or home phone. Any long distance charges will be charged back to you separately.

  • Septic systems: If the Vacation Home is on a septic system the only things allowed down the drain are natural human waste and toilet paper. Anything else, including wet wipes, tampons, food, grease, etc can easily clog up the system and result in charges back to you. Please advise all children and guests of these rules, and ensure they follow them.

  • Well and Lake Water Pumps and Power failures: If the Vacation Home is on a well or lake water pump and the power fails you must stop running any water. This includes flush toilets, taps, etc. This is because pumps run off electricity and if you run the water while the power is off you will empty the water lines which will require them to be re-primed, etc.

  • Rural Vacation Homes and Garbage Disposal: Most rural Vacation Homes do not have garbage pick up and you will have to bring your garbage to the local dump. Information about how to do this should be in the local information package. If a dump card is required to use the local dump please ensure you leave it behind in its original place. Owners will deduct a fee from your damage deposit if you leave garbage behind. Some Owners will provide a service for this at an extra charge. Enquire with your Owner for details.

  • Parking: Please follow any and all rules regarding parking. Especially at rural Vacation Properties, failure to park in designated areas could result in major damage to septic beds.

  • Rural Vacation Homes and Campfires: Camp fires can only be made if the Owner allows it and if a fire pit exists. Camp fire sizes are locally regulated and must be contained and supervised. Familiarize yourself with local rules and regulations and whether or not a fire ban is in existence. Failure to do so may result in fines to the Owner and charge backs to you. Check with the Owner for details. Always douse fire thoroughly with water before leaving it.

  • Pets: Check the Vacation Home listing and the Owner for rules on pets. Some properties allow them and some don't. If pets are allowed please keep them off the furniture and beds, as other guests may have allergies to various pet hair. Always keep your pet in control, off any neighbor's property and off the road. Please always clean up after your pet. Sometimes there are extra charges for cleaning up after pet droppings.

  • Water Safety: Because of liability issues most Owners do not provide motorized water craft. However, if you so desire, you should be able to arrange for water craft rentals from local marinas and/or outfitters. Ask the Owner for more details about this. You must be familiar with local laws, regulations and rules for operating water craft in local waters. Many locations require local boaters' licenses. We recommend you acquire a local water way map for navigating the local waters.

  • Be a good neighbor: While you are a guest at a Vacation Home please be a good neighbor. This means respecting property lines. Unless explicitly invited, do not use other people's waterfront, beaches, woods, etc. Keep noise to a minimum and remember that sound travels very easily and far over water.

  • Upon your departure: You must leave the property in the condition you found it in, or better. If a cleaning service is not provided or purchased separately you must thoroughly clean and tidy the Vacation Home. All garbage removal rules must be followed. Failure to do so could result in extra deductions from your damage deposit.

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