Top Questions to Ask Your Agent (Part 1)
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Top Questions to Ask Your Agent (Part 1)
It can seem overwhelming when you first start planning a houseboat vacation, but the task doesn't have to be so daunting. Ask your agent the following questions to clear up some uncertainties you have or give you extra information you may not have considered.
We want you to feel confident and prepared when planning your vacation with us while maximizing your vacation to best suit your group and your budget. We can help you organize your information so there are no surprises later. When you call or request information, asking the questions below is a great way to get a jump-start on planning an unforgettable vacation.
1. How do I choose the right houseboat for me?
We want to make sure you get the houseboat that fits you and your friends and family to a T. When you call, tell us about who you're planning to bring with you. How many adults and children, and how many bedrooms or bathrooms you need to make everyone comfortable.
Browse all of your houseboat options via the Houseboats page at the destination of your choice. Click on each houseboat name to view photos, floorplans, amenities, and even pricing. Let us know if you have some dates in mind, we'd be happy to give you availability and pricing options.
Not sure which location you want to visit? See our Destinations Page for a map and full listing of all locations we offer nationwide.
2. How much should I expect to spend on fuel?
There are many factors that affect the amount you may spend on fuel at the end of your trip, such as the size of your houseboat, traveling speed, weather conditions, etc.
Typically, the engine consumes between 6-8 gallons per hour while the houseboat is in motion, and it will consume about 1 or so gallons per hour while running the generator alone. Fuel cost is forever fluctuating, but count on the cost per gallon to be approximately a dollar more at the marina than the current price at the nearest town.
Generally, if you budget between $100-150 per day for fuel, you should be safe. Of course it will depend on how much driving you do each day, and how long you run the generator.
3. How early do I need to make a reservation?
It is always a good idea to reserve your vacation as soon as you know what your plans are. If you're planning a vacation over a holiday or lake event (Memorial Day, 4th of July, Spring Break, etc.) it is suggested to make a reservation 6-9 months in advance, especially if you have specific days to travel. However, some vacations can be planned a mere 2 weeks prior to your departure.
Early bird gets the worm: those who reserve vacations early get the best Special Offers and Discounts (if available) as well as their pick of availability on houseboats and dates of travel. Don't wait!
4. How much do I have to put down to make a reservation and when is my balance due?
Payments will vary based on which location you plan to visit. There is typically a deposit amount due upon making a reservation. Some deposits are applied toward your total like a down payment, and others are on top of the rental fee and then refundable at the conclusion of your trip.
Final payment can be due upon your arrival, or may be due up to 120 days in advance! Usually, we can handle payment however you need (automatic payment, split on different cards, payments in increments, etc.) Make arrangements with your friendly Houseboating Agent upon booking, or call us at 888-454-8825 and your agent can help you with your options.
5. What happens if I need to cancel my reservation?
Ask us about any forfeitures that may occur at different time periods before your arrival date.
A simple change of dates or houseboat can usually help you avoid any cancellation fees, but sometimes there is a smaller fee for moving your vacation to a different date. However, if you decide to extend your vacation or rent a larger houseboat, these change fees are often waived for the "upgrade".
These first five questions will surely get you started on the right track to planning your houseboat vacation. Check out our next post for the final five questions of our "Top Questions to Ask Your Agent" series.
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