Certified Vacation Rentals was started in 2014 as a way for personal owners to post their rental locations to a vacation certified website. Certified Vacation Rentals allows owners to post their vacation homes on their site for a small fee. This fee is used to check for homeowner verification and for personnel to individually visit the vacation home and make sure that the amenities that are listed are actually there. This gives the customer security that their vacation is exactly how it is advertised on the website. Certified Vacation Rentals was designed with the customer in mind. 

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The Good

  • No fees
  • Variety of properties

Certified Vacation Rentals does a through check of each vacation site. They make sure that the site looks like the pictures that are advertised, they check for amenities, furniture, and they also rank the vacation rental on a scale of 1 to 5 in a few different categories.

Another great feature of Certified Vacation Rentals is the fact that they don't have any fees for renters. Renters browse the website and then deal directly with the property owner so they can skip out on any unnecessary fees. Here are the good things:

  • No booking fees
  • Convenient online search
  • Verified rentals
  • Cleanliness check

Certified Vacation Rentals also claims to host a wide variety of properties in a wide variety of vacation destinations. Booking in these destinations is also made easy for renters. There is a three step process that renters follow when booking on Certified Vacation Rentals and it goes as follows:

  1. Find a vacation property - search through the online listings or click on one of their featured properties. It is relatively easy to find a suitable rental property, whether the traveler wants a quick weekend getaway or an extended vacation.
  2. Contact the owner - once the traveler makes the selection, Certified Vacation Rentals place the user in contact with the property owner to complete the reservation. Book with confidence because they have already been verified.
  3. Confirm - complete the booking and confirm the reservation.

If at any point a traveler has a question or concern, they can directly contact Certified Vacation Rentals online. They will correspond in a timely manner.

The Bad

  • Limited rental options
  • Deal with owner directly
  • No guarantees

Certified Vacation Rentals is a relatively new company and they could make a couple of small changes to their website. Firstly, their rental options are limited. Since property owners have to pay a fee to advertise on Certified Vacation Rentals, there are a limited amount of properties and all the properties are privately owned.

Additionally, Certified Vacation Rentals asks you to deal directly with the owner for any concerns or issues with the property. This means you don't have any kind of guarantees to ensure your vacation experience is a good one. Here are a few other things Certified Vacation Rentals could improve on:

  • No mobile app
  • Limited customer service hours
  • No cancellation policies
  • No guarantees
  • Limited rental options

Certified Vacation Rentals claims to offer security from fraud since all their rental properties are certified; however, they don't offer any guarantees to ensure that their certification process is enough. Although it's a good idea, it doesn't provide enough security for a renter without a guarantee.

The Bottom Line

We would not recommend Certified Vacation Rentals as a good place to find your next getaway. There are so many vacation sites out there and your time is best spent on a site that has a few more options and a little more security. Certified Vacation Rentals just simply isn't popular enough to offer small perks to their renters like guarantees and 24/7-customer service. Those that use Certified Vacation Rentals to book a vacation rental can expect the following:

  1. Easy booking process
  2. Fully-furnished properties
  3. No pricing guarantees
  4. Limited destinations

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