Be Aware
The rental price of this property is a great value for a family traveling to Washington DC but be aware of what you are really getting when you stay here. The owner, Al, was very congenial and quick to respond when I first contacted him about renting the property but as our arrival date got closer, his responses were delayed and confusing. I was very fearful we were being scammed because the day before our arrival I still did not know how we would get a key to access the property. I have rented vacation properties through VRBO several times in the past and always had very clear information (verbal and written) from property owners even months before our arrival so I was very concerned. Finally, the night before our arrival, Al finally emailed me information about where to find the key. When we arrived, the outside of the property looked like the online pictures. It was very late, but the neighborhood seemed to be fairly nice and quiet, as described. Once we got inside, it was a very different story. I wasn't expecting luxury but I was hoping for clean and well-maintained. The property was neither of these. I'm not going to go into detail about all of the problems but will highlight some of the major issues. The stairs were not safe at all. The carpet was very loose so it was hard to get proper footing and you could feel the tack strips underneath. The "sun room" was leaky and had a deformed piece of plywood serving as a door. All of the floors upstairs creaked every time you moved and the beds did the same. The tub in the "master bath" is a poorly fitted insert and moves under your feet as you are showering. Also the cheap plastic shower curtain was filthy at the bottom. The air conditioner is undersized for the house so we could not keep the upstairs comfortable. Two of the bedrooms have ceiling fans, which helped, but one ran on a remote control which had dead batteries. We found a battery downstairs with just enough power to turn the fan on but that was about it. The owner also filed a claim, with the damage insurance we purchased, for a new TV. He claimed that we disconnected cables and damaged the TV. However, the TV did not function properly from the minute we first turned it on. Overall, the house was very poorly "remodeled" and did not feel clean and comfortable. I learned my lesson with this one. Often a really "good deal" is too good to be true. Do your research and make sure you know what you are getting.

July 2016
Contemporary Mid-Century Styled Getaway In Washington Suburb 2 Miles From DC.
Contemporary Mid-Century Styled Getaway In Washington Suburb 2 Miles From DC.
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