Skip navigation

Join the Vacation Rentals Conversation!

Get answers to all of your questions from fellow owners and travelers.

Join the CommunityX

CommunitySeek, Ask, and Share in the Vacation Rentals Community
2204 Views 4 Replies Latest reply: Jun 17, 2012 6:36 PM by anja RSS
skiandglee Active Contributor 509 posts since
Apr 27, 2011
Currently Being Moderated

Jun 15, 2012 6:19 PM

Question about filters for VRBO/HA reps

I see in the filters section you can add a filter by bedroom and or sleeps X.  However, for some reason you have limited the choices.  i.e. Sleeps 9+ is the highest number you can choose.  Well in my area it goes 2 per bedroom + up to 4 more if sleeping arrangments are provided.  So a 9 occupancy would be a 3 bedroom.  Pretty much not useful at all if you have 10, 12, 14 in your group.  You can choose the 9+ and that eliminates the 1 and 2 bedrooms condos and thats it.

 

Then there is the bedroom filter, it stops at 4 bedrooms.  why?  There is room beneath it to add 5 and probably 6 bedrooms without modifying your current spacing.  If you have a 5, 6, 7 or 8 bedroom house (there are plenty in my area), you are forced to look at 4 bedrooms and up.  That muddys the waters up pretty good when you need a 5 bedroom or bigger house due to 14 occupants.

 

See what I'm saying?  If you have 14, you can add the 9+ sleeps filter and the 4+ bedrooms filter and you still have a boatload of properties in the 4 bedroom range that muddy up your results.  No need for that as there is a filter right there and the implementation just fell short.

 

Hopefully you can have the web developers there simply add a couple more options to the html source and the filter engine.

 

Also, I would love to see an "average star rating" ala amazon.com.  Then you could have a filter that says only show me 4 star and above or only 5 star properties etc.  Maybe have a minimum of 5 reviews to qualify to have a star guest rating.

 

Rick

www.vacationrentalhelper.com

 

p.s. I noticed a "kid friendly" filter so I pressed it and it eliminated one of my properties from the results.  I went to the listing editor and could not find any option to choose kid friendly.  I went to the one property that did qualify as kid friendly and searched the vrbo page and could not find "kid" anywhere except in my guest comments.  Can you elaborate on how that filter is supposed to work? 

 

p.s.s. Found the kid option, it was "children welcome"

  • iopbeachhouse Community All-Star 455 posts since
    Aug 10, 2011
    Currently Being Moderated
    Jun 15, 2012 7:09 PM (in response to skiandglee)
    Re: Question about filters for VRBO/HA reps

    Excellent question. I have the same issue with number of bedrooms and people we can sleep. Haven't looked at the kid friendly issue. I need to check my page.

    • anja Senior Contributor 1,560 posts since
      Aug 9, 2011
      Currently Being Moderated
      Jun 17, 2012 5:51 PM (in response to iopbeachhouse)
      Re: Question about filters for VRBO/HA reps

      This is NOT a question specifically for skiandglee or iopbeachhouse...I just want to keep it in the same thread for "FILTER".

       

      Comments from anyone are sought.

       

      One observation that I have with the filter is a "search category" that I find  missing.  HA included search choices for "location", "property type", "features", "bedrooms"...with multiple choices for each.

       

      People have their preferences for all of them. But...why is there no filter option for PRICE range? There are travelers who look specifically within their budget range -- irrespective of specific features or property types.

       

      Therefore, is PRICE a filter that is missing from that list?

       

      - Ref. Location: a beachfront -vs- golf rental will have a price difference.

      - Ref. Property Type: a castle -vs- a studio will have price a difference.

      - Ref. Features: pool -vs- no pool will have a price difference

      - Ref. Bedrooms:  1 bedroom -vs- 4+ will have a price difference

       

      Travelers may find it easier to begin to filter for the price point they seek, as a start.

       

      It can naturally be assumed that if a "budget" traveler chooses "house" and "sleeps 2+"   there will be mixed prices to weed through...some out of their desired price range.

       

      Narrowing the search more for "ocean view" and "swimming pool" still  can give a mix  of prices.

       

      For example: my location is very diverse -- my State has 6 very different islands --- a mix of beach front, ocean front, ocean view, beach view, mountain view, golf rental -- and the prices are as varied as our climate zones here, e.g. they are all over the map.

       

      When travelers search here in my State, many are using PRICE as a starting point. That's because affordable accommodations in prime locations are important to many travelers. There are many such locations around the world.

       

      If the filter were to include PRICE option, the question would be how to cover the budget traveler, the mid-range traveler, and the luxury traveler?

       

      It could be price ranges on a scale low to high. Below, I'm just offering an example to illustrate my idea and the figures are off the top of my head - don't take them as my price point suggestions. The price range is open for comments...but what about the idea?

       

      Price per night:

      under $100

      $100+

      $195+

      $350+

      $550+

       

      Price per week:

      under $1000

      $1400+

      etc

      etc

      $15,000

       

      What say you about adding PRICE as a filter?

  • susaninrehoboth Active Contributor 886 posts since
    Sep 3, 2011
    Currently Being Moderated
    Jun 17, 2012 6:30 PM (in response to skiandglee)
    Re: Question about filters for VRBO/HA reps

    If there is a filter for price, it would need to have a secondary section that must be selected based on dates. Most VRs have different rates depending on the time of year. I don't want to get inquiries from potential guests looking to rent during high season and only viewing the lowest rate is during.

Not a member?

JOIN THE COMMUNITY

Register Now

More Like This

  • Retrieving data ...

Bookmarked By (0)