Booking places to stay
What are the requirements to book on Houfy?
We ask everyone who uses Houfy some information before they can book on Houfy.
Guests need confirm their e-mail address and phone number before they can make a reservation request.
Houfy's requirements for guests include:
- Full name
- Introductory message
- Agreement to house rules
Guests in some cases can pay on Houfy where hosts connected to their Stripe or Square account. In this case guests will require:
- Payment information
Guests are encouraged, but not required, to have a profile photo.
It is highly recommended for hosts to ask guests to provide ID before booking their space.
Why book through Houfy?
When guests are looking to book a vacation, they are always looking for the best deals. They want their money to go as far as possible to allow them the best experience their budget allows. This will mean prioritizing, based on their own groups preferences and needs. Some will go with budget accommodations to allow for grander or more frequent day trips, or splurging on gourmet dinners. Others will cook-in and stay put so they can rent a property that is so wonderful, they never want to go anywhere else. But many guests neglect the savings that come with booking direct with owners.
Booking direct means you save hundreds of dollars in service fees (up to $599 on Vrbo or up to 15% on other sites) and still get to stay at the best homes, but for less. The savings, coupled with a more personalized experience, mean guests can put that money to use on the extras that make a vacation unforgettable.
So why Houfy? People are justifiably cautious. Scams and scammers are real. Craigslist and even the major platforms, like AirBnB, have had difficulty (if they even tried) keeping the scammers at bay. But owners who list on Houfy are verified by a REAL person... each and every owner! Houfy is safe to use. You can use a credit card, and get the same online experience as offered by the other online vacation rental platforms. Only better!
Houfy connects guests to hosts so that you can talk directly, in real time to each other. They don't get in the middle of your transaction, but facilitate it. If you have a question, call or email directly... no platform to go through.
But what about reviews? Houfy allows owners to sync their reviews with all the major sites so you can see just how other guests rated their experience. And the reviews are all on one site! Keep in mind some of those reviews may be a reflections of those guests' experience with the platform, and not just the owner. And you can leave your own review too!
Shopping for the best price? You will find it on Houfy! Without the middleman, owners can offer a better price since you are not paying the service fee (a charge for using their platform) that doesn't have any real value. Sometimes an owner will take alternative payments, like checks, and pass the savings on processing fees to you. This can be offered right away or after a relationship has developed between parties.
What about the "guarantee" offered by the big online travel sites? What guarantee? Look at the owner's rental agreement for cancellation policies. This is what the big sites do! They offer trip insurance that you can purchase online or is often included in your credit card agreement! And if something happens before your stay to the home to make it impossible to stay, what is Vrbo or AirBnB going to do? They can't build you a new home, or relocate you to another property unless there are vacancies. Their "guarantee" is nothing. They can't find you another place to stay if there are no other places to stay.
And in the event they do, it may be miles from where you want to be or in a hotel or a less desirable property.
And as for "service" from the service fee? If you can't find the blender, will the customer service representative (who has never been to the home) know the location? With direct contact, you can get REAL service, faster!
Houfy is like the other online travel sites... Only better! Better price, better communication, better vacations! AND NO SERVICE FEES!
Time to Houfy! Book your next vacation through Houfy! And if the home you want isn't listed there, ask them "When will you Houfy too?"
Help! My host sent me a special offer link and it just takes me to a login page.
- If you are already a Houfy member, just log into your account and proceed with the booking.
- If you are not a Houfy member, create your account and you'll be able to continue with the reservation.