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Covid-19 Message
Posted by Kinlin Grover | Thursday, November 12, 2020


UPDATED 11/17/20: Please review the previous updates below. As of 11/14/20, the states on the lower-risk state list are: Hawaii, Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont. If you are not from one of the lower risk states, you must follow the Commonwealth's rules regarding travel to Massachusetts on the COVID-19 Travel Order website.

NOTE: On November 2, 2020, Governor Baker issued a new executive order requiring the early closure of certain businesses and activities each night a 9:30 p.m. See the executive order, which went into effect on Friday, November 6, 2020, here.

Travelers from all other states will be required to complete a travel form and quarantine for 14 days unless they have proof of a negative COVID-19 test administered no more than 72-hours prior to arrival. If you have not received your COVID-19 results prior to arrival, you must quarantine until you receive a negative test result. All individuals over the age of 18 and unaccompanied minors, who are not coming from low-risk states, must complete the form. You may obtain a test at your own expense after you arrive in Massachusetts, but you must quarantine until you receive a negative result. 

According to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts website, failure to comply may result in a fine of $500 per day. 

Complete information is available on the Commonwealth of Massachusetts website here.

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We are currently accepting inquiries and reservations for all of our properties.

In an effort to maintain the health and safety of guests, homeowners and rental agents, protocols--both mandated and suggested--have been put in place. 

Changes have been made to check-in/out procedures and above all, cleaning. Cleaners will adhere to a CDC recommended protocol which includes disinfecting all major surfaces and high-touch areas including light switches, door and cabinet knobs and handles, remote controls, railings, chair arms, toilets, faucets and such. Cleaners will be required to wear gloves and masks.

If you have any questions for our Rental Team, please send an email to vacationcapecod@kinlingrover.com or call 1-800-338-1851.

For additional information about vacationing on Cape Cod this summer, see the Cape Cod & Islands Association of Realtors website, SafeSummer2020.com, which has guidance for visitors.

PREVIOUS UPDATES

► UPDATED 11/12/20: As of 11/12/20, the states on the lower-risk state list are: District of Columbia, Hawaii, Maine, New Hampshire, New York, Vermont and Washington. If you are not from one of the lower risk states, you must follow the Commonwealth's rules regarding travel to Massachusetts on the COVID-19 Travel Order website.

► UPDATED 10/19/20: As of 10/14/20, the states on the lower-risk state list are: California, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Hawaii, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Vermont and Washington. If you are not from one of the lower risk states, you must follow the Commonwealth's rules regarding travel to Massachusetts on the COVID-19 Travel Order website.

► UPDATED 10/4/20: As of 10/02/20, the states on the lower-risk state list are: Connecticut, District of Columbia, Maine, New Hampshire, New York and Vermont. If you are not from one of the lower risk states, you must follow the Commonwealth's rules regarding travel to Massachusetts on the COVID-19 Travel Order website.

► UPDATED 9/24/20: As of 9/16/20, the states on the lower-risk state list are: Colorado, Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Vermont, Washington. If you are not from one of the lower risk states, you must follow the Commonwealth's rules regarding travel to Massachusetts on the COVID-19 Travel Order website.

► UPDATE 9/6/20: The Commonweatlh of Massachusetts has updated the list of lower-risk states. As of 9/5/20, the lower-risk state list includes: Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Washington, West Virginia and Wyoming. According to the Commonwealth's official website, data is taken from covidexiststrategy.org. If you are traveling from a state not on the lower-risk list, you must follow the travel order as outlined below. Before making travel plans or traveling to Massachusetts, please be sure to visit the Commonwealth's official COVID-19 Travel Order site for the most up-to-date information.

► UPDATE 8/5/20: Effective Friday, August 7, 2020, Rhode Island is no longer on the low-risk state list. Visitors from Rhode Island must now follow the rules as outlined by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts on July 24, 2020 regarding quarantining and testing. Please see below.  

► UPDATE 7/24/20: Governor Charlie Baker has issued a new travel order.  The new travel order takes effect on Saturday, August 1, 2020. As with the current travel order, travelers from low-risk states (Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Rhode Island, New York, New Jersey and Hawaii) are exempt.   

► UPDATE 6/6/20: On Saturday, June 6, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker announced the end of Phase 1 of the Commonwealth's COVID-19 reopening plan. During Phase 2, which begins on Monday, June 8, the ban on short-term rentals will be lifted. As of June 8, lodging, including short-term rentals, will once again be permitted



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Are You Ready for National Plan for Vacation Day?
Posted by Kinlin Grover | Tuesday, January 22, 2019


National Plan for Vacation Day

In case you haven’t heard, Tuesday, January 29, 2019, marks an annual event called National Plan for Vacation Day.

So, what exactly is National Plan for Vacation Day?

In short, it's a day where Americans are encouraged to arrange their vacation time for the rest of the year, ensuring that they have everything organized well in advance. This plan can include aspects of vacation planning like asking for time off, selecting locations to visit, and starting the booking process.

When you put off planning your vacation time, you're far less likely to use it. By having a specific day where you get together with your family to plan your holidays, you're more likely to get the time off and come up with a vacation itinerary that works for everyone involved.

 

Vacation Planning by the Numbers

Only about 49% of American workers take the time to pre-plan their vacations, leading to many people missing out. The main reason for not planning vacations ahead of time is uncertainty regarding the family's personal, work, and children's schedules.

By planning well in advance, you can make it much easier for your boss to grant your time off later in the year. A recent survey suggests that 91% of managers want to approve vacation time requests, but 43% of these bosses report not receiving enough notice to grant these absences. A principal reason for the disconnect is that 52% of workers fail to give at least six weeks notice and only 19% of employees ask for time off three or more months in advance.

Another aspect of pre-planning is that it gives you time to get ahead on your work, rather than neglecting it all until the last minute or having it pile up while you're gone. About 57% of employees end up leaving a backlog of work for when they complete their vacation or end up bringing it with them; not ideal if you’re looking to get away from it all for a week or two.

The goal when planning your vacation on January 29 is to give you more than enough time to get everything, and everyone, organized, so that you can enjoy a stress-free holiday when the time comes.

 

Why You Should Book Direct

book direct and saveOnce you've determined when and where you want to take your vacation, the next step is booking your transportation and accommodation.

Something to remember is that booking directly with Kinlin Grover Vacation Rentals helps to save you money verses booking through a large online travel agent like HomeAway, VRBO, or Airbnb.

The large websites charge property owners and renters commission and booking fees, which can add to the expense of your rental. These charges are generally between 6% and 10% but can sometimes reach as high as 25%. When you're booking a vacation home for a week or more, these fees can certainly add up.

Consequently, you should also know that February 6, 2019, is the second annual #BookDirect Day, which has the objective of raising awareness of the benefits of booking directly through the property manager or owner.

Search for the hashtag #bookdirect on social media sites that day for more information on the benefits of booking directly through a property management firm.

The idea is that booking direct often means better communication, lower fees, and an overall more enjoyable renting experience.

 

What This Means for Your Cape Cod Vacation

As you might expect, vacation rentals on Cape Cod are extremely popular during the summer and booking ahead is a necessity. If you don’t book ahead, you’ll probably be out of luck when looking for a rental on your desired dates and location.

January 29 makes the perfect time to begin the Cape Cod vacation planning process, so you can organize your dates and book your vacation home right away.

And, of course, booking directly through Kinlin Grover means you can avoid the service fees you’ll see on websites like HomeAway and VRBO, which add to the overall cost of your vacation. Going this route is best for everyone involved, as both you and the homeowner can avoid overpaying a third-party and you can communicate directly with us, rather than having to rely on a booking site with out-of-state customer service and limited knowledge of the Cape.

With over 750 properties from which to choose, you’re sure to find the perfect match on Cape Cod through Kinlin Grover Vacation Rentals, as long as you plan your vacation well in advance.

 

Spend this year's Plan for Vacation Day checking out everything that Cape Cod has to offer.



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