Maui Vista Unit
E komo mai meke aloha kakou! Welcome to Maui Vista 1225.
Thank you (mahalo) for taking time to learn about our Maui condo. We appreciate your interest and hope you find in our condo a place where you want to spend your next vacation.
We love our Maui home and so do the guests who have stayed in it. This condo is a magical place. It has good vibes, I think because it seems to draw exceptionally wonderful guests who leave the imprint of their happy memories and love of the islands for everyone who follows.
We are very much hands-on owners and regularly update and maintain the unit - the closet sliding doors were replaced in 2018 as was the stove (or is it an oven?); the living room and bedroom floors were replaced with Pergo in 2017. Both air conditioners were new in 2019. The condo has been updated but still has the feel of the tropics in the furniture, art work, and color scheme.
If you have read the reviews, you know that we supply everything we can think of to make your vacation easy and stress-free. We have herbs and spices, sugar, aluminum foil, plastic wrap, storage bags, shampoo and conditioner, laundry detergent, lots of bath tissue, paper towels, and Kleenex. And, of course, pots and pans, cooking utensils, dishes, glasses, etc. There is extra tooth paste and toothbrushes in case you forgot yours. There are lots of pillows - we regularly toss older ones and buy new - beach towels, regular towels, and sheet sets. Oh yes, and beach chairs, boogie boards, beach bags, coolers and blue ice.
We suggest that you check in to the condo before you buy anything but your personal food and drinks to avoid spending vacation money on things already in the unit (this note was a suggestion of a recent guest).
We are at the condo at least four times a year to deep clean (as in on hands-and-knees scrubbing the tile, cleaning and polishing the Pergo, and cleaning the area rugs) and restock all of the supplies we provide for you. It is important to us that the condo and its contents are clean and well-arranged.
We want to be as helpful as we can in assisting you in making an informed decision about the place you rent. If you are interested, read on to “hear” our perspective about a hot topic in vacation rentals, hidden costs.
There has been a lot of chatter on-line, and even a recent article on MSN, about hidden and unexpected costs that people incur when renting a vacation place. In the following, we are going to do our best to demystify hidden costs so that you have information you need to make an informed decision.
We are going to use an example to walk through the costs you may be charged. This is just an example, it’s not our condo we are discussing.
Let’s assume you want to stay for 10 nights. In our example, you find a one bedroom unit with an advertised nightly charge of $125. You do the math and figure the accommodation charge to be $1,250. You expect to pay tax. Then you look at the total and it comes to a lot more than you expect. You are stunned and wonder how that happened. Read on to find out what’s going on.
We’ll start with the accommodation costs of $1,250. Here are the additions: 1) The tax rate on Maui is 14.42%. Add $180.25. 2) Vrbo has a service charge. I’ve been tracking it and found it averages 11%. Add $137.50. 3) Most owners charge a cleaning charge (for stays of 4 nights or longer, we don’t). Since July 2019, the state of Hawaii requires cleaning charges and administrative charges, in fact, any fee passed on to guests, be subject to both the GE (general excise) and TA (transient accommodations tax) of 14.42%. If the cleaning charge for a one bedroom unit is $125, including tax, add $143.03. 4) Finally, I’ve been seeing administrative or booking charges frequently. We have one because we are required by Hawaiian law to have professional managers as we are not Maui residents. We pay our managers and they also charge our guests a service charge of $50 to which the new tax applies. Add $57.21. (By the way, we were looking at administrative charges on random units of Maui and Oahu and found them to be anywhere from $100 to $250, plus tax.)
There may be other charges: 1) Parking. On Oahu, parking is usually $25 a night. In Kihei, most places have free parking for one car but other areas on Maui charge for parking. 2) Resort charge. Some “resorts” charge either a one-time fee or a nightly fee for use of the pool, tennis courts, etc. The fee can be $25 a night. 3) Credit card fee. Some owners charge a percentage if you use a credit card. It’s usually between 3% and 5%. 4) Damage insurance. Some owners require it. It’s about $89.00. 5) Charges for additional guests. Many owners charge an additional $10 (plus tax) a night per person for more than two guests.
Let’s add it up: $1,250 + 180.25 + 137.50 + 143.03 + 114.42 (I chose a $100 administrative charge) = $1,824.20. You might not have an administrative or service charge from your owners or their managers, but you might have other charges.
To summarize, we have tried to explain those hidden costs so you are able to make an informed decision no matter where you choose to stay.
Finally, we want you to know we bought the condo to share Maui with all of you. We intentionally keep our prices as low as we can to pay expenses and those unexpected things that happen. We appreciate our guests and are thankful that virtually everyone has been considerate and taken very good care of our Maui home.
We hope you will decide that it is the place you want to stay on your Maui vacation.
Oh yes, we must provide our tax registration number(s) (more Hawaiian laws). They are GE 014-590-3616-01 and TA 014-590-3616-01. And our management company is Maui Condo and Home, phone number 808-8789-5445.
A hui hou, (until we "talk" again),
Nancy and Stafford Lombard