I got my confirmation email but now what do I do?
FIRST OFF CONGRATS ON GETTING YOUR BEACH TRIP ORGANIZED!
Read ALL documents. We cannot stress this enough. All the info. you need to know is in your confirmation. Including payment due dates, responsibility form and what you are agreeing too. Double check that all information is correct from number of guests, property, price, dates, refundable damage/cleaning fee etc.. Follow all instructions. We often hear "no one told me this or that". It is all in your confirmation email. Take a few minutes and go over it all with your group you will be glad you did.
What does it mean that I am a Group Leader?
Besides that You are AMAZING because you got your group of friends organized for a Beach Trip it means you are in charge of the trip. From getting all of your group informed, group members registered, payments in on time, documents in on time, understanding of the refundable damage/cleaning fee and all things relevant to the trip. Anyone can email or call with a question. Email is preferred due to the high volume of reservation calls. The email is firstname.lastname@example.org and you can fwd info. in a group message.
Does my whole group really have to register online?
Yes. We have to know who is in our houses and each house has a maximum occupancy according to the Fire Marshal. Also, on busier weeks we only issue wristbands to registered guests. On these weeks, you must have a wristband to be on the property.
Someone in my group wants to drop out of the trip what do i do?
This happens from time to time and we get it. However, we CANNOT lower the size of the group from the original reservation. We have contracted with the owners and they are expecting all spots paid for. Money is not refunded to the member dropping out. The group must find someone to buy out the persons spot which means the new person pays the person leaving the group the amount already paid in and then makes future payments. Amounts paid by the departing member remain in the account. If a new member is not found, the group must pass the hat and all kick in to pay for the empty spot. To drop a person from the group, the Group Leader emails email@example.com with the person to remove, we will delete the member in the database, and then you (the group leader) can add the new person. Only the Group Leader is authorized to make changes to the reservation.
So now our whole group wants to cancel what do we do now?
See our Rental Terms Cancellation Policy:
Why do i have to submit a parent signed and notarized Responsibility Form within 10 days of booking my reservation?
The NOTARIZED Responsibility Form allows you to check-in with out a parent. Parents are required to do this for all High School Beach Week Reservations. College Groups can have someone 21 or older that is coming on the trip fill out the form but if no one is 21 and staying in the house a parent must do so. Forms must be complete, notarized by a notary and emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org along with a copy of the ID of the person that signed. Please always put the Group Leader's name in the subject line of email.
Can more than one parent sign the responsibility form?
Yes! We allow multiple people to sign the responsibility in order to share responsibility. Make copies and have each person sign their page independently. Collect all the documents and staple them together or have parents mail them to us: Myrtle beach Tours, PO Box 986, North Myrtle Beach, SC 29597 Please include the group leader name with any documents mailed to us. It is best to email a copy along with a copy of their ID before mailing to email@example.com.
What is a notary?
A notary is a person authorized to perform certain legal formalities, especially to draw up or certify contracts, deeds, and other documents for use in other jurisdictions. Your bank would have one.
I get to the house and why does the furniture not match the images?
Some groups come and have a little too much fun at our properties and we have to replace furniture. All photos were current as of Summer 2017 but we cannot guarantee the beds and furniture will be exact. We CAN guarantee the number of sleeping spots and a GREAT time with friends in North Myrtle Beach!
Are linens and towels included with my reservation?
No! All linens, towels and paper products you must bring with you. You MUST bring sheets and pillow cases. Failure to do so will result in high laundry charges. A linen rental option is available and must be purchased thru the Myrtle Beach Tours Shore Store when logged in to your account. $25 per bed. Each Linen pack includes sheets, pillow case, 2 bath towels and 2 hand towels. As of today 8/14/2019 thin hotel style blankets will no longer be on the beds. You can rent them thru the Myrtle Beach Tours Shore store $30 for each unit for all beds in that unit. Linen packages are Per bed & thin hotel style blankets one order includes ALL beds in the rental.
So what is the deal with wristbands? Why do we have to wear them?
Yes. Wristbands are important for two reasons:
They let us know who are paying guests and who are not. Our staff and our customers need to know who is around them for safety and security.
What does it mean in the rental agreement where it says the unit has to be cleaned by our group and made ready and acceptable for the next guest?
Cleaning is not included in your price in most cases. If you don’t see a line item saying cleaning fee included, it’s not included. This means, “the unit has to be cleaned by our group and made ready and acceptable for the next guest.” The house or unit has to be cleaned, scrubbed, and made ready for the next guest without needing any services from a cleaning company. So here are the scenarios:
1. Your group cleans and does a good job. We come and inspect and we do not need to call in the cleaning company. We tolerate a couple of loose ends. Full refund is issued in this case. Yay!
2. Your group cleans, tries very hard, but can’t get it finished. After the inspection, we have to call in a cleaning crew and do a cleanup to finish the job to be “made ready and acceptable for the next guest.” We deduct the costs of the cleaning crew from the deposit and return the difference.
3. The group picks up the cans and puts them in a garbage can then heads home. They think they did some cleaning so technically they are covered. Sorry-No refund.
4. The group gets up and walks out and goes home. Sorry - No refund.
5. Cleaning costs- Please note that student group cleaning companies are expensive. Cleaning up after students is a different level above residential and commercial cleaning.
6. Expectations: Keep in mind that cleaning costs are an everyday occurrence for us since we are in the student business. Having to clean up after the student groups in no way reflects upon the customer. Some groups like to clean up and some groups consider it the cost of coming to the beach as a student beach trip, It makes no difference to us.
7. Please remind your group to bring sheets and pillow cases. Failure to use sheets will result in high laundry charges as it is very time consuming to clean pillows and mattresses.
What if we show up to the property and notice some scratches or minor damage?
We have you covered each group receives a pre inspection report. They have 2 hours from the time they check-in to list all damage they see and email it to us.
Why do we have to submit a self-addressed envelope?
For two reasons:
1. Students are rarely at the same address a month or two into the summer when we issue refund checks. We do not like our checks disappearing into campus mailroom oblivion. If we have to reissue a check, we charge the bank fee to do a stop payment on the lost check. This is billed to the customer.
2. Often, the students wake up on check out morning and look around and know there will be no refund of the deposit. The mess is too horrendous. They also don’t want a full report with pictures being mailed home to mom and dad. This is when you pull the “What happens at the beach, stays at the beach” option. Do not bring the envelope to the office.
What is the right philosophy to have on refundable damage/cleaning fees?
Very often, parents get fixated the damage/cleaning fee return as win/lose. This is wrong, the damage/cleaning fee is simply a cleaning kitty that picks up where the student group’s efforts or concern leaves off. It’s there to make sure that in the end, we can transition the house over to the next group. The fees are processed for return an average of 30 days after departure. They are returned in the self addressed and stamped envelope provided at check-in. If your group leader has not received your group's deposit after a month, have the group leader email us to follow up.
What is the Greek Clause?
This applies if you are a Greek Organization in college. We require the President to sign all documents. We want the President of the organization signing all documents so that the top person knows the deal and the rules.
What is crisis management?
Out of 650 groups a season, we have 10-20 groups that create malicious damage and filth. We occasionally get situations that bring our teams to their knees. In these cases, cleaning crews have to be supported with additional help and maintenance people. We charge $100 an hour for impromptu managers under these circumstances. Our goal is to get the unit ready for occupancy for the next guest as quick as possible. These costs will be the responsibility of the responsible person(s).
Situations involving the police, videotape research also count under crisis management.
Why is the key return such a big deal, don’t you have extras?
It’s a big deal because in our recent past, we had a nice group of students that had been shopping all week and had all of their items stolen. They returned to their house and found a key in the door lock (not their key). The only way this could have happened is the group before lost a key in the yard and a local picked it up then waited for the right moment. Rekeying the locks is $300 charged to the guest.
To help, We have altered most of our units to combination locks and we recode them for each guest.