First and most importantly, we would like to thank those who stayed with us in 2018. We were occupied for 300 nights over the year for an occupancy rate of 82%. This was on par with 2017 but a number of bookings were lost to Hurricane Florence and some cancellations we were unable to get rebooked. A significant portion of 2019 has been booked so far All of these facts speak volumes about the condo and our continuing efforts to provide a great place to stay just outside of the busy City of Myrtle Beach.
This year we made a number of visual improvements in the condo, with new artwork added. The addition of cable boxes improves the range of cable channels available and the ability to DVR shows in the living room. We have added an Amazon Alexa with full access to Amazon's music library for your listening pleasure. If you remember the old chandelier over the kitchen table, it has been replaced with a more modern looking fixture. Additionally in December it was necessary to replace the refrigerator. With this all appliances in the condo with the exception of the stove and microwave have been replaced in the last couple years.
On the Great News to Hear front, the construction on Glenns Bay Road and 17 Bypass has been completed. The completion of this long awaited project makes access to Glenns Bay Road much easier. Gone are the long traffic backups during the rush hours that plagued the condo entrance for years. Access from 17 Bypass to the condo is much quicker as well.
Due to rising costs it was necessary to make a small increase in the condo rates for 2019 and 2020. Insurance, HOA fees and Cable TV cost increases were responsible for the increase in the condo rates. The rate increase amounts to no more than $25 per week. We will continue to work hard to contain costs while providing a great experience for those staying on our condo.
2018 marked our acceptance in the HomeAway Premiere Partner Program. Only a select number of vacation rentals are part of this program, those offering the best experience with the best Customer ratings and reviews. We are very proud of this designation, it demonstrates our commitment to you our guest. You have the ability to complete your booking 100% online without the need for returning paperwork to us. VacationRentals.com hosts our reservations system and you can use the link on our reservations page to book your stay, or you can use the old method of contacting us directly. Booking online locks your dates in immediately and takes care of the payments. We encourage our guests to book through the VacationRentals.com platform as it makes the booking process easier. VacationRentals.com does charge a convenience fee for the use of their service.
Surfside Beach has announced a plan to rebuild the pier damaged by hurricane Matthew in 2016. It will take several years to complete but will be more expansive and storm ready that the previous pier. We post updates here as things progress.
You can find new professionally done photos on our Interior page. We have also posted the on or VacationRentals.com listing.
We plan on having the condo closed for the month of December in 2019 to allow us time to have some new improvements and repairs completed and to allow us a short vacation.
Please check back from time to time for further updates on this page.
Scott & Melita Wishard
2019 Condo Newsletter
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