Your vacation will be starting soon and you need these arrival instructions for your rental home. On your arrival day, you may check-in at any time after 3:30 p.m. and there is no time limit when arriving late at night. If you consider arriving before 3:30 p.m. then please contact us to check if the cleaning has been finished and if the home is ready for your occupancy. If you rent a car, it is very useful to rent it with a GPS Navigation system or to bring one along.
The address of your rental home is 16440 John Morris Rd, Fort Myers, FL 33908.
You can also generate your route from the airport via this link:
Our mailbox got run-over a couples times and we decided to remove it. Instead looking for a house number it’s more obvious to look out for the only two-story building:
The entry door is in the front, bottom floor, at the center of the building. It has an electronic code-lock and it opens with the code 8102. After entering the building’s door, the entry door to your rental is on the 2nd floor, the left side.
To unlock the door please enter the code. On the lock buttons: Please pay only attention to the single-first-digit, uneven numbers. If you entered the code correctly then you will hear a short motor-noise from the lock, disengaging the deadbolt. Before you open the door please wait about 5 seconds for the alarm system to get deactivated. Should you fail the code, then press the closed lock-symbol and start over.
Lock the door when you leave. Please always press the center button with the ‘padlock symbol’ to lock the door each time you leave the home. Please double check if the door is really locked.
DO NOT SMOKE INSIDE THE HOME!
Smoking inside the home is not permitted and our cleaning staff will report to us immediately after departure, if they notice that it has been smoked inside the home.
You may smoke anywhere outdoors, but please don’t throw any cigarette butts in the yard.
The TV is connected to a tuner box. In order to watch live TV you need to set the TV source to see the tuner-box. Please have the tuner-box turned on first and when circle thru the input sources with the TV remote. Once you get something you can lay the TV remote aside and use the tuner box remote to switch channels up and down. You can’t switch channels up and down on the TV with the TV remote, that only works using the tuner box remote. The volume still need to be controlled with the TV remote.
The TV is connected to an Apple TV receiver with a prepaid and included subscription to unlimited Movies, Series and Documentations via Netflix. (not iTunes or other applications)
1. Turn on the Apple-TV-receiver with the small silver remote by pressing the button ‘4’ (MENU).
2. Turn on the TV with the black TV-Remote-Control. Switch the TV to input/source “HDMI” with the same black remote by pressing the INPUT button. There are multiple choices of “HDMI and a number”, please try first HDMI1, if you don’t see a colorful menu then try the other numbers, HDMI2, HDMI3 etc. until you see a colorful menu on your TV.
3. At the small silver remote, press and hold the ‘4’ (MENU)-button for 3 seconds. That should lead you to the main menu. The blue boarder around an icon shows you which one is selected. Scroll now with the circular direction button (1=up 2 =left 6=right 3=down) down to the icon named NETFLIX. Press the round button ‘5’ and it will bring you into the Netflix account choice. You may choose any of the guest accounts. After that you will see a movie library. Here you can scroll and select any content in the same way. It’s already pre-paid, so it will cost you nothing. If you want a current playback to pause and continue later then please use button ‘7’ to stop/start playback.
There is no OFF button. Just turn the TV off with the black remote.
Please pay attention that you don’t accidently log-out of the Netflix account. Once logged out there will be no longer access to Netflix and no re-login, unless you create your own Netflix-account.
First, the TV must be turned on, to be able to choose from thousands of radio stations. (See #1 in article above).
At the small silver remote, press and hold the ‘4’ (MENU)-button for 3 seconds. That should lead you to the main menu. The blue boarder around an icon shows you which one is selected. Scroll now with the circular direction button (1=up 2 =left 6=right 3=down) down to the dark icon showing a radio tower and named RADIO. Press the round button ‘5’ and it will bring you into the RADIO station selection.
The 2nd TV – in the bedroom – needs to be switched to “TV” as input source. Once it is set to “TV” you can control the channels regularly, just like in the living room.
The red radio in the living room is WiFi connected and can play more than 6000 radio stations, your hometown stations may be included too. Turn it on via the POWER button and then use the large turn button to scroll to “INTERNET RADIO” . To select, press the same large button. Scroll to WORLD, again press the large button and follow the screen-guide to find your city and your desired radio station. It also plays Pandora Radio – a station that tries to match the taste of music you choose. If needed, an alarm clock function is also available.
Free WiFi is included.
We have several networks, so please search for any Network with the strongest signal. When you are prompted for the password then please enter the password we supplied to you by email. If it does not connect then please choose the next Network on the WiFi list.
Please note that rain could affect the internet speed or even bring it down to no any Internet. Please be patience. Once it stops raining the Internet comes mostly back to normal speeds.
Please pay attention to the spelling and type all small letters.
Once you are connected, your device should save the settings for the next time you turn it on.
Sometimes we have thunders and lightning with very short power outages. Those can cause the internet modem to freeze. If that happened, that you don’t have internet, then please restart the internet. Please go outdoors to the building’s main entry door. You will see 4 breaker panels. Open the swing door from the second from the left. It has in the lower right half a blue double breaker. Turn the lower blue breaker to off, keep it about 15 seconds OFF, after that turn it back on. Close the panel door. After about one minute should be the internet back up and running.
I do have a spare computer and initially I have it setup but I can’t warranty if it is always working or being longer removed for repairs. It’s a good intention to give use to my spare computer but it might getting hacked or corrupted etc. It is something I can’t service or supply on call. In short, if the computer is there and working, you are lucky. If not, please don’t complain. If it is present then this is how it should working:
PC – Computer
The computer on the desk is the black box, as large as a regular book. It has a round button to turn it on. Please don’t move the computer around as it can break the fragile cable connections and antenna. The monitor also needs to be turned on with the power button at the monitor. You need to select at the monitor the correct signal input, something with HDMI.
To turn the computer off please use the “Shut down” function in Windows.
We provide all our rentals with an electric Grill. You may use the grill outside on your patio. Please clean the Grill after using it and please place it back where you found it. The cleaning lady does not clean the grills, so these will be as clean as left by the last tenant. Please leave them clean, as you would like to find them.
It could be that the previous guests have left some beach items behind. These could be beach toys, air floats, folding chairs, umbrellas, mats, fishing poles, etc. Those are items that guests have purchased for themselves and then left behind at departure. Please be aware, that we do not provide any warranty or support for their existence, function or condition.
All our bedrooms come with fresh washed linens. We do have two different styles of bedding ware. First style is the regular American style with top-sheet and comforter. The second style is the IKEA-style (imported from Scandinavia) and it is the common style in northern, middle and eastern Europe, including Germany and Scandinavia. This style does not have a top-sheet. Instead it has duvet-covers , slip-overs that cover the entire comforter. Those are washed at any guest exchange, just like as you would wash any top sheets. This style has one duvet-covered comforter for each person, meaning also a King-size bed has two duvet-covered comforter instead of one. Our inventory of American or IKEA-Style bedding is about half-and-half, as is our origin of guests. Our cleaning staff has mostly one set bedding pre-washed and exchanges bedding during final cleanings. Therefore it will be random of what type of bedding is setup for you.
If your rental has additional sleeper sofas and you have planed of using them as beds then please bring extra bedding for those with you. We don’t supply bedding ware for sofas.
We supply only two shower-size towels per booked guest. Sorry, we don’t supply any other size towels or wash clothes. Please bring them with you if you need them.
Please be aware that only one of the two Sofa can be flipped open to a bed. The other sofa is permanent fixed as sofa only.
Toilet – Please do NOT flush any feminine hygiene products or non-dissolving toilette paper down the toilet. It will cause the plugging of the narrow pipes. The cleaning lady supplies 2 rolls of toilette paper per toilette-room to get you started. She also supplies the trash bags that are already in the kitchen trash can or bathroom trash can but not extra bags.
Plugged Sink or Bathtub
Plumbing in Florida seems easy to get plugged. If that happened please let a few inch water into the tub or sink, take a plastic bag and hold it tight over the overflow inlet (the opening where the water would go before it overflows the tub or sink), make sure you hold it tight because it need to be air-sealed. Take the toilet plunger, place it other the drain, press it slowly down and pull it faster out. That procedure is working the best to free your drain.
Please make sure that all doors between kitchen and sun-room and between back-bedroom and sun-room are always closed because that room is not under air condition. With that doors open you will loose all cold air to the sun-room.
Front Sliding Doors
Once on a prior guest request our handyman had installed an upper pin-lock. The pin is in the center above the doors and prevents the doors from opening. Do open the doors the pin need first to be turned out of the hole. Even so, the doors don’t easy roll-slide, they are frame on frame and require quite a bit force to open. It certainly would be nicer if they slide easy, but the doors are made in the 70’s and the specialist looked at them and confirmed that there are no longer the roller parts available for those.
Doors Open turns the Air-Condition OFF
If you like to keep the inside cool then please make sure that you close all doors and sliding doors that lead either to the outside or to the patio room.
Opening a door or sliding door does turn the A/C right away off.
Closing a door or sliding door will turn the A/C back on, with a delay of about 5 minutes.
For cooling our air-conditions are pre-programmed to adjust every 30 minutes by this formula:
OutDoorTemp = Outdoor temperature (measured in shade)
Target-Temperature = If OutDoorTemp > 85 then (OutDoorTemp – ((OutDoorTemp – 85) / 2 ) -10) otherwise Target-Temperature = 75
The above calculated target-temperature is the coolest possible setting. It can be adjusted to off or any warmer settings via cell phone SMS message to 2392880441 + Unit Name + Number Fahrenheit.
Because the thermostat is computer-network-controlled all buttons are without function.
Do not try to press any thermostat buttons, they will not work at all.
Do not try to disconnects the thermostat, it will cause an alarm to go off followed by an $50 service trip charge.
For saving energy, FPL-Florida recommends to keep the target-temperature constant at 78F or warmer: FPL-Recommendations
If there is anything you notice as not proper cleaned at your arrival day or the next morning you would need to let us know right away. For anything reported later than that we can’t recall the cleaning personal for touch ups .
For your convenience you will find a small power vacuum for tile and wood floors.
We do not supply any cleaning products, laundry detergents, or additional paper towels and trash bags. There is no cleaning service performed from us during your stay but you don’t need to worry about the final cleaning. Our cleaning staff will clean the unit and wash the laundry after your stay.
Please place only recyclable items into the blue trash-can . (Only if you see/find the blue trashcan) The lid of the blue trash-can shows the items that belong into that can. All other trash-cans are for all other kind of trash. Please move the BLUE trashcan MONDAY evening and all other trashcans TUESDAY evening to the road. Pickup is the next day and could be early in the morning. After pickup, please move the empty cans back to there prior location.
Post / Mail
Please be aware that we don’t have postal service or an active mail box at this rental. If you plan to receive regular post/mail then please check with our local UPS store for renting a P.O.Box during your vacation in Fort Myers. Their address is: http://fortmyers-fl-3031.theupsstorelocal.com/ or phone (239) 454-7111
Washer / Dryer
There is a washer and dryer available for your usage. After each drying you need to pull the air-filter-grid , take all the fluff off and reinsert the cleaned grid. If the fluff is not removed, clothes could overheat and get burned. Please be aware, that you are using the washer and the dryer at your own risk, the rental firm is NOT responsible for any damages that could occur.
The hot-tub is located downstairs, in the center inside the screened lanai, which stretches over the entire length of the building. The lanai has 4 entries via screen doors. 2 are from each side of the lanai and 2 more, sliding screen fields, are accessible from the garden side toward hot-tub.
The water in the hot-tub is changed every 6 weeks. Bromine is used as a disinfectant. The swimmer-device with the bromine tabs shall remain in the hot-bub. Bromine tabs are refilled by our maintenance as needed. Bromine can make the water color yellow/brown and cloudy after usage. It also can cause a strong chemical odor when first opening the lid of the hot-tub. Unfortunately that is necessary to keep bacteria out of the warm water.
With lots of hot-tub usage it might be not enough care. You may need additionally to care yourself for the water’s quality. Please take a clean water bottle and take a water test to the nearby Pinch-a-Penny shop: http://www.pinchapenny.com/local/southwest-fort-myers
They will measure your water and sell you in small bottles the correct water clarifier or chemicals.
Hot-Tub / Spa
Important: Never place a child or any heavy objects on top of the hot-tub cover. Please be ware, that it could break easily, even if the cover feels firm because it is only hard Styrofoam, but
it has a replacement cost of about $ 400. Please flip or fold the cover to the right or left to open the spa only if you use it and always leave it covered when not in use. After using it, always dry your feet and put slippers or shoes on your feet when you walk back into the tile floor area inside the home. Always be aware that tiles are very slippery when wet. Parents are at all time
responsible for their children and they need to watch them all the time too.
There are two JET buttons – only one JET button has function. Half the jets in the Spa can be turned on and to stronger or less strong. Please don’t close too many jets at once because it would build too much pressure in the hose-system under the spa and could cause damage.
The temp button let you count the temperature up – each time you press the button. After pressing it shows to you the target temperature. A few seconds later it shows again the actual water temperature. We figure that 96-98 is plenty warm. The light button turns on the LED’s. After using the spa please set the temperature back to 85, turns LED lights off, turn the JET 2 button to the lowest speed. It turns off later completely and cycles every 12 hours for 2
hours or periodically to keep the set temperature. Please place the cover ALLWAYS back on the spa to avoid leaves falling into the water.
Parents need to watch their little kids, perhaps moving the stairs away from the spa. Under following link you can find and print the full guide:
Link: Hot-Tub User Manual Leisure Bay
Or you can follow the simplified guidance with only parts of the full user guide:
Temp Set (80°F – 104°F / 26.0°C – 40.0°C) The last measured temperature is constantly displayed on the LCD. Your spa’s set temperature range may vary from range shown above depending on your manufacturer’s settings.
Note that the last measured spa temperature displayed is current only when the pump has been running for at least 1 minute.
Press the “Temp” button once to display the set temperature. To change the set temperature, press the pad a second time before the LCD stops flashing. Each press of the “Temp” button will continue to either raise or lower the set temperature. If the opposite direction is desired, release the pad and let the display revert to the current water temperature. Press the pad to display the set temperature, and again to make the temperature change in the desired direction. After three seconds, the LCD will automatically display the last measured spa temperature.
A button combination is used to switch between Standard (display “Std”), economy (display “Ecn”), and sleep modes (display “SLP”) Press “Temp” followed by “Light” to enter mode programming, press “Temp” to cycle through to desired mode (LCD flashes until confirmed), then press “Light” to confirm selection.
Standard mode maintains the desired temperature. Note that the last measured spa temperature displayed is current only when the pump has been running for at least 1 minute. “ ” will appear on the display momentarily when you switch into Standard Mode.
Economy mode heats the spa to the set temperature only during filter cycles. “ ” will appear solid when the temperature is not current and will alternate with the temperature when the temperature is current. Pressing “Jets” while in Economy mode puts the spa in
Standard-In-Economy mode, which operates the same as Standard Mode, then reverts to Economy Mode automatically after 1 hour. During this time, pressing “Temp” followed by “Light” will revert the mode to Economy immediately.
Sleep mode heats the spa to within 20°F (11°C) of the set temperature only during filter cycles. “ ” will appear on the display until mode is changed.
Standby Mode Pressing “Temp” followed by “Aux” or “Jets 2” or “Blower” will turn off all spa functions temporarily. This is helpful when changing a filter. Pressing any button exits Standby mode. On some systems the “Jets” button will control the pump in Standby Mode (“Drain Mode”). In this case, press any other button to exit. System will revert to previous mode after 1 hour.
Jets Press the “Jets” button once to turn pump 1 on or off, and to shift between low and high speeds if equipped. If left running, the pump will turn off after a timeout period. The pump 1 low speed timeout on some systems may be as long as 4 hours. On non-circ systems, the low speed of pump 1 runs when the blower or any other pump is on. It may also activate for at least 1 minute every 30 minutes to detect the spa temperature (polling) and then to heat to the set temperature if needed, depending upon mode. When the low speed turns on automatically, it cannot be deactivated from the panel; however, the high speed may be started.
After bathing place the ladder back into the grass area in front of the pool. That secures that no small children can get unattended into the pool and it safes the ladder from rusting.
Please NEVER sit on the edge of the pool. The pool metal frame is not designed to hold any kind of pressure or weight from above at any time. NEVER let a child sit on the edge of the pool either.
Please be extra careful when you climb out of the pool. Wet feet on steps or even in shoes could be slippery.
Parents, please be careful to avoid accidents. Children should NEVER try to climb over the pool edge or sit on the pool’s edge either. Please make sure that no sharp-edged or pointed toys are taken into the pool. The vinyl liner of the pool is sensitive to all kinds of contact with sharp objects. If you have small children never leave them out of sight. If you have any concerns about your little children getting alone into the pool, then please feel free to take the ladder and to put it inside the pool.
The use of all facilities and the pool is always at your own risk and we do NOT take any liability for any kind of accidents.
Please be extra careful when you get out of the pool. Wet feet can be slippery. Always dry your feet and put slippers/shoes on your feet when you walk back into the tile floor area inside the home. Tiles are very slippery when wet. Parents need to watch their kids at all the time, please be careful to avoid accidents. If you have small children with you, never leave them out of sight and please use the upper lock-pin at the sliding door to keep it locked.
Please don’t use any glass around the pool (neither drinking glasses nor bottles), use only plastic cups. A broken glass could mean that the pool would need to be emptied to be able to find the cullet and will cause a $400 water bill. Usage of the pool is on your own risk and parents are responsible for their kids.
The use of all facilities and the pool is always at your own risk, we do NOT take any liability for any kind of accidents.
Garage / Bicycles
Please use or print this map to find the garage with the bicycles: https://goo.gl/maps/YdCQNxV6mJn
On the right side of the garage gate you will find a keypad. Please lift the lid and enter the code 1962 followed by pressing the up/down arrow. Please make sure that you press all buttons deep and slow, especial the last button, the up/down arrow need to be pressed and hold for almost 2 seconds, otherwise nothing happened. To close the gate, please repeat the same procedure.
This video demonstrates how to press the buttons correctly: https://youtu.be/zak2DRm6U9M
Please close the lid to protect the keys from rainwater.
The garage has a surveillance camera and it sends all motion as video clips to a web server. It is mainly used to determinate who picked and who returned bicycles in case something goes missing.
This garage is only for parking of our rental bicycles and not for parking any other vehicles or storing private property.
Parking in the driveway is only permitted to the guests of the house 11350 and 11352 Summerwinds Ct.
Please check the bikes for their safety before using. Usage of the bicycles is at your own risk and parents are always responsible for their kids. Please do not use a bike, if you find something not working on it. Please place the bicycles back in the storage after using. Please do NOT use the bikes to drive on the sand on the beach and also avoid getting them wet with salt-water. The fine sand and the salt-water damage the bikes and make them useless. Please place the bikes each evening either back to that garage or into a dry storage at your rental.
The bicycle storage and the bicycles are also accessible by other tenants of us. If usage of the bikes interferes with your usage, please let us know so we will give you access to a second bicycle storage. We don’t supply or support bicycle locks and helmets. Please bring your own lock if you plan to park bicycles out of your sight. At the end of your stay have all bikes to be back in the main storage garage.
Sometimes the batteries in the round smoke detectors go empty and the devices start to make a short, loud beep every 20 seconds or so. That signal indicates that the 9-Volt-rectangular battery needs to be exchanged. If you don’t find any battery in any drawer then please buy one and exchange it. We certainly reimburse the costs for it.
Small Items that you might miss or that might break
It could be, that you miss something in the household or that something could break, for example light bulbs, a can opener, a pot, a brush, a toaster, batteries for remotes or smog detectors etc. You may purchase such items without notifying us for a total value of up to $50. At the end of your vacation please send us a list and the receipt of the items you purchased and notify to us how much money you spent, so we can reimburse you for the expenses.
The largest and best supplied food and household items supermarket is Walmart at the South-East-corner of Summerlin Blvd and San Carlos Blvd.
Known blemishes or damages – The faucet in the shower is loose and comes off but it is working. Please DON’T TURN the shower valve, only push it up for water on and push it right, left for hot and cold.
If you find blemishes or damages at your arrival or next day then please report those immediately via email to: firstname.lastname@example.org so you will not be held accountable for them.
If you don’t have access to email then please report them to the phone number you received with the email containing the link to this guide.
The cleaning staff always checks the inventory, especial also the existence of the grill and vacuum shorty before your arrival. However, should be any of those items missing then please also report this immediately to us, otherwise you will be held accountable for lost items.
If something needs urgent attention, like a leaking water pipe, a non-stopping toilette flush, a entry door lock that does not open, A/C that does not work, etc., please don’t hesitate reporting it to the phone number you received with the email containing the link to this guide or via Email to: email@example.com
Emergency Medical – Police – Fire truck
For such kind of emergency USE YOUR CELLULAR PHONE to dial 911
(if you don’t have a cellular phone then we recommend that you get a pre-paid cellular phone as the phone in the house is an VOIP-internet connected phone and does NOT provide 911-routing.)
and provide your address:
No-See-Ums (Bug Bites)
You might wake up in the night or morning and something is itching. No, it’s not bed bugs, fleas or anything in your rental. It’s the bites from the invisible No-See-Ums bugs common in our area. They are an outdoors insect, mostly active during the sunset time or on cloudy days. You won’t find them in middays sunshine.
Best protection is the regular Mosquito repellant. Good worked always the spray called “Off Deep Woods” sold at Publix and Walgreen.
Ghost Ants and Sweet Ants
You want to make sure to keep all sweets away, sugar in the refrigerator and other sweets like cookies etc. in zipper bags. Please rinse empty drinking glasses right away. Those little ants only need hours to find their way in hundreds. The only way to keep them out it being strict about no sweets being exposed. Once they are in, they will keep looking. The only way to get ridge of them is the Terro liquid ant killer, sold by Publix or the Ace Hardware Store at the corner San Carlos Blvd and Kelly Green Rd. Apply little drops at corners that are passed by the ants and re-apply twice a day for about 3 days. That will eared their colony.
- Please make sure that all dishes are washed and placed back into the cabinets.
- Please place your trash in the big trash cans and move all of them to the curbside even if the trash pickup day is days away.
- Please make sure that all windows and all doors are locked.
- Very last step: Important! After the door is locked enter the code 3399
Useful local guidance
Restaurants in walking distance:
Public Fort Myers Beach Community Pool
with slides for kids and Olympic size swimming for adults:
on San Carlos Blvd, toward Fort Myers Beach, you can find this rental car business:
Scooters, Motorcycles & special Bicycles
Directly on Estero Blvd in Fort Myers Beach:
2500 Main Street – Fort Myers Beach, FL
Photos from our touristic surroundings
We collect the best photos from our area for presenting them in our online album:
Video from our most popular, next Beach