For extended business trips, company transfers, transitional housing or temporary housing during a home renovation, choosing a furnished short-term corporate rental is often a more comfortable and affordable option than staying in a hotel. Corporate lodging offers all the comforts of a “home away from home” so you can relax during down times and stay healthy during extended business trips or other times of transition.
That being said, not all short-term housing options are created equal. Some corporate housing firms operate with terms you may be uncomfortable with; others may nickel-and-dime you with hidden costs or simply don’t offer the types of furnishings you need. To ensure the best possible experience and the best value for the money, we offer the following tips for choosing corporate lodging.
Make Preparations in Advance
With any temporary extended stay, there are a number of logistical things you must consider (for example, knowing what to pack, forwarding mail, etc.). The following list of 8 things to do before moving into temporary housing should help you stay on track.
Know Which Questions to Ask
What furniture is included in your apartment? Is there any additional security deposit? Which utilities are included in the rent? Are vacuums, kitchen utensils and cleaning supplies included? Can I request certain furniture pieces? Are there any hidden costs? When talking with any corporate lodging agency, you need to ask these and other questions to make sure there are no unexpected surprises. We’ve put together a checklist of questions that should help.
If Using Airbnb, Look for Certified Corporate Lodging
Airbnb can be a great resource for finding furnished homes and apartments for cheaper rates than a hotel, but not every host on that platform operates up to Airbnb’s exacting standards. For the most consistent experience, make sure the host you choose is a certified corporate lodging agent. This article explains how in further detail.
Work with a Local Company
For best results, try to work with a corporate lodging agent with specific experience in the city you’re traveling to. For example, if you’re looking for a good corporate apartment in Atlanta, a local agent will have the inside scoop on travel times, traffic patterns and the best corporate housing options in Atlanta. Likewise, if you’re traveling to Jacksonville, Florida, a localized agency will have the best info on top corporate housing in Jacksonville.
Whether your extended stay is for business or pleasure, following these tips should help you find the right furnished temporary housing for your needs. If you’re looking for the best corporate lodging options in Atlanta or in Jacksonville, TP Corporate Lodging can help. Give us a call today at 800.428.9997.