3 Temporary Housing Tips for Military Trainees

When a group of military personnel or allied forces come into town for military training exercises, finding appropriate temporary housing for everyone can be a challenge. Nowhere is this more applicable than in Jacksonville, Florida, which is home to multiple military bases where people come for training on a regular basis. Accommodations for military personnel are subject to certain rules and regulations, and for whatever reason, sometimes on-base accommodations just aren’t available. If you need to find temporary housing for military training, here are a few tips to help.

1. Focus on Proximity

For off-base military housing, it’s important to choose lodging that is as close to base as possible, or at least offers easy access to public transportation. Shifting traffic patterns can make it challenging for trainees to be on time, and the further from base they are, the more variables can be thrown in their way. If you’re shuttling trainees, arrange housing near a central pickup point near base. Otherwise, make sure your trainees have a clear path of access via public transportation.

2. Ask Nearby Hotels About Military Accommodations

Some local hotels understand military regulations regarding housing, and they are used to accommodating soldiers in town for temporary assignments. Sometimes, a hotel can also make adjustments to accommodate a larger contingency of military personnel. Identify hotels in the vicinity of base who may be structured to accommodate military needs. Some will have set policies for accommodating your trainees, while others may be able to make arrangements on a case-by-case basis.

3. A Better Alternative: Temporary Corporate Lodging

Yet another option — and one that may actually be better suited to the needs of military personnel — is to work with a local corporate housing agency like TP Corporate Lodging to arrange temporary housing. This type of agency can work well within the confines of military regulations and proximity needs to arrange housing in fully-furnished apartments in a variety of complexes near base. This option gives your trainees a more comfortable living situation and makes it much easier for you to arrange transportation to and from base as necessary. (The cost of corporate lodging is also much more competitive than many hotels.)

TP Corporate Lodging is proud to accommodate the specific needs of the U.S. military and their allies in providing temporary housing, both in Jacksonville, FL and Atlanta, GA. To learn more about available accommodations and to discuss your needs, give us a call at 800.428.9997.


Where to Stay After a Storm Damages Your Home

Severe weather can happen any time of year, but during the turbulent spring months, we’re frequently reminded of how much damage Mother Nature can do to our homes in just a few minutes. If floods, lightning, winds or hail displace you from your home, where can you stay comfortable while repairs are being made? Let’s explore your options on where to stay after your home is damaged by a storm.

Friends or Family

It’s not unusual for displaced families to stay with relatives or friends while their home is being repaired. While this is one of the most economical options, it’s not necessarily the best one. It’s challenging to maintain your own lifestyle when you’re under someone else’s roof. Living in guest quarters for extended amounts of time can make you claustrophobic and cause strained relationships with your hosts. Some people don’t even have the option of staying with friends or relatives, but if you do have that opportunity, weigh your options carefully. It may be months before you can move home again, and the money you save may not be worth the tax on the relationship.

Extended Stay Hotels/Airbnb

One option that gives you a bit more independence is to stay in a hotel during repairs. Many extended stay properties offer suites with seating areas, plus kitchenettes or full kitchens. A similar option might be to rent a furnished vacation home or apartment through a platform like Airbnb. The cost of your stay might even be fully or partly covered under your homeowner’s insurance, depending on your policy. The drawback with hotels is that even extended stay suites can feel claustrophobic over time, and not all Airbnb properties are geared for long-term stays. Also, these options are expensive, so if your stay is not covered, it doesn’t take long before it can start depleting your savings.

Corporate Housing

A third option, and one that can work quite well during home repairs, is to work with a corporate housing agency for extended stay lodging. With this option, you can stay in a fully-furnished apartment with all the comforts of home, along with any amenities offered by the complex. Corporate housing is the closest thing most people find to a “home away from home,” and for that reason, it works well in situations where you might be waiting months for your home to be livable again. Additionally, it comes at a fraction of the cost of most hotels.

If your home has been damaged in a storm and you need temporary lodging in Atlanta, Georgia, or Jacksonville, Florida, TP Corporate Lodging can help. Give us a call at 800.428.9997.


How to Find Temporary Film Production Lodging

In recent years, Atlanta’s booming film industry has begun rivaling Hollywood as a hub for film production. With this boom has also come an increased demand for short-term production housing. However, as part of the “growing pains” of a burgeoning industry, the challenge of finding temporary housing for production teams isn’t always cut-and-dried. What if your film budget doesn’t allow for enough hotel rooms? What if there aren’t enough rooms available during a shoot? What about commutes — how do you keep your team close enough to the set to arrive on time while avoiding heavy traffic arteries? How do you keep your team comfortable during film shoots that last for several months? To help you navigate these uncertain waters, we’ve put together a quick guide to temporary film production lodging in Atlanta.

Overview of Housing Options

If you’re trying to find enough housing for your Atlanta film cast and crew, there are generally three approaches you can take:

  • Booking hotel rooms — This is the most expensive option, and probably the least comfortable for extended stays. However, it may be your most logical choice for shorter film shoots that require easy booking and stays for a week or less.
  • Using an online rental platform (e.g., Airbnb) — Using this option, you can often find fully furnished homes and apartments, sometimes available for extended stays. While this option can be cheaper or at least comparable to hotel stays, it can often feel like looking for a needle in a haystack to find the right fit for an entire crew of people — and many production teams don’t have the time to figure out all those details.
  • Booking short-term corporate housing using a local agency — This option enables you to book fully furnished apartments versus a hotel room, usually for a fraction of the cost. Corporate housing can be especially convenient and economical for shoots lasting longer than a month.

The option you choose will depend on a number of factors, including your budget, length of shoot, size of your crew and how much time your staff has to make travel arrangements for all of them. For more on choosing the best option, check out this guide to short-term rentals for Atlanta film professionals.

Logistical Concerns

Another angle to consider when making housing arrangements for a film crew is how to coordinate everyone and everything logistically. For example:

  • How do you arrange lodging that is either close to the set or along a convenient travel route?
  • What are your budgetary restrictions?
  • What about availability of housing? If you’re bringing in a large team for an extended length of time, how do you ensure there are enough available rooms for the entire shoot?
  • What about doubling/tripling up? Are there certain crew members who could bunk together as roommates? Are there any who can’t be put in the same lodging?

If all of these details seem overwhelming, you’re not alone. Many film projects struggle with working out all these details when their time and money would be better spent actually shooting the film! For more guidance on these issues, check out these tips for choosing film crew housing.

Working with a Corporate Housing Partner

Among the film production housing options in Atlanta, corporate housing proves to be a viable option for many film shoots, especially those lasting for more than a few weeks. By working with a corporate production housing partner like TP Corporate Lodging, you can streamline a lot of the logistical details because the housing partner makes those arrangements on your behalf. A local housing partner can arrange for comfortable, convenient lodging for even larger production teams — for months at a time, if necessary — saving you not only money but time and headaches, as well.

If you need to arrange temporary lodging for your film crew in Atlanta, TP Corporate Lodging can make this challenge much easier and cost-effective. Give us a call at 800.428.9997 to learn more.


Why Choose Corporate Lodging?

When you travel on business for an extended stay, or if you need temporary housing during a relocation, you have a number of options available — for example, extended stay hotels or Airbnb. However, many relocation experts recommend corporate lodging as a safer, more affordable alternative for extended stays.

Why choose corporate lodging? Working with a certified corporate housing provider enables you to rent a clean, comfortable furnished apartment with the comforts of home, giving you greater peace of mind whatever your reason for traveling. Let’s explore some of the reasons why you might want to choose corporate lodging over other temporary housing options.

Corporate Housing Is More Affordable than Hotels

The cost of a hotel stay can add up quickly, even in extended stay properties, generally because you’re paying for extra conveniences and amenities you don’t need and will probably never use. Corporate housing is much more affordable, in part because you’re not paying for those amenities. For less than the cost of a small hotel room, the corporate lodging option provides you with an actual furnished apartment with fully equipped kitchen and the comforts of home. (Plus, you often benefit from the additional amenities of the apartment community where you’re staying.)

Corporate Housing Is Safer than Hotels

Even with added security measures, thieves like to frequent hotels looking for careless travelers to prey upon — not to mention hotel staff can access your room whenever they wish. In addition, with different people staying in the rooms every night, sanitation is an ongoing challenge. Corporate lodging is typically safer in these regards because your apartment is clean, private and affords limited access — plus, predators aren’t looking for you there.

A Better Option for Travelers with Pets

If you bring a pet on an extended stay, you have a number of additional challenges. Many hotels are not pet-friendly, and those that are may charge extra for the privilege — not to mention the risk of flea or tick infestations from pets who have been in the room before you. A kennel typically isn’t a good option, either, because many pets become ill or deal with separation anxiety when left in a kennel for long periods of time. Corporate lodging provides an ideal alternative for pet owners because your pet gets to stay with you in a homelike environment, following a similar routine to what they do when you are home.

Greater Benefits for Companies

If you are a business providing temporary housing for one or more of your employees, working with a corporate housing partner offers a wide range of advantages over booking multiple hotel rooms. Not only do your employees benefit from more comfortable lodging, but your task becomes much less stressful when you have a local agent handling the details for you. In addition, you may also enjoy some added tax benefits by working with a corporate lodging provider.

These are just a few of the reasons why you should consider corporate lodging over hotels for extended stays. If you need short-term housing in Atlanta or Jacksonville, we can help. Call TP Corporate Lodging today at 800.428.9997.


Why Corporate Housing Is Safer Than a Hotel

Northpoint PoolWhen you travel somewhere for an extended stay, you generally have several options as to lodging. The two most common options? You can book a room in a hotel (even an extended stay hotel); or you can stay in a furnished apartment through a corporate housing agency. Among these options, not only is corporate housing usually less expensive than the others — it’s also a safer choice. Let’s explore the other options and see why corporate housing may be safer than a hotel.

Hotel Safety Issues

Hotels usually do their best to keep their guests as secure as possible; however, as a business open to the public, with people coming in and out for meetings and lodging, there’s only so much they can do. Specifically, here are some of the potential risks:

  • Entry to your room: Virtually all hotel staff have access to enter your room — and not all of them are honest.
  • Sanitation: Cleaning staff sometimes cut corners in sanitation practices, and bedding in particular doesn’t always get as clean as it should.
  • Predators: Even with secured entries, as a public facility, a hotel often attracts predatory people who wait in the wings to steal or to cause harm.

How Corporate Housing Is Safer

Extended-stay corporate housing resolves almost all of the safety issues that accompany the other options. For example:

  • The apartments are private. A corporate housing agency leases and furnishes actual apartments in real residential complexes, often with secure entrances — much like living in your own home or apartment.
  • Limited access. The only people with access to your unit are you and the management company — the same as if you lived in apartment.
  • Carefully vetted for location and amenities. The agency only works with the best residential communities to provide optimal, safe housing.

Whether your extended stay is personal or business-related, you deserve to stay in housing where you feel comfortable and safe. If your travels bring you to Atlanta or Jacksonville, give TP Corporate Lodging a call at 800.428.9997.


How to Choose a Certified Business Rental through Airbnb

Boulevard Nico BedroomFor business and leisure travel of any length, many people are now turning to the Airbnb platform as an alternative to hotel websites and travel platforms like Expedia. The idea of living temporarily in a fully furnished home or apartment versus a stale hotel room appeals to these travelers because they can have something like a home-away-from-home, usually for less money. A growing number of agencies are even starting to use the platform to place listings for high-quality business rentals.

The challenge is that Airbnb hosts all sorts of accommodations, including many privately-owned facilities with little regulation or vetting. How does one separate the professionally managed properties from the informal arrangements with very little regulatory oversight? How do you secure reliable temporary housing while avoiding the more questionable listings? Let’s discuss how you can locate and identify a certified business rental through Airbnb.

Research the Owner or Property Manager

When you’re looking at places on Airbnb, don’t just look at the location and photos — they may not be accurate to the unit, anyway. Rather, look at the person or agency listing the property. How many reviews do they have? Are the reviews mostly positive? What negative feedback, if any, has been left? How accessible is the owner or property manager for questions or problems? You can often tell even by the language whether you’re dealing with an individual renting out their extra space, or a professional company that offers corporate-style housing.

Check out Airbnb Plus

In an attempt to answer some of the complaints from people who have had negative experience with Airbnb listings, the platform has begun a new category called Airbnb Plus — a verified service in which the unit is professionally inspected before rental to ensure it meets top-tier standards. This new category may cost a bit more per night on average, but many travelers find it offers greater peace of mind. As Airbnb opens its platforms to more and more boutique hotels and lodging companies, you can expect to find many of their listings under the Plus Verified category.

Look for “Superhosts”

If you don’t care who rents the unit as long as it’s top-notch, the next best thing to do with Airbnb is to look for those listings rented by “Superhosts” — those whom the platform has identified as offering superior service and generating stellar ratings over an extended period of time. This category also provides a greater level of confidence among travelers that they are working with someone whom Airbnb recognizes and trusts more than most.

Whether you book through Airbnb or some other platform, if you’re traveling on business and need comfortable lodging for an extended stay in Atlanta or Jacksonville, TP Corporate offers a variety of fully-furnished luxury apartments with plenty of amenities and all the comforts of home — for remarkably affordable rates. To learn more, call us at 800.428.9997.


5 Tips for Staying Healthy on an Extended Business Trip

Northpoint Fitness CenterWhen you travel on business, especially if you’re away from home for weeks at a time, you probably already know staying healthy can be a challenge. Not only can the disruption in your schedule cause you to cut corners on healthy practices, but at this time of year during a particularly dangerous flu season, you definitely want to keep your immune system at its best. Thankfully, you can boost your health by taking a few proactive steps. Here are five common-sense tips for staying healthy on an extended business trip.

1. Get plenty of sleep.

Yes, you may be under pressure to meet deadlines or to make your business trip as productive as possible, but if you get sick, all of that goes out the window. Sleep helps your body reset, restores energy and stamina, and boosts your immune system. Know when to call it a day, and maybe skip the karaoke bar with your colleagues and go to bed early when you’re tired.

2. Eat right.

Eating healthy can be a challenge during business trips, but it can be done. Try to grab fruits and veggies for snacks instead of reaching for the candy bar. If you must eat on the go, skip the hot dog stand and find a to-go salad bar. Better yet, take 30 minutes for yourself and sit down for a healthy meal. You’ll have more energy and more stamina if you do.

3. Exercise.

On a busy trip, who has time to work out? You do, if you make time for it. Avail yourself of your hotel’s fitness center, or ask your work place if they offer access to a gym close by. Even an occasional brisk walk to clear your head will help.

4. Wash hands frequently.

When you travel to a new city, you likely have less resistance to the specific viruses that breed there. Since most illnesses are transmitted through touching, make a point of washing hands regularly, especially after touching public surfaces and before you eat.

5. Establish a routine.

Many of the points listed above (especially eat, sleep and exercise) can be accomplished more easily if you set up a daily routine for yourself while on your extended trip. It may be challenging, and sometimes work demands may disrupt it; if so, just return to your routine whenever possible. It makes healthy habits easier to maintain.

6. Consider short-term corporate housing over hotel stays.

Another tip that makes healthy habits easier is to stay in a furnished corporate apartment during your extended business trip, rather than a hotel. Not only is it usually a cheaper option, but it provides a home-away-from-home environment that enables you to set up healthy routines more easily. You can prepare healthy food in your fully equipped kitchen rather than heading to the restaurant, and many corporate apartments include gym access for exercise. Best of all, you have a private retreat where you can truly relax and get the rest you need.

If your business travels bring you to Atlanta or Jacksonville, TP Corporate Lodging can put you in a fully furnished apartment with plenty of amenities and conveniences to make your extended stay as comfortable and restful as possible. To learn more, call us at 800.428.9997.


6 Benefits of Working with a Certified Corporate Housing Provider

Northpoint PoolWhen your company requires you to send employees to out-of-town locations for extended stays, you have numerous options available. You have the standard hotel stay, which can be convenient but quite costly (and not very comfortable for extended periods of time). You also have the option nowadays of utilizing platforms like Airbnb to provide more home-like environments — but due to quality control inconsistencies, these platforms require lots of research and a little luck to find the right place. However, when you work with a corporate housing company, a lot of these problems and risks are eliminated for you. Let’s look at 5 specific benefits your company can receive by using a certified corporate housing provider.

1. Quality control

One of the first and most important benefits of working with a corporate housing agency is consistency and quality in the housing itself. It’s the provider’s job to make sure all its units meet certain quality standards — not yours — and when you find a provider you trust, you can leave the details the agency’s hands knowing your employees will be comfortable.

2. Clean, homelike environment

When you choose corporate housing, your team members stay in fully furnished apartments with full kitchen and all the basics of a home-away-from-home — not to mention possible amenities on-site they might not even get at home (such as fitness facilities, pool, recreation areas, etc.). This homelike environment makes it easier for your employees to get the rest they need, meaning they come to work fresh and more productive.

3. Convenience

Booking individual rooms in hotels or Airbnb for employees can quickly escalate into a full-time job, taking away quality productive time from other tasks. Working with a certified agency enables you to work with one central provider who handles the booking details for all your employees, freeing up valuable time.

4. Economical

Corporate housing is consistently much cheaper than putting up your employees in a hotel, especially considering the employee gets to stay in a fully furnished apartment rather than a small room or suite.

5. Tax benefits

In most cases, temporary corporate housing for your employees counts as a business expense, which you can easily track and write off on taxes.

6. Peace of mind

One of the best reasons to work with a certified corporate housing provider is that once you’ve found one you trust, you can leave the details to them! You can rest easy knowing that your employees will have comfortable and convenient accommodations so that you can turn your attention to the work at hand.

If you’re considering whether to choose corporate housing or Airbnb, we recommend giving us a try. To see what we have available in Atlanta or Jacksonville, call TP Corporate Lodging today at 800.428.9997.


How to Choose a Short-Term Military Housing Partner

duffel bag on an extended business tripWhen you need to accommodate a unit of military personnel on a temporary basis (e.g., for training exercises), finding affordable yet comfortable short-term housing can be a challenge. Not only is there the issue of finding lodging that meets government rules, regulations and standards, but typical short-term solutions like hotels or Airbnb can be both inconsistent and expensive. In many cases, a better solution is to work with a short-term housing partner, like a corporate housing agency, who can provide fully furnished apartments to suit the needs of your personnel. Here are some tips for choosing such a partner.

Seek out a company local to the area

When partnering with a housing agency, it’s important to select one that operates in that local area. If you need to bring a group to Jacksonville for training, for example, you want a company that is local to Jacksonville. The reason for this is that finding appropriate housing is not just about the accommodations themselves; it’s also about location. A local agency will have a better working knowledge of neighborhoods convenient to local bases, as well as a thorough understanding of traffic patterns in the city, so personnel spend more time being productive and less time in transit.

Choose a company that understands military requirements

Since housing requirements for military personnel and other government employees are subject to a specific set of rules and regulations, you should look for a short-term housing company that is familiar with these requirements and can arrange enough accommodations to meet them. This step alone could save a lot of time and money that could otherwise be wasted.

Choose a company that has prior experience with military contracts

The more familiar an agency is with the workings of the military, the more efficiently they will work to meet your unit’s short-term housing needs. Arranging housing for a large group of people can be stressful enough as it is, and the last thing you need is to have to instruct the agency about your processes and procedures. A good military partner will already know the ropes so the process of procuring housing can occur seamlessly and stress-free.

If you need to find temporary lodging for military personnel in Jacksonville or Atlanta, TP Corporate Lodging would love to be your short-term housing partner. We have a deep understanding of these local areas, and we are well versed in the ins and outs of military housing protocols. We can provide high-quality, fully furnished apartments that will help your people be more comfortable, and therefore more productive. For more information, call us at 800.428.9997.


How to Find Short-Term Rentals for Atlanta Film Professionals

Given the recent quick rise of the Atlanta film scene and the sheer number of productions that now occur here on a regular basis, it should come as little surprise that short-term housing is a commodity for film professionals coming in for a shoot. Whether you are a filmmaker trying to bring your team into town for a project, or whether you’re a film professional trying to find somewhere to stay while you work on set for the next several months — finding affordable, comfortable housing can definitely be a challenge. Here are a few tips for Atlanta film professionals looking for short-term rentals in the area.

OPTION 1: Rent a hotel room

While this is your most convenient option, it’s also by far the most expensive. Even extended stay hotels can be pricey, and they usually don’t offer the comforts of home. Unless your shoot is less than 10 days, chances are this option isn’t worth the cost, especially if it eats up your budget.

OPTION 2: Use a vacation rental portal

Another quick way to land short-term rentals is to utilize one of several online platforms that have made it easy to locate and rent vacation rentals — sites like Airbnb and VRBO. The advantage here is that you can often find a decent fully-furnished apartment, rather than just a room with a bed. The disadvantages are that these often cost as much per night as a hotel, plus there is the challenge of finding a unit that is available for the length of time you need. (Many popular units book up months in advance.) Not to mention if you’re a filmmaker bringing a team to Atlanta, you’ll have to repeat the process for each teammate.

OPTION 3: Hunt for furnished month-to-month rentals

This option might get you more into your budget range, but in a market where most rentals come unfurnished, this task is tantamount to looking for a needle in a haystack. Finding an apartment for yourself or for several teammates should become your full-time job — film is your job. What’s more, on a production schedule, time is money. You probably can’t afford either.

OPTION 4: Work with a short-term housing agency

Aurelia Living RoomOne of the easiest and most affordable ways to land a short-term rental is to work with an agency dedicated to doing the legwork for you. A short-term or corporate housing agency specializes in providing comfortable, high-quality, fully furnished apartments for extended stays, many of which come with resort-like amenities. However, you won’t be paying hospitality industry prices for this convenience — in fact, you’ll usually pay far less per month than if you rented a hotel room.

TP Corporate Lodging offers fully furnished apartments in some of Atlanta’s finest complexes, and we’re dedicated to meeting the ongoing needs of the local film industry. If you’re an Atlanta film professional on the hunt for a short-term rental, give us a call at 800.428.9997.