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.


Short-Term Housing Agencies Are Cheaper than Hotels

Manchester Living RoomWhen you come to a new city for an extended stay, whether for business, pleasure or a project of some kind, it’s always a challenge to find an affordable place to stay. Reserving a hotel room may be the most convenient route, but it’s also one of the most expensive options. As an alternative, consider renting a furnished apartment from a short-term housing agency. They are generally much cheaper than hotels, and for longer stays, they provide an environment that feels much more like home.

Why are hotels more expensive?

What makes a hotel stay (even at an extended-stay hotel) so much more expensive than renting short-term housing? There are several factors in play:

You’re paying for unneeded amenities and luxuries.

The cost of a hotel room is about much more than keeping the lights on; it’s also about all the extra premium amenities they make available to you, many of which you probably never use. You’re paying for the on-site restaurant and room service, for the fitness center and pool, for the concierge, and for the wages to pay all the people who provide these and other services. Meanwhile, you forfeit other things you might otherwise like to have — like a living room and an actual kitchen. You don’t have room service or door-to-door dry cleaning at home, so why pay for them at a hotel? (Most people prefer their own cooking, anyhow.)

You’re paying for convenience.

The simple fact that it’s so quick and easy to rent a hotel room drives the cost upward. Just as you pay twice as much for cough syrup at the convenience store as you would at WalMart, you’ll pay more for the same bed in a hotel than you’d pay in a furnished short-term apartment.

Hotels are catering to a different crowd.

You’re in town for an extended stay, which means you’re probably there to work. Hotels are more geared for vacationers and short-term business trips — people who expect to pay more for a quick, easy place to say, and people who want the types of amenities you get on vacation. You’re not on vacation right now, so why pay vacation rates?

Unless you have a generous expense account, you obviously don’t want your hard-earned business profits eaten up just by the cost of a hotel stay. Likewise, if you’re a business owner or corporate executive flying people in to help you with your project, you don’t want to pay for services and conveniences that really won’t benefit your employees, anyway. Not only are short-term housing agencies cheaper than hotels, but they also provide comfortable, fully furnished apartments that will make an extended stay far more pleasant and homelike.

If you need short-term housing in Atlanta or Jacksonville, we’d love to help! Give TP Corporate Lodging a call at 800.428.9997 for information on current availability.


3 Tips for Finding a Short-Term Rental During a Home Renovation

So you’re embarking on a major home renovation that leaves your home temporarily unlivable. You need temporary housing, but you want to avoid the exorbitant expense of a hotel, as you may be displaced for more than a month. Additionally, doing a basic month-to-month rental on an apartment can be a challenge because most of these are unfurnished. Fortunately, there are other options that won’t necessarily break the bank. Here are 3 helpful tips for locating a short-term rental while your home is being renovated.

1. Check with friends

Believe it or not, sometimes word-of-mouth is your best bet for finding short-term housing. Spread the word to friends, family and coworkers letting them know you’re on the hunt for temporary shelter while your house undergoes renovation, and ask if they have any leads. You might be surprised by how many people have an empty guest house or vacation rental, or know someone who has one, who might give you a great deal. The advantage, of course, is that you might get in for free or cheap, and if it’s with someone you already know and trust, all the better. The downside is that you are limited in your options to maybe one or two places, and if you don’t know the referral that well, you could be taking a risk.

2. Check with a trusted subletting site

Many people these days are subletting their vacation homes and vacant apartments through websites like Airbnb and VRBO for extra cash. These listings often have a nightly, weekly and/or monthly rate attached. You can filter your search by location, number of bedrooms, amenities, etc., you can view photos of the apartment, and you can read reviews by others. The upside is that most of the time you can get a decent furnished place fairly quickly, and most are equipped with kitchens so you can avoid the hotel lifestyle. The downside is that these rentals are often as much as a hotel, and occasionally you run across a scammer. (NOTE: We do NOT recommend finding a sublet on Craigslist, as these listings are rarely vetted and are a breeding ground for scam artists.)

3. Consider a corporate housing agency

temporary housingOne fairly reliable alternative to finding short-term rentals is to consult a corporate housing company. These agencies focus on providing fully-furnished temporary housing for people who need it — and while many of their clients are corporate travelers on extended stays or in the process of relocating for work, these units are often ideal for locals who just need a place to live for a couple of months. You can specify the amount of space and type of amenities you need, and the agency will get you into an apartment that fits the bill, for a fraction of what it costs to stay at an extended stay hotel.

If you require a short-term rental in Atlanta, Georgia or Jacksonville, Florida, TP Corporate Lodging offers a great selection of fully furnished apartments in prime locations in both of these cities. Give us a call at 800.428.9997 to see what we have available.


How to Prepare for an Extended Business Trip

duffel bag on an extended business tripPlanning to be away on an extended business trip for several weeks or longer? If so, it’s important to plan ahead so you don’t end up missing something you need or blowing your budget due to unexpected expenses. Here are some common sense tips in preparing for an extended business trip.

Pack for a range of temperatures

If you’re staying for longer than two weeks, chances are you’re going to experience a change of temperatures. Most extended weather forecasts don’t go beyond two weeks, and beyond a few days such forecasts are unreliable since they are constantly being updated and changed. You want to have a variety of clothes available in case the temperature turns warmer or colder than you expected. This is especially true in the fall and spring months.

Bring clothes to last

It’s a fine line between overpacking and not packing enough, but if you’re staying on awhile, the last thing you want is to be doing laundry every few days. You’ll be much happier if you pack enough clothes to last at least a week at a time, and more if your luggage restrictions allow for it.

Track your expenses

Travel times can be chaotic, and it’s easy to lose track of expenditures that could be written off as business expenses. There are plenty of expense tracking apps available for smartphones, ranging from the simple to the elaborate. Find one that serves your purposes, and get in the habit of logging in every expense.

Consider a Furnished Corporate Apartment instead of a Hotel or an Airbnb

If you’re staying on for business for more than 7-14 days, hotels can get quite expensive, not to mention uncomfortable (including so-called “extended stay” hotels). Likewise, online marketplaces like Airbnb can yield unpredictable results. To avoid the exorbitant expenses of one and the potential nightmare of the other, consider renting a fully furnished corporate apartment. This way, you can stay in a place that feels more like home than a hotel, complete with all the conveniences of a luxury apartment community. Cook your own food, sleep in the same bed every night, enjoy apartment amenities like a fitness center or pool, and even bring your dog. You’ll spend less, and you’ll enjoy your stay more.

TP Corporate Lodging provides comfortable, fully-furnished corporate apartments for extended stays in Atlanta and Jacksonville. We work with some of the finest apartment communities in both locations to make sure our guests have all they need for their home away from home. To check availability for your next extended business trip, give us a call at 800.428.9997.


5 Top Furnished Corporate Housing Options in Jacksonville

Jacksonville corporate housing optionsAs the biggest hub for commerce and business in North Florida, Jacksonville has much to offer the extended-stay corporate traveler. TP Corporate Lodging works with some of the best apartment communities in the best neighborhoods to make sure you have access to the best corporate housing options in Jacksonville. Below is a summary of five of our most popular locations.

1. Downtown: The Strand

Located at the river’s edge in downtown Jacksonville, The Strand offers the finest in luxury high-rise living. Each luxury apartment features an open floor plan and all appliances (including washer/dryer), plus an extra-large soaking tub in the master bath for unwinding after a long day. Enjoy a private balcony with amazing views, as well as property perks like a sundeck/swimming pool, fitness center, club room/game room and more. Step outside to the popular St. John’s Riverwalk, or enjoy the fine shops and restaurants nearby!

2. Riverside: Bell Riverside

Located at the door step of the historic Five Points neighborhood, Bell Riverside offers a completely different look at downtown Jacksonville with amazing views of the riverfront and skyline. The well-appointed, open concept apartments feature in-unit washer/dryers, 9-foot ceilings, granite countertops and more! Lounge by the river on the sundeck, swim in the pool, get a great workout at a state-of-the-art fitness studio, or step out and enjoy the Bohemian flavor of Five Points. Bring the dog: this community is pet friendly!

3. Town Center: The Four at Deerwood

Situated in the commercial heart of Jacksonville, The Four at Deerwood combines comfort and convenience with resort-style living. This pet-friendly community features elegantly appointed apartments with plenty of extras like crown molding, front-loading washer/dryers and high-speed Internet. During your down time, relax in one of the cabanas in the courtyard surrounding the saltwater pool, give the dog some exercise at the pup park, watch the game on the large-screen TV in the club room or catch a film in the state-of-the-art screening room. This complex is also minutes from St. John’s Town Center, J’ville’s premier shopping and dining destination.

4. Southside: Cabana Club

For the perfect blend of convenience, comfort and luxury, it’s hard to beat the Cabana Club, a top-shelf community in Jacksonville’s coveted Southside neighborhood. Step into a tropical paradise with lush landscaping (including a waterfall!) enveloping a large pool area with surrounding cabanas. Work out in the fitness center, take a run along the jogging paths or catch a game of tennis, all while having your car detailed at the car care center. Even the dog gets pampered here, with a community dog run and pet spa. Perhaps best of all, Southside is convenient to shopping, dining, the riverwalk and the beaches — just about anything you’d want, only minutes away!

5. Beaches: The Beach House

For the ultimate getaway after a long day at work, head home to The Beach House, a luxury apartment community in Jacksonville Beach! The spacious units in this complex offer features such as gourmet kitchens, washer/dryer and private balconies. Enjoy a swim at the pristine swimming pool, or get your workout on the jogging trail or fitness center. Better yet, take a walk to the beach and clear your mind by the water (after all, isn’t that why you’re here?). With convenience to shopping, dining and other services — and only a short drive from downtown Jacksonville — there’s no reason you can’t enjoy beachside living during your extended stay.

TP Corporate Lodging offers comfortable furnished corporate housing options in these and many other properties throughout Jacksonville, for less than you’d pay for a typical extended stay hotel!


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5 Top Furnished Corporate Housing Options in Atlanta

Old Fourth Ward BuildingWhen you come to Atlanta on business for an extended stay, the last thing you want to be worried about is how to be comfortable at the end of a long day. That’s why TP Corporate Lodging works with some of the top complexes in the best Atlanta neighborhoods to provide quality furnished corporate housing with plenty of amenities and creature comforts. Below, we’ve spotlighted just five of the top furnished corporate housing options that Atlanta has to offer.

1. Midtown: Sky House South

It’s high-rise luxury in the heart of Atlanta! Sky House South offers elegant, modern 1, 2 and 3-bedroom units in with private balconies and spectacular city views. Work out in the state-of-the-art fitness center, swim in the rooftop salt-water pool, enjoy a game of pool in the club room or grill steaks on the terrace. Park your car in the controlled-access garage and walk to the multitude of shops, restaurants and other attractions Midtown has to offer.

2. Buckhead: Phipps Place Apartments

Situated in the heart of Buckhead near the popular Phipps Plaza, Phipps Place is a resort-like complex featuring landscaped courtyards and an inviting swimming pool with outdoor grills all around. Entertain colleagues in the outdoor kitchen area with large screen LED TV, work out in the 24-hour fitness center, get some extra work done in the Executive Business Center, or step outside to enjoy some of the finest shopping and dining options Buckhead has to offer!

3. Old Fourth Ward: BOHO4W

Located in one of Atlanta’s oldest-yet-newly-revitalized neighborhoods, BOHO4W lets you take in the eclectic vibe of the area with easy access to Ponce City Market, the new Beltline trail and more! Amenities here include a steam room, Olympic-sized pool, jogging/bike trail, cabana, and a fitness center with your own personal trainer available if you want one!

4. Sandy Springs: Citizen Perimeter

Enjoy the finest of Atlanta’s suburban life at Citizen Perimeter, one of the area’s finest luxury complexes. Bright, well-appointed apartments offer plenty of space, elegant finishes and private balconies with gorgeous views. Relax at the saltwater pool, get some exercise at the fitness center, or walk 3 blocks to the shops and restaurants of Perimeter Mall. With an on-site pet walk area and pet spa, you can even bring the dog along!

5. Vinings: Walton Riverwood

Relax with resort-style amenities in one of the Atlanta metro’s most sought-after neighborhoods. Walton Riverwood is a pet-friendly community offering bright, clean luxury apartments with open floor plans, high ceilings, granite countertops and more. Amenities include a pool, 2-story fitness facility, on-site dog run and pet spa area, library and rooftop deck with views of the Atlanta skyline. Conveniently close to great shops, restaurants and a movie theater.

These are just a few of the dozens of prime locations where TP Corporate Lodging offers comfortable furnished corporate housing options in Atlanta — all for less money than you’d pay for a comparable extended stay hotel.


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Why Companies Benefit from Partnering with Corporate Housing Agencies

doing businessAs a busy, thriving company, you’ve got a slew of projects happening in various locations across the country. At any given time, you need to send key team members (or perhaps a whole team) to another location to work on a particular project. The expenses involved with moving and housing these employees can be staggering if you house them in hotels, let alone the logistics of food, rental cars, etc. This is just one scenario in which companies like yours can benefit from partnering with corporate housing agencies. It’s a great alternative that simplifies the process of temporary or permanent employee relocation, cutting your costs significantly in the process.

Advantages of working with an agency

A corporate housing agency can make your employee transitions much less stressful and more productive in a number of ways. Here are just a few of the advantages of partnering with an agency to handle this part of your business:

1. Turnkey solutions

Once your employee relocation needs have been established, the agency can handle the details of providing fully-furnished apartments for your team members. No need to spend valuable man-hours scouring the Internet, making reservations at multiple hotels with limited vacancies. With one point of contact, you can book accommodations for as many employees as you need. The agency handles it from there.

2. Better living/working conditions for your team

Extended hotel stays have a tendency of increasing stress, lowering morale and reducing overall productivity. By housing your employees in corporate apartments, you create a “home away from home” environment for them with more comfortable accommodations that allow them to decompress more easily when they are off the clock. In this way, you’re adding value to your team, improving their benefits and enhancing their incentive to do a good job. It’s a win-win situation for all.

3. Flexibility in planning

Furnished corporate apartments can be reserved for a little as 14 days, or as long as several months. Staying in a fully furnished apartment allows your employees to remain focused for longer spans of time, if necessary.
More cost efficient. Corporate housing offers better living conditions for your team at a fraction of the cost of hotels.

Companies that can benefit from corporate housing partnerships

A partnership with a corporate housing agency can be beneficial for a wide range of companies. Here are a few examples:

  • Project based companies (for example, construction companies, film production companies)
  • Government employees and contractors
  • Insurance companies (corporate housing can be an excellent solution for insurance companies who need temporary shelters for displaced clients
  • Companies in the process of expansion
  • Any other application that requires the temporary relocation of multiple employees

If your company does business in Atlanta or Jacksonville and you need accommodations for employees in these areas, you might greatly benefit from partnering with a local corporate housing agency. To learn more about how we can help, call TP Corporate Lodging today at 800-428-9997.


Choosing the Best Corporate Housing Option in Jacksonville

Jacksonville skylineAs north Florida’s primary commercial and financial center, Jacksonville, Florida serves as a corporate headquarters for some of the world’s most notable banks and corporations. As such, there is a high demand for Jacksonville corporate housing as various business travelers come to the city for extended stays. For these long-term visitors, choosing the best corporate housing option in Jacksonville presents a challenge. What options are available, what are the benefits of each, and most importantly, how does one manage the cost?

Below are a few of the most common options for short-term corporate housing in Jacksonville, each having its own potential benefits and drawbacks.

Standard Hotels

By default, many people look at hotels at a number of different price points when staying in a city other than home. This option is fine for stays of a few days, but once it becomes weeks or months, the costs can really add up. In addition, the standard hotel room frequently lacks in seating and space. While some upscale hotels try to compensate for this detail with a variety of services and amenities, it can still be uncomfortable for extended stays.

Extended Stay Hotels

Specifically designed for travelers planning to stay for a week or longer, extended stay hotels offer a variety of room styles ranging from studios to multi-room suites, frequently offering equipped kitchens or kitchenettes so guests can cook their own food. These hotels range widely in price, but they are still generally quite expensive in comparison to renting an apartment. They also try to accommodate guests with standard hotel amenities, but many corporate travelers don’t use them because they are busy working.

Vacation/Short-term Rentals

Services like AirBnB have gained in popularity in recent years because they allow homeowners to rent out their furnished homes or apartments to visitors as though they were a hotel. In Jacksonville, this option frequently attracts tourists and vacationers, as well as corporate travelers. While this option (when it works properly) can make long-term visitors feel more at home, one main drawback is a lack of accountability that frequently causes the unit to be different or less accommodating than advertised. For example, units might not be kept clean, might not match the photo, and in more extreme casess do not exist at all. Additionally, this option frequently costs about as much as a hotel would.

Corporate Housing

Yet another option for corporate travelers is to stay in designated temporary housing administered by a corporate lodging agency. Many guests find this option highly convenient because they can stay in a fully furnished apartment that feels very much like a home, but for a fraction of the cost of a hotel, and without paying for extra amenities they won’t use. Apartments can be strategically located near the workplace or public transportation, or convenient to amenities like shopping, dining and leisure activities.

While these housing options may appeal to different people for different reasons, many corporate travelers find corporate lodging to be the best corporate housing option in Jacksonville. T.P. Corporate Lodging offers a wide range of fully furnished 1, 2 and 3-bedroom apartments, located in some of Jacksonville’s most popular neighborhoods, for remarkably reasonable rates. For details, call us at 800-428-9997.