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.


The Best Hotel Alternative for Business Travelers

airy roomYou’re traveling to another city on business, and your company needs you to stay on for a few weeks, or even a few months. You can’t bear idea of staying cooped up in a hotel for that length of time, let alone consider the high cost. Extended stay hotels aren’t much better, and finding a furnished place through a marketplace platform like Airbnb can be unpredictable at best. So what is the best hotel alternative for business travelers?

One of the best alternatives is to rent short-term dedicated corporate housing in the form of a fully-furnished apartment, preferably through a service like TP Corporate Lodging. Here are a few reasons why this may be the most advantageous choice.

They feel more like home

Hotels are fine for several days at a time, but even suite hotels and extended stay studios can feel cramped after awhile. Corporate apartments come in 1, 2 or 3-bedroom units, allowing you more living space and the feeling of a “home away from home,” so you are better able to relax and decompress at the end of a long day. There are even pet-friendly accommodations available, which means you don’t need to leave Fido behind.

They’re move-in ready

Corporate housing is fully furnished, and your agency can provide any additional furnishings or amenities you need for your stay. “Fully furnished” doesn’t just mean furniture; it means a welcoming décor, a kitchen fully equipped with appliances, dishes and cooking utensils, a vacuum cleaner, linens — everything you would normally keep around at home. This means you don’t have to make multiple trips to the store when you get there; everything you need is already in the apartment, or it will be provided on request.

You can stay near where you work

Corporate apartments are strategically situated near some of the most popular commercial hubs in town, so it’s easier to get a place to live near where you work, greatly reducing or eliminating your commute. (Of course, if you’re working in a beach town and you don’t want to be near work, you can arrange corporate housing near the resorts, as well.)

You don’t have to pay for what you’re not using

Much of the cost of hotels comes from a wide range of amenities that most guests don’t even use. While it’s great to have room service, a fitness center and a day spa on site, if you don’t avail yourself of these services, why pay for them? With corporate housing, the cost goes toward things you’re actually use.

They’re more affordable overall

Corporate housing is surprisingly affordable — in fact, a fully furnished apartment consistently costs less per month than a hotel or vacation rental. For extended stays, this presents an excellent alternative to paying premium rates for weeks at a hotel.

If your business ventures bring you to Atlanta, Georgia or Jacksonville, Florida, TP Corporate Lodging can set you up in a comfortable, fully-furnished 1, 2 or 3-bedroom apartment in a strategic location, for a fraction of the cost of a hotel. Give us a try, and we believe you’ll concur that furnished corporate housing is the best hotel alternative for business travelers. For more information, call us today at 800-428-9997.


8 Steps to Take Before Moving into Temporary Housing

Traveling with luggageWhen you’re moving into temporary housing, whether as part of a short-term project or an eventual relocation, the devil is in the details. Any move can be stressful, whether temporary or permanent — but when you have to keep track of details in two locations, the complications can quickly multiply.

The good news is that with a bit of advance planning, it is possible to transfer into your temporary home with a minimal amount of stress, so you can stay focused on the tasks in front of you. Here are 8 important steps to take before you move into temporary housing.

1. Find out what is included in your housing before packing your things.

Many corporate or extended stay apartments come fully furnished, so in most of these cases you won’t need to move any furniture. However, the apartment may not have more unique items that you want or need. For example, if you’re a chef or a cooking enthusiast, you might want certain utensils for the kitchen that the agency won’t typically provide. Be sure to obtain a complete inventory list from your corporate housing agency of everything in the apartment, and look it over carefully so you don’t load your luggage or your car with a bunch of stuff that is already included.

2. Pack only items you definitely want or need.

“Needs” obviously include work-related materials, computers and some of your other electronic devices, as well as clothing or important documents. “Wants” may include items you simply don’t want to do without. For example, linens will likely be included in a fully furnished apartment, but you may want your own pillow, towels or bed sheets. Try to keep the “wants” to a minimum unless you have unlimited hauling space. In determining what to bring with you, consider what you might want/need from the following categories:

  • Clothing
  • Toiletries
  • Medications
  • Electronic devices
  • Books/reading materials
  • Linens
  • Special cooking utensils or appliances
  • Important documents
  • Personal valuables

3. Pack appropriate clothing.

Consider the climate where your new temporary home is located, and be sure to pack enough clothing appropriate to the environment. The amount of clothing you pack should depend on factors like how frequently you plan to do laundry, how many business meetings or formal functions you might attend, etc. Also, if your extended stay will take you through a change of seasons (for example, summer into fall), remember to bring those clothes as well.

4. Sort and label your belongings.

This step is extremely important if you don’t want to lose anything (and if you don’t want to be charged for accidentally taking things included in the home). Since you’ll be likely mixing your personal belongings with items included in your temporary housing, clearly label everything that is yours. That way, you will always be able to differentiate, and when you move out, you’ll know what you brought with you. (Also remember to label anything you buy while you’re living there.)

5. Make mail delivery arrangements.

If you’re staying longer than 14 days, the USPS can forward your mail to another address for up to a year. If you’re giving up your old place, you might just want to do a change of address, or rent a PO Box so you don’t have to change your address twice. Make arrangements with the Post Office accordingly.

NOTE: If you have magazine and newspaper subscriptions, the Post Office will only forward these for 60 days. If you plan to stay longer, contact these publications to change your address to your new temporary location so you don’t miss them.

6. Make decisions regarding storage.

You may have external storage needs in both places, depending on your situation. If you’re planning to let go of your old home in your former city, plan to store anything you aren’t bringing. If you need to bring more with you than you can effectively keep in the apartment, you may need to rent a small storage space in your new city, as well.

7. Make permanent moving arrangements, if necessary.

If this temporary move is precursory to a permanent one, you’ll need to make arrangements at some point to move the rest of your belongings. You may choose to hire movers to bring all your belongings with you and store what you don’t need, or you may choose to keep those items in storage in your former city until you need them (or until you’re more certain where and when you’ll be settling). Any moving arrangements you can do now will save you the complications of doing them later.

8. Do a final check to make sure you haven’t forgotten anything.

When preparing for your move, you may want to start a running check list of things you want to bring, and things you need to do. Before making the actual move, go over this list carefully and make sure you have everything you intended to bring, and that every task is complete. It’s much easier to make any corrections on this side of the move than it will be once you’ve made the move. (You don’t want to arrive only to discover you’ve forgotten to bring something critical.)

When you’re ready to move into temporary housing in Atlanta or Jacksonville, TP Corporate Lodging can set you up in a comfortable 1, 2 or 3-bedroom apartment for far less than a hotel. For more information, call us today at 800-428-9997


Choosing the Best Corporate Housing Option in Atlanta

Here in Atlanta, the demand for extended stay and short-term corporate housing options has never been greater. Not only is Atlanta the corporate headquarters for some of the top corporations in the world, but as Adweek reports, Atlanta is now one of the world’s fastest growing destinations for TV and film production, having grown to be the nation’s third largest production hub over the past few years.

Atlanta skylineNeedless to say, the production industry alone draws thousands of people to Atlanta each year for short-term stays during film and TV shoots. It also creates a dilemma — how to choose the best corporate housing option in Atlanta. Where can these people stay for weeks or months at a time without spending all their hard-earned money on housing?

When coming to a city like Atlanta for an extended stay, people generally default to one of several options, many of which present certain drawbacks. Let’s look at a few of the most common corporate housing options, and be sure to check out our breakdown of the cost comparison between hotels and corporate lodging.

Option 1: Hotels

While standard and luxury hotels go out of their way to make their guests feel comfortable by offering plenty of amenities, there’s only so much they can do. Hotel rooms typically feel cramped, lack seating or cooking options, and can be very expensive even at discounted rates.

Option 2: Extended Stay Hotels or Suites

Some hotels specifically try to attract the corporate traveler by positioning themselves as “extended stay” hotels, either outfitting standard hotel rooms with kitchenettes or designing the rooms as small suites, studios or apartments with equipped kitchens. They often “sweeten the pot” by offering additional resort-style amenities like a pool, fitness center, free breakfast and other features. This option gives the corporate traveler more comfort, but it is still usually a high price to pay, especially if the individual is too busy to enjoy the extra amenities.

Option 3: Short-term Rentals/Vacation Rentals

Yet another option for some travelers is to seek out short-term or vacation rentals through a website like AirBnB. Through these services, owners can rent their unused furnished homes or apartments out to visitors on a nightly, weekly or monthly basis as a source of income. The difficulties with this type of service are that 1) The cost can be equivalent to that of a hotel; and 2) There are flaws in oversight and accountability, which means travelers often find housing that is different or of lower quality than advertised, or in some cases doesn’t even exist.

Option 4: Dedicated Corporate Housing

A fourth option, one that provides several key benefits, is to stay in designated short-term housing provided by a corporate housing agency like TP Corporating Lodging. This option allows the traveler to rent a fully furnished apartment where they can set up more of a home-like routine without paying for amenities they don’t need, all for significantly less money than it would cost to stay in a hotel.

Among these choices, many corporate travelers find the fourth choice to be the best corporate housing option in Atlanta. Whether you’re coming for a few weeks or planning for an eventual long-term move, TP Corporate Lodging can help bridge the gap by placing you in a comfortable 1, 2 or 3-bedroom apartment in a great Atlanta neighborhood. For details, call us at 800-428-9997.


Why Metro Atlanta relocation experts recommend corporate housing

Atlanta skylineThe TP Corporate Lodging team is thrilled to be featured in KNOWAtlanta, the premier Atlanta relocation guide for corporate executives, families, and individuals making a move to the area.

In the article, “When Hotel and Short-Term Rental Options Abound, Why Choose Corporate Housing?” Tim Miller, president and owner of TP Corporate Lodging, walks through just a few of the benefits of choosing a corporate housing provider over traditional hotel accommodations:

With the rise in popularity of short-term rental platforms like Airbnb and the range of extended-stay hotel options in a city as big as Atlanta, choosing a corporate housing provider may not be on the top of your list when considering your temporary housing options. But while you may be able to score a deal through a private rental provider, there can be drawbacks to not working with an accredited and certified housing provider. And while extended-stay accommodations may fit all your needs in the short term, the prices can quickly skyrocket.

How much do those prices skyrocket, you ask? Take a look at our cost comparison charts to see just how much money your or your corporate sponsor could save by choosing TP Corporate Lodging.

Why settle for a hotel room, when you can have a home?

Furnished temporary housing is convenient not only for relocation, but also for extended project work, medical visits, and insurance-covered displacement.

When you’re ready to start your search for furnished temporary housing in Atlanta or Jacksonville, TP Corporate Lodging can assist you in finding the perfect 1, 2 or 3-bedroom furnished apartment for your unique needs. To learn more about how we can help, call us at 800-428-9997.


Must Haves When Searching for Furnished Temporary Housing

If you’re in need of furnished temporary housing, either for a temporary work assignment or as part of a permanent transfer, the last thing you need is to spend countless hours trying to find the right place. After all, you’re there to work, not to house hunt! By preparing beforehand, you can streamline the process of looking for a furnished corporate apartment so you can get moved in and start working. Here are a few “must-haves” to put in order before starting your search.

Continue reading



Why Corporate Lodging Is Ideal for Traveling Pet Owners

When your business sends you to a different city for an extended period of time, what do you do about your pets? Pet resorts or boarding facilities aren’t feasible for the long term, and even pet-friendly hotels don’t offer enough amenities for you or your pet to be entirely comfortable. However, traveling pet owners are finding temporary corporate lodging to be an ideal alternative when they must go out of town for extended work trips.

Continue reading


Welcome Billy Cochran, TP Corporate Lodging, to the CHPA Board of Directors

Billy CochranEach year, CHPA profiles the newest members to join the Board of Directors in order to highlight their path to leadership and help members get to know them a little better. Read more about Billy Cochran of TP Corporate Lodging below. You can also contact him at the information below. In addition to now serving on the CHPA Board of Directors, Billy has dedicated many hours to several CHPA committees and task forces. He was also awarded the Individual of the Year Tower of Excellence Award in 2011.

Continue reading