Independently owned corporate housing options are as unique as the people who own and manage them. From the basic offerings to higher end finishes to a more diverse location, with managed corporate housing you’ll find a property that is tailored made for your needs.
So, what should you look for when searching for a corporate rental? That depends on what is important to you in your stay, but here are five elements you should evaluate a property for:
– Does the property offer the lease terms and availability you require? Check the dates that the corporate rental is available to determine if its availability corresponds with your lease start time, length of stay and lease end date. Also, if you need more flexibility, like an open departure date, is the landlord flexible with the availability schedule to allow you to extend and end your stay as necessary?
– Does the asking rent fall within your budget? Whether your company is paying for your stay, or rent is coming out of your own pocket, everybody has a budget to stick to. However, posted prices may be flexible depending on the lease terms, length of stay, etc. So don’t eliminate the property without finding out if the landlord is flexible with the rate.
– Does the property offer the amenities and conveniences you are looking for? If security is important, you’ll want to be sure the property has controlled access. And if you’ll have two vehicles with you, does the community accommodate (or even charge for) that extra parking spot. Make a list of the little things in your life that you must have and cross-reference it with the property’s attributes.
– Does the property’s location match your needs? Location should be at the top of your check list. Making sure that a property is located in close proximity to your work, grocery stores, restaurants and, overall, with a setting that you feel comfortable in.
– Does the property size fit your requirements? If you are bringing the family with you or expecting visitors during your stay, you’ll not only want to be sure the property features enough bedrooms or sleeping space for its occupants, but also you’ll want to make sure that guests are okay with your landlord. The same goes for pets. If you’re bringing your cat or dog along for the stay, you’ll need to discuss whether this is permitted with the landlord and if there are extra fees involved as well.
You might be spending the December holidays in a corporate rental this year – but don’t fret – the good news is that you’re in a corporate rental, not a cramped hotel. A corporate rental gives you the flexibility to channel your own holiday cheer with few limitations.
Here are some tips to surviving the December holidays during your temporary stay in a corporate rental:
Decorate: Just because you’re staying in a furnished rental property doesn’t mean you can’t bring make the place your own. Put up that Christmas tree, hang those stockings, light that menorah, and decorate your rental to your liking. A little bit of your personal holiday touch will bring cheer to you during your temporary stay.
Host: A corporate rental gives you the flexibility to host a few friends for dinner. Prepare some food, invite a few friends over and host that holiday get together like usual. If you’re staying in a corporate rental over the holidays and plan to host a dinner party, look for properties with a large dining room to give you the extra space you’ll need.
Get Local: If you’re staying in a corporate rental away from home, take advantage of your new location to live like the locals live. Check out the local holiday events (Facebook is great for this!) and holiday foods special to the area you’re staying near. There’s no time like the present to take advantage of local holiday traditions!
If you’re staying in a corporate rental this holiday season, don’t fret. Rather, make the most of it by hanging your own decorations, hosting your own dinner party and enjoying everything your temporary location has to offer.
American Express Business Travel gave me a call because their client wanted to know the positive ROI / Return on Investment they would get by having their travelers stay in a corporate housing residential rental vs staying in a hotel.
Great question! Of course there is never a simple answer. I have previously served on the US Advisory Council for ERC / Employee Relocation Council the association for workforce mobility and a study was presented that stated employees who had bad corporate relocations were 50% more likely to get divorced!
As we know, corporate housing is an essential element of a successful corporate relocation. When a company invests in transferring a valuable and talented employee from one market to another the transferee must get to the new city, get settled and be productive at work, as quickly as possible. This is accomplished through immediately having them comfortable in their new local living arrangements and corporate housing provides this. So the question is how do you calculate ROI on this?
If you would rather look at the pennies – let’s choose Downtown Denver as an option.
According to the 2018 Corporate Housing Annual Report by CHPA
1 Bedroom Corporate Housing property = $123.92 per night
2 Bedroom Corporate Housing property = $146.47 per night
3 Bedroom Corporate Housing property = $177.69 per night
I just ran a Google Search for Downtown Denver, CO Hotels and this is what I got:
$149 per night = Embassy Suites – 3.5 Stars
$223 per night = Crawford Hotel – 4.5 Stars
$400 per night = Four Seasons – 5 Stars
In the corporate housing industry we spend a lot of time talking about the “soft” benefits of staying in a corporate housing property, but the reality is the “hard cash” benefits are even greater.
Next time you need a place to stay connect with AvenueWest Managed Corporate Housing 303-825-0000 or search for your next great corporate housing rental to better understand the huge ROI of staying in a corporate housing.
All Corporate Housing Rentals or Corporate Housing Companies are NOT created equal.
When you are a renter you need to know not all corporate housing companies are the same, it is of the utmost importance to ask as many questions as you can think of each and every time. The experienced and quality property owners and managers will be able to address all your questions and concerns with ease.
Rates. What does the monthly rate include? Are there discounts for longer leases? Are there additional fees?
Location. Is there a local office or on-site contact should I require assistance? If there is not a local contact ask how they handle client requests and property issues.
Services. What additional services are provided? For example, is there 24-hour maintenance service or other amenities that will make the stay pleasant?
Accreditation. Is the company a Corporate Housing Providers Association (CHPA) member? CHPA is the trade organization for the corporate housing industry and requires specific levels of professionalism, excellence, customer service, and ethical standards. Ask whether the leasing agents are Certified Corporate Housing Professionals (CCHP). The CCHP certification means that the corporate housing professional has met clear industry standards. These accreditations will enable a relocation manager to distinguish a quality corporate housing agent from the pack.
Experience. What percentage of the corporate housing company’s business is involved in corporate relocations? Finding an experienced provider can be a bonus in this changing marketplace.
Protection. How are the company and its vendors insured? This is especially important to find out when working with management companies that manage properties offered by individual homeowners.
Policies. What is the company’s policy when a guest does not like the property? Does it have other options available to accommodate that guest?
When you are a renter you need to know not all corporate housing rentals are the same, it is of the utmost importance to ask as many questions as you can think of each and every time
Read Reviews: Read every review for a rental very carefully. In our experience, prior tenants are the best possible indicators of what you’re going to find when you and your luggage show up. They will generally give you decent indication of how it will be to live in a place.
Check the Area: Use Google Earth to look at your rental before you commit. The kennel next door or the lively pub downstairs might be bearable for a few days, but after a month, daily annoyances can become infuriating.
Study The Photos: Does the sofa look comfortable in addition to looking fashionable. In the kitchen can you see a stove, microwave and other items you expect especially in international rentals. Use the photos to ask more questions to confirm the details in the property will be what you expect.
Understand Parking & Transportation: If the rental listing does not specific exactly how far public transportation is from the rental, ask before you make the deal. Better yet, get an address for the rental, and you can let Google Maps do the investigation for you. You can actually have a look at the neighborhood and the building before you commit.
Research More: Take no prisoners on this issue if you depend on the Internet. When you begin to negotiate with an owner or representative, ask about Internet strength and let them know that this is a potential deal breaker. If you expect a strong, consistent broad band connection which will allow you to use Skype and stream entertainment without a hassle, tell them so right up front! In several cases during our home free life, we have been forced to make major demands once we have landed and discovered that we didn’t have a decent connection.
Corporate housing has come a long way in the past four decades and continues to evolve into a popular lodging solution for travelers of all walks of life. Change tends to breed misconceptions, so it has never been more important for renters to stay apprised and knowledgeable about the corporate housing industry. And even though the corporate housing industry has and likely will continue to change, you can count on one thing staying the same: corporate housing always has and will continue to provide short-term furnished housing to individuals and business executives who need a place to call home, even if only for a short while.
Managed Corporate Housing = AvenueWest
By Owner = CHBO
Corporate Housing Providers Association = CHPA