Archive for February, 2013

Need Temporary Housing? There’s an App For That

Monday, February 18th, 2013

Find temporary housing with an app

Participating in the corporate world involves a fast paced environment with little time for tedious tasks. While constantly on the go, it may be tricky to find the time or place to crack open the laptop. You might have known for months that you’ll need to be temporarily relocated to another city for training purposes or helping get a new location off the ground, but finding the time to sit on the computer searching for the right home away from home isn’t exactly what busy professionals like to do in their downtime.

Fortunately, some temporary housing companies have heard you. They realize you have a host of other things to worry about, and that finding a temporary home shouldn’t be one of them.
With the click of a button on your phone, you could have that new place in minutes. Yup, there’s an app for that. Here are a few that we found to help you get started:

  • Synergy Housing-gives users the ability to search furnished accommodations all over the world. This app offers the opportunity to view photos, specials, and featured locations immediately. Customers are able to confirm reservations directly through the app by logging on and entering an email address and confirmation number. Additionally, guests can verify the address and access major details including arrival and departure date, as well as key pick up information.
  • BridgeStreet Serviced Apartments-search for temporary living in more than 260 cities globally. Some features include reservations, check-in information, photo tours, welcome packet information, emailed receipt, property maps, and itinerary. You don’t even need a computer with this all-inclusive app.
  • CRS Temporary Housing– allows users to submit housing requests and caters to displaced homeowners and business owners (whose needs can change within hours). Within 24 hours of a submitted claim, the company has offers available for the applicant with a goal of having the owners into a new place within 72 hours, promising as little time interruption as possible.

Whatever your needs may be, having an app at your fingertips is sure to help ease the stress of finding temporary housing. You have other things to focus your energy on – let your smartphone handle the house hunt.

How to Find Temporary Corporate Housing – And Make it Feel Like Home

Wednesday, February 6th, 2013

What to do when you’re temporarily relocated

Commutes are a notorious part of the American corporate world – and often more so in other countries- that when you’re temporarily relocated to a city far far away (or even just far enough away that a daily commute is highly impractical) it can feel as if you don’t have any options. There are plenty of reasons professionals are relocated, often temporarily, to a position outside of their home range. Climbing the corporate ladder and needing extensive training in a specific vertical, providing your expertise in the form of temporary training to a new location, or simply being the best person for a tricky job in a location no one else is qualified to fulfill. The position may be a great one, but the housing situation can cause you to want to pull your hair out. If your company has left you to find a temporary housing solution on your own, or you just want to know what your options are in terms of locations and amenities, we’ve come up with a list of helpful websites to pin down the perfect temporary corporate housing solution.

Temporary corporate housing solutions

  • Execustay-The folks here make it possible to search a wide variety of housing options that specialize in different lifestyles, including military, corporate, and fully furnished. Just type your desired city and state into the search box for listings in the related area. The search will result in a map of available housing along with their listings and links to each residence. Most locations require a minimum of 30 days stay and rental fees often include the rent, furnishings, housekeeping, Wi-Fi, and utilities. Talk about a package deal! Additionally, floor plans, video tours, photo galleries, and furnishing listings are available to view online. This company also offers international temporary housing. When staying with an Execustay residence, customers are able to earn Marriott Points, which are applicable towards free hotel stays and merchandise.
  • Nomad Temporary Housing– Appropriately named, Nomad has over 71,000 listings in over 700 cities! Their search is so refined, that the customer can enter the exact dates in which accommodations are needed, along with the city and country desired. Search among intern programs, insurance housing, vacation rentals, even group relocations. Check the website often for web specials and updates to their blog for the latest news and information.
  • Beds4Meds– Catered towards medical professionals and pin points five major medical metropolitan areas including Baltimore, Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, and Seattle. Search results include a map, photo gallery, current temperature, and some offer a list of nearby medical locations and distance to the residence shown. The website offers a Rotation Finder which allows those in the medical field to search states throughout the U.S. to find away clinical rotations. MedBed, Inc is on Twitter and Facebook. If interested in housing, potential residence may register and fill out an application online.
  • PC Housing is a corporate housing provider in the United States and Canada, aimed at helping traveling professionals have one less thing to worry about. Located in major corporate centers, such as San Diego and Irvine, California, as well as in cities in all 50 states and some cities in Canada. PC Housing helps corporate travelers to find a temporary home close to their new position to reduce the commute time.

How to decorate temporary corporate housing

Make it feel like home

With the research we’ve provided, you have managed to find the perfect makeshift home and have concerns when it comes to making your new temporary pad your own. There is only so much one can do in a temporary rental, right? Don’t worry; we have some tips to help you feel right at home.

  • Photos! Take framed photos of your loved ones along with you, and strategically place them throughout your residence. This provides feeling of comfort and personalization. You can also bring with a digital photo frame and a memory card to cut down on luggage.
  • Live plants- flowers and plants brighten up any room and offer a sense of warmth. Look for plants that don’t require a lot of care if you’ll be very busy with your position.
  • Temporary Wallpaper-peel and stick wall paper is a great way to spruce up the place with an artistic touch of your own, especially if you’ll be in one location for several months. Choose from several designs and cover one wall, or a just part of it. Check out Swag Paper and Temper Paper Designs for inspiration.
  • Wall decal-forget about having to put holes in the wall and spackle them later. With thousands of removable stickers to choose from, decals provide temporary artwork in the time it takes to snap your fingers.
  • Simple purchases like pillows to decorate the furnished couches already provided, or new window treatments are additional ways to add flare to your new place.
  • Many temporary housing providers allow residents to customize their new residences at least a little bit – choose a furniture rental package that speaks to your design preferences.

With a little research and shopping, relocating temporarily can provide a new experience with opportunity to think outside of the box. Have fun with it and happy hunting!

Images courtesy of PC Housing and Trading Phrases