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Corporate Housing - The Smart Extended Stay Alternative to Hotels
By Lisa Sheehan
Corporate housing is a specialized service within the lodging and hospitality industry that is also commonly referred to as: corporate apartments, temporary housing, furnished apartments, interim housing, serviced apartments, short-term housing, or corporate suites and is defined as fully-furnished accommodations which include housewares, electronics, linens, utilities and selected services such as phone, cable TV and high-speed internet. Temporary housing can be used by anyone needing temporary fully-furnished accommodations for short or extended stays including, but not limited to:
- Business travelers
- Relocating employees and their families
- Government and military assignments
- Homebuyers in between homes
- Displaced families due to an emergency situation
- Insurance companies
- Relocation companies
- Families under medical care
- Extended training assignents
- Film studio personnel working on location
- Extended stay visitors
Corporate housing is a great solution and the smart alternative for anyone needing temporary, extended stay accommodations that offer more room than a hotel at a fraction of the cost.
Corporate apartments are full-size furnished apartments, with fully-equipped kitchens, spacious living and dining areas and a washer and dryer thus eliminating the expense and hassle of dining out and using laundry facilities. All the comforts and conveniences of home can be enjoyed along with the many amenities that the properties have to offer such as pools, hot tubs, fitness and business centers. Many providers also have furnished condos, town homes, lofts and houses available for rent.
Temporary housing is offered by local or national corporate housing providers, real estate agencies and other property rental specialists. While all corporate housing professionals are committed to providing excellent customer service, local providers possess knowledge and expertise about their local communities. They are familiar with the city, neighborhoods, commute times, schools, restaurants and local events. They also have strong relationships with apartment communities and reputable property owners to ensure you have access to the best and most competitively priced housing options available.
For anyone needing temporary housing accommodations, corporate housing only makes sense. For extended stays, corporate housing is the smart alternative to a small, inconvenient and expensive hotel room.
Corporate Housing Connections [http://www.corporatehousingconnections.com] provides information on local corporate housing providers in cities throughout the United States.
A Brief Overview of Corporate Housing
By Mubeen Scind
Corporate housing is a term which is getting very popular in the field of travel and tourism. However, it is not limited to the tourism industry. It has a much wider scope. In a broad sense, it is a concept of offering housing solutions to someone, be it an individual or a company, for a temporary period of time. However, corporate housing is used more by companies than individuals, particularly multi-national companies.
Multi-national companies may need temporary apartments to provide accommodation for business clients who come from different countries or cities. It is the responsibility of the companies to take good care of the clients by providing them with good accommodation facilities. They also need to provide temporary accommodation to employees who visit another city or country on an official basis. Sometimes, employees may be transferred to a different place by the company. They would not be able to find a place to live immediately. So, the company must help the employees until they find a house on their own. But, the companies may not have the resources or expertise in dealing with such things. That is where corporate housing providers come in. There is even an association for these providers known as 'Corporate Housing Provider's Association (CHPA)'.
Usually, companies strike up a good package deal with providers of corporate housing solutions in various countries and cities. The same provider may not be available in all countries and cities in which case the companies must also tie up with various other housing providers. The cost of corporate housing can be high for individuals. Hence, it is more suited and cost effective for companies which may have bulk requirements for temporary housing solutions and there can also be discounts offered for bulk packages.
Corporate housing normally includes condominiums or apartments. There is not much difference between the terms apartment and a condominium apart from legal differences. The apartments may be fully furnished, semi-furnished or unfurnished. It depends on the package purchased by the company from the corporate housing provider. Usually, there would be a considerable difference between the cost of furnished apartments, the cost of semi-furnished apartments and that of unfurnished apartments with the unfurnished ones being the cheapest. Furnished or semi-furnished apartments are the best options for temporary housing since you don't have to spend money on purchasing furniture and other necessary things you might need for the house. Actually, it is not buying these things which is a problem. The problem arises when you have to dispose off the furniture and other things when you no longer need the house.