You’re in charge of managing your company’s short-term housing needs. And because we got our start in the healthcare industry, we understand the importance of getting your traveling professionals into the best housing. Whether your travelers will be living in temporary housing for three months, or a year, they need a place to call home.
Empowering your travelers to find the best short-term housing is entirely possible, you just need to equip them with the right tools. Here are five questions your travelers should be asking about rental units, in order to find the best short-term housing solution.
1) Is it furnished or unfurnished?
Depending on the length of stay, this question is critical to your travelers’ success. While unfurnished options allow travelers to customize units with their own furniture, fully furnished options reduce the headaches of moving.
If your travelers are planning to stay an extended period of time—more than six months, for example—they may want to bring some small comforts of home with them, such as bedding and pillows. Even if your travelers prefer fully furnished options, encourage them to bring pictures, books, and other small knickknacks to add a personal touch.
Short-term housing providers negotiate furniture packages that can be customized around your travelers’ needs. From functional and uncomplicated, to elegant and upgraded, these packages offer furniture, housewares, television, and utility packages that can be adjusted accordingly.
2) Is it a condominium, apartment, or house?
Having your travelers inquire what type of unit they are staying in can help them make the best of their short-term stay. From being aware of logistics like bedrooms and total space-footage, to knowing whether trash pick-up and utilities are included, knowing the small details can help immensely.
Whether they’re living in a condo or townhome, an apartment complex, or a single-family house, get your travelers prepared to deal with the nuances of each.
3) Are you insured?
The more your travelers know, the better their stay is—especially when it comes to insurance. When you and your traveler settle on short-term housing, it’s crucial to know if the owner or landlord provides insurance. If you’re renting through a short-term housing provider, travelers are often automatically insured, should anything come up. This helps provide peace of mind, in a sometimes tedious and taxing process.
4) How long is the lease?
Yearly leases are the most common amongst residential units across the country. With short-term housing, however, leases are dependent on property managers and landlords. While some units allow month-to-month leases, others have 6-month minimum leases. Gauge what’s best for your travelers, and shop around for the best property.
5) Who is your point of contact?
Is there a dedicated landlord who will take care of maintenance and upkeep? And whom can you direct your questions or concerns: a landlord, a property manager, or another point of contact? When you’re considering options in a new city, these are all important questions to ask. To eliminate superfluous communication and reduce headaches, consider outsourcing your temporary housing.
Short-term housing providers take care of the nitty-gritty, including managing vacancies and processing rent checks. When you work with Travelers Haven, you no longer have to stress over managing furniture, utilities, and leases. We search for the best rates, present custom options, run crime reports, and secure and sign leases.