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Corporate Housing

Corporate housing adds value to employee relocations

Getting employees up to speed as quickly as possible is always the goal of  corporate relocation and corporate housing can play a valuable role in meeting that goal.

When employees have to spend hours, days, even weeks searching for a place to live productivity suffers — often when peak productivity is needed most. Corporate housing can ease employees into new locations by providing a place to live so the employees search for a new home can go on the backburner and help the employee to focus on their job.

Corporate housing also gives the employee time to become familiar with their new town and identify what part of town they want to live in long term. Where are the good schools, restaurants, night life, whatever their main concern may be in the new location.

Why extended stay hotels are not the best solution

Extended stay hotels have grown in popularity recently, and they do serve a useful purpose, but there can be issues with using them for relocation.

  • Location. Most extended stay hotels are located in commercial areas. Not the most relaxing or homey locations, typically far away from schools, shopping and other important locations for providing a home like atmosphere.  Corporate housing is located in residential areas allowing the employee and their families to assimilate more quickly into the area and also enjoy better amenities and location.

 

  • Living amenities.  Kitchenettes with micro-refrigerators and microwaves are find short stays, but not acceptable for families looking at long term living of a month or longer.  Meals out will get expensive and the loss of home cooked meals can actually affect the health and even emotional well being of the employees.   Corporate apartments have full size kitchens that equipped with all the amenities needed to provide a home cooked meal.   Corporate housing also offers more of the comforts of home that employees are used to such as; washer/dryer, outdoor living spaces, fireplaces, pantry, pet friendly options, and private parking garages.

 

  • Space.  Let’s face it, even the most luxurious extended stay hotels don’t offer the living space that a full sized apartment or home can offer.  Especially when families are involved with the relocation, separate living/dining/bedrooms and even outdoor spaces such as patios are very important to maintain a comfortable standard of living where everyone in the family has some privacy.

 

  • Expense. While each market is different, typically corporate housing offers a cost saving advantage over hotels.  Cable television, high speed internet, even phone service can be expensive add ons at extended stay hotels while they are included with corporate housing.  Often corporate housing can save employees as much as 50% over the cost of an equivalent hotel stay.   Relocation is an expensive process so any relief from expenses is a welcome benefit.

Corporate Housing Advantages

  • Apartments, condos, and houses, in great locations close to schools, shopping and residential lifestyle.
  • Fully furnished housing with all the things you need to settle in for a comfortable stay —      housewares, cookware, dishes, linens, towels, and home electronics.
  • All living expenses included; utilities, cable and internet all included.
  • Flexible leasing — month to month, short term and long term options available.
  • Easy booking process with direct billing and major credit cards accepted.
  • Personal service provided by experienced corporate housing providers to make your relocation easier.
  • Cost savings- corporate housing costs a fraction of most extended stay hotels, while providing more room and all the amenities of a real home. We also provide 24-hour a day personalized service for all our clients.
  • Superior service, amenities and savings — your satisfaction is our only goal.

Please contact Housing Helpers to discuss all the advantages and savings of our corporate housing services.

Corporate Housing customer service

The secret to creating loyal corporate housing customers, it’s not just a furnished apartment.

As a corporate housing company we are always looking for ways to add value to our furnished apartments, add conveniences, and increase the comfort for our guests.  Whenever I travel, whether it be for business or personal reasons, I am keenly aware of not just the differences but the striking similarities that exist across the broad spectrum of travel and tourism service providers.   There is a fairly predictable script that is acted out-  a routine, a process, an itinerary, a schedule….a lot of “predictability”.  From airlines, to hotels, rental cars, restaurants, conference facilities, and corporate housing – it’s all really very predictable.  You book your place, reserve your spot, check in, check out, pay your tab, and it’s a done deal.  When everyone plays their part the trip is uneventful and everyone is content.  There is nothing really memorable – good or bad – about this experience.

But what happens when things dont go as planned?  When the customer wants something different?  What if their request doesn’t fit into the routine?   These are the times that create memorable experiences,  they are incredible opportunities for the companies that recognize them and incredible pitfalls for companies that don’t. For me, I don’t always remember the good service that I’ve had and I don’t always remember the bad ones.   But I always remember the ones when my expectations were exceeded by a company that acted outside of their script to provide a solution to solve my needs

If you think back and try to remember an occasion where you had outstanding service, what comes to mind?  For most it’s something that occurred outside of the norm.  A company, a person, or a group of people that behaved in such a manner that made you feel unique, as if you were special, like their best customer.  Perhaps it was a time where you needed something that didn’t fit within the typical “script” or maybe you were hesitant to ask for it because you were all too familiar with the typical response.  And to your delight the company responded out of script to solve your needs, to act outside of the boundaries of the norm to treat you special.   And you will likely always remember that company.

On the flip side.  You might remember some of the more frustrating service experiences that you had.  Maybe you had a need that arose, you asked for a solution, and not only was it not solved but their was no attempt made to solve it.  Despite the fact that the company likely had the resources to solve your needs it simply chose not to because it didnt fit within their script, it wasnt in their “job description”, the person helping you had no authority to help you, and so on.  You were left feeling as if you should have gone elsewhere with your business.

Creating value is great, adding comfort and convenience is also great- but they dont always create loyal customers.  There is a long list of service providers that provide value, convenience, and comfort when it comes to corporate housing.  But what happens when something goes out of script, how do they respond?  Are their employees empowered to do the right thing or are they saddled with rigid corporate guidelines and procedures that don’t allow them to do what they know is the right thing to do.  Or maybe it takes them too long to even react to something outside of the norm, leaving their customers waiting and wondering.

This last point is really critical.  There a lots of good people that work for service companies.  These people are smart, caring, and professional.  But they are handicapped by the very organizations they work for.  They are not allowed to react quickly to the changing needs of their customers and solve problems on the fly.  In short, they are discouraged from seizing the very opportunities that would create loyal customers for their companies in the first place.  This is why only very few service companies achieve the level of creating loyal customers, and for that matter loyal employees as well.

John Mackey, the co-CEO for Whole Foods Market ( a great Colorado company known for creating incredibly loyal customers and employees) was asked this question in a recent interview- What’s the secret to creating loyal customers?  This was his response.  “We’ve all been frustrated when an organization hides behind “I can’t do that” or “it’s against policy”.   The policy is often stupid, and the person saying they can’t give you what you want knows it’s stupid.  But their hands are tied.  At Whole Foods, we empower our team members to do whatever it takes to make the customers happy.  Does that mean that they occasionally make mistakes?  Of course. But if serving the customer is the primary goal, it’s better to make a mistake by being too lenient than it is to alienate someone.”

John points to the heart of what truly matters when serving customers and creating loyalty.  We exist solely for the customers, they are the reason we are here.  So when your customers have a need your employees will solve it no matter what it takes regardless of what your procedure manual says.  And when your company culture is supportive of this approach you will achieve extraordinary results creating loyal customers  that will return to book your corporate apartments year after year.  Finally, don’t wait for these opportunities to present themselves- go ahead and talk with your customers, seek out their opinions and encourage them to make you better.   Go outside the script and surprise them with acts of extraordinary service.  They will look forward to being delighted by your service and tell their friends and coworkers of the extraordinary experiences they have.

Housing Helpers provides corporate housing and services furnished apartments in Colorado for business travelers and those seeking a spacious alternative to hotels and extended stays.  We look forward to delighting our guests and exceeding their expectations at every opportunity!

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Stay in Boulder for business or leisure, plan your stay for a month or longer

This time of year  we here at Housing Helpers in Boulder CO start fielding calls on a daily basis from all over the country, actually from all over the world, from folks that are planning a trip to Boulder. In light of this, we thought it good timing to address some basic tips and advice for planning your next stay in Boulder, Colorado.

First, there is seasonal demand for accommodations in Boulder.  Boulder sees the majority of its tourism visitors in the spring and summer months.  Contrary to the belief of many out-of-towners, Boulder is not a ski town, not a winter destination.  Boulder is in fact a summer destination.  The summer draws crowds of folks to the Boulder area to enjoy the beautiful and somewhat mild summer weather.  We see lots of visitors from the warmer climate states in the south and southwest such  as Florida, Texas, Arizona, and New Mexico.  Boulder provides a welcome respite from the oppressive heat and humidity as the summer days here are dry and warm while the nights are cool and comfortable.  Boulder is really an ideal summer destination.

Second, planning months in advance to arrange accommodations in the City of Boulder can be a challenge.   What’s so hard about it?  Well, first Boulder is a relatively small City in the grand scheme of things.  And there is a relatively limited supply of housing and hotels in Boulder.   The housing supply tends to be absorbed by locals and students, alot of students.  The University of Colorado is a big presence in Boulder.  The University of Colorado has a lot of students, over 25,000 undergraduates.   And yes, you guessed it, most of them rent off campus.  And during certain major events such as graduation or parents weekend, it is nearly impossible to find a vacancy at any hotel room, extended stay, or furnished apartment anywhere within a 10 mile radius of the City of Boulder.

There is a solution for those visiting Boulder on a longer term basis, say one month or longer:  Furnished apartments in Boulder .  Why is one month the cutoff?   In the City of Boulder, most rentals are prohibited for less than thirty days, unless of course it is a hotel.  So if you are coming to Boulder for a  month or longer that opens up a larger pool of accommodations.  But be careful.  I wouldn’t recommend going on line and renting the first furnished apartment that you find on Craigslist.  Back to the students.  You see in Boulder, the good majority of rental properties are geared towards students, not necessarily for professionals or business travelers.   If you aren’t  a student and you’re looking for an environment that is more professional than its best to get in touch with someone that knows about professional managed furnished Boulder apartments, and one that knows the quality of the furnished apartments that you are considering renting.

We will be writing more about this topic in the coming months as we get closer the summer months in Boulder and the race to find accommodations heats up.  In the meantime, if you are looking for Boulder Furnished Apartments for a month or longer, Housing Helpers has over twenty five years helping travelers to secure the perfect furnished apartment in Boulder.  So give us a call at 303-545-6000 and let us help you navigate the planning of your next stay in  our beautiful City.

 

Corporate Housing

The corporate housing riddle, debunking the myths of furnished housing.

What is more affordable and spacious than extended stay hotels, fully furnished with state-of-the-art appliances, includes all utilities, internet, and cable, and is available with flexible lease terms to suit your specific situation?

Believe it or not, the answer is corporate housing.

While often confused with “housing for corporations only,” corporate housing was originally coined to describe any temporary and furnished accommodation. Corporate housing with Housing Helpers, however, means that you will be getting the best of the best. Not only are our furnished units in great locations and offer personal service 24 hours a day, but they are also all-inclusive with utilities, internet, cable, dishware, linens, and separate living and sleeping areas- like a home should be.

Although you now have a solid understanding of what corporate housing is, the riddle of corporate housing is not yet solved. For whom are these units offered? What sorts of people require corporate housing? The answer may surprise you.

Turns out, there is a wide variety of people for whom the units are created and maintained. Consider this:

You are an academic at the peak of your career and have just been invited to be a visiting professor for a semester at CU Boulder. Congratulations! Our corporate department will be happy to help you find a place for those few months that will give you the comforts of home.

Or maybe your company has just opened a new account in Colorado and wants to send you, one of their best employees, to help open a branch or work on a special project. Well, by all means, let Housing Helpers sort out your accommodation and get you into one of our move-in-ready furnished apartments…you only need to bring your toothbrush! To make it easier for corporations, Housing Helpers also offers easy direct billing.

Or, perhaps you put your family house on the market and it sold quicker than you expected! Congratulations for that too. Rather than shuffle all of your worldly possessions between storage units and cramped spaces until your new home is ready, you should consider temporary housing. We are sure to have a fully-furnished temporary living space for you that will fit your entire family, and your family pets too!

Or consider this scenario. You’re about to move to Boulder, or perhaps have just rolled into town, and do not yet have a long-term place to stay. Rather than jump into a 12-month lease in an unfamiliar area, consider a month-to-month furnished rental, furnished apartments in Boulder, that give you the space to breathe and explore Boulder before you sign any long-term commitments.

Another reason to consider corporate housing is when life happens. By this, I refer to insurance housing when a disaster strikes and you find yourself in need of place to stay. Whether it is a fire or flooding, Housing Helpers can work with your insurance company to provide furnished temporary housing that will ensure you have a warm place to lay your head.

And last but not least, corporate housing is a viable option for government employees and government contractors also. During a short stay in town, a home away from home can be hard to find- but Housing Helper’s corporate housing can do just that.

With furnished apartments, homes, condos, and townhomes all over this beautiful state, Housing Helpers strives to provide the best selection and best quality of temporary housing in Colorado. Now that you’ve solved the corporate housing riddle, a ready-to-move-in home awaits you! Just don’t forget your toothbrush!

You can search the largest selection of  Boulder Furnished Apartments on our site.   Read more about Corporate Housing .

Choosing a professional corporate housing provider, a recipe for success

Temporary HousingUsing a professional corporate housing company to handle the arrangements for your temporary housing is much like using a tried-and-true cookbook to help guide your culinary experience.  A recipe is much preferred to asking someone who has never made, or even sampled, the dish before.

With a professional corporate housing company you are ensuring not only that your employees housing is in good hands, but also that it will be handled in a professional and cost effective manner.

When selecting a corporate housing provider it’s a good idea to look for professional affiliations such as Corporate Housing Providers Association (CHPA) and the Employee Relocation Council (ERC), whos members are bound to a higher quality standard and code of ethics for business.  And always ask for references.  A reputable provider will have a track record of success that they should be willing to share with you.  Having your employees go at it alone or use an un-vouched company, one that has little or no credentials, may leave them far worse for wear in the long run. Hidden fees and unmet expectations can lead to a bad living situation; but this can be avoided by using a professional corporate housing company with verified credentials and affiliations.

By allowing a corporate housing company to manage the housing from start to finish, it will eliminate a host of unnecessary stress, and reduce costs.   A qualified provider will handle the furniture, housewares, linens, electronics, internet, cable, and provide ongoing 24/7 support for your employees.  By having your furnished housing managed by a professional, you can ease your employees travel stress allowing them to settle more comfortably, and more quickly, into a new environment.

With the right provider, booking a corporate apartment should be as easy as booking a hotel room and the accommodations are usually twice as large at a fraction of the cost.   Moreover, your housing costs are consolidated on one monthly bill that includes everything: rent, all utilities, cable, internet, phone, furniture, housewares, and if applicable, maid services.  The anxiety of multiple bills is eliminated thanks to this consolidated direct billings system.  And unlike traditional private rental housing, most corporate housing companies do not be require you to pay security deposits and application fees, an additional savings to your bottom line.   In addition to the cost saving advantage of corporate housing you are also not limited by locations.   Corporate housing can be located in residential areas, city centers, and in many locations where hotels are not located, providing more choices and variety for your employees.

Another reason to choose a professional corporate housing company over attempting an independent stab is because an established company will know the lay of the land.  Rather than staring at Google maps and trying to distinguish the noisy streets from the tranquil ones, the corporate housing company should do the footwork for you and provide valuable insights to help you choose the right location.   A reputable provider will know the individual neighborhoods and can suggest areas that suit your employee’s specific needs – whether it is a place near the mountainside or the poolside, providing them with the perfect ingredients for a great temporary housing experience.

With corporate housing all of the ingredients are included for the perfect housing recipe.  All your employees need to bring is their suitcase and tooth brush.   A good corporate housing provider will have ability to adapt to your employees specific needs to provide them with the perfect housing recipe that will not only decrease your temporary housing costs, but minimize your risks, and greatly increase the chances of creating a comfortable, home-style stay with just the right blend of professionalism and service.  The best part is you get to be the hero that found the perfect recipe for corporate housing success.

For professional corporate housing services and high quality furnished apartments contact Housing Helpers in Denver, Boulder, and throughout Colorado.

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