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Short term rentals in Boulder

Boulder attracts short term visitors from all over the globe, with it’s scenic beauty, recreational abundance, and a thriving local economy anchored by the University of Colorado.   We receive calls and emails every day at our Boulder Housing Helpers office from folks looking fir short term rentals to spend anywhere from a month or longer to explore Boulder.

From students looking for a semester long rental to professionals searching to purchase a home in the area, short term rentals in Boulder serve many purposes.  Some are surprised when we tell them about all of the different uses that our short term rental serve.   So I  thought I’d dedicate this post to outline some of the many “uses” that we have provided short term rentals in Boulder over the years.  Perhaps some may surprise you too!

  • Vacation Rentals– who wouldn’t enjoy staying in a spacious apartment, condo, or home while on a vacation in Boulder?  It can make all the difference when you’re looking to really experience the vibe of a City versus staying in a hotel room on the edge of town.  It’s also useful if you want to get the in-laws out of your basement when they decide to “visit” for three months!!
  • Insurance Housing- Also sometimes referred to as disaster housing, this is any housing requirement that is a result of a insurance claim- think fire damage, frozen pipes, floods, etc.  Unfortunately we’ve seen more of this need lately in Colorado due to folks losing their homes to wildfires.  It’s never easy seeing people in desperate need for housing but always feels good when we can provide some relief and comfortable place to stay while they rebuild their lives.
  • Relocation Housing– thousands of people relocate to Colorado every year, many of them choose a short term rental while in transition to their new permanent home.  Some in the industry refer to this as transitional housing, or interim housing.  Whatever you call it, we think it’s a great way to bridge the gap between homes.
  • Corporate Housing– Companies utilize short term rentals all the time. Whether it be for contract workers coming in to work on a project for a few months, or new employees transferring to the area- a corporate apartment is a great asset that can save companies a ton of money over traditional hotels or extended stays.
  • Intern Housing– See “Corporate Housing” above.  We’ll have an entire post dedicated to this one later, but basically company’s have intern programs (typically in the summer months) where they bring smart kids in from all over the country to work/learn at their facilities in hopes that they may recruit some of them when they get out of school.
  • Students/Grad Students/University Faculty Housing- Most rental leases in Boulder run twelve months, August through July.  This makes it a challenge for anyone tied to the academic semester at the University of Colorado- which is August through December, and January through May.  Luckily we set aside a number of our short term rentals for the University of Colorado to utilize for semester long leases.   They can be a real life saver for CU students and faculty alike that just cant commit to a one-year lease.
  • Travel Professionals– It’s amazing how the travel industry has grown to embrace the short term apartment rental industry.  We get calls from travel agents booking plans for their customers to stay in our furnished apartments in Boulder all the time.
  • Movie/Film/Entertainment industry– Ever wonder where the Cirque De Sole performers stay when they are in town for a couple months performing under the big top?  You don’t?  Oh right that’s just me that thinks about that stuff while most are wondering how that guy is balancing on the top of a fifteen foot ladder with one hand.   Well many of them stay in short term rentals.  It’s an economical choice and they have plenty of room to stretch out- literally.
  • Government Housing– Good old Uncle Sam needs housing too.  The government is the largest employer in the country.  As such they have lots of folks coming and going all across this land.  Many of them are on long term assignments for several months or more.  They have something called “per diems” -a fancy way of saying “budget”.  This how much they can spend on their housing per day.  Fortunately short term rentals usually fit the bill while as they tend to be less costly then hotel rates.
  • Military Housing- Very similar to government housing, with obvious higher concentrations around major military bases and lots of times the entire family is traveling with them.

There a plethora of options on the internet for short term rentals in Boulder.   So you might be wondering- “with all these options for short term rentals in Boulder how do I choose one?”  Well I’m glad you asked!  We suggest you start by narrowing your search to a reputable company, ideally a local company that has strong roots in the Boulder community with the initials “HH” .  But in all seriousness, there are professional short term rental providers and there are folks trying to pass off a room with a dirty mattress on the floor as corporate housing.  And even worse, there are lots of scammers out there trying to con you out of your money.

Verify, verify, and verify again before you send anyone a dime for their housing.  Check to see if they have references.  Check to see if they are a certified corporate housing provider member- CHPA.   A Professional Corporate Housing Provider adheres to minimum standards and a code of ethics to provide quality short term rentals to business travelers as well as individuals in need of short term rentals.   This means that when you rent a corporate apartment in Boulder from a CHPA member you can rest assured that you have made a good decision.

If we can help you narrow down your search for short term rentals in Boulder that would be wonderful.  We especially love introducing people to this beautiful City for the first time and helping them discover the magic of Boulder!

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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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