Corporate Housing has its Perks
If you get sent to a town to work for an extended period of time – about three months or so, I recommend staying in corporate housing. There are lots of choices for you, but hotels are cramped and expensive and apartments require you to purchase furniture (sure you could go rent some stuff from Aaron’s for a few months, but it is a headache – trust me – been there and done that).
The cool things about corporate housing (aka short term furnished apartments/suites) are as follows:
- It’s turnkey – you walk into it and can relax because everything is there for you to live for an extended stay.
- Most of them have nice furnishings – you aren’t going to have to sit on old couches or sleep on hard beds. I guess it depends on which one you stay in, but all of the ones I have stayed in are well-stocked with top of the line furniture.
- The bathrooms work well – There is nothing as bad as having to stay in an extended stay with low water pressure, lukewarm water, and hard to flush toilets. The corporate housing suites I have stayed in have all prided themselves on providing the cleanest and most operational bathrooms I have ever had. Most of them are better than the one I have in my permanent home. That’s saying a lot.
- Customer service – The owners and workers who run these corporate housing sites typically care for those who are staying with them. The hotels I have stayed in have workers who don’t seem to care about those who are staying there. But I have found that corporate housing workers get paid more and receive better training from the owners of the sites. It’s nice to know you have people who actually care about what you want and need while you are living away from home.
- Size of rooms – The suites I have lived in don’t make you feel claustrophobic – there is plenty of room to live rather than to just survive like you would in a hotel room. I love having a bedroom that is separate from my workspace and my den.
- Work happens – Once when I was working with several Texas colleges in a specific region, I found that the set up of the corporate housing seemed to make it easier to work than in other spaces. I attribute this to the lighting in these spaces – There is no fluorescent death lights above your head – there are soft lights that keep you from tiring out as quickly.
Now as I mentioned before I’ve only stayed in a few corporate housing sites and I know my experiences with them may be too generalized. Maybe there are some really cramped and stinky. But I have heard from other travelers who have stayed in the various options and also in corporate housing and they agree with my take on it all. Wherever you end up, I wish you the best possible stays. Feel free to comment on this and let me know what you have found to be most true.