You don’t need a crystal ball to be able to predict that business travel costs are going to continue to rise further over the next 12-18 months.

With the current global financial climate and no end in sight for the current main influences, it’s difficult to envision a time when costs are likely to stabilize.

But just how much do we predict business travel industry costs will rise? Will price rises be across the board or concentrated in particular areas? Will both short-term lodging and travel costs increase? At the same rate?

Is it just global influences driving price rises or is there more to it than that?

All these questions and more are occupying travel managers and accounts departments across the country right now.

While we don’t have all the answers, we can help outline what we think the next 12-18 months look like for the business travel industry.

We will be using a combination of the 2023 Global Business Travel Forecast, published today by CWT and our own experience to shed some light on what the future may hold.

The headline numbers you need to know

The report makes for sober reading. Prices rises across the board with no end in sight.

Predicted price increases for key business travel areas:

2022 2023
Air fares 48.5% 8.45%
Transportation costs 7.3% 6.8%
Hotel rates 18.2% 8.2%

 

You’ll notice huge increases for 2022 as the world emerged from lockdown and began doing business in person again.

While prices are expected to continue rising into 2023, the rates are more in line with inflation. We do not currently expect any significant jumps in rates, although that is always subject to change!

Short-term lodging

A lot of the data in the 2023 Global Business Travel Forecast refers to hotel rooms as there is much less data around for corporate housing.

From our own experience, prices for corporate housing are rising but more slowly and more steadily than hotels.

This may partly be explained by the lower running costs associated with furnished housing. Fewer staff, lower bills and generally more modest outgoings as compared to hotels.

Mortgage rates are going up of course, but not all properties are mortgaged. Some that are secured against loans use venture capital rather than traditional mortgages, so are less impacted by headline rates.

Mortgage rates continue to climb as the Fed tries to cool down the real estate market and control inflation. As it increases the federal funds rate it has a huge influence on the mortgage market.

The Mortgage Interest Rates Forecast 2022 & 2023 report shows us just how much rates have risen and have predictions of where the market might move in 2023.

Zillow Vice President of Capital Markets Paul Thomas said, “Mortgage rates are likely to be volatile in the near term as markets are pricing in the competing influences of high inflation and Federal Reserve rate hikes against increasing risks of economic slowdowns and a potential recession. Considering the current situation, we’re more likely to see higher rates by the end of the year than lower ones.”

The positive news about mortgage rates is that they are widely expected to fall in 2023. Current predictions are that they will fall to around 5.4% by Q4 2023.

Hotel room rates

As we do have data on hotel room rate rises, let’s take a look at those.

Hotel room rates fell by 13.3% in 2020 when we were in the center of the coronavirus pandemic. Demand fell through the floor and business travel, and all travel, was at a standstill.

Since then, we have seen a rise of 18.2% in 2022 once the world began doing business in person again.

We expect a rise of a further 8.2% for 2023 as inflationary pressures exert their influence across the country.

This rise in prices is partly down to rising costs but also rising demand.

Demand has accelerated both for business travel and leisure travel.

The relaxing of travel rules was a watershed moment. Tension and urgency that had built up during the pandemic and the various lockdowns was suddenly unleashed.

Both domestic and international travel experienced huge demand, which increased prices.

Add rising fuel costs, the war in Ukraine and increased costs related to getting back up to speed have all put pressure on prices.

These should all settle in 2023 but we don’t know to what extent.

Predicting any part of business is a tough ask, but given these tumultuous times, it’s even tougher.

The global financial situation and the impact of rising costs across the world can have unpredictable effects.

That’s something we just don’t have enough data to predict with any degree of accuracy right now.

The impact on international travel

It isn’t just domestic hotels that have seen price rises. According to the American Express Global Business Travel ‘Hotel Prices 2023’ report, hotel prices are up across the world.

Destination Price increase
Buenos Aires 30%
Paris 10%
Dublin 8.5%
Sau Paolo 7.7%
Amsterdam 7.5%
Frankfurt 7.5%

Other countries are likely to be in line with Amsterdam and Frankfurt as the south American destinations are heavily influenced by local inflationary pressures.

Business air travel

The business air travel industry has also had a tumultuous time. Airlines were largely grounded during the pandemic and staff furloughed or laid off.

That explosion in demand then caused its own problems. Airlines and airports had to rush to get back up to speed, hire more staff, train them and begin earning money.

Jet fuel is also more expensive than ever before. Fuel makes up 30% of airline running costs and prices are higher than ever.

That, and the global situation has caused an increase of 48.5% in air fares in 2022.

That’s an astounding rise but when you consider prices fell by at least 26% over the pandemic, that’s a rise of close to 22.5%.

Still a big number to be sure, but less impactful than 48.5%!

The picture is as mixed here as it is elsewhere. While crude oil prices are down, much depends on how much airlines bought in advance at the higher prices.

It also depends how long it will take to get back up to speed in terms of staffing and flight numbers. Then there’s the impact rising costs has on business and the desire for business travel.

We fully expect inflationary pressures to dampen demand for leisure travel but just how that will impact business, we just don’t know.

At the moment, the outlook is too muddy to predict with any level of certainty.

Ground travel

It isn’t just air travel that is experiencing price challenges right now. Car hire, leasing and purchasing are all experiencing tough times.

The combination of lockdowns and the depressed demand for rentals and leases had an obvious impact on the companies involved.

Add the global semiconductor shortage and its impact on car manufacture and you have a series of economic drivers coming from different directions all achieving the same thing.

Causing prices to rise.

Global car rental prices fell 2.5% in 2020 before rising 5.1% in 2021. Further rises are expected in 2022, to around 7.3% and again in 2023 a further 6.8%.

Arguably, ground travel is probably the one area of business travel that will change most in 2023.

A combination of lack of inventory and change of direction in terms of environmental factors will all impact ground travel to a certain degree.

How we travel, the vehicles we travel in and the lack of availability aren’t going away anytime soon.

To our mind, that 6.8% price rise prediction for 2023 is on the conservative side.

Meetings and events

Meetings and events also saw a spike in demand once the gates were reopened after the pandemic.

This inevitably caused an increase in prices as venues, businesses and events companies tried to get back up to speed and regain traction.

The cost-per-attendee for meetings and events in 2022 is expected to be around 25% higher than in 2019.

It is forecast to rise a further 7% in 2023.

This is partly down to that pent-up demand but also a strong desire by businesses to reinforce or rebuild company culture.

As many of us know, remote working had immense benefits both for staff and employers, but it did have downsides.

One of which was the building of corporate culture and behaviors.

Many businesses recognized this very early on and were determined to address that as soon as they were able.

This is partly responsible for the rise in demand for meetings and events.

Those and the rebooking of the thousands of events cancelled during 2019/2020 has cause immense demand in the events industry.

Add increased staffing and running costs and you have the perfect storm for price rises.

The influence of remote working and video conferencing on business travel

While recent events have changed the way we live and work, most of those changes won’t be forever.

The world is already reopening, meetings and events are being held, corporate awaydays are happening and we’re all shaking hands again.

But not everything is going back to the way it was.

Remote working was a definite hit with many staff and with some companies.

Businesses liked it because it significantly lowered operating costs.

Employees liked it because it provided a taste of genuine work-life balance.

Not all companies are going back to the traditional office model, so will this impact business travel? If so, by how much?

According a recent piece by The Ladders, 25% of all professional jobs in North America will be remote by the end of 2023.

On the whole, employees have proven they can be trusted to remain productive even when not under direct management oversight.

The technology, policies and processes are all now in place to effectively manage remote working and companies remain productive even with hybrid organizations.

Plus, with fuel costs rising, companies are welcoming the ability to lower their own heating and electricity bills and pass them on to staff!

For some firms, this means spending less on business travel as they can do everything remotely.

Zoom and Google Meets are now legitimate ways to hold meetings, pitch ideas and keep business moving. They are established and widely accepted, making them an everyday tool.

Other firms had said they plan to go the other way. To allow people to work from home but have more emphasis on in-person meetings or away days to help maintain culture and provide wellness opportunities for staff.

Will this impact business travel? Yes, we think it certainly will.

How much? We just don’t know.

There is currently insufficient data in the public domain about which companies are embracing home working and by how much.

According to Review42, 55% of businesses globally offer some capacity for remote work even after the pandemic.

What proportion of the workforce that will involve is unknown. How companies will maintain culture and whether the change will be long term or not is also unknown at this time

However, according to that same Review42 data, companies saved up to $11,000 per employee per year by allowing remote working just 50% of the time.

Those numbers are striking and will likely influence some firms going forward.

Short-term lodging and business travel industry outlook

The outlook for short-term lodging, hotels and business travel looks amazingly positive.

It is dampened by the specter of rising costs but demand is high and is expected to remain so for the foreseeable future.

Events are happening once more, in-person meetings are happening in thousands of offices every day, staff still need training, secondments still need to happen and someone will always need to change duty station.

As long as price inflation is kept to a minimum and efficiencies and productivity is maintained, the outlook is great.

Businesses now expect higher prices and (grudgingly) accept them. This acceptance is a genuine change as we all get used to inflationary pressures and volatile markets.

As long as this isn’t taken as an excuse to unfairly raise prices or overinflate profits, any business related to business travel should be in a good position over the next 12-18 months.

If you’re looking to change up your company travel or want to lower the cost of accommodation, you’re in the right place.

Blu Corporate Housing is going to show you how to lower the cost of travel while delivering more to staff while you’re at it.

The corporate travel market has experienced a huge resurgence. Demand is higher now than before the pandemic and shows no signs of slowing down.

Prices are rising too. If you book hotel rooms for staff, you’ll already have noticed how much more you’re paying now than before and typically get less for it too!

There is another way to manage company travel. Use corporate housing.

We’re going to share 5 compelling reasons why corporate housing is the answer to your company travel challenges.

We’ll also explain why it’s so much better than a hotel or using Airbnb.

1.        Save money

The first reason to use corporate housing instead of a hotel is the cost savings. Even before hotels began putting prices up, you were already paying way too much for accommodation.

On average, you’ll pay less than half for corporate housing than you will for a comparable hotel room for stays of 30 days or more.

Clients we work with will save anywhere between 40-80% when they use a furnished rental through Blu than if they rented a hotel room of a similar standard.

When money is tight across the board and inflation is eating into profits, savings like this are too good to ignore!

If you manage to get more for less money, even better!

The exact level of savings will differ depending on the location, the length of stay, the number of people being accommodated and other factors, but on average, you’re going to save big.

House several staff within the same property and you can multiply those savings significantly!

2.        Higher levels of satisfaction

Most professionals will cope with whatever accommodation you book for them. But it benefits everyone if they are happy with that choice.

The vast majority of staff who stay in corporate housing are happy with the choice.

You get more space to breathe and relax after work. You get more privacy and can fully kick back in your own space.

There is usually less noise too. No noisy hallways or TV noise coming through thin walls.

No queueing for the buffet breakfast, no having to wait for the bacon or coffee to be refilled before you can eat and no having to share the same space with other people.

Happy staff are more productive staff. If they are representing your company, that can have huge implications on future relationships.

It can also help with staff retention. Staff that feel valued and appreciated tend to stay in post longer, no matter the salary.

Feedback from our clients shows overwhelmingly that staff that use furnished rentals are much happier than those placed in hotels.

While hotels are great for vacations, they are much less suited to longer stays.

That is borne out in feedback we receive and is one of the reasons we think corporate housing delivers much more for corporate travelers.

3.     Flexibility with bookings and services

Businesses have to be agile if they are to compete and need to react quickly to changes.

Using corporate housing can help with that.

You may need to book ahead of time, but we can help you with any change you might need. Need to stay longer? No problem? Need to accommodate more staff? No problem.

Need to change location or move to a new city? No problem.

We can help with any aspect of your rental and while there are contracts, rental periods and so on, we are flexible enough to appreciate things change.

We work a lot with project staff, construction teams, oil and gas workers and other roles that involve change.

Projects run over, locations change, new oil fields are discovered or construction projects are put on hold. Life happens and priorities change.

Work with Blu and you’re working with a partner who can appreciate change.

Flexibility for services is about being able to arrange housekeeping or grocery deliveries.

We can provide a wide number of value-add or essential services on demand.

Contact our team, let us know what you need and when and we’ll handle the rest.

Need to change a delivery day or increase housekeeping visits? No problem. Need to pause them while your people are indisposed for any reason? No problem.

4.     Low effort high reward accommodation

This point is as much about us at Blu as it is corporate housing. We offer a largely hands-free experience to all clients and it is very well received.

Most companies have enough going on as it is without having to manage landlords, utilities and the many aspects of accommodating traveling staff.

Work with us and we take care of the majority of that for you.

Tell us where you need to be and when and we can shortlist suitable accommodation for you.

If you need to be close to somewhere specific, tell us and we’ll select accordingly. Need to house multiple staff in the same property? Tell us and we’ll handle it.

Once shortlisted, select your property of choice and we’ll book it and work with the landlord. We’ll ensure everything is ready for your arrival, including utilities, internet and any extra services you require.

If you need anything extra during the stay, we can arrange it. Need to change dates or the number of people? We’ll take care of it.

Once the rental is over, we’ll handle everything so your people can pack and leave without having to worry about anything.

This approach is also very useful for freelancers, startups and small businesses.

We work with a lot of consultants, contractors and other people who don’t work in large companies or corporations.

They also don’t have the time to handle every aspect of corporate housing, which is where we come in.

It doesn’t matter to us whether you’re a freelance project manager or part of a global multinational.

We do our best by everyone and aim to deliver what you need, when you need it and a superior level of service to every client.

5.     Stay anywhere at any time

Blu has access to over 50,000 properties in over 5,000 cities across the country. Wherever you need to stay, we’ll have something close by.

Hotels are also plentiful, but there are times when they are not where you want to be.

Hotels tend to be in high traffic areas, Downtown, tourist areas, by airports or industrial zones.

If you don’t want to stay in these places, you’re out of luck.

Our corporate housing can help with that.

Need to stay close to an oil or gas field? We can help. Want to be close to a military base? We can help. Need to be close to a construction site or in a rural area? We can help with those too.

We have properties close to most larger government locations, military bases, colleges and universities, research centers, manufacturing centers, oil fields, medical districts and anywhere people tend to need to stay.

Work with Blu and you can choose from any of these housing options at any time. It’s all part of the service!

Corporate housing for company travel

As you can see, there are many reasons why corporate housing makes perfect sense for company travel.

Not only do you get more for a lot less, you also get flexibility, happier staff, a wider range of locations and the freedom to change your plans as your business needs.

Are you ready to make the change? Contact one of our team if you are!

The business travel industry has been growing ever since its inception. Aside from a hiatus during the pandemic, it has experienced steady growth.

The growth is mainly down to its inherent advantages of corporate housing over the alternatives and the cost savings organizations can benefit from.

Corporate housing offers more for less, keeps business travel interesting by offering alternatives to bland hotel rooms and adds more space, privacy and convenience.

We all know the main benefits of corporate housing, but there are other equally important ones that don’t always come up in a cost-benefit analysis.

That’s what we’re discussing today.

We’re going to outline some of the lesser-known benefits of corporate housing for business travel.

Live where locals live

When you go on vacation, do you stay in the tourist areas or like to see the real destination? Do you only eat in chain restaurants or want to experience local food that local people enjoy?

We’re the latter and we bet you are too.

So why stay in chain hotels, in predictable areas when you work away?

One key advantage of corporate housing is that it can be located anywhere. You can certainly stay in tourist or business areas and never leave if you want.

You can also live where the locals live to get a much more authentic experience.

It’s a definite upside to working away from home and can go a long way to overcoming the usual downsides of being away from loved ones or having to work in a strange city.

Work from home if you want to

Many hotel rooms will have a desk area and a chair, but they are rarely conducive to working from ‘home’.

While you’re mainly working away to be at the office or workplace, there may be times when you need peace and quiet. That’s when working from home can help.

Stay in corporate housing and you’ll have as much space to yourself as you like. Some rentals will have a den or home office, some will have a dining table to spread out on.

All will have fast internet and the space to relax and breathe while you plan, work, revise or do whatever you need to do.

Share space with colleagues

Traveling with a team or with work colleagues? Need to prepare for an exam, revise or come up with a plan? Sharing a space with them can seriously help.

We often work with teams that will work in a destination office but will then need space to work at home, together.

Hotel rooms don’t usually have that kind of space, but corporate housing does.

Sit around the dining table together. Sit in the lounge over the coffee table, sit in the garden or on the balcony, it’s entirely up to you.

What you get with corporate housing is the freedom to work how you want, when you want, with whom you want.

Do more with less

We often work with consultants, project managers, contractors and others who need to work away from home. They won’t be part of a corporation. They may be freelancers, contractors or work for a small business without an HR or travel specialist on staff.

Working with Blu overcomes that challenge.

You don’t need an HR department or someone to manage your travel plans as we can do it for you.

We can help identify and secure your corporate housing, make the booking, arrange utilities, manage repairs and manage everything about your stay.

All you have to do is get there and arrange the payment. We’ll take care of everything else!

All the comforts of home

Taking nothing away from hotels, they do have their downsides. That’s especially true when you’re staying there for a month or more.

Those four walls soon begin closing in and you lament the lack of space, room to relax, to have friends round and to sit and enjoy the sunshine.

All things corporate housing can provide.

Corporate housing is typically high-end apartments, penthouses, family homes, townhomes and other property types.

They are not single rooms amongst hundreds of other single rooms.

You get all the space that comes with the property. You get different rooms, separate bedroom and lounge, perhaps a dining room, your own kitchen, balcony or even a garden.

All things that can transform the experience.

Break the monotony

If you or your staff travel often, breaking the monotony of the same old hotel rooms can be huge.

The same four walls, the same bland color schemes, the same single serving soaps and shower gels, the same dark hallways and the same sights and sounds every time can get very boring very quickly.

While professionals adapt, if you can mitigate against that, all the better.

You’ll find it much more satisfying staying in different places with a different feel whenever you travel.

The psychological benefits are huge and can make a genuine difference to staff motivation.

Pet friendly accommodation

Not everyone wants to travel with their pets, but if you do, you’ll find corporate housing is flexible enough to work with that.

Very few hotels will accept pets and those that do tend to reserve the oldest, scruffiest rooms for them.

Many corporate housing options will accept many types of pets. There may be size or breed restrictions imposed by the building or development, but otherwise, you can travel with your pet if you want to.

Whether it’s an assistance dog or just some company while you work away, pets are incredibly important to us, so why wouldn’t you want them with you when you travel?

With business back in full swing, we have returned to trying to find hotel or motel rooms across the country when there are fewer spaces and more people looking.

It’s one of the many areas of business where resources are scarce, but demand has increased. Fortunately, this challenge has a simple solution.

Corporate housing.

Rather than competing for overpriced hotel or motel rooms for staff, use corporate rentals instead.

You get more for less, have more flexibility in location and availability and deliver a more homely space for staff for longer stays.

It’s the answer many businesses are looking for and it’s right here.

Housing for traveling staff

Staff need to travel and be accommodated for a multitude of reasons. Training, office moves, relocations, change of duty station, projects and so many more reasons.

It could be a permanent relocation or change of station. It could be for training, development, secondment, temporary loan or something else.

It could be for a few days, a month, many months or over a year.

Different organizations have different needs and Blu Corporate Housing can cater to them all. As long as you’re staying for 28 days or more, we can help.

We work with government agencies, enterprise, Fortune 500 companies, insurance companies, medical centers, universities, the construction industry, oil and gas industries and anyone who needs high quality, low cost accommodation for a month or more.

Here are three real life examples of how Blu helped a company rehome staff.

Oil and gas workers

A leading oil and gas firm wanted to house a drill team near Austin, Texas for a period 6 months. They didn’t want a bunkhouse and didn’t want a cheap motel.

They also didn’t want to pay hotel prices or risk Airbnb.

Blu was able to find a family home with 6 bedrooms a few miles south of Austin. It had a driveway, garage, spacious lounge and kitchen and 3 bathrooms.

Everyone had their own private space and enough bathrooms to minimize any delays.

The team could also park their trucks on the driveway and had the run of the house and garden. It was the ideal solution that delivered cost savings for the company and more space for the team.

Project team

A well-known cloud solutions provider needed to house their project manager in Palo Alto to oversee an infrastructure upgrade program.

The company wanted somewhere close to the project site and local stores and amenities. They also didn’t know how long they would need the accommodation for as the project could go over schedule.

We sourced a fully furnished apartment in the city center, close to shopping, dining and entertainment and close to the office. It had private parking so their car was safe and had all the comforts of home.

We were also able to arrange the apartment with a rolling monthly contract to help the company manage their schedule without setting a strict time limit.

Army squad

An army team needed to be near Fort Hood for extended training but didn’t want to stay on base. The accommodation needed to be close enough to be convenient but cheap enough to stay within per diem rates.

The team were training over 3 months and ideally wanted to be accommodated together. This ruled out hotels due to cost and proximity, but Blu found them a single family home less than 10 minutes from the gates.

The team could travel together, stay together and eat together, just like they would in the field.

All within the price limitations of government housing rates.

Cost effectiveness

One of the downsides of a market economy is when demand increases, so do prices. Even when there’s no reason for it, you’ll always see prices rise along with demand.

That’s what we’re seeing with hotels right now.

The vacation market is back to normal and so is the business travel sector. We are seeing more demand than any time in the last 3 years and it shows no signs of slowing down.

So, you have a choice.

You can pay more for no good reason or you could pay less for a very good reason.

We know which we would choose!

It’s the same choice thousands of companies are making all the time.

On average, a corporate apartment costs anywhere between 40-80% less than a comparable hotel room for stays of 30 days or more.

All while giving more space, more privacy, (often) more amenities and a lot more freedom to come and go as you please.

If you’re housing multiple staff at once, it makes even more sense as you can accommodate multiple team members within the same property!

Reliability and consistency

The majority of hotels in the United States are reliable and offer decent quality accommodation. But you have to manage everything yourself.

There is also a difference between chains and between locations.

Use alternatives like Airbnb for Work or some of the other newer services and consistency goes right out the window!

While they make guarantees on overall standards, anyone who has stayed in Airbnb knows there can be a huge difference between what the listing promises and what you find when you get there!

Blu Corporate Housing inspects the vast majority of their corporate rentals and solicits feedback from clients to ensure all standards are maintained.

If accommodation falls below expectations, we won’t use it until those standards are met again.

It’s a simple system, but it works!

Freedom of choice

Blu has thousands of corporate rentals you can choose from, in almost every city in the country.

There are also thousands of hotels, but they are mainly in high traffic areas, close to airports, vacation spots or in industrial areas.

They aren’t always convenient for work, which is where corporate rentals come in.

The vast majority of rentals are standard apartments or townhomes leveled up to appeal to the business market.

They will be in Downtown areas, close to business or finance districts, close to hospitals or universities or wherever you need to be.

The sheer volume of properties on our books means wherever your staff are working or training, we’ll have accommodation close by.

If you prefer accommodation close to city centers or entertainment districts, no problem.

If you need to be close to a military base, university or medical district, no problem there either.

Wherever you need to be, or send staff, we have the reach to help.

Whether you’re relocating staff permanently or for extended stays for any reason, corporate rentals can help.

They provide all the comforts of home along with the space, privacy and convenience of your own house or apartment.

All for up to half the price of a hotel room for stays of 30 days or more.

If that doesn’t make perfect business sense, we don’t know what does!

The business landscape has changed a lot over the past few years. We work differently, in different places and are beginning to travel differently too.

It’s that last change we’re discussing here.

Now business is firmly back in action, the demand for travel is steadily increasing. Even in the Zoom era, there’s still a need for in-person meetings and for staff to work outside the office.

Remote working and video conferencing answer some of the challenges of the modern business, but it cannot answer all of them.

People still have to travel to clients, work in other offices, travel to building sites or oil fields, be seconded to other universities or hospitals or undergo extensive training for new roles or responsibilities.

Life goes on and business never stops. Which means there’s a strong demand for business travel.

In fact, we have seen a significant increase in demand for business travel in the second half of 2022.

When everything around us is changing and evolving, why should we go back to the same old ways of working?

The old and new ways of business travel

Not all that long ago, if you traveled on business, chances are you took a flight, hired a car at the destination and stayed in a hotel near the airport or near where you needed to be.

It was a tried and tested combination that delivered predictability and the comfort of the familiar.

But it was far from cheap, or flexible.

Hotels are raising prices all the time. They nickel and dime you for every conceivable thing. They are located close to noisy airports or tourist areas and they are often busy and noisy.

None of which is ideal for the busy business traveler.

That all still happens, but there are now many more viable options.

You can ride share instead of hiring a car. You can home share instead of staying in a hotel.

You can also use corporate housing instead of a hotel.

Corporate housing is fully managed, fully furnished and equipped and designed as a genuine home from home.

What’s more, stay for 30 days or more and it could cost less than half a comparable hotel room!

All while providing a private space for your staff to eat, drink and relax with the comforts of home while working away.

It’s more private and much more reliable than home sharing. It’s cheaper and offers more space to relax than a hotel.

Corporate housing is typically close to business districts, so will often be more convenient too.

For staff, corporate housing offers a comfortable home or apartment with private space and all amenities. If the building or development has facilities, you can use those too.

For companies, corporate housing shows staff you value them by giving them more. It’s also hands-off, as Blu manages everything for you.

Finally, it’s cheaper than a hotel. Even though you get more, you pay less. In the current climate, that’s a genuine rarity!

So now we have set the scene, let’s get to those 5 reasons why corporate housing works for business.

We have touched upon them in the introduction but let’s cover them in more detail.

1. Cost savings

The most compelling reason for using corporate housing is the potential for cost savings.

Business travel costs money and with inflation like it is, any opportunity to save a little cash without compromising quality or amenities has to be a good thing.

Corporate housing can help with that.

On average, companies can save anywhere between 40-80% on accommodation costs when using corporate housing.

Much depends on the location and length of stay, but on average, you can save in excess of 50% on a comparable hotel for stays of 30 days or more if you use a corporate apartment.

All while providing more space, more privacy, more amenities and all the comforts of home.

Unfortunately, we can’t help with the cost of flights or car hire, but we can definitely save money on accommodation!

In fact, we may be able to help with car hire.

Many corporate rentals are in Downtown areas or financial districts. Close to work, close to stores and local amenities.

Potentially, your staff may not need to hire cars at all!

Another cost saving!

Typically, the longer the stay, the lower the rate. So, unlike hotels, you could actually be paying even less for staying longer.

How’s that for a great deal?

2. Location, location, location

As we alluded to a second ago, corporate housing tends to be in Downtown areas or financial or business districts.

That means no driving or getting the bus from an airport hotel or having to travel from sketchy areas with motel rows.

You can drive if you want, but it’s an option and not a necessity. That’s a minor but often important distinction.

If you’re in the military, work at a university or hospital, you’ll find corporate rentals close to those too.

Blu Corporate Housing has furnished rentals close to the largest military bases in the country. We also have housing close to many leading universities and large medical centers too.

With around 50,000 rentals in over 5,000 cities in the continental United States, Blu has access to almost every city in the country.

They will be close to the office, the hospital, the university, the building site, the oil field, the training center or the military base.

As corporate housing tends to be standard apartments or homes converted for business use, they can literally be anywhere.

3. All the comforts of home

The phrase ‘home from home’ is well-worn and somewhat overused, but is perfectly apt for describing corporate housing.

Long term rentals are outfitted just like your home and to a similar quality.

They will include high quality furniture, all appliances, soft furnishings, bedding, cookware, cutlery, crockery and everything your staff need to begin living right away.

All your team will need to bring with them are clothes and any personal items they cannot live without.

Even if staff share an apartment, they get to use all of it.

They will have their own private bedroom and free rein over the lounge, kitchen, diner, bathroom and any other spaces.

Need to do the laundry? No need to pay someone to do it unless you want to. There will usually be laundry amenities within the property.

Wash your clothes and live there as you would live at home.

From our own business travel experience, we find it much easier to relax and unwind in our own space than in a hotel room.

It’s quieter, there’s a better feeling of privacy and security and there’s usually a lot less noise from neighboring rooms and the hallway!

Need to work from home? That’s tough in a hotel room. Even the largest rooms or suites are hardly restful places.

Rent a corporate apartment and you have the entire space as your own. Spread out, put on some music or do whatever it is you need to do to work.

Finally, if you drive to the location, you’ll likely have a driveway or private parking.

Anyone who has used hotel parking will know how common it is to end up with mystery scratches or dents in their car.

It’s another small thing, but they are definitely mounting up!

4. Staff satisfaction

Staff retention is becoming tougher as shortages of skilled staff continue to bite. You could throw money at the problem, but that’s not always enough of a motivation to stay.

Showing staff you value them can be a considerable motivator.

Corporate housing can help with that.

If you don’t have the travel budget for 4 or 5 star hotel, you can give staff much more with corporate housing.

It offers frictionless travel for staff and delivers more space, more amenities and more satisfaction while they are there.

Your team couldn’t fail to be impressed if you rent them a penthouse or high end apartment in the center of a city instead of the same old chain hotels.

They get more space and a better experience while you save money at the same time.

While we all have bills to pay, making your people feel valued is one of the strongest staff retention techniques there is.

5. Customer service

If you have ever rented privately, you know it can be a bit of an epic journey. Lots of paperwork, credit checks, huge deposits and regular inspections by the agent.

There is less hassle with a hotel but there’s still plenty of paperwork to handle.

That’s not the case with Blu and our corporate housing. You get a dedicated account specialist who will be your single point of contact for everything.

Our team are here to help with anything.

We can find your accommodation, shortlist a bunch of options and liaise with landlord to book and manage the rental.

We are also here if anything goes wrong or if you need extra services. A pipe burst? We’ll manage the repair. Need grocery deliveries or housekeeping? We’ll book and manage it.

We are here to help with every step of the way.

From finding viable options in out of the way places, recommending rentals close to military bases or offices and helping arrange cable or internet while your people are there.

It’s all part of the service!

If you’re involved with business travel and want to change it up, corporate housing can help.

It offers more, for less and you’ll have less work on your hands managing it too.

It isn’t often a solution is a genuine win win without a downside, but this is one of those times!

Looking for somewhere to stay while moving cities or changing jobs? Need to house staff and don’t want to be tied into a fixed lease? It can be tough to find flexible business accommodation with month-to-month leases, we know, we tried!

Fortunately, you can find them if you know where to look. As experts in our field with many years of experience under our belts, we know exactly where to look.

Rather than keep it to ourselves, we think it’s only fair we share the goodness with you.

What follows is a comprehensive list of websites where you can find good quality furnished apartments with month-to-month leases.

We rate the website on ease of use, accessibility and the features you would look for on a housing provider site.

Blu Corporate Housing

It’s only right that we begin our list with our own website. Blu Corporate Housing has access to over 50,000 properties across the entire United States. Each represents excellent value and provides exceptional quality accommodation with month-to-month leases.

We also offer dedicated account management, a dedicated team of account staff and regular quality checks on properties.

Our website is simple and to the point. You can browse cities, contact us for more information and find out everything you need.

Pros: Extensive range of corporate housing across most areas of the country. Use the simple email inquiry form or browse cities for properties as required.

Cons: No search option on the website. Email inquiries are answered quickly though!

Shorttermhousing.com

Shorttermhousing.com also provides furnished apartments with month-to-month leases. They have access to over 30,000 properties in 6,000 cities across the country, so there’s sure to be something where you need to stay. Prices are keen too, which is a definite bonus.

The website is modern, loads fast and is a pleasure to use. It provides accessible language and a browse option for cities.

Pros: Engaging website, works with many types of potential client and excellent feedback from previous clients.

Cons: Another website without search. Fortunately, email inquiry and browsing is simple.

Foxcorporatehousing.com

Fox Corporate Housing has a light and bright website, offering access to thousands of corporate rentals across the country. The company has a national presence, but their main offerings are in Texas where the company is based.

Overall, they offer a large number of furnished apartments with month-to-month leases, which is why we like them.

Pros: Wide selection of properties and property types. The City Search function on the website is also a neat idea even if it doesn’t include all the cities the company covers.

Cons: Website is slow, is insecure (doesn’t use HTTPS) and has an awkward layout in places. The service is supposed to be very good though!

Executivecorporatehousing.com

Executive Corporate Housing has a very professional-looking website. The company is also approachable and are willing to work with anyone who needs to rent a furnished apartment with a month-to-month lease.

With over 60,000 properties to choose from you won’t be short of choice either.

Pros: Engaging website, dedicated team available via phone or email form, competitive prices, informative property listings.

Cons: A search function might be nice.

Theblueground.com

Blueground offers an engaging website with a bright and breezy feel. There’s a lot to like about the layout and feel of pages, as well as the city selector feature at the top.

The company offers corporate housing across the country and a few international destinations, ideal if you need to send staff further afield.

Pros: Professional-looking website with a neat city selector feature. Website is engaging and encourages you to explore.

Cons: Language on the website is a little overenthusiastic and comes across more as a sales pitch than others in this list. This erodes confidence, or at least it did with us.

2ndaddress.com

2nd Address is a smaller furnished apartment provider but delivers a high-quality experience. It also has a search option, which makes it very easy to search the 3,500 or so furnished apartments they have on their books.

While fewer than some, the quality is equal so there are no downsides to using them.

Pros: Search function on the website, clear and accessible language explains everything.

Cons: Fewer properties than many others in this list.

Furnishedfinder.com

Furnished Finder is more a search engine than housing provider, which is fine. Rather than handle everything for you, the website will put you in touch with the owner or management company and you’ll need to do the rest.

The website works well and presents a simple search function front and center. The website has access to 70,000 properties across the country.

Pros: Simple navigation, fast loading and a search engine front and center. The site also lists hotels and other resources too.

Cons: It’s a search engine only. Where Blu manages the entire rental, Furnished Finder just puts you in contact with the owner.

Craigslist

While technically not a provider of the best furnished apartments with month-to-month leases, it does list accommodation. We all know Craigslist. Love it or hate it, the site provides a wealth of opportunities depending on what you’re looking for.

If you don’t mind putting the work in, you can usually find accommodation in almost every city listed.

Pros: Wide scope with a huge selection of properties and property types.

Cons: Craigslist is the wild west and you’ll have to do everything yourself, including verifying the provider.

Facebook Marketplace

Facebook Marketplace is another potential source of furnished accommodation. But, like Craigslist, is somewhere you’ll need to tread carefully in order to avoid the scammers and rogue landlords.

That said, once you have performed your due diligence, it’s entirely possible to secure some great value accommodation.

Pros: Global reach with thousands of property listings across the world. Facebook is also universal, used by most people.

Cons: Due diligence is going to be essential if you’re to deliver the quality of accommodation you need. Plus, it’s all down to you again to manage.

Those are what we consider the websites that can help you find the best furnished apartments with month-to-month leases.

Each has its pros and cons, but can deliver the accommodation you’re looking for.

Of all of these, we would recommend the websites that manage the entire booking for you. It’s easier, requires less time and effort on your part and can deliver a superior experience as a result.

Those are the websites we would use! What about you?

Want to rent your furnished home, condo, or apartment? Well, what’s the best place to list your property for rent? You have a lot of options out there, but if you want to target business travelers, executives, and other upscale tenants then the corporate housing industry is probably what you want to target.

Corporate housing is basically anything that comes with all furniture, housewares, and utilities included in rent. In addition, the typical 6- or 12-month lease requirements are eased. Some of the most popular lease lengths for corporate rentals are just 30 days. The good thing with the month-to-month leases is that the daily price for the rental usually increases as the length of the lease decreases.

Best Sites to List Your Corporate Housing

Tips For Listing Your Corporate Rental

Write a Custom & Detailed Description – Be sure to write a custom description. The reason being is it will attract traffic from the Google. If you just copy/paste your description from another place where you had it listed, Google will know that and not serve your property in the search results. However, if you write a thorough and detailed description it will pull in search traffic. For example, if you describe your property as being a 4 bedroom home next to the Orlando International Airport and someone searches for “4 bedroom corporate rental” or “furnished 4 bedroom house for rent”, there is a good chance you will show up in the search results and it may lead to a reservation. So be sure to go into as much detail as possible about your rental and even more importantly the notable places in the immediate area of your rental. Airports, colleges, large business campuses, military and government facilities, stadiums, ETC.

Add Many Pictures as Possible – Always add as many high-quality images as possible. The pictures should have great resolution, be bright and welcoming. Avoid dark images or images that make your rental appear dingy and small.

Have a Video? Add That Too! – Video is even better! Give your prospective clients a video tour so they really get a feel for it. Be upbeat and welcoming in your video.

Traveling for longer periods of time or working away from home never used to be this convenient. You used to have to book a hotel or motel and contend with that single room for weeks or months on end.

No more. The rise of short term rentals, where you can rent a fully furnished apartment or house for 30 days or more has changed the landscape completely.

This change may not have captured the headlines like the rise of Airbnb, but the changes and opportunities short term rentals bring are just as powerful.

If you’re regularly working away from home or work with people that do, we’re going to show you where to find these short term rentals.

Each of the following websites has a decent selection of fully furnished and equipped short term rentals in cities across the country, and sometimes further afield.

Airbnb

It’s not an exaggeration to say Airbnb has changed the rentals market forever, because it has. It came seemingly out of nowhere to revolutionize the way we rent property.

While it may still battle with quality issues and unreliable hosts, as a whole, the service offers a simple way to book short term rentals in almost any town or city in the country.

You can rent rooms, apartments and entire houses on Airbnb. Prices are set in advance and you have a whole system to support you during your stay.

The only advice we would offer is to check reviews thoroughly before renting to make sure you’re getting what you pay for. Otherwise, it’s an excellent resource.

Blu Corporate Housing

Blu Corporate Housing is another short term housing website that seemed to come out of nowhere.

It’s different to Airbnb in that it doesn’t have the same global coverage or scale. However, quality is guaranteed as each property is checked and vetted by an in-house team. That team is there to support you throughout your stay, providing a slightly more hands-on experience than Airbnb.

The variety of property is a little less, but the quality of the properties and service seems to be much higher.

You can rent apartments, townhomes and houses. Rentals are managed by an account manager and all bills are included in the rent.

ShortTermHousing.com

ShortTermHousing.com has a similar look and feel to Blu Corporate Housing. Quiet competence with an understated website and overall feel.

Yet the company delivers exceptional quality properties, superb service and ensures every rental delivers on its promises.

The company has thousands of apartments, townhomes and houses on its books across the country. Simply complete the form by adding your destination and dates and the website will do the rest.

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All properties are fully inclusive and deliver the flexibility and privacy you’re looking for.

Booking.com

Did you know Booking.com did short term rentals for any reason as well as vacation rentals? Well, they do.

Booking a short term rental works in the same way as booking a hotel. Add your dates and destination on the main page, view the available properties and book the one you like the look of.

The range of properties isn’t quite as extensive as others in this list but the selection of destinations covers the entire globe. This could work well if you need accommodation in other countries of the world.

Booking.com is easy to use and prices are transparent. You don’t get the same level of choice, but the overall process is very straightforward.

Vrbo

Vrbo is a property rentals company that took over HomeAway. The combined company now has over 1 million properties on its books covering most of the world.

While Vrbo is primarily a vacation home provider, the purchase of HomeAway means they now offer shorter and longer term lets as part of the service.

It works the same as Booking.com. Select a destination, select your dates and see what’s available. Book through the site and everything is taken care of.

As far as we can tell, standards are high and reviews are good. There seem to be no hidden fees either, which is a definite positive.

We have more experience with HomeAway than Vrbo, but there’s no reason why the purchase should change too much.

Those are 5 of the many websites that list short term rentals. Each works slightly differently and has a different way of working.

Each delivers fully furnished short term rentals for vacations, work or other reasons though, which is why they are here!

Click Here to view our Charlotte Rentals

Blu Corporate Housing works with healthcare providers, staffing agencies and medical professionals to deliver the highest quality healthcare housing in and around Charlotte, North Carolina. We are your first choice for temporary housing for nurses, doctors and medical professionals.

With many years’ experience in delivering exceptional corporate housing across the country, Blu Corporate Housing is the perfect partner. We offer a full end to end service and will take care of everything so you don’t have to.

With a team dedicated to take care of your needs while you’re away, you’re in safe hands. It’s no wonder we are the largest supplier of healthcare housing in the country!

Medical Buildings & Campuses We Serve:

Blu Healthcare Housing Offers These Advantages:

  • Cost effective solutions
  • Higher quality accommodation
  • National reach
  • Support of a dedicated team
  • Flexible, extendable rental terms where possible
  • Convenient administration and billing

The Benefits of Using Healthcare Housing

There are many benefits associated with housing medical professionals in a corporate apartment instead of a hotel room. They include:

  • Cost
  • Flexibility
  • Location
  • Security

Cost

You could realize an average saving of over 50% over the cost of a hotel room for periods of 30 days or more. That is a significant saving, which is magnified exponentially if you house multiple staff for long periods. A furnished apartment of the right size could comfortably house several staff members at once, only adding to those savings.

Flexibility

A rented apartment offers so much more freedom than a hotel room. Your people can eat, sleep and entertain when they want in peace and quiet. If you’re housing shift workers, this is doubly important. A good nights’ or days’ sleep is important to all of us, let alone when you deal with life and death each day.

Location

With a national reach, in over 5000 cities across the country, there isn’t much we can’t find. Wherever you need to go, city, rural, wilderness, we’re bound to be able to deliver an exceptional healthcare housing solution.

Our furnished apartments are invariably in good neighborhoods, near to work and amenities, making staying in one of our properties a pleasure!

Security

Most of our healthcare housing solutions are corporate apartments, meaning they are in high quality buildings, often with security and controlled access. That’s extra peace of mind if you’re staying alone, or work shifts.

Blu Corporate Housing has a dedicated team of rentals professional ready to make you feel welcome wherever you’re traveling to. We are only ever a phone call or email away and will always do our utmost to help, in any situation.

If you need high quality, low cost healthcare housing anywhere in the country, contact Blu Corporate Housing today. We’re here to help!

 

Click here to view our off-base housing for Military and DoD personnel 

Anyone who has served for any length of time will tell you the quality of base housing is a genuine mix. While billions of dollars have been invested over the past decade, there is still work to do to catch up.

That’s why many serving personnel prefer to live off base.

Whether that’s renting a house or apartment or buying one, living off base is a common occurrence across all four branches.

That’s what this post is all about.

We’re going to offer actionable advice on finding the best furnished off-base military lodging.

No matter where you’re serving or how long you’re serving for, we can help.

We’re going to outline your main options if you’re changing station, on secondment or TDY.

On-base hotel or DOD lodging

You may not want to stay in base housing but what about a base hotel? Hotel, inn, DIOD lodging, call it what you like, it’s about the most convenient option there is.

It’s on-base, close to your station, cheap and convenient. You pay by the night and most, if not all, costs should be covered by your stipend.

You’re still using military property though. Some on-base hotels have been outsourced and provide better standards of accommodation. Not all will though.

If you’re traveling with family, forget on-base accommodation. Getting a pass and an escort every time they want to visit or leave is more trouble than it’s worth!

Off-base hotels

Off-base hotels will offer much higher standards of accommodation but charge a lot more for it.

Hotels are usually located in convenient places, close to base or transport links and will have amenities too.

However, for longer stays, a hotel room soon becomes confining. Those four walls soon begin closing in and living in a single room is never the best.

It may have been fine as a recruit or non-com, but it could have been a long time since you had to live in one room!

Airbnb

Airbnb has the flexibility you need to provide reliable off-base housing. Not all housing options will be suitable for military personnel or have long enough rental terms for secondments or longer stays.

Prices can be all over the place too.

The good news is the sheer volume of properties available gives you a lot to work with and perhaps provide the ability to switch between hosts for longer stays.

Do your research though, as it really is up to you to check out the place and ensure it’s up to standard.

Renting a house or apartment

Renting a house or apartment is a logical option if you’re at your new station or know you’ll be there for a year or more.

The downside of renting like this is that most houses or apartments are unfurnished. They are also for fixed contracts.

As we all know, TDY can change within hours and a standard lease agreement isn’t usually flexible enough to cope with that without costing you money.

Some leases are sympathetic to the needs of military personnel, but those tend to rent fast!

Corporate furnished housing for military personnel

There is another option you may not have thought of. Renting corporate housing. Despite the name, they work well for military personnel.

You pay by the month, they are fully furnished and equipped. You can block-book for months at a time or have a rolling monthly contract.

Work with the right housing provider and we can accommodate the unique needs of TDY too.

Corporate housing is typically in downtown areas, financial districts and the suburbs. Many are within reach of camp or base, or at least close to transport links to your duty station.

As a final benefit, all rents for corporate rentals are fully inclusive. That means one payment covers all your bills, utilities and essential services.

Everything is set up for you and can be managed by one of our team.

If you’re looking for safe, secure accommodation that’s flexible enough to cope with TDY, you’ve found it!

Are you building your own home? Need somewhere to stay while your home is being built? We can help!

One key challenge when building your home is where to stay in the meantime. Few of us have the resources to stay in our existing home while our house is being built.

So where do you stay?

Do you rent a hotel room for months at a time? Do you stay in a trailer or RV? Do you stay on site?

All those things are possible, but we recommend furnished housing.

You can rent month by month, houses are fully furnished and equipped and you can stay close to your new home and watch it being built.

Housing options for self builders

Of the million details you have to address when building your own home, where to stay while it’s being built is often overlooked.

Considering how important it is, that’s a mistake!

Your options are typically:

Rent a motel or hotel

Renting a motel or hotel for anything up to a year will be expensive!

Those four walls will also begin closing in on you long before your house is built. The combination of single room living, lack of cooking space, freedom to wander and the inconvenience of living among other people will soon wear thin.

Trailer or RV

Parking a trailer or RV on site is one way to live while your house is being built.

It might not be a comfortable way though. If your plot has room while keeping you out of the way of heavy machinery, it might work.

That is as long as you don’t mind the noise, dust, swearing and bad music that’s a staple for most construction sites!

Not all self builds will have the space for a trailer or RV alongside everything the contractor needs to build your home.

Keep your current home while your new one is built

In an ideal world, you would keep living in your current home while your new house it being built.

How many of us can pay for an entire house to be built without selling our current home?

How many of us could qualify for a large enough mortgage to cover our current house and pay for a new one?

Not many of us that’s for sure!

So, what’s the alternative?

Furnished corporate housing.

Furnished rentals while your house is being built

A furnished rental is the answer. Pay by the month, rent by the month and everything is included.

You can place all your stuff safely in storage, live near your new home or work and live in comfort until your new home is built.

It’s the easiest, more comfortable way to live while you’re building a new home!

With locations across the country, in cities, rural areas, small towns and anywhere you care to live, they are as convenient as it gets.

Your rent covers everything. All utilities, cable or satellite TV, internet or WiFi and use of development amenities.

All the space, warmth, central air and privacy of home without getting in anyone’s way.

Furnished rentals are flexible too.

If your home is finished early, end your rental early. If the project runs over, stay for another month or two.

Just let us know in plenty of time and we’ll handle the rest.

You get your own account manager and have nothing to worry about. We handle the booking, liaise with the landlord, handle utilities and services.

All you need to do is turn up, collect the keys and unpack.

If you’re building your own house and need somewhere safe and warm to stay, furnished housing is the answer!

 

Click here to browse our furnished housing for Spring Training Season

 

After Major League Baseball committed to providing housing for players this year, demand for high quality furnished housing has increased exponentially.

If you’re in the MLB, you’re going to need to work with a team you can trust to help you fulfill your commitments.

We are that team.

If you need furnished housing for spring training 2022, we can help.

The MLB housing commitment

The MLB committed to providing housing for up to 90% of all minor league baseball players for spring training and other training events.

“The owners are confident that this investment will help ensure that Minor League players have every opportunity to achieve their dreams of becoming Major Leaguers,” said Morgan Sword, MLB’s Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations.

High quality furnished housing for MLB spring training

Spring training is an essential part of the training calendar. After having been postponed due to the pandemic, it is back and ready to rock and roll.

It’s the perfect opportunity for new players to get to know their team dynamic and try out for the season roster.

It’s also a great opportunity to practice close to the level you’ll be playing throughout the season.

It’s also great for spectators to get a little early season action.

In essence, spring training is great all round.

Travelers Haven and furnished housing for MLB spring training

As a national provider of high quality furnished housing, we’re your perfect partner for securing cost-effective rented accommodation for spring training.

With thousands of properties across thousands of cities across the country, we have the scale and housing stock to ensure your entire team is well looked after.

What’s more, we have hundreds of apartments, penthouses, single family homes and other accommodation in Florida and Arizona.

Ideal for the Grapefruit and Cactus Leagues!

Our properties in Florida are located in Bradenton, Clearwater, Fort Myers, Lakeland, Port Charlotte, Port St Lucie, Sarasota, Tampa and Palm Beach.

Our Arizona properties include rentals in Glendale, Goodyear, Mesa, Peoria, Phoenix, Scottsdale, Surprise and Tempe.

All the locations the majority of the MLB will conduct spring training in!

MLB spring training housing for players and staff

Furnished housing is a low-maintenance, turnkey housing solution. Housing includes all furnishings and household items, so all you need to bring is your kit and clothes.

Everything else is taken care of for you.

No fuss and no stress, allowing you to concentrate fully on training.

MLB spring training housing for fans

Baseball isn’t a sport, it’s a way of life. We know many fans who think nothing of taking a long vacation from work to follow their team to Florida or Arizona to watch spring training.

Hotels are great, but if you’re spending longer than a week in one, the novelty soon wears off.

That’s where furnished housing comes in. A fully furnished and equipped apartment. All development amenities and all the freedom to come and go as you please.

All rents are fully inclusive and is one less thing you need to worry about while you watch your team improve its form.

If you need furnished housing for spring training, contact the experts today. We’re the team you can depend on!

Corporate housing is big business. It’s one of the few industries that managed to maintain growth throughout the pandemic and is still showing impressive growth now.

But who are the top movers and shakers? If you’re looking for corporate housing, who should you do business with?

We cannot answer that last question for you but we can outline the top 15 corporate housing companies in 2023 so you can make an informed decision yourself.

 

 

Blu Corporate Housing (yes, that’s us!)

Blu is a national leader in corporate housing. We have fully furnished housing options in nearly every single U.S. city, both big and small. Don’t believe us? Head over to our housing locations page and browse our listings to see for yourself.

Each and every rental comes completely furnished with all housewares and utilities. This includes gas, water, internet service, TV (Hulu or Netflix), and electric.


 

 

National Corporate Housing     

National Corporate Housing is a large provider of temporary furnished housing with international coverage.

The company specializes in corporate travel and has been expending into the European Union over the past few years.

They are ideal for companies that need to place staff internationally as well as within the United States.

 

Travelers Haven     

Travelers Haven seemingly came out of nowhere to dominate corporate housing. It’s based in Denver, Colorado and has properties across the country, in every city and state.

The company covers most requirements, from corporations, insurance, government, military and anyone who needs fully furnished rentals.

The company is ideal for those who like a personal service and to have a fully managed experience.

 

VIP Corporate Housing     

VIP Corporate Housing are another national provider of furnished rentals in the US. The company has a more laid back approach than National Corporate Housing, yet provides a very similar service.

The company specializes in offering flexible accommodation with an a la carte menu of amenities. They are limited to what’s available at the rental but it’s a nice idea.

 

Shorttermhousing.com     

Shorttermhousing.com is a specialist corporate housing provider with over 60,000 properties on its books.

Based in Colorado, the company provides flexible furnished rentals to corporations, the medical profession, government agencies, law enforcement, insurance companies and anyone who needs accommodation for 30 days or more.

 

FOX Corporate Housing     

FOX Corporate Housing is a no-nonsense, high quality provider of corporate housing across the US. It promotes fully inclusive rents, high quality properties and everything included in the rent.

The company is another based in Houston, Texas and boasts over 1000’s properties on its books. Those include the full range of apartments penthouses and houses across the country.

 

Blueground     

Blueground is a global corporate housing provider with locations across the world. With offices and staff all over the globe, this is a company with a wider world view than most.

It provides corporate housing across north America, Middle East and the European Union.

If you need to find furnished rentals further afield than the US, this is a company to try.

 

CWS Corporate Housing     

CWS Corporate Housing specializes in short term rentals across the US. The company has 9 regional offices and thousands of properties on its books.

Based in Round Rock, Texas, the company is growing rapidly and increasing the numbers of properties on its books steadily.

 

Corporate Apartment Specialists     

Corporate Apartment Specialists are a smaller company focused around Virginia, Washington D.C., Maryland and Pennsylvania.

They have hundreds of properties within those four regions and provide turnkey services to companies and government agencies.

 

Synergy Housing     

Synergy Housing has a real corporate feel and concentrate on that market. They have a wide global presence with properties across the US and EU, with a few further afield.

There is an upmarket Airbnb feel about the website and the approach which will work well for some clientele.

 

Homelike     

Homelike are a European company with a US presence. They are larger in the EU than here, but still manage to capture a good portion of the domestic market.

The company works with business, government and tourists to provide longer stay accommodation in leading cities across the world.

 

Sirva     

Sirva brings us firmly back on home soil. It’s a US-based corporate provider that provides the whole package.

The company provides relocation and moving services, corporate housing, mortgages, visa and immigration services and anything to do with moving.

 

Murphy’s Corporate Housing Associates     

Murphy’s Corporate Housing Associates are a more focused property-based company based in Texas. The company has a good reach domestically, although doesn’t quite have the same portfolio as someone like Travelers Haven.

Nevertheless, if you’re looking for a rented apartment, they can help.

 

SilverDoor     

SilverDoor is a global business accommodation provider with a high end feel. It has a presence across the world, including the EU, Asia and Middle East. It also provides furnished rentals to the domestic US market.

The company also provides fully serviced apartments, which other providers tend to not offer.

 

SACO     

SACO, The Serviced Apartment Company, doesn’t just offer serviced properties but also corporate properties.

SACO features mainly apartments but has homes too. They offer a price match scheme but we didn’t test it so don’t know how good it really is. Otherwise, the company looks to be a solid contender in the corporate housing market.

 

2nd Address     

2nd Address is a US-based corporate housing provider that offers around 4,300 properties across the States. It isn’t quite the scale of some of these others, but the quality is top class.

The company offers corporate housing, owner-run rentals and curated homes. All should be fully furnished and equipped and provide good quality housing.

Not everyone who requires long-term hospital treatment stay in hospital. Wards and recovery rooms can be busy, hospitals are usually bustling night and day and are usually noisy spaces. Not conducive to rest and recovery!

So, what’s the alternative?

We would suggest furnished corporate housing.

Whether you’re a patient undergoing long term treatment, are in remission but need monitoring, convalescing or are in rehabilitation, we can help.

If you want to be with family undergoing treatment during these tough times and need somewhere to stay, we can help you too.

Furnished temporary housing for medical treatment and recovery

If you need to stay close to a hospital for 30 days or more, renting a furnished apartment makes perfect sense.

They are much, much cheaper than a hotel. Cheaper than many hospital-owned options and more convenient than a motel or Airbnb.

They are also fully furnished and equipped and fully managed so you don’t have to do a thing.

Many furnished temporary houses or apartments are in Downtown areas, financial districts and medical districts.

We can also source furnished rentals in rural or quieter areas if you need total rest!

Advantages of furnished housing for medical needs

We outlined some key advantages of using furnished temporary housing above, but let’s dig a little deeper.

Here are some key advantages of saying in a furnished temporary housing:

Great locations

Many furnished temporary housing options will be in business or medical districts, or Downtown. This will often be ideal for getting to the hospital or clinic for treatment, monitoring or visiting.

They will also be close to stores, amenities, transport links and anything else you might need during your stay. (take a look at our locations here)

Turnkey convenience

Furnished temporary housing comes with everything you could need during your stay.

That will include kitchenware, bedding, towels, cutlery and everything you have in your own home. All will be clean and ready to use.

You don’t need to pack anything but your clothes as everything will be in your apartment waiting for you.

Most furnished temporary housing also includes utilities, cable or satellite TV and internet, so there’s one less thing to worry about.

Value for money

If you’re staying for longer than 30 days, furnished temporary housing makes perfect sense.

It’s cheaper than hotels, around 50% cheaper in many cases. It’s also cheaper than many hospital properties or property partnerships.

Rents are fully inclusive too. The price you see is the price you pay. All bills, utilities, trash and any other service you require will be included in that price.

A place of your own

Whether you’re recovering from a procedure, being treated for something, convalescing, recovering or rehabilitating, there’s nothing like having your own space.

The same is true if you’re here to be with family or friends while they are going through something.

A private space, private entrance, your own bedroom, bathroom, kitchen and seating area. Many properties will also have a balcony or patio for a little outside space.

Hotels are great when you’re on vacation but they aren’t a way of life for longer periods.

Whether you’re a doctor or nurse, patient or family, if you need to stay away from home for an extended period, furnished temporary housing is the perfect option!

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Corporate housing is a vital part of our economy. A cost-effective alternative to hotels for people working or studying away from home for periods of 300 days or more.

But what exactly is corporate housing? Who uses corporate accommodation? Why is a corporate rental better than a hotel?

All these questions and more will be answered in this post!

What is corporate housing?

First let’s start with the big question. What exactly is corporate housing?

Corporate housing is a type of accommodation specifically designed for people working or studying away from home. They are usually fully furnished and equipped apartments, townhomes, homes or penthouses in central or residential locations.

All corporate housing will include all appliances, cutlery, crockery, bed linen, towels, cable or satellite TV, internet and everything else you need to begin living.

The idea is to provide a high quality space that’s safe, easy to get to and that requires zero effort on your part.

All you need to do is bring your suitcase. Everything else should be here waiting for you.

Locations will typically be apartment developments or gated developments that offer all the benefits you expect including pools, parking, fitness centers, business centers, social spaces and other features.

Who uses corporate accommodation?

Corporate rentals were originally designed for business travelers, hence the name. But more recently, we see nurses, doctors, executives, oil and gas workers, government contractors, construction crews, military and students staying in corporate housing.

For example, if your employer wants you to work away from home for any length of time, they would rent you a corporate apartment. If you were thinking of moving to a different office in a new city, you could use a corporate rental until you find your own.

Similarly, nurses and doctors on secondment or training, oil and gas workers needing temporary accommodation or government contractors fulfilling a temporary contract would also benefit from the convenience of turnkey accommodation.

We also provide corporate rentals for those who serve. Whether that’s secondment to a different base, extended training at another facility or extended temporary duty anywhere within the United States, a corporate rental can help.

While not exhaustive by any means, corporate accommodation is used by:

You get the idea. Anyone can use corporate accommodation if they have to stay away from home for any length of time.

We work with many insurance companies to provide cost-effective temporary accommodation to families and individuals who need a place to stay due to fire, construction work or natural disaster.

We also accommodate families relocating to a new part of the country. Being able to book long term with a predictable monthly cost that includes everything is a genuine benefit if you’re trying to find somewhere to live but don’t know how long it will take!

How is corporate housing better than a hotel?

There are a number of ways corporate housing is better than a hotel so we had better keep this concise!

Hotels are great and we don’t want to minimize their value but they are not designed for longer stays.

Want to go on vacation for a couple of weeks somewhere warm and sunny? A hotel is perfect.

Want to stay for longer or stay within a city but not by the airport? A hotel isn’t your best option.

A corporate apartment is.

Here are some of the many benefits of corporate accommodation compared to a hotel.

Cheaper

For stays of over 30 days, hotels can be very expensive. Even hotels at the budget end of the market soon become untenable when you’re looking at longer stays.

Plus, hotels nickel and dime you for everything they can, which just adds to the expense!

Fully inclusive

Corporate housing is fully inclusive. That means the price you see is the price you pay. That price will include TV, internet, bills, use of facilities and anything that’s going on within the development.

All you’ll need to buy is food and general basics for living.

Some corporate apartments can also include housekeeping, cleaning service and even grocery deliveries!

More space to call your own

This is kind of two benefits in one. A corporate apartment is exactly that, a full apartment with bedrooms, bathroom, living area, kitchen and perhaps a patio or balcony.

It will be much more spacious than your average hotel room and offer all the space you need to live.

It’s also your own space. You’ll have your own front door and your own space to live, relax, kick back and breathe a little.

Both of those things are significant advantages over a hotel room. Try staying in a hotel for something other than a vacation and see how long it is before the walls start closing in. It won’t be long if our own experience is anything to go by!

The next time you’re working or studying away from home for 30 days or more, don’t suffer an airport hotel or budget motel.

Rent a fully serviced corporate apartment in a location that suits, often for less than your hotel!