Luxury Rentals: What should the Closet Look Like?

The truth is when I travel for a day or a month I really want to stay in a cool property.  Even if my trip is to a city like San Francisco for me it adds to the trip to live like a local.  I am not interested in being boxed into one little hotel room away from all the charm.  I want to be greeted by the front deskman, walk to the bakery for my morning coffee and join the bar down the street for Monday Night Football. 

When I talk about Corporate Housing or Luxury Rentals I always like to stress it is a “Lodging Choice.”  I choose to stay in a residential luxury rental in a true residential setting.  I choose not to stay in a commercial hotel in a commercial setting.  What do you choose?  Oh and yes it is way more fun to stay in a luxury corporate housing rental that has all the11527_primary (1) fun stuff like big TVs, Views, Custom Closets and local charm.

Take a look at CHBO Luxury Rental property # 11527 it has a pool and a pool table :)

Tips and Tricks: Corporate Housing Luxury Rentals big or small must have Clever “Closet” Solutions

by Kerrie Kelly, ASID

Tucking all kinds of living spaces—home offices, laundry rooms, media rooms— behind closed doors, where they can stay below the radar until needed, is what maximizing space is all about. If you’re in a small space or a rental, these are definitely amenities you don’t have to give up.

The secret is all behind those closet doors—and it’s time to let the secret out! With the right closet storage and organization equipment, you can make that extra closet into so much more than just another place to store your stuff.

Closet
To make the most of the rest of the space you have, let’s start by maximizing the closet you’ll actually use to store your clothes. Whether you’re working with a walk-in or a reach-in, closet organization systems are easy to find and install. Of course, you’ll want to check with the property owner before making any changes, but because closet organization can easily double the storage space in a closet, this is an upgrade most property owners will approve of. Alternatively, there are storage “bells and whistles” that can be hung over a door to maximize spots for shoes, scarves and belts permission-free.

Take stock of what you need to store, and organize accordingly. Plan the number of shelves, baskets or rods you need before you start the procRental Tipsess. Then, work on a system that makes sense to you. We recommend a consistent hanger style for efficiency and a soothing, organized look. Keep pants, shirts, skirts, sweaters and coats grouped together, and arrange clothes from light to dark. Find a shoe storage system that keeps your shoes in the best shape possible. We like a shoe shelving system best, but clear plastic boxes or the original box with a quick photo attached to the outside also serve your shoes very well.

Mini Home Office
Tucking away a home office in a spare closet is an increasingly popular option for many of our clients. Use every square inch of that space and, again, plan according to how you actually work. Two nicely finished filing cabinets with a finished slab of wood to fit the entire length of the closet make the most of that space, and provide all the at-hand filing space most home offices require. A simple twin track shelving system rising from the desktop to the ceiling, and the clever and custom use of baskets, boxes and cubbies, gives you plenty of storage and saves room for printers and computer equipment on the desktop. A consistent, preferably light, paint color will enlarge the space visually and reduce the tendency to feel claustrophobic.

Laundry Room
A laundry room is probably the upgrade with the greatest ability to make your rental feel like a home. Best of all, it’s a pretty simple project—and you enRental Ideasd up with a laundry room that plenty of folks in more traditional homes would envy. A small, stackable washer and dryer run on a standard 110v outlet, leaving you the rest of the space to create a folding station with hampers and plenty of storage for detergents, an ironing board, and even a drying rack. A hanging rod is another great solution to keep your ironing needs down. You can take clothing right out of the dryer and place directly on the hanger instead of wasting a step folding first. Talk with the property owner about building these items in, or creating a movable version that you can take with you when the time comes.

Media Room
A stylish sofa sleeper, a couple of comfy arm chairs, and clever use of closet space can transform that guest room into a hyper local cineplex. A low media cabinet placed in a standard reach-in closet gives you plenty of room for the screen size of your dreams and all the audio and video equipment you need. The shelf above can easily be transformed into storage for all your media. Technology has advanced so much in recent years that surround sound no longer requires you to be literally surrounded by speakers. A home theater sound bar stays with the television but throws sound all over the room, delivering that opening night theater experience. Take it all to the next level with some heavy curtain panels in a dark color, pop some popcorn in the microwave, sneak a few sweet treats in, and you and the gang will be enjoying the latest releases any time you please.

We’d love to hear your tricks for making your rental feel like home!

California-based interior designer Kerrie Kelly writes on décor, including organizing and maximizing the value of living spaces, for Home Depot. Kerrie’s best tips on closets and closet door utilization are focused on making the most of the space each living area. Kerrie is the author of the book Home Decor: A Sunset Design Guide. For a wide selection of doors, including closets doors, available at Home Depot, you can visit the website.

Find more Luxury Rentals on CHBO – Check out this over the top San Francisco Loft

CHBO Favorite: Housing Request – Just 3 Steps

One of my favorite tools on CHcorporate housing request made easyBO is the Housing Request!!!  Everyday I get clients asking me for corporate housing in a city I have never been to and I find the easiest solution is just to complete one quick housing request to that geographic area and and within a few hours I have numerous housing solutions to choose from and forward to my clients.

Why should I use a Housing Request and how will it save me time and find the best corporate housing rental to meet my housing needs?

Housing Request Search

Step 1 - On the top of any CHBO page, you just need to click on the Red Tag that asks if you “Need Housing?”

Step 2 - Complete the request with as much detail as possible to maximize the quality of responses you get from potential properties.

Step 3 - Choose the right property that meets what your needs are.

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Just WRONG! Corporate Housing Rentals are not “crash pads”!

I really hate it when people are just WRONG!Corporate Housing Expert

FACT: Corporate Housing Rentals come in ALL shapes and sizes

FICTION:  Corporate Housing is only for corporate travelers

FICTION: Corporate Housing Rentals are Boring

 

Truth:  Corporate Housing Rentals are AMAZING and should be more than just a “crash pad.”

 

There are very few things is this world that are worse than ignorance.  If you don’t know the answer it is ok to just say so, there really is no need to just make stuff up – really!

Recently a senior director of global mobility for some large credit card company decided to write an article about 5 tips when relocating.  Tip #4 and I quote, “Don’t expect temporary housing to be a penthouse at the Ritz (But smile inside if it is!)  This is why it’s called temporary-because you won’t stay there long.  Yes, it probably won’t face east or have an ocean view.  It might not have shiny new appliances or hardwood floors.  But you can expect a bed, a TV, and Internet access, and you’ll be able to wake up and go to work every day.  It’s not intended to be a luxurious all-expenses-paid private villa.  Think of it more as a crash pad for the first few weeks, so you can concentrate on ramping up in your new position.”

OMG did she get it WRONG or What!!!

After I get over my frustration that she is just wrong, I guess I just have to feel sorry for her because of her ignorance.  I find it hard to believe she has never been to the CHBO website or worked with any of the other AMAZING companies that I work with every day that offer incredible corporate housing rentals.

There are so many incredible corporate housing rentals on CHBO that any corporate housing renter who just settles for a “cash pad” I guess deserves to stay in a less than amazing property.

Take the CHBO Challenge and find an AMAZING Rental on CHBO – don’t settle for anything less!!!!!!

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Oh look a Villa with a Pool and Pool Table…

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Oh look a corporate housing rental with a View…

Rental with a View

Get Local: San Diego Corporate Housing

SoCal is an amazing place – warm sun, proximity to the beach and the Mediterranean climate all combine to create an incredible experience. While the city’s one of the most frequent destinations for leisure travelers, business travelers will also find plenty of San Diego corporate housing options, as one might imagine of the eighth largest city in the US. Of course, that doesn’t make finding the right property simple. It actually complicates matters. Having too many options is just as problematic as having too few. CHBO can help. Corporate Housing By Owner has been featuring amazing San Diego corporate apartments and housing options for years now, and provides both owners and potential renters with powerful tools and capabilities.

San Diego’s Burgeoning Industries

San Diego is old – it’s the birthplace of the state, actually. As such, it is home to an incredible range of industries. Tourism is certainly one of those – SeaWorld, the San Diego Pier and numerous other attractions bring in tourists from around the world. However, it also houses a significant biotech presence, as well as the healthcare and education industries, and the US Navy. San Diego corporate housing is available to suit businesses travelers in all these areas and more, and they can be easily located (or listed) through the CHBO interface.

Why Short-Term Isn’t Short-Term

The San Diego corporate housing scene has been complicated by the rise of websites like AirBNB and HomeAway. These sites give property owners the means to put their homes in front of thousands of potential renters. The problem here is that these stays are of very short duration, meaning that property owners are at risk of being treated like landlords and hotel owners. In fact, at least one city in California has already passed legislation treating them as such (which means fines, fees and headaches for owners and complications for renters). CHBO doesn’t work in this sector – all listings are for 30 days or longer, which means that property owners aren’t treated like hoteliers or landlords. Not only does that give benefits to owners, but it ensures that renters are able to save while gaining access to San Diego corporate apartments and other properties at lower rates.

Featured San Diego Corporate Rental:

Located in the heart of San Diego, this condo offers amazing living and views that truly seem to go on forever. At just $3,000 per month, it’s one of the most affordable San Diego Corporate housing options on the market. You can also get more details.

Cason rented this condo in August 2014 and left a glowing review:

I so enjoyed this condo that I ended up staying much longer than planned. I loved having the San Diego views greet me every day through the floor-to-ceiling windows, and the beautiful sunsets never8866_primary got old. The location is an easy walk to the Gaslamp, a short drive to Balboa Park and has very easy access to freeways. I found the condo to be well-appointed and tastefully decorated, with a well-stocked kitchen, and Laura was very responsive when I had questions during my stay.

San Diego Corporate Rental Providers

San Diego Corporate Rental has listed a number of San Diego corporate apartments and other properties located throughout the city and surrounding area with CHBO. Operating since 2006, the organization caters to business travelers as well as local property owners seeking the means to earn more income from their properties.

American Marketing Systems Inc., (AMSI) is a full-service real estate brokerage (rentals, property management, real estate sales and relocation), headquartered in San Francisco, California with offices in San Francisco, Marin and San Diego. Founded by Robb Fleischer and Zoya Lee Smithton in 1970. View their corporate apartments.

Testimonial – One of CHBO’s satisfied members said:

Thank you for the personal email and the suggestions. I have been completely satisfied with CHBO and your personal feedback is one of the reasons. I have frequent inquires about the property and I actually was thinking about not re-listing until my current tenants are ready to move out, because I feel badly turning all the people down. I receive calls even when the calendar shows the space it booked. The current tenants are staying for a while and I have another woman interested in renting if they move out by spring, so right now I don’t really want to attract more attention to the property; that just means more phone calls for me to turn people away because it is not available.

Many thanks,

Susan

To Growth and Prosperity

San Diego corporate apartments offer business travelers and others the means to call this amazing city home. From the Gaslamp quarter to SeaWorld, fine dining to local eateries, and access to businesses in virtually every industry imaginable, it’s an incredible place.

Corporate Apartments: Who, What, Where & Why #8

So many questions so little time… Here at CHBO we are passionate about people and finding ways of connecting the best possible Corporate Apartments options with the best qualified renters.  For over 9 years CHBO has worked to develop a web platform to connect the world of travelers and the world of Corporate Apartments rentals.  Now for the 6th year we are conducting our annual survey of the Corporate Apartments real estate industry from which we are able to provide the Annual Corporate Apartments Real Estate report on the trends and expectations of our industry.

Your information is essential to assure together we are all more successful – if you own or manage Corporate Apartments rentals please take a minute and complete the 2014 Corporate Apartments Survey and get qualified to win an IPad Air!  

What we learned from last year’s Corporate Apartments Survey #8…

Topic: Corporate Apartments

  • Marketing Trends. In 2013, 37% of respondents say they spent $500 or more on their annual marketing efforts – down from 2012 but consistent with 2011. 51% of “by owner” landlords say their properties were always rented (up from 40% in 2012), while the remaining 49% say they needed more tenants.  Corporate Housing Advertising
  • Marketing Resources. 72% say they had professional photos taken of their properties (up from 63% in 2012), and 37% say they have a dedicated website for their properties. More individual owners are seeing property management as a viable income opportunity that requires polished marketing. In addition, social media is also playing a bigger role in finding renters.
  • Marketing Results. The majority of “by owner” landlords say they use the Internet to promote their properties. 67% of respondents say they use CHBO’s basic listing service, followed by 50% who use Craigslist (a 6% increase over 2012). Respondents find they receive the most qualified leads and the most renters from Internet marketing, followed by real estate agents.
  • Internet Reservations. In 2013, we again asked how the “by owner” segment feels about real-time booking reservations, in which the property is leased through a computer website and the property owner has no interaction with the tenant. 25% of respondents say they have used one of these programs (up 9% over 2012). However, 48% say “no,” they would never rent their property without talking to the tenant first.
  • CHBO Services. Of the respondents using CHBO, they tell us they use the following CHBO tools the most: (1) The property listings (2) The MyCHBO documents page (3) The Property Owner Handbook (4) This “By Owner” Corporate Apartments Annual Report.

Take the 2014 Survey now and get qualified to win an IPad Air!  

Read the 2013 Annual Report.

Corporate Housing Success: Last call for Information

Tis the season when the year comes to an end and it is time to look back at what we have done and strategize for the future!

Corporate Housing Survey 2014Corporate Housing Success in 2015, what does it look like to me?

When I think about technology and the business world we live in I realize how much noise is out there, how much information and I have a hard time focusing on those ideas and tasks that will ultimately make me more successful and profitable in the year to come.  BAH – HUMBUG!

IF… you can take just a few minutes to add to the hundreds of property owners who have already completed the 2014 Corporate Housing Real Estate Survey. THEN… CHBO will give you back an amazing resource in the CHBO Report that will allow you to better understand the corporate housing industry and make you more successful in 2015. Also, that chance to win an iPad Air!

We want to hear from you, get started below.

2014 CHBO survey

Don’t be haunted by the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future.  Do you know what LUCK is?

L – Laboring

U – Under

C – Correct

K – Knowledge

Yep, that is right, all you need to be lucking in life is to know the right “knowledge.”  As I am sure you have all heard. “If only I had know.”  That is why the Team here at CHBO loves the CHBO Annual Report so much because it is the gift that keeps on giving throughout the year as new and old property owners and manager alike read through the pages and become more successful in how they manage their rentals.

A lot has changed in 2014 with new laws appearing daily to regulate and tax Airbnb brand of “Share Rentals.”  While these rentals differ greatly from the quality and service of a Corporate Housing rental these are still trends that need to be watched as the line between hotel rooms and suburban rooms begins to narrow.

Where will tenants be staying in 2015?  Who will you be renting to?  What will tenants expect of you?  Read more tips about dealing with qualified Corporate Housing Renters.

Happy Holidays!

Corporate Housing: Who, What, Where & Why #7

So many questions so little time…  Here at CHBO we are passionate about people and finding ways of connecting the best possible corporate housing options with the best qualified renters.  For over 9 years CHBO has worked to develop a web platform to connect the world of travelers and the world of corporate housing rentals.  Now for the 6th year we are conducting our annual survey of the corporate housing real estate industry from which we are able to provide the Annual Corporate Housing Real Estate report on the trends and expectations of our industry.

Your information is essential to assure together we are all more successful – if you own or manage corporate housing rentals please take a minute and complete the 2014 Corporate Housing Survey and get qualified to win an IPad Air!  

What we learned from last year’s Corporate Housing Survey #7…

Topic: Corporate Housing Rentals and Pets

  • Pet Trends and Pet Fees. Many renters continue to travel with pets. 43% of survey respondents say they accept pets (down from 48% in 2012). Of those who accept pets, 67% say they take pets because it gets their properties rented. The most common rental period for renters with Rental Dogspets is one to three months. In 2013, the average, non-refundable, one-time pet fee that property owners charged was $204 (down from $253 in 2012). The average pet refundable deposit was $343 – consistent with 2012 results.

Take the 2014 Survey now and get qualified to win an IPad Air!  

Read the 2013 Annual Report.

Top 6 Questions about Temporary Living #6

CHPA, or the Corporate Housing Providers Association is the international trade organization for the multi billion dollar industry of corporate housing or more simply temporary living.  Recently CHPA asked several corporate housing providers to clarify common questions of corporate housing guests.  We thought this was great information for both corporate housing providers and tenants to know.  The following excerpts have been approved for re-print by CHPA.

 

Question 6: Temporary Living

Why do I need to give a 30 day notice to depart a temporary apartment? A hotel does not require this.

A notable difference between hotels and corporate housing is the notice to depart. While hotels typically don’t require any type of notice that a guest is leaving, corporate housing typically requires 30 days’ notice. Corporate housing companies manage their inventory by controlling their vacant apartments. Keeping vacancy low allows them to offer competitive rates, keeping the rates reasonable for guests.

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Corporate Housing: Who, What, Where & Why #6

What makes a successful corporate housing provider?  What makes a successful Corporate Housing Renter?  Where is the corporate housing industry going?  Why do people use corporate housing?  Who provides corporate housing? Should I pay or charge a security deposit?  What about pets?  How do I find a corporate housing rentals?

Your information is essential to assure together we are all more successful – if you own or manage corporate housing rentals please take a minute and complete the 2014 Corporate Housing Survey and get qualified to win an IPad Air!  

What we learned from last year’s Corporate Housing Survey #6…

Topic: Corporate Housing Tenants

  • Experiences with Corporate Housing Tenants. Corporate housing tenants continue to be relatively “painless” tenants. In 2013, 95% of respondents say they had a positive experience with their corporate housing tenants – an all-time high for this report.
  • Extended Stay GuestRenter Types. In 2013, the top two reasons for rentals were: business assignments at 76% and relocations at 44%. The corporate housing renter pool went through some changes in 2013 – including a 9% increase in business travelers. We also saw an 8% increase in vacation renters, a 7% increase in people renting due to home remodeling, and a 5% decrease in military tenants.
  • Lengths of Stay. Two out of three respondents say their tenants stayed an average length of three months or more. We found that 27% of properties could be rented for less than one month. However, on average, 84% of properties were rented for one month or more.
  • Security Deposits, Travel Insurance and ARDI. 84% of “by owner” landlords say they required some form of a refundable security deposit in 2013 – similar to 2012. Also consistent with last year, 8% of respondents say they required Accidental Rental Damage Insurance (ARDI) as an alternative to a security deposit.
    8% didn’t collect any type of deposit.
  • Credit & Background Checks. In 2013, 32% of respondents told us, “Yes, they always run credit checks on potential tenants,” and 29% said, “Yes, they always run background checks.” Both these numbers are all-time highs for this report.
  • Credit Cards. Approximately 60% of respondents say they accept some form of credit card payment from their renters. PayPal and Visa/MasterCard are virtually even in popularity at 36% and 35% respectively.

Take the 2014 Survey now and get qualified to win an IPad Air!  

Read the 2013 Annual Report.

Corporate Housing: Who, What, Where & Why #5

So many questions so little time…  Here at CHBO we are passionate about people and finding ways of connecting the best possible corporate housing options with the best qualified renters.  For over 9 years CHBO has worked to develop a web platform to connect the world of travelers and the world of corporate housing rentals.  Now for the 6th year we are conducting our annual survey of the corporate housing real estate industry from which we are able to provide the Annual Corporate Housing Real Estate report on the trends and expectations of our industry.

Your information is essential to assure together we are all more successful – if you own or manage corporate housing rentals please take a minute and complete the 2014 Corporate Housing Survey and get qualified to win an IPad Air!  

What we learned from last year’s Corporate Housing Survey #4…

Topic: Corporate Housing Rental Properties

  • Property Size / Number of Bedrooms. The highest percentage of “by owner” rentals continues to be two-bedrooms (38%). In addition, 29% of respondents say their rental properties have three bedrooms or more. In Rental Properties for corporate housingcontrast, in the full-service, corporate housing industry, the majority of rentals are one-bedrooms. The availability of additional bedrooms makes the “by owner” corporate housing segment an attractive option to renters.
  • Property Type. Whereas the majority of corporate rentals in the full-service corporate housing industry are apartments, only 12% of “by owner” rental properties are apartments, according to survey results. Single-family homes make up the largest percentage of “by owner” properties (28%) accounted for in this survey, followed closely by low-rise condominiums (24%).
  •  Property Locations. The highest numbers of private corporate rentals are in suburban areas on residential streets (42%), followed by central urban areas (28%) and outer urban areas (23%).
  • What’s Included in Your Rental. While most private owners offer tenants a fully stocked kitchen (91%), TV (88%), bed linens (88%), towels (85%) and electricity (84%), there is much greater variation – and opportunity for competitive advantage – in the technology, maid services and perks that are available in each rental property.

Take the 2014 Survey now and get qualified to win an IPad Air!  

Read the 2013 Annual Report.