The Impact of Lighting on Your Corporate Rentals

Lights in corporate housing

Though we supply lots of rental apartment tips for our corporate rentals clients at CHBO, we want to address the matter of lighting in this article. It is far more vital to the success of your corporate rentals than you might realize, and this is true of the images you supply as well as the actual spaces themselves. So, let’s take a quick look at some of the most potent home and rental apartment tips where lighting is concerned.

Before we do, just a quick word about the significance of proper and quality lighting in corporate rentals, because many don’t realize what lighting says about the space. To prove that point, we’ll share a brief tale from someone who found their extended stay lighting confusing and unsatisfactory, leading them to leave a negative review and discourage others from using the same provider.

Essentially, it boiled down to this: The corporate traveler was going to spend three weeks in an extended stay property. Given a key card upon arrival, they entered the unit and found light switches that did not work. They stumbled around in the dark, but no luck. They then asked a maintenance person in a nearby hall about it and discovered an odd fixture by the door that required the key card to be kept in place if the lights were to work! Obviously, this sort of controlled lighting saved the property owner a lot on wasted energy, but was a huge hassle for the renter and one of the main reasons for this to appear in our list of top rental apartment tips.

So, rule one about corporate rentals and lighting is this: Make it simple and easy to use!

Vintage Electric Lights in corporate rental

Other Rental Apartment Tips for Lighting

To ensure your corporate rentals do have the best lighting, we can look at suggestions from experts, including professional interior designers. They know all of the best methods for turning even darker corners into perfectly lit, appealing spaces. Of course, they have their own rules, and we are going to use them for our home and rental apartment tips, too.

  • Start with the purpose of the lighting – Your primary focus should not be “hey that lamp looks cool” but instead “how is this fixture going to direct light” and deciding whether or not it can meet the needs of that specific spot. As an example, a pendant light above a work space looks good and lights well.
  • Think in layers – In a previous story about lighting for corporate rentals, the author reminded readers that “a great lighting scheme is a layered affair…thinking about the different qualities of light…the type of light you want…[and] where and how you want to focus that light.” In other words, the light bulbs first and then the fixtures to aim that light.
  • Think from the top down – One of the best lighting for home and rental apartment tips available is to consider your lighting scenarios from the top down. As one expert noted, “Overhead fixtures exist to provide general or ambient lighting that covers the room,” but can be called upon to actually define or create a space. As an example, an overhead fixture in a dining room creates a light that is entirely different than an overhead fixture in the kitchen.

The point is to think about that layered use of lighting and how to generate what you require with the bulbs and fixtures available. For instance, recessed lighting in a kitchen can be coupled with hanging fixtures for more intense, “spot” lighting in work areas. And bulbs can always be chosen to ensure the best results.

Dining rooms are ideal spaces for smaller, pendant lights that give a more “sprayed” array of controllable lighting as well as small table lamps on the sideboard and accent lighting on the walls.

Bathroom lighting is also going to benefit from the layering and top down approach where corporate rentals are concerned. You always need strong light in the vanity areas, making pendants a nice option. However, one of the key home and rental apartment tips for bathroom lighting is to opt for controllable lighting such as fixtures with dimmers, and even LED lighting (including “rope” lighting) for more muted effects.

Bedrooms always benefit from layered lighting, and may not be well suited to overhead fixtures. Instead, you may want to use an array of shaded table and floor lamps along with wall-mounted pendants to create pools of light and create a low-key mood in any sleeping space.

  • Living rooms are different – In your corporate rentals, your living or family room lighting scenarios need to be flexible and functional. After all, this is a room where you might play board games, watch TV, socialize or relax with a good book. That is why experts say that some of the best home and rental apartment tips for living room lighting include the use of recessed halogen and spot lighting layered with floor and table lamps and even track lighting.
  • Affordable options- A final tip for corporate rentals is to start off by adding fixtures with dimmers to every space. This lets you slowly design and implement the ideal lighting schemes without also breaking your budget. As one expert said, dimmers “allow you to transition from ambient to task to accent lighting with the slide of a switch”.

Hopefully these simple home and rental apartment tips for optimal lighting can help you to make your properties home-like and functional spaces that also run as cost effective solutions for all.

Designer-Approved Windows That Fit Any Style of Corporate Rental

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Windows—what would we do without them? They let light in to create a comfortable home and open for fresh air and cool summer night breezes. They’re also an essential big-ticket item for your home, a key player in determining the style of your home. With a seemingly endless number of styles available, it’s understandable to feel overwhelmed when choosing windows for your corporate rental property. Whether it’s a modern picture window or a traditional mullioned bay window, the right window can elevate your rental space in a competitive market.

Let’s dive into a few of our top designer approved windows that can fit any home. With knockout styles available and easy installation just a click away, you’re bound to find windows that will turn your corporate housing into a showstopper.

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Casement Windows

Casement windows are hinged windows, sometimes with a crank, that open externally. Available in a variety of styles and with or without classic mullions, these windows can work with a variety of home styles. These easy-to-open windows allow for flexibility and functionality for all ages. Just remember: While using the crank makes it easier to reach, it can take a bit more time to open in comparison to other styles.

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Single- and Double-Hung windows

Single- and double-hung windows consist of one or two sashes that slide up and down to open for ventilation. Typically used with traditional mullions, they’re excellent choices for rustic, transitional and traditional homes. Because these windows do not open outward, they are ideal for spaces that open to walkways, patios or public gathering areas. Keep in mind that children and those with limited mobility may find them harder to open over other styles.

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Slider Windows

Slider windows open horizontally, sliding the sash over to the left or the right. These windows are faster and easier to open than casement or hung windows, making them another versatile choice for occupants of all ages. Often used in modern and contemporary homes, these windows can let in a large amount of fresh air, so they’re ideal for bedrooms and bathrooms. Like single- and double-hung windows, slider windows do not open outwardly and are perfect for walkways and public spaces.

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Stationary Windows

Stationary windows are just that—stationary! While these windows do not open, they’re ideal for showing off those picturesque views that will sell your home to prospective renters. Picture windows—large expansive windows that stretch from floor to ceiling—are perfect for bringing those sweeping views and large amounts of light into your home. These windows are typically used in modern and contemporary homes and can be added alongside casement or transom windows for that added functionality.

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Bay and Bow Windows

For the home with a view, bay and bow windows not only add additional living space, they’re also great architectural elements that are striking both inside and out. The beauty of bay and bow windows are their ability to create everything from built-in reading nooks to a cozy dining niche for early morning coffee. Bay windows typically consist of a group of three windows, two protruding double-hung or casement windows flanking a centered stationary window and dramatically angled. Bow windows are very similar but consist of three or more windows in a more curved pattern. These windows are most ideal for traditional and transitional homes.

If you’re ready to get new windows installed, remember to keep the architecture and style of your home in mind before making a final decision. What window styles will you be using for your next corporate housing rental?

About the Author

Kerrie Kelly heads up her California interior design firm, Kerrie Kelly Design Lab, and has authored two books on interior design. Kerrie is a design expert and writes online for The Home Depot on an array of topics, from decor decisions to window installation options.

This article is editorial content that has been contributed to our CHBO site at our request, and is published for the benefit of our readers. We have not been compensated for its placement.

Why Travelers Choose CHBO Over Hotels and Extended Stays

Fully furnished apartment for rent by CHBO

There are many reasons that travelers make extended stays in specific cities or regions. Though many might experience a “knee jerk reaction” of thinking about booking their stay in some sort of hotel or property designed for extended stays, many are reconsidering. Instead, the ever-increasing trend is toward booking stays in CBHO or corporate housing by owner properties. There are many reasons, and these include:

  • Hotels and extended stays are typically far more expensive.
  • Most extended stays are designed for convenience and for business travelers only, this can make them extremely cold, generic and very uncomfortable. For example, imagine eating, sleeping, and relaxing all on one big space for weeks or months on end. Imagine uncomfortable and un-homelike furnishings.
  • Essential services are not part of the rate of most extended stays and this means that, in addition to already being more expensive, there are further costs. For example, laundry means going to a Laundromat yourself or paying someone a high amount to do it. With furnished rentals, the machines are there and you can do loads as you watch TV and make a delicious home-cooked meal
  • Travelers in CHBO properties begin their stay with a friendly greeting by a property owner or local. This is much more sincere and appealing than the front desk people who may have a sort of “canned” smile and who must be polite as it is part of the job. With CBHO, you meet a host who looks after your needs and puts a much more humane face on everything from service calls to departures.
  • A CHBO property is not a “branded” property. The owner is not trying to sell anything extra, and so your weeks or months are just as they are at home, and without a constant flood of brands and products being promoted at every turn.
  • CHBO properties are often much larger and roomier. Whether on your own or with fellow travelers, an authentic home provides you with a lot more living space with both indoor and outdoor living spaces.
  • Most CHBO properties also allow you to bring pets, and this can be a tremendous advantage whether traveling alone or with a group; further ensuring it feels like a home away from home.
  • Finally, hotels and extended stays are always chosen for their convenient locations. Close to business parks or major business areas, they may not be the nicest places to remain for weeks or months at a time. CHBO properties typically appear in actual housing areas including apartments, neighborhoods and subdivisions.

Corporate rentals vs Hotel stays

Travelers have consistently proven that they like the idea of a hotel’s customer service, but on almost all other points, they would rather be in a more private, home-like environment. This is why there has been such a surge of interest in CHBO properties. They let visitors enjoy the same convenient locations but in much roomier, more comfortable and more appealing settings, ensuring a stay is as satisfying as possible.