Property Manager: Kitchen Design Update

KitchenAs Corporate Housing Rental Landlords we take PRIDE in what we do and what we offer, even in our kitchen design!  From time to time I like to tryout what other extended stay options have available and I am always shocked at how bad some of the other options are.  This weekend I spent a night at an extended stay chain in Oakland, CA and it was worse than sad.  This is the actual photo of the kitchen but it doesn’t show you the burns on the counter, the total of 2 plates in cabinet or the grime on the stove.

Here at CHBO we always talk about great photos and one of the main reasons we do this is so you can amaze potential tenants with how great your property is because a lot of these travelers have stayed in these horrid extended stay properties and they don’t know how great CHBO furnished monthly rentals can be.

Today, Kerrie Kelly, a professional interior designer shows us how to improve your kitchen style with just an upgrade of hardware… 

DIY: Personalize Your Corporate Houisng Rental Kitchen Design – Update Cabinets with Hardware By Kerrie Kelly, ASID

Navigating a corporate housing rental kitchen remodel or update can be challenging, especially if you don’t know what style your business renters are looking for. Between choosing surfaces and tiling, making style decisions can be toCorporate Rentals designugh. However, choosing the perfect hardware for a rental kitchen doesn’t have to be.

While the finish and size options of cabinetry hardware are nearly endless, there are a few styles that are fairly common. Knowing exactly which style you’re looking for will help you narrow your search and find the look you want much quicker. Here we show you a few of our favorite ways to select hardware that matches your kitchen cabinetry perfectly.

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Trends: Corporate Housing Terminology

What do you call what we do?
This year CHPA (Corporate Housing Providers Association) turns 20 years old but they started at NIHN (National Interim Housing Network) then they became AIHP (Association of Interim Housing Providers) before they settled on CHPA.  

If you have been reading my blogs over the years you will know the I believe Corporate Housing should be a “lodging choice” and is part of the larger Extended Stay Lodging segment. I like the professionalism that Corporate Housing denotes, however there are lots of personal reasons people rent corporate housing every day. At the core we are fully furnished monthly residential rentals and I believe the terminology will continue to evolve.

The following is what we learned about corporate housing terminology from the last Annual CHBO Surve, Kimberly.


Corporate Housing Terminology

The Lodging Segment = Extended Stay

Generally, the term, “extended stay,” is the larger lodging category name for housing options that offer sleeping and living facilities. Think of these options as a spectrum of choices that meet people’s specific housing needs.  CHPA - Corporate housing terminologyThe extended stay lodging segment includes:

  • Extended stay hotels (averaging less than 7 days per stay)
  • Full-service apartments (averaging 80 days per stay)
  • Managed corporate housing (averaging 100 days per stay)
  • Independent corporate housing (with 62% of stays in 2015 lasting three months or longer)

The Product = Corporate Housing

According to survey results, 81% of respondents say they list their rentals as “corporate housing.” This is an all-time high.

The second most popular term is furnished rentals”.

25% of respondents say they refer to their properties as “vacation rentals,” down from 29% in 2013. We believe this is a continuing trend resulting from the increased regulation and taxation of the less-than-30-day, vacation rental lodging segment.

Other responses: This survey question also allowed for open responses. There’s a continued trend to refer to rentals as executive rentals, extended stay executive housing and executive residences. Additional terms include: long term rental home, turnkey furnished, interim housing, corporate executive fully furnished, “like Airbnb” and executive lease.

Learn more Corporate Housing Real Estate Trends.

Corporate Housing Design Fun: Rugs in Rental Homes

What are corporate housing renters really looking for in rental design?

I dare you to find 2 matching CHBO corporate housing rentals!

Let’s face it, life is too short not to have some fun, and I definitely believe great real estate design, variety and style are all part of my definition of fun. You should have fun with your corporate housing executive rental. You should expect more. You should have the choice of trying something new, something that is fun or just something that you love. If you are like me then you will love the corporate housing options available through CHBO!

Corporate Housing design
A CHBO Corporate Housing Rental that features a design run. Property #12966

I challenge you to find 2 matching properties on CHBO. I don’t believe you can because that is what sets CHBO aside from other lodging options like extended stay hotels where they all match. You could be in Omaha Nebraska or Detroit Michigan and not know the difference because your extended stay hotel just looks the same.

I hope you have fun looking through the lodging options on CHBO and if you happen to find two properties that look the same let me know and I will be happy to send you a $25 gift card – Kimberly

As you have read in previous CHBO blog posts, Kerrie Kelly, is a professional interior designer and today she is giving us some great advice on how to spice up your corporate house rental by adding a rug as part of your overall rental design.

Executive Corporate Housing Rentals should be FUN: 5 Options for Rugs in Rental Homes

By Kerrie Kelly, ASID

Corporate Housing rental homes can be sometimes be tricky to outfit because of the varying personal styles of tenants and the regular maintenance required. For flooring, an indoor/outdoor rug is a great solution—they’re durable and easy to care for, they seamlessly blend into any interior style and can provide ample comfort.

With this in mind, here are several of our favorite corporate housing options for area rugs that are both stunning and stain-resistant.Rugs in corporate rentals

1. Functional Polypropylene

Everyone loves a great natural rug, but not everyone loves the work that comes with maintaining its beauty. A polypropylene blend rug mimics the elegance of natural flat weave sisal material—but with added durability. With a jute backing and stain-resistant protection, these rugs will integrate perfectly into a neutrally styled sitting room.

2. Bohemian Designs

For a punch of pattern in an otherwise dull room, we love intricate optBohemian rug designions. A bohemian rug is perfect for the living room or other high traffic areas, and the pattern will hide stains. While most area rugs require minor spot cleaning and professional treatment, synthetic options just need a good rinse with the garden hose. If you’re looking for a piece that is pretty and practical, think heavily patterned boho design.

3. Perfectly Patterned

If you love patterns but the bohemian look is a little much foPerfectly patterned rugr you, a singular sequence can be refreshing. A repetitively designed area rug, especially in muted colors, is perfect for a coastal cottage or preppy palace. Not only are these rugs enhanced with extra durability for indoor and outdoor use, but choose a polypropylene model and they’re also waterproof—perfect for renters with kids or pets.

Patterned rug

4. Tons of Texture

Just as we seek out the perfect pattern, we’re also always on the hunt for a textured design touch. Area rugs are a great way to add fresh flavor to an otherwise stale space. Look for a rug that includes a thread of subtle shimmer. When woven into a flat braid, a textured rug is reversible, making it easy to mask small stains.

5. Soft and Simple

If your room doesn’t need an entire makeover but could use a facelift, consider a light and bright area rug to spruce up your space. A power-loomSimple rug designed option features a unique design combination of box stitch and loop pile (two popular types of carpet weave) for added interest and balanced texture. A soft and simple rug is ideal for an open and airy bedroom or entryway.

From the bedroom to the living room, area rugs are having a moment in the design spotlight. By opting for a durable and easy-to-clean indoor-outdoor rug, you can decorate confidently, knowing you’ve created a space that’s perfect for any lucky tenant.

Professional interior designer Kerrie Kelly has been advising clients with rental properties for many years, and writes on her expertise for Home Depot. Kerrie’s recommendations for floor coverings, including rugs, are designed to provide property owners with ideas that will increase the overall value of their rentals. Home Depot’s outdoor rugs selection that can be used indoors can be researched online here.

Read more design advice from Kerry Kelly on the CHBO Blog