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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Successful Corporate Housing Rentals: Design Matters in Marketing!

Welcome to Summer where we are at the hight of Corporate Housing Demand (unless you are in a reverse market like Phoenix, AZ). Right now most corporate rentals across the United States are full as top management relocations are all trying to complete their move and get their kids into the right schools in the next few weeks. So RIGHT NOW is the best time to start marketing for your next tenant. NEVER wait till your property is empty to keep it full. Also remember that during a Presidential Election year businesses are more apprehensive about spending money until after the November Elections so you may need to work harder to find a tenant if you need one between now and then.

  • Start thinking of what upgrades could make your property better
  • Offer your current tenant a free maid service if you can come in and take new photos
  • Connect with past tenants to see if they might have a new housing need

As corporate housing landlords we are always looks for ideas to set our rentals apart and find and keep great tenants. Making your property full of style and comfort is an essential element of your rental success. Today, Kerrie Kelly, a professional interior designer shares some simple “Chair” ideas to make your rental standout…

5 Ways to Dress Up Any Corporate Housing Rental Room with an Accent Chair 
By Kerrie Kelly, ASID

Are you looking for a simple and straightforward way to take a room from drab to fab? Look no further than the accent chair, a staple in nearly every room of the home. Accent chairs come in various shapes, sizes and styles, and are easy to switch and swap depending on the style of your space. Here are some of our go-to ways to add instant oomph with an accent chair.

1. Pattern Play in your Corporate Rental 

3 Ways Landlords Can Make Renters Feel at Home in Corporate Housing

For many renters, moving across the country or around the world for a new job is an intimidating life change. Corporate housing is undoubtedly a huge help during this transitional period, allowing people to focus on settling into their new environments. With that said, landlords can significantly impact how at home tenants feel in their temporary homes, making them more likely to stay on as long-term residents. Consider these small additions to a corporate housing apartment that will guarantee a more welcoming, comforting home for new tenants.

Homey Furnishings

Most renters will agree the convenience of having a furnished rental to move into is immense during a major move. (It sure beats having to inflate an air mattress or use boxes as make-shift tables.) While corporate housing landlords will provide larger furniture items in their units, they may overlook small (often inexpensive) items that can truly transform a rental into a home. Diana Kovacs, a travel nurse who has lived in several corporate housing rentals in the last few years emphasizes that day-to-day items can make all the difference.

“I’ve lived in corporate housing that included everything — linens, dishes, even a laundry basket!”

Some additional items to consider providing for your tenants include:

  • Teapot or French press
  • Throw blanket for the sofa
  • Easy-to-maintain houseplants
  • Empty photo frames
  • Fridge magnets
  • Hangers, closet organizers

Wellness experts also highly recommend items like blackout curtains and white noise machines for renters who may be sensitive to light and city noise. Help them sleep better, and they’ll no doubt feel more at home!

Housemates

Though it’s usually rare for corporate housing renters to share space, it’s an option landlords can consider proposing. Not everyone will have a preference for it, but for those new to a city, shared housing is an excellent way to expand their networks.

“Living alone was great when I moved to San Francisco from New York City, but I wouldn’t have minded sharing my temporary apartment with someone else who was in the same boat,” says strategic planning manager Tushar Karkhanis.

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The key here is to gauge interest from your tenants and then use a service that emphasizes helping renters find housemates whose lifestyle habits and personality traits match or complement theirs.

For willing tenants, landlords can feel great knowing they’re playing a role in helping tenants adjust to their new environments as well as be smart about their supply. Shared housing provides landlords another way to capitalize on their investments by renting to more tenants.

Personal Touches

Lastly, the key difference in a regular corporate housing rental and a home is the personal touch. All the amenities in the world are great, but a welcoming gesture is the icing on the cake. Often, it’s the only thing missing from an otherwise excellent rental. Without anything to set it apart from traditional lodgings, landlords miss the opportunity to leave a lasting impression with a potential future customer.

“Some of the perks included parking, furnishings, in-unit laundry, and close access to public transportation and the freeway, but the apartment felt a bit-hotel like,” says San Francisco-based marketer Thomas Keyack of his corporate housing rental.

An easy solution can include a handwritten note with a welcome basket filled with small household essentials, like the ones mentioned above. The extra cost is inconsequential compared to the value. It is also gestures like these that encourage renters to provide feedback to their company’s relocation managers, which in turn will drive more business for landlords.

Remember, it doesn’t take a lot to make someone feel at home, but the impression you leave will have long-lasting benefits for both you and your renters!

By: Alex Larsen, COO at Roomi

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