Whether you’re on the move for work, in between homes, or trying out life in a new city, you don’t want to spend your invaluable time worrying about accommodations. Fully furnished corporate housing provides short-term homes for people on the go, meaning that you don’t have to choose between travel and the comforts of home. AvenueWest specializes in temporary, fully furnished rentals and is managed by a team of housing and real estate experts who are proud to offer our signature customer experience. We’ve compiled a list of what to keep an eye out for when looking for short-term rentals. Here are our top eight questions to ask potential landlords or property managers when looking for your next home away from home.
#1 How furnished is it?
Just because a temporary residence is advertised as furnished, it doesn’t mean it’s fully furnished. When you’re making a temporary move, you’ll want to be sure that your short-term accommodation is move-in ready. This means it already has everything you need — from a washer and dryer, to bed frames and wall hangings. This may seem like a no-brainer but ask about what specific type of appliances are in the kitchen. Is there a dishwasher? If there’s a budding chef in the family, a two-burner stovetop may not cut it.
#2 What kind of amenities are included?
Ask for an amenities list before you sign a lease. At AvenueWest, we go above and beyond basic amenities like air conditioning and heating (although don’t take those for granted – always confirm). We want you to feel like you’re at home while providing the type of world-class amenities you might expect from a hotel. We can help match you to the perfect rental with all the features you need, giving you peace of mind in your next move.
#3 Do you offer linen and towel service?
Be sure to ask if this service is offered and if there is an extra cost associated with them. AvenueWest is really in the hospitality industry, and that means serving our clients with linens and towels — free of charge.
#4 Are all utilities included? (Is high-speed internet on the list?)
Nothing, and we mean nothing, is more frustrating than a spotty Wi-Fi connection. AvenueWest understands the need for top internet speed, especially when you have work projects to complete. If your rental’s Wi-Fi is handled by the property manager, ensure that the connection is fast…and it wouldn’t hurt to check it. Make sure your lease clearly outlines which utilities are covered so there are no surprises or extra fees. Many rental properties, including AvenueWest, put a cap on your electric and gas usage, so be sure to review those limits so you are fully informed.
AvenueWest rentals include basic utilities, including television service, as well as high-speed internet. We are also committed to offering prompt customer service to help with any issues that may arise.
#5 What’s your reputation for service?
Speaking of customer service, it’s important to know what support and resources are available to you as a tenant. When looking for a managed corporate rental, ask for a reference. You’ll want to be sure that no matter what arises, you will be able to get the help you need. AvenueWest is proud to offer world-class customer service, including 24/7 emergency service where our goal is to connect you to a live person instead of a machine.
We are your one point of contact for all your property needs; it’s just another way your peace of mind is central to our business.
#6 What are the terms of the lease?
One of the most crucial factors when looking for short-term housing is that a potential lease term works for you. Ensure that the lease doesn’t bind you to stay longer than you need to; conversely, if you’re traveling for an undecided amount of time, ask if there’s month-to-month flexibility or the ability to renew your lease. AvenueWest doesn’t just provide corporate housing — we’re a fully-fledged real estate brokerage made up of seasoned experts in the field. We can help you navigate your lease, provide guidance when you’re looking for your next home, or answer any housing-related questions you may have.
#7 Do you offer city tours?
Relocating can come with challenges, but it also provides you with a unique opportunity to discover a new city. If you want to learn the ins and outs of a new city, it helps to have someone who can show you the ropes. Ask if your corporate housing provider can give travel advice, directions, or guided tours. AvenueWest is happy to provide all the above; our franchise owners live and work in the areas they serve and are ready to give you the local scoop on their favorite restaurants, entertainment, shopping…the works.
#8 Can my pet stay with me?
Not every property manager or landlord will allow your pet to join you during your short-term stay, so be sure to ask. AvenueWest recognizes that the furrier members of your family are still family so we will work you to ensure we find you a pet-friendly unit. Many rental properties have breed and weight restrictions, so be sure to discuss those terms with your representative. Due to AvenueWest’s unique inventory, many of our properties don’t have weight and breed restrictions that most apartment communities have.
When looking for a short-term home, it’s always a good idea to take the reputation of a given housing provider into account. AvenueWest has come to be known for our immaculately managed properties, stellar customer service, and industry-leading business practices that have defined our business for over 20 years. When a property listing bears the AvenueWest seal, it communicates value to our prospective guests and a guarantee that their rental experience will exceed their expectations.