Many different kinds of circumstances dictate the need for a short-term stint in a furnished apartment, like a 3-month contract for a job across the country or waiting for a deal to close on a new home. Regardless of how the situation arises, finding a furnished apartment can be challenging because this type of situation isn’t commonplace. Using the Internet to find a short-term housing provider, however, just made the process a bit easier.
Before beginning a search, the renter must know what to look for. A few things to consider are the number of bedrooms desired and if the renter allows pets. Particular amenities could include a fitness center or pool. Finally, the location matters as well: urban, suburban, rural, etc.
When the renter’s needs are finalized, the search begins. The best way to conduct that search is by using the Internet to search for companies that specialize in short-term housing and furnished apartments. These types of companies concentrate solely in connecting people, either on a personal level or in a corporate setting, with housing that fits their needs. Because such companies focus their services only on short-term scenarios, they have the industry knowledge and best practices to achieve fast results, and get renters what they want.
Most major cities are covered in the scope of a company’s focus, which gives their customers, the renters, the most options possible. Their extensive listings include apartments that allow pets, are located throughout each city, and range in price from which to choose. Generally, a minimum of 30 days is required to qualify for a stay in a furnished apartment.
Many of these kinds of referral services are free, because they charge the housing companies a referral fee. The arrangement benefits both the housing company and the referral service by achieving the end goal: the space is occupied by a renter.
The process of working with a short-term housing provider varies, but, generally, companies require the renter to submit a short form, including personal information and needs — such as studio or one bedroom, number of bathrooms desired, number of adults and children, and expected date of occupancy and duration of occupancy. Once submitted, the potential renter receives back several “bids,” featuring pictures, pricing, location and availability. The renter then compares the bids and chooses the most suitable apartment.
It pays to use a referral service when looking for a furnished apartment in a short-term housing situation. These companies have the industry experience, connections, and know-how to get the best results. Ultimately, a renter gets competitive rates, a furnished apartment that suits specific needs, and the peace of mind that housing is solidified for the interim period.
This article was written by Anita Alvarez, an expert
in the Apartment Living / Rental category at www.yoexpert.com