Archive for December, 2013

Top 5 Places to Ring in the New Year

Monday, December 30th, 2013

Preferred Corporate Housing has some exciting things planned for 2014, so we want to be sure to start this year off with a bang! We’ve put together a list of our favorite places to party on New Year’s Eve, so get out the party hats, champaign and noise-makers and head to one of these top 5 places to welcome 2014 and ring in a new year!

5. Key West, FL – Duval Street:key west If the bone-chilling cold of Times Square’s ball drop has you shivering, you can head south to the famous Sloppy Joe’s Bar to watch a gigantic conch shell work its way down at midnight! There is no place better than Key West to ring the new year in! Duval Street is closed to traffic which allows the tens of thousands of party goers to celebrate and the weather is warm and dry!

4. Las Vegas, NV – The Strip:Vegas NYE Being one of the wildest party places on earth on any given weekend, it only makes sense that Vegas should have a rocking New Year’s Eve celebration as well. The Strip fills with revelers. Fireworks light up the sky. The casinos are body-to-body, the showrooms filled with A-list entertainers and Vegas is more gloriously alive than you’ve ever seen it. New Year’s Eve in Vegas is a world-class celebration.

3. Boston, MA – Downtown:boston This is a celebration for the whole family at Boston’s ‘First Night’ attraction. The event has grown to more than 250 exhibitions and performances by artists from across the globe. Stand with the city as chants of ‘Boston Strong’ resound through the streets! The party starts at 1pm on NYE and lasts till next year!

2. New Orleans, LA – Bourbon Street:bourbon street This popular party spot has earned its reputation from the annual Mardi Gras celebration that takes place here in February. For New Year’s Eve revelers can enjoy drinks and merriment up and down the street all night long. Enjoy live music and great food, then head down to Jackson Square for the official countdown.

1. New York, NY – Times Square:new york This New Year’s Eve location may be a bit cliche, but its so festive that it must be experienced at lease once in a lifetime. From the iconic ball drop at One Times Square to Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest, it is a New Year’s celebration you won’t soon forget. Get there early to claim a spot and dress warm!

No matter where you decide to celebrate the start of 2014, Preferred Corporate Housing wants to remind everyone to be safe and drink responsibly. PCH wishes everyone joyous celebrations and a prosperous New Year!!

7 Tips for Safe and Stress-Free Holiday Travel

Monday, December 23rd, 2013

Everyone knows that winter and holiday travel can be extremely stressful, and like most, I tend to forget basic common sense when I am in extremely stressful situations. The team at Preferred Corporate Housing want everyone to enjoy their holiday trips, so we’ve compiled a list of tips for those of you who will be leaving home during this time of hustle and bustle.

1. If you are leaving your home for an extended period of time, consider hiring a home-sitter. If you have trusted neighbors who will be home for the holidays, enlist their help in keeping an eye on your place while you are gone. If you live in an apartment, contact your PCH Account Manager to let them know when you will be away, and also speak to the onsite office staff as well. Many communities offer complimentary plant watering and dog walking services, so check in with them before you leave.

2. Lock up – This seems so obvious, but hey…we’ve all got a lot on our minds during this season of hustle and bustle. Locking your home makes it less attractive to opportunistic burglars. If you don’t make it easy, there’s a better chance that when you get home, your house will be in the same condition as when you left it.

3. Be cautious with your social media posts – Don’t broadcast your whereabouts on Facebook or Twitter at every stop you make. Although we would like to think that our connections on social media are friends and acquaintances, we don’t need everyone to know that we are away from our home.

4. If you are traveling by plane, plan to leave your home at least an hour earlier than usual. Winter weather, holiday shopping traffic and forgetting to pack Aunt Mildred’s gift can all result in delays to your schedule. If you start out with extra time, you are less likely to turn into a super stress ball when something unexpected pops up.

5. Stay hydrated for your journey – Another one of those tips that seems so simple, but is often overlooked. Even slight dehydration can lead to fatigue and decreased alertness which sounds like a recipe for disaster on your holiday trip. Remember to drink plenty of water as often as you can.

6. If you are driving to your holiday destination – pack a winter car safety kit. Cell phone, car charger, ice scraper, tow rope, jumper cables, cat littler (helps to provide traction in the snow), blankets, crank-powered flashlights, matches, emergency candles, first aid kit, portable radio, granola bars or other snacks and a good book in case you do get stuck. Recent unexpected snow storms in Dallas caused people to be stuck in their cars on the freeway for 30+ hours. Make sure you are prepared if something like that were to happen to you.

7. Don’t forget to pack a smile! This is one of those rainbows and flowers type tips, but it really does help. If you start your trip with a smile and try very hard to keep it there, you are more likely to enjoy yourself. Don’t sweat the small stuff, find humor in every situation and enjoy the journey!

From all of us at Preferred Corporate Housing, we wish you safe travels and Happy Holidays!

A Season of Giving from Preferred Corporate Housing

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

Preferred Corporate Housing donates $21.5K to national and local charities in partnership with clients participating in its ‘Preferred Charity Helpers’ program.

Third quarter participation in Preferred Corporate Housing’s ‘Preferred Charity Helpers’ program exceeded all previous quarters, and resulted in a donation total of $21,421.70. This industry-leading initiative began as a way to get Preferred’s national clients involved in community and philanthropic endeavors in partnership with PCH. The program’s success has allowed PCH to donate a total of $52.5K in 2013 to national and local charities.

Through the “Preferred Charity Helpers’ Program, PCH donates a portion of each new furnished apartment lease to their clients’ chosen charity organization. “Our clients have really jumped on board with this opportunity to support their favorite causes,” said Michelle Velasquez, Director of Client Services for PCH. “Some clients have elected to donate to national charities like Habitat for Humanity, St. Judes Childrens Cancer Research Hospital, and the ASPCA, while others have allowed us to make donations on their behalf to their local charity organizations like food pantries and shelters. We give our clients the option to select whichever charity they prefer to support through this program,” said Velasquez.

“We have been pleasantly surprised at the initial responses we’ve received from our clients who are invited to participate in this program,” said Samantha Elliott, President of PCH. “I really the opportunity to give back on our clients’ behalf, especially to those charity organizations that mean so much to them.”

As we wind down 2013, we will make our final Preferred Charity Helpers donation. Though final tallies have not been made, we anticipate the fourth quarter donation to bring our 2013 total to more than $65,000 with the support and partnership of our national clients.

About PCH:
Preferred Corporate Housing is the premier, nationwide extended-stay lodging partner for relocating employees, temporary assignments, recurring projects, and corporate training programs. Corporations, government agencies and travel managers turn to Preferred Corporate Housing to take advantage of cost-efficient, fully furnished apartments accompanied by online inventory management tools, dedicated personal account teams and service to more than 42,000 locations. PCH is your permanent solution for temporary housing nationwide! (800) 960-0102, www.corporates.com

2013 – Its Been a Great Year!

Monday, December 9th, 2013

As 2013 comes to a close, we’d like to reflect on what a great year we’ve had at Preferred Corporate Housing. This past year, Preferred Corporate Housing was presented with numerous awards and honors including the most recent ranking by the Houston Business Journal as 15th on the list of ‘Best Places to Work in Houston!’ This award was especially meaningful for us because our team members are ultimately responsible for all our success.

We were also thrilled to join the list of companies who added jobs in 2013. PCH expanded our reach in 2013, allowing us to add valuable positions to our current team. Since 1996, PCH has never down-sized or scaled back. We are proud to add 2013 to that streak!

Though we are extremely grateful and honored for the successes we’ve had this past year, the recognition we are most grateful for are the comments we hear on a daily basis from our guests! Here are a few words from some of our guests regarding their stay with us in 2013:

“I just wanted to commend you for the great job on my apartment. My wife was very pleased with how well the unit was decorated, the choice of furniture, and how easy it was to get settled in. Kudos to your entire team.” – Mark B. – State College, PA

“You are awesome!! I will surely be using PCH again as well as passing the word about you to my co-workers! You Rock!” – Frank W. – San Diego, CA

“I would recommend PCH to anyone who manages temporary housing for their employees. I have used other companies in the past, but the service and support I receive from the staff at PCH is unsurpassed.” – Kelly S. – Minot, ND

As we look forward to 2014, we are excited about the great things that are in store for Preferred Corporate Housing. We will celebrate our 18th Anniversary next year, and couldn’t be happier about the outstanding team we’ve built. To all our friends and family, Happy Holidays and have a wonderful New Year!