Posts Tagged ‘lodging’

Celebrate Veteran’s Day with Preferred Corporate Housing

Monday, November 8th, 2010

Every year, Preferred Corporate Housing tries to find some way to thank our Veteran’s for their service to our country. Veterans make up a large percentage of our clients, so it is extremely important for us to let them know how grateful we are for their sacrifice and dedication. This year, we are inviting veterans who are current guests in any of our fully furnished apartments around the country to call our office at (800) 960-0102 to redeem a small token of thanks from the staff at Preferred Corporate Housing. Please ask for Michelle Velasquez.

We also want to invite everyone out there to take part in a Veteran’s Day celebration as well, so we’ve compiled a list of things you can do to honor our brave service men and women on November 11.

-Attend a Veteran’s Day program/parade in your community. Many communities have organized activities that are sponsored by the local VFW as well as student-led school programs that are often open to the public.

-Take part in a flag-raising ceremony. If your office or apartment building has a flag pole, organize a gathering of co-workers/neighbors to recite the Pledge of Allegiance and sing the National Anthem together.

-Participate in a moment of silence in remembrance of those who have given their lives for their country. Invite your family, coworkers, neighbors, and friends to observe a moment of silence as well. A national moment of silence is usually observed at 11:00am (EST).

-Take your children to visit a Veteran’s hospital, or encourage them to send a letter of thanks to a Veteran.

On November 11th, we hope you will take a few moments out of your day to get involved in a celebration of Veteran’s Day in your area. The servicemen and women who have sacrificed so much for our country deserve our gratitude.

Customer Service Week 2010 – October 4th – 10th

Tuesday, October 5th, 2010

October 4th – 10th will mark the 8th annual National Customer Service Week. Preferred Corporate Housing is celebrating this week by honoring our outstanding Customer Service Department! We also want to emphasize our commitment to providing the best quality temporary housing solutions accompanied by the highest level of customer service in the industry. Read below to find out what SERVICE means to us!

S is for Selfless – We will be attentive to customer requests, regardless of other priorities. We will demonstrate our abilities through our conduct, conversations, and results.

E is for Ethical – We will act with integrity and a sense of duty and obligation to our customers and will always be accountable for our actions.

R is for Respectful – We will treat our customers as we wish to be treated and ensure that every interaction is conducted in a pleasant and professional manner.

V is for Versatile – We will be resourceful and capable of performing a variety of tasks in order to get the job done, regardless of our job description.

I is for Innovative – We will identify ways to continuously improve our processes and policies to meet the ever-changing needs of our customers. We will welcome customer feedback as a means to improve the services we provide.

C is for Communication – We will actively listen to our customers and respond in a clear and concise manner. We will communicate through available resources, providing accurate information in a manner that is easy to understand.

E is for Encouraging – We will support employee creativity and teamwork to promote an open and collaborative work environment that encourages employees to excel in every aspect of their jobs, including customer service.

At Preferred Corporate Housing, we are committed to our goal of providing the best nationwide temporary housing options along with the highest level of customer service in the industry. We look forward to any opportunity to showcase what SERVICE means to us!

About Preferred Corporate Housing:
Preferred Corporate Housing (corporates.com) is the premier, nationwide extended-stay lodging partner for relocating employees, temporary assignments, recurring projects, and corporate training programs. Corporations and human resource 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 14,000 cities. PCH is your permanent solution for temporary housing nationwide! (800) 960-0102, corporates.com.

How to make your temporary apartment feel like home

Monday, September 20th, 2010

Many people choose fully furnished apartments for stays of 30 days or longer as alternatives to hotel stays because they want to feel more at home. They want the extra comfort and space than a cramped, cookie-cutter hotel can offer, but if they don’t do anything to personalize their furnished apartment, it can wind up feeling just as cold and cramped as the hotel they were trying to avoid. Here are some great tips on how to make your temporary furnished apartment feel less like a hotel room and more like your home.

Tip # 1: Rearrange the furniture – When the furniture company delivers your items, they will do their best to arrange the items according to the space, but they don’t know your routine or preferences. Instead of placing that comfy chair in front of the television, you may prefer that the chair be by the window because that’s where you like to read. You may want your bed up against a wall instead of in the middle of the room. As long as you are careful not to damage any of the furniture or walls, there is no reason not to design the space according to your preferences.

Tip # 2: Display photos of family and friends – Bring along some framed pictures of your loved ones and place them throughout your apartment. There are many products available that will allow you to hang things without damaging the wall, and you can also utilize your refrigerator to display your children’s pictures and artwork. Having familiar items like these will make the space feel more personal.

Tip # 3: Unpack your suitcase – Even though your apartment may be temporary, take advantage of the dresser and night stand! If you are constantly living out of your suitcase, you can never fully relax because it won’t feel like home.

Tip # 4: Buy some house plants – Studies show that house plants can reduce stress, fight off toxins, and even boost energy! Go to the local home improvement store and find plants that are easy to maintain. http://www.prevention.com/houseplants/

Tip # 5: Maintain your routines – If you always have Taco Night on Tuesday, or practice Yoga every morning, keep up with those important routines. The familiarity of routines will allow you to feel comfortable in your surroundings.

Even though you would rather be at your actual home, sometimes it just isn’t possible. Although you may be 500+ miles away, implementing these five tips can make your temporary apartment feel like home….or at least a little closer to it!

Independence Day – Fireworks Safety Tips

Friday, July 2nd, 2010

We at Preferred Corporate Housing are looking forward to enjoying the onset of summer and an opportunity to honor those who came before us to give our great country the independence we will be celebrating. Most 4th of July celebrations generally involve family, friends, fun, and of course…FIREWORKS, so here are some safety tips from The National Council of Fireworks Safety:

1. Use fireworks outdoors only.
2. Obey local laws. If fireworks are not legal where you live, do not use them.
3. Always have water handy. (A hose or bucket).
4. Only use fireworks as intended. Don’t try to alter them or combine them.
5. Never relight a “dud” firework. Wait 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water.
6. Use common sense. Spectators should keep a safe distance from the shooter and the shooter should wear safety glasses.
7. Alcohol and fireworks do not mix. Have a “designated shooter.”
8. Only persons over the age of 12 should be allowed to handle sparklers of any type.
9. Do not ever use homemade fireworks of illegal explosives: They can kill you! Report illegal explosives to the fire or police department in your community.

Have a great time, remember what this holiday represents, and most of all…BE SAFE!

Companies rely on Corporate Housing to Gain Control of Travel Budgets

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010

A recent article posted on www.management.travel, discussed how adding corporate housing services to Corporate Travel Departments can save companies double-digit percentages and provide employees with better accommodations that offer all of the comforts of home. In the article, Michelle De Costa, global travel manager at Sapient, said that having a firmer grasp on corporate housing became a must after her company begin growing rapidly, and they increased the number of employees they were sending out for temporary projects. She said that having corporate apartments was “generally a better solution for that type of situation than an extended-stay hotel.”

Typically used for a 30-day minimum stay, corporate apartments are generally less expensive, Sapient’s US average daily corporate apartment rate was $91 compared with $189 for hotels, and corporate apartments offer additional amenities that create a ‘home-like’ feel. Corporate apartments offer fully furnished accommodations in residential areas and amenities that include full-sized kitchens with all the necessary appliances and cookware, double and sometimes triple the amount of living space of a typical hotel room, more privacy than a hotel can offer, and the ability to custom design any additional services and amenities that you might need.

If you are a travel manager looking for additional ways to gain control of your budget, or if your company is looking to expand on its travel service offerings, explore the benefits that corporate housing can provide. Visit www.corporates.com for additional information or to request a custom housing proposal tailored to your specific needs.

Apartment Living Safety Tips from Preferred Corporate Housing

Friday, June 4th, 2010

Preferred Corporate Housing offers fully furnished, temporary apartments in more than 10,000 cities across the United States, and we would like to offer these safety tips to make sure our guests are prepared for apartment living. While we do our best to offer the safest apartments in low-crime areas, all crime and emergencies cannot be prevented. These tips will help lessen the likelihood of you becoming a target, and will help you be prepared in the event of an emergency.

1. Purchase Renter’s Insurance – This will protect your belongings in the event of a fire, theft, or inclimate weather that may occur. It is also a good idea to inventory the description, serial number, and cost of your valuables. Take photos as well.

2. Lock your door – This may seem like common sense, but we’ve all done it. Never leave your door unlocked, even if you are just going to the mailbox, taking out the trash, or taking Fido for a short walk. Remember, criminals are looking for the easiest opportunity. Also, don’t leave a spare key outside under a door mat or potted plant. Not only are these ‘hiding’ places easily discovered, but this is also against most Apartment Community policies.

3. Never open your door to a stranger – Ask all utility/repair men to provide identification before opening the door. If there is no peephole, have the repairman slip the ID under the door so you can check it out. If you are still uncertain, call the telephone number on the badge to verify their information.

4. Check Smoke Detectors/Alarms – Make sure they are functioning properly and that the batteries are still good. If your apartment does not have a smoke detector, or it is malfunctioning contact your apartment manager immediately.

5. Do not leave valuables in your vehicle – Because of the large amount of vehicles in one area, apartment parking lots are a target for vandalism. To avoid damage to your car, do not leave valuable items within visibility. Keep doors locked at all times and park in well lighted areas if possible.

6. Be aware of evacuation routes and information resources in the event a fire or natural disaster should affect your area. Area Emergency Planning Information, local radio stations, and non-emergency police phone numbers are good things to have on hand.

Once again, Preferred Corporate Housing strives to provide housing options in safe, low-crime communities, and we are confident that these simple tips will go a long way to ensure your safety and well-being as a guest with us.