Furnished apartments, or corporate housing, consist of a complete housing package that includes all rent, furniture, housewares, linens, and utilities including telephone and cable at a flat rate that is typically lower than the cost of staying in a hotel. While corporate housing leases are usually short term leases of around 3 months, they can also be as long as several years or as little as thirty days. Living in a furnished apartment is better than living in a hotel because on average corporate housing offers double the square footage over a hotel room and comes with a kitchen that is fully equipped with all cooking essentials. This makes furnished apartments ideal for military personnel, business travelers on an extended stay, or those relocating to a new city. If you find yourself living in a furnished apartment, however, it can be difficult to make it feel like home. Here are eight tips for making your corporate apartment feel as intimate and personal as any permanent living arrangement:
- Buy some plants. While many furniture set-ups include a fake fica or two, it helps to green up the space with some live plants as well.
- Hang photographs of friends and family. It’s comforting to wake up every morning to familiar faces.
- Bring a pet along. Although some properties have breed and weight restrictions, and also restrict the number of pets you can have, it is comforting to bring along an animal companion for the trip, and it gives you something to focus on other than work.
- Take care of your apartment like you would your home. This means more than just keeping it clean. Notify your provider immediately of any maintenance requests.
- Unpack your suitcase. If you’re only staying for 30 days, you might be tempted to leave things in your duffel bag. However, placing your items into the dresser drawers will help you to take more ownership over the space.
- Rearrange the furniture. As long as you exercise caution with the condition of the walls, and the furniture itself, there’s really no reason not to make sure that the design of the space reflects the personality of the owner. Feel free to rearrange the couches and chairs as you see fit.
- Bring along some of your favorite books, a favorite lamp shade, etc. Including small home items that aren’t too disruptive to install into the space can help you feel like the place is yours.
- Maintain important routines. This tip kind of reflects that your inner state of mind will have a direct impact on the way you live in the space around you. If you maintain the same routines which you do at home, such as exercising at a certain time, or cooking a favorite meal on a certain day of the week, the space will feel more like home and you will be more at peace with your living arrangements.