If you are filling in for a colleague or heading off to support a sabbatical position then it is pretty fair to say that a hotel or even some private rentals such as AirBnb are going to be way overpriced for what you are looking for. Given the nature of what you are doing you need a high quality home from home and that is why you should be looking into some temporary corporate housing. There are many housing providers around the country who specialize in properties for exactly this reason, and here are some of he questions which you need to be asking them before you sign on the dotted line for 6 month stay with them, or however long you need their services.
It is one thing to take some little trinkets with you from home but the last thing which you are going to want is to have to kit out an unfurnished apartment when you know that you are only going to be there for a short while. Not only should you ask whether or not it is furnished, you should also be asking to see some pictures to ensure that you will be comfortable there.
If you are only going to need the property for 6 months then you have to make sure that you are able to rent for that long, and also that the lease doesn’t have to be minimum 1 year. Ask a great deal of questions when it comes to lease length because you don’t want to have to move on after a couple of months because there was a misunderstanding.
Not all cooperate housing providers will have insurances which cover you so this is something which you are also going to have to ask about. They will of course have their own insurance but if you break something, flood the place or cause a big stain, you need to know where you stand with regards to the insurance policy and whether or not it can help you.
Who Manages Things?
During your time at the property you are likely going to have questions or someone who you wish to speak to about any concerns that you have, and that is why you will also need to know more about who is in charge. Understanding the chain of command may not seem important now but should something go wrong you need to have a very clear understanding of who you should be speaking to.
Last but not least you need to be absolutely clear abut where the property is located in relation to where you are working, as well as understanding what transport links you have available and what amenities there are in and around the property. The more questions that you ask now, the higher the likelihood is that you are going to get the perfect corporate property for your stay.