By: Sam Hoey | CRP, GMS

July 26, 2018

With all of the housing options available to you, why should you choose traditional temporary housing provided through a Relocation Management Company (RMC)? Newer providers like online “bnb” websites or rentals offered by owners seem to offer so much more flexibility to meet your travel needs. From studio apartments and lofts in artsy places, to luxurious vacation rentals, the supply of interesting and exotic abodes seems endless. Also, the draw of quick and easy rentals as well as anecdotal stories of great bargains make these places seem irresistible to savvy travelers and transferees alike. With so much to choose from, what could traditional temporary housing offer in comparison?

Before you book yourself and your family into a rental through online providers, look into these four specific areas to be sure the rental meets your full requirements:

1. Security Standards

Do you know if there is a security system at the location? Is the rental’s location in a safe and family-friendly neighborhood? What about the Wi-Fi System? Traditional temporary housing locations receive evaluations on several criteria. Employees must undergo background checks. Building security undergoes an assessment. Even if a rental location is advertised as having good security, or is claimed to be in a safe neighborhood, has this been verified? Do you know if the area changes character depending on the day or hour?

2. Cleanliness

Temporary housing must meet specific cleanliness and quality standards, and undergoes professional cleaning prior to rentals. Is this what you will find through an online rental provider? Travelers often see and remark on the differences in cleanliness standards among hotel chains. Do you know if there are any cleanliness standards at the online provider’s rental unit? Will you have to perform cleaning services yourself? How would you know if surfaces are clean and sanitary? Would you be able to determine if surfaces have simply been wiped down with a single cleaning rag throughout the entire rental unit?

3. Move-in Inspection

Traditional temporary housing provided by an RMC includes a full move-in inspection covering several points. This inspection is to ensure the renters can verify the state of the unit. They also have an opportunity to note any discrepancies within the rental paperwork before moving in to the unit. However, many online rental providers are not onsite to greet renters and may not offer a move-in inspection. As such, renters are often at risk if something is not in working order, missing, or broken, and they are unable to provide proof the item was in that condition prior to their moving in.

4. Maintenance and Emergencies

Traditional temporary housing provided by an RMC includes information and processes for renters to follow should any item require maintenance, or should an emergency arise. Major equipment receives maintenance and service on a regular schedule. However, online rental providers may not provide specific instructions and processes for maintenance. Also, they may not be in a position to assist the renters during emergencies. Major equipment may not be maintained by professionals on a regular basis. Also, there are usually no guarantees in place should the renter determine the unit no longer meets their needs even if major equipment does not work properly.


Global Mobility Solutions’ team of global relocation experts has helped thousands of our clients find traditional temporary housing that fully meets transferring employees and their family member’s requirements for security, cleanliness, and move-in readiness. As a result, we can help your company find the best temporary housing options for your relocation program. Contact our experts online or give us a call at 800.617.1904 or 480.922.0700 today.

Senior Vice President, Global Account Management Sam joined Global Mobility Solutions in 1996 and has a unique perspective with her 25 years of industry experience. Samantha offers her clients relocation expertise and a commitment to excellence in her. Her proficiency in orchestrating the BVO and GPO Programs, as well as relocation policy design and implementation, are invaluable assets to the accounts she manages. Her experience in administering Pre-Decision Relocation services to enhance the recruiting process further demonstrates her unique abilities to service her clients. Samantha’s diverse experience, leadership, and outstanding communication skills enable her to manage the relocation process for her clients with finesse and polished professionalism.

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