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It is not a fancy thought for newly employed team members to know that they have to relocate to another location temporarily. Or for an employee who has to relocate to another area temporarily for a project. A healthy corporate culture demands that the company takes care of its employees in such a situation. It would be unsettling if the company just handed some money to the employees and left them to find a place for themselves. Instead, it is professional to arrange a temporary housing unit for the employees. It displays the company’s value for its employees and saves the workers the nightmare of finding a place to live.

Fortunately, in this era, there is no shortage of temporary housings. Many options range from apartments to townhomes. Diversity in choice makes it easier to make such decisions. With the tips below, you will find the selection of a temporary house easier.

Consider the period of stay

Undoubtedly, the duration and deadline of the project are of utmost importance. So, the company needs to decide just how long they need their team in that location. The reason being that it may be possible that the perfect apartment or townhouse for temporary relocation may only be available for a month. Such a place may not be affordable for a longer time-span, say, of six months. Lack of planning in this part can create budgeting issues for the company and the worker. It is why it is essential to determine the exact length of the stay. But in some situations, the period is unclear. In that case, you may need to be flexible in the budgeting of your workforce housing and consider all aspects.

Know your options

Before deciding which type of housing you want to get for your workers, know all of your options:

Short term rentals: They are houses or apartments available for rent with some lease terms. In the case of most short term rental houses, the less amount of time you rent it for, the higher the cost will be.

Corporate housing: It is the same as short term rentals but comes with the general intention of providing temporary housing for traveling business people. They have more flexible leasing options.

Sublets: Subletting means that you take over a lease from an existing tenant of the house or the apartment for a specific period. It requires approval from the tenant’s landlord.

Vacation rentals: Many websites connect the property owners with potential renters for a room or the whole house/apartment. It is for a short period for people who require temporary housing.

Extended stay hotels: If you need to stay for more than a few days, then the costly rates of typical hotels are not feasible. Extended stay hotels accommodate guests who need to reside for more than a few days. Their rates depend on the period of the stay and the hotel chain services.

Budget carefully 

When you provide temporary housing location to your employees, you have to consider more utilities than monthly rent. Some other options, like parking, general repairs, and other essential utilities, are also covered. When you choose a temporary rental home, make sure that you ask for any additional costs that need consideration. To get the best deals for the ideal place, contact leasing managers with your inquiries. They may be able to help find you the best possible option for short term housing.

Understand the deal breakers

If you find a beautiful house or apartment with a great deal, don’t let that trick you into being hasty. There is always the possibility that you be renting into something that would affect the employee. Several things can have dire consequences on the stay of your employees. These deal-breakers include loud neighbors, a curfew, restriction on pets, inability to customize or decorate their space, lack of parking, long commutes, and so on. Such deal-breakers can lead to stress and discomfort, which can affect the employee’s productivity at work. Plus, we all know as the studies also suggest that happy and healthy employees are more productive than those facing stress.

The immediate plan is to make temporary relocations for your workers as comfortable as possible. In the quest to achieve this, you will have to consider their basic needs, the budget, time for the stay, and a couple of other things. You can easily find great deals and many cost-effective options if you keep on looking.

Most of us have pretty much the same impression when someone mentions IKEA – amazing design, dozens of modern furniture pieces for every corner of the house and budget-friendly prices. But, apart from touching almost every home, this popular Swedish brand is now offering a delightful perspective of our homes in the future. This is an opportunity to see your future home through IKEA’s eyes:

Totally smart interior

Those days we are blessed with our smart phones and tablets, but, if we bear in mind that IKEA is about to surprise us with smart kitchens, in next 10 years we’ll probably be able to enjoy in totally smart homes as well.  Majority of interior items, from your wardrobe to kitchen appliances will come with smart sensors included, where simple sentence will be enough to start your washing machine, open the wardrobe or turn off the oven when you’re away. According to this, our homes in 2025 will be fully equipped with pieces, whose usage is based on our communication with them and appliances able to predict next actions. So, it looks like we’ll get a new friend to talk to.

Concept kitchen by IKEA
Image source: www.technologist.eu

Indoor nature

Nature will definitely come back to us through the big doors, but with couple of changes in the scenario. IKEA’s designers anticipate that by 2025 you won’t even have to stick your head out the window to enjoy lush greenery, since gardens will become integral part of your interior. It looks like living walls, dense green beds full of veggies and herbs and rooms transformed into real natural environment are going to replace your outdoor moments and turn your home into true reflection of outside world.

Intelligent kitchen tables

IKEA’s project known as “Concept Kitchen 2025” will definitely gladden all of you, who are not so skilled delicacies’ makers, since your future kitchen space will probably welcome the table nearly intelligent as you. This Swedish company recently released a concept known as “Table for Living”, referring to a kitchen table smart enough to guide you through entire cooking adventure. All you have to do is to put your favourite ingredients on table’s surface, choose your recipe, desired cooking mode and the magic will start to appear. Like this isn’t stunning enough, this futuristic table will be able to warm your food, suggest preparation steps and exact amount of ingredients for every meal.

Fridge – what’s that?

This will probably be the question your child will ask you in 2025, since your future home will not host classic refrigerator you have now. Assuming that in next 10 years food price will significantly rise, regular shopping will become past and groceries will be delivered to us on a daily basis, IKEA suppose that refrigerators will be replaced with automated pantries. Shelves cluttered with bunch of groceries will disappear and our homes will have modern pantry, based on technology which can maintain temperature of each ingredient placed in see-through storing containers.

Although those characteristics of our future homes now look like dream, there’s no doubt that rapidly developing technology and design will bring us closer to IKEA’s image of our living space in 2025.