How to Search for Short Term RentalsIf you're looking for short term housing options, the place to start is to do an internet search. I suggest using a search tool such as Google, then plug in key words including the city where you need the short term housing combined with phrases such as: "short term housing" or "corporate housing" or "short term rental accommodation". You'll find local companies who specialize in providing this type of accommodation as well as brokers who may assist you in finding the perfect place.
Just remember to check the companies with the Better Business Bureau and do your homework; even if you'll only be renting a place for a short period of time, check the business or company thoroughly.
Search Vacation Rental PropertiesDepending on the time of year that you're moving and where you're moving to, vacation rental properties might be the way to go. Most companies offer online booking with availability and costs upfront. This differs from corporate housing where you often have to speak directly to an agent before obtaining rental fees. Many vacation rentals are now children and pet-friendly, with some companies providing rental insurance just in case the property you've rented doesn't work out. I've used vacation rental companies for many of our family trips, in particular to areas where corporate housing doesn't reach. I've always been pleased with the service and the hospitality of the hosts and can usually find an amazing deal that is far cheaper than the costs of a hotel. Plus, most companies offer properties internationally, so no matter where you're moving, you can usually find short term accommodation for rent.
Here are two vacation rental companies that you might want to try:
- Vacation Rental by Owner (VRBO): I've used this company before for vacation rentals. It's well established and you deal directly with the owner. They have a vast network of rentals available around the world.
- Owner Direct: Similar to VRBO, Owner Direct lists properties throughout the world. You can search by location, date, number of nights and number of guests - very much like a hotel booking. I've never used their service but a friend highly recommends them.
If you have any suggestions of companies that you've used, leave a comment and tell us about your experience (good or bad).