When Disaster Strikes!

Last week, 2 minutes of hail and wind wreaked severe damage in our home town. Power outages, smashed windows, and broken roofs have left some folks homeless. What can you do??
When you are picking up the pieces after a hail storm or natural disaster, corporate housing can help. Corporate housing is the industry that provides fully serviced furnished apartments on a short term basis. If you are staying in a hotel while your house is being repaired, read on.
Check with your insurance about housing options.
If you have insurance, ask your agent about a homeowner’s coverage known as additional living expense or ALEcoverage. Additional living expense (ALE) coverage is a type of insurance included within homeowners policies. ALE coverage reimburses the insured for the cost of maintaining a comparable standard of living following a covered loss that exceeds the insured’s normal expenses prior to the loss. (source: https://www.irmi.com/online/insurance-glossary/) With ALE, you can find housing for your family comparable to what you are used to while your home is being repaired after something like a hailstorm.
Do you have ALE coverage?
f you have ALE coverage, ask about corporate housing. Corporate housing professionals can help you find the temporary living space that will give you ample room to live while you waiting for contractors to make your home livable again. Corporate housing providers will negotiate the lease, set up all utilities, your cable and internet, and rent furniture. At Capri, we relieve your burden of wondering where to live, so you can focus on picking up the pieces after a natural disaster.
In areas like Del Rio, insurance adjusters may not know that corporate housing is available. We at Capri have experience helping people through the difficulties of property loss. Often, insurance companies will let you choose your housing provider. You just need to let them know!
Even if you don’t choose a company like Capri, know that you have options other than staying in a hotel. Fully serviced Short term rentals provide more space and comfort, especially in a time of property loss.
If you have been hit with disaster, call us and see how we can help you. You can reach us at 830-768-7799.SAM_1191
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5 More Tips for Traveling with Your Pet

In our last blog post, we shared 5 tips for people traveling with pets. As a pet owner myself, I often forget that not everyone views our dog as a member of the family. and this can present challenges while you are traveling. But a little forethought and preparation can lead to a more pleasant trip and help your pet adjust to your new home much sooner.

When traveling by car, consider kenneling your pet.Travel-Nursing-Pets_521x373

A kennel helps keep your pet safe during travel. If your furry companion is not familiar with one, begin to acclimate him or her several days in advance with their temporary quarters. Keep in mind that the kennel needs to be a welcoming place, not a punishment. So take the time necessary to train your animal to go into the kennel willingly. A frightened pet makes for a difficult ride.

When traveling by car, take frequent breaks.

If you travel a lot, it’s very tempting to reduce your travel time by taking fewer breaks. When you are driving with your pet, you want to keep him exercised so he will be calmer while you travel. Just like children, regular breaks give you the chance to walk the dog, go to the bathroom, and relieve any pent up energy. Taking time to attend to your dog’s basic needs goes a long way for a more pleasant trip for both of you.

When traveling by air, check with your airlines guidelines for traveling with pets.

Travel by air requires extra planning. Most airlines have pet friendly policies, but you want to know exactly what the policies are. Each airline has its own procedures in terms of how to transport your pet, whether you can transport your pet as cargo or bring it in the cabin with you. Check with your vet and the USDA for travel guidelines. (content: petco.com)

Bring something familiar to your pet for the transition.

Just like a child, when your pet has her familiar toys she will feel more like she is at home. If you have to leave your pet alone in your new apartment, leave a blanket or article of clothing with your familiar scent on it. It becomes a way for the pet to know you will be back. And smelling you is almost as good as being with you.

Spend extra time with you pet when you are settling in.

New sights and sounds can be very disorienting and stressful for your pet.  If it has been a long day, turn on the TV and relax with Snowball close by. Nothing is more comforting and reassuring to your pet than time spent with you!Take long walks in your new place, too. Long walks, especially when you first arrive, give your pet time to grow accustomed to the area and give you both needed exercise. Time spent with your pet in a new home and its surroundings will pay big dividends in the long run.

Traveling with pets requires thinking ahead, but the rewards can’t be numbered! We often work with pet owners for temporary lodging. Click on this link and sign up for our newsletter to get more information about traveling and options available to you.

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5 Facts for Travel Nurses (and Other Travelers) with Pets

One of the first things people ask us when they call about an apartment is, “Do you accept pets?” Travelers of all kinds enjoy benefits from their furry companions, but this is especially important for travel nurses and therapists. In this roundup, I’ll lay out some fun facts and considerations for pet lovers who stay in corporate housing.

  1. Traveling with pets is BENEFICIAL.

Pet owners experience wonderful benefits from their furry companions. They cope with difficult situations better when they travel. They tend to be less stressed, have lower blood pressure, and stay  more active. All these factors contribute to greater enjoyment of life and the new job. 

Source and picture: travelnursingblogs.com

2. More Companies WORK with pets.

The benefit of pets for travel nurses have more and more travel staffing agencies working with pet owners. While this is directed to travel nurses, all travelers need to let their company know they have a pet. Knowledgeable professionals can assist you in finding housing when you want to keep your companion with you.

Picture courtesy of blog.medicalsolutions.com

Source: allnurses.com

 

3.  Find Pet Friendly HOUSING.

If you are arranging your own housing, ask if the property accepts pets. Many communities do work with pet owners, but they often have breed restrictions. Offer a “pet reference”, especially if you have a large dog. This document can assure the property that your pet is as well behaved as you know it is. 

 

4. Know the COST.

Your pet is important! Like anything, pets also carry a cost when it comes to housing. Pet friendly propertyowners and apartment communities often require additional fees and deposits to cover the additional wear and tear caused by a pet.  Be sure that you know the costs associated with having a pet in your apartment so there are no unpleasant surprises at the end of your stay.

Picture: www.nurse.tv

5. Bring important PAPERS.

Just like you want to bring your own health records when you travel, remember to bring your pet’s records, too. If your pet needs to see a vet during your extended stay, these papers can be a life saver. Literally! At a glance the doctor will know what meds your dog is allergic to, what meds he is on and what is safe to administer. Keep these safe with other valuable papers for your trip.

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Source: www.coremedicalgroup.com Picture: rvdirectcovers.com

At Capri, we handle all the aspects of your stay, including your pets. If you are a travel nurse, a travel staffing agency, or you need temporary housing, click here to email us.  We ease your transition in unfamiliar surroundings with professionally furnished apartments at exceptional prices.

Next week, we’ll talk about the actual trip and ways to help you acclimate your pet to your new surroundings. Follow us on Facebook or subscribe to our newsletter to get the latest updates on our blog!

What experiences have you had traveling with your pets? Comment below so others can benefit from your experience!!

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Four Questions to Ask When Looking for Corporate Housing

Fully Furnished Short Term ApartmentKimberly Smith is a pioneer in the corporate housing industry. As the CEO of Corporate Housing By Owner, she has helped countless homeowners and companies promote their corporate housing inventory on line. In her blog post, “Top Corporate Housing Rental Questions to Ask”, she offers some important information on what you can do to ensure you receive the best experience.
When renting a furnished apartment, Kim urges clients to ask quality questions. As she points out, “All Corporate Housing Rentals or Corporate Housing Companies are NOT created equal.” Be sure to ask about the following:

1. Fees. Companies and individuals vary as to what they charge and what is included. Kimberly offers the following questions to ask a prospective provider. “What does the monthly rent include? Are there discounts for longer leases?” Ask about fees and deposits. What is refundable and what is not? By asking about the charges, hidden costs don’t need to spoil an otherwise enjoyable stay!

2. Location. Many people assume that a provider has an office nearby, but that’s not always the case. Kim recommends asking how to get help if issues arise. Ask about amenities provided with the apartment. Knowing what to expect and what services are available helps you have a more pleasant stay!

3. Policies. Kim advises renters to ask about the company’s policies. What happens if you are unhappy with your accommodations? Reputable providers will make sure that you are comfortable, but things can go wrong. How is that handled? Be sure to ask the question before you commit, so you know what to expect.

4. Certified. As a former President of the board of directors of the Corporate Housing Providers Association (CHPA), Kim highly recommends that you find out if your provider is a member of CHPA. “CHPA is the trade organization for the corporate housing industry and requires specific levels of professionalism, excellence, customer service, and ethical standards,” she says. Company representatives who are certified corporate housing providers (CCHP) have passed a test to ensure they abide by these standards.

Corporate housing is a growing and ever evolving industry. As an industry, professionals will strive to provide the best in short term furnished housing for a variety of people. I think Kimberly says it best. “You can count on one thing staying the same: corporate housing always has and will continue to provide short-term furnished housing to individuals and business executives who need a place to call home, even if only for a short while.” Thanks, Kim!

Anna Scheller, CCHP
Capri Temporary Housing
For more questions to ask, visit Kim’s blog at http://www.corporatehousingbyowner.com/blog/2013/10/top-corporate-housing-rental-questions-to-ask/

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