Brian Ferdinand, Travel and Business Expert: How Corporate Housing and Airbnb Differ

You’ve been told that corporate housing might be worth staying in during your next vacation. However, you’re accustomed to staying in Airbnb homes. What’s the difference, and should you make the switch? Here’s a look at what makes corporate housing different from Airbnb and why you may want to make corporate housing your next accommodation choice, according to business expert Brian Ferdinand in a recently published article.

The Main Differences Between Corporate Housing and Airbnb

According to Brian Ferdinand, the managing partner of CorpHousing Group,corporate housingunits and Airbnb homes are both fully furnished living spaces that travelers can stay in when visiting new cities. They both offer the benefit of providing a spacious, welcoming, and comfortable home-like environment—something that simply can’t be replicated in a hotel. After all, hotels—even hotel suites—tend to be smaller than furnished homes are. They also lack the privacy that comes with corporate housing.

However, the chief difference between corporate housing and Airbnb is that Airbnb caters to relatively short stays, whereas corporate housing caters to longer stays. For instance, it’s not uncommon for Airbnb customers to book furnished housing for a week or two at a time. Meanwhile, corporate housing tenants typically book their housing for at least one month, with many of them staying in their apartments for at least a couple of months at a time.

Why Corporate Housing Beats Airbnb

One reason to choose corporate housing over Airbnb is that Airbnb homes may not be as furnished as you would like them to be. With Airbnb, the living space you book may only be partially furnished, as a uniform standard is lacking in this area. As a result, tenants are ultimately subject to the rules of their individual landlords.

On the contrary, corporate housing is always fully furnished. Thus, you can rest assured that when you book a unit, you’ll receive items such as dressers, a couch, appliances, a washer/dryer, and even a workspace where you can conveniently work from home.

Liability is another important factor to consider when you’re deciding between corporate housing and Airbnb for your next trip. As a general rule of thumb, the regulations regarding Airbnb and other vacation rental companies are still murky. Thus, should an issue arise, no precedence exists to make you or the other partyfeel secure when trying to address the matter.

On the contrary, corporate housing is a recognized and established business model. Thus, you can be confident that your best interests as a tenant will be protected from the moment you book a unit to the moment you leave that unit.