Whether moving interstate or overseas, most transferees need to consider booking short term accommodation before finding their more permanent home.

As technology continues its steady march into every aspect of modern life, the sheer volume of online accommodation can be overwhelming and knowing the best areas to book in a foreign location can be quite daunting from afar. In addition, demand for short term accommodation is very high and the properties get booked out very quickly.

Woodhams Relocations is able to assist and make booking your short term accommodation a seamless experience.

Considerations

Transferees require more space than a hotel room as well as the flexibility to cook, do their own laundry and feel somewhat “at home”. There are two options – either serviced or furnished accommodations, both range from lower budget to high end luxury options and offer great alternatives for a transferee depending on their requirements.

Serviced accommodations have the advantage of on-site concierge, cleaning and linen changes included in the cost and are managed to quite high standards. Most have pools and/or gyms and have the ability to place multiple transferees in the one building.

Furnished accommodations are usually less expensive and are optimal for the budget conscious as well as transferring families.  They can be larger in size – apartments or homes – and are available in a wider range of locations, including outer suburbs. As there is no on-site concierge, arrangements need to be made for key collection, while servicing and cleaning can be organised for an additional fee.

Risk factors – why not Airbnb? 

Airbnb is very popular with travellers all over the world and definitely has its benefits, but the downside for transferees is the lack of consistent quality control – the standard of each property can be a lottery and there are risks of fraudulent online operators.

Unlike trusted property providers Airbnb properties do not have an independent property manager or a structured vetting and assessment process, so it is impossible to guarantee the standard of the home and its contents. Even with their up-front payment requirements, Airbnb customers cannot always be sure that the host will honour the reservation – this can be very stressful, especially when transferees are a long way from home.

Your Choice

Every property, whether serviced or furnished, is unique and suits different needs.

Most accommodations do not accept pets, but if a transferee is travelling with a four-legged friend, Woodhams can suggest alternative arrangements.

When selecting short term accommodation, it is vital to be assured that you are getting the location, service and quality that you require.

Woodhams Relocations has local knowledge and access to a wide variety of properties in many locations to help with these choices.  We can even organise airport transfers after those long journeys to Australia.

For assistance or further information, please contact the team at relocations@relocationcentre.com.au.