A 2015 study published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology examined the effect of relocation on children. It found that introverted children experienced more long-term effects of a move than extroverts.
It should come as no surprise that a move can be disruptive and anxiety ridden for a child, but in our increasingly mobile society, it often can’t be helped. What parents can do, is try to minimize the impacts on their children during a move.
Anxietyfreechild.com is a website committed to helping parents raise anxious children, and they offered these suggestions for settling into your new community:
After the Move
- Set up your child’s bedroom pronto! This immediately establishes familiarity and a safe haven.
- Allow adjustment time. Both you and your children need time to properly process the move and acclimate to your new surroundings. Set up exploration adventures where you find all the nearby playgrounds, parks and other fun stuff for kids.
- Don’t ‘perch.’ This tip comes from Psychology Today’s Nancy Darling, referring to the hesitancy some families or children may have about truly becoming part of the community. Help your child join playgroups, community or church groups or otherwise dive into the community. It is, after all, your new home.
Enter Corporate Housing! Corporate housing provides relocating families the opportunity to have a real home, not a hotel room, during their move. It lets you immediately submerse yourselves in a new community, register for schools, meet kids at the park, etc.
When you stay in a fully-furnished apartment, instead of a hotel, a child has their own space to retreat to when they need it.
Because you’ll enjoy a full kitchen when you choose one of our corporate apartments, you’ll be able to keep more things the same, like family dinners, their favorite breakfast cereals, nap times, etc., making the changes less dramatic. You’ll also save money on dining out, and not be relegated to a tourist district.
Choose Paragon Corporate Housing for your upcoming move, and we’ll help you live like you’re home!
Paragon is a passionate supporter of the arts in each of our communities, so when the Mid-Columbia Symphony needed a place for their conductor to stay during their season finale concert, we were happy to help. Conductor Nicholas Wallin stayed with us for ten days, and here’s what he had to say. Next time your business takes you away from home, call Paragon for the best temporary accomodations!
On my trip to the Tri-Cities last month, I was lucky to have the chance to stay in a Paragon apartment – what a treat! I was in town for 10 nights, conducting several rehearsals, and preparing for our season-ending concert with the Mid-Columbia Symphony. My 1-bedroom apartment was perfect for my needs. The bed was luxurious, with nice pillows and sheets. The kitchen was well-appointed, and had everything I needed to do some simple cooking. I even had a washer and dryer! It was great to have some extra space. I could spread out my work in the living room, eat in the dining area, and still have a comfy bedroom. There was a garage for my loaner car, plus a nice balcony. The TV and cable set-up was great, and the wireless connection was fast and easy-to-use.
Sometimes checking in and out of a short-term apartment can be burdensome, but the Paragon staff made it easy. The lock box made checking in and out a breeze. The communication ahead of my stay, and then during it, was appropriate and helpful. One of the biggest reasons I prefer corporate housing to a hotel, is that you have both the comforts and privacy of being at home.
Laundry, cooking, extra space, plus proximity to groceries, restaurants, a nice jogging trail – all these things make the rest of life a lot simpler. I was able to focus on my work and perform at a high-level, because Paragon took care of all of my housing concerns. I would certainly recommend Paragon to any business traveller to the Tri-Cities who is looking for a place to stay!
In this age of data breaches in the media daily, keeping our financial data secure is constantly on our minds.
When you reserve a corporate apartment, or even a hotel room, you’re often providing your credit card data over the phone to a complete stranger. No matter how reputable the company, that can be uncomfortable. That’s why Paragon Corporate Housing has partnered with PayLease, a leading, PCI compliant, online payment processor.
PayLease allows you to login using your reservation number, and pay for your stay directly via credit card or ACH, and even setup an auto-pay. By using our new payment portal, only you will have access to your private credit card information. You will also have access to your receipts at any time.
Now you can stay at our fully-furnished and serviced apartments in Washington, Idaho, Utah, and Oregon, without having to share your financial information with anyone. Stay Paragon and stay secure.
Many people don’t understand what Corporate Housing is, until their company books it for them. One of our industry partners wrote this guide, and it’s pretty perfect!
The Average Joe’s Guide to Corporate Housing
By Matt Tobel, CCHP
After talking with numerous prospective guests on a daily basis and hearing the same common questions asked, there appears to be a lot of confusion regarding Corporate Housing – the most common undoubtedly being pricing. I’m writing this post to educated readers about Corporate Housing in hopes of alleviating the frustration or confusion that frequently occurs when assisting prospective guests.
There are a number of factors that go into pricing Corporate Housing units that are quick to be forgotten but amass the rates prospective guests often balk at…
#1.) Lease Length: The number one rule of thumb the shorter the lease term, the higher the price. Although often mistakenly associated as being equivalent, short-term leases are not the same as subleases. A sublease is a portion of an existing term lease originally leased to another party. Subleases, unlike short-term leases, generally come with discounted pricing terms in an effort to offset the original leaseholder’s rental obligation or even to relieve the originally leaseholder from any associated lease breakage fees. The reality is that short-term leases cost more money than traditional (12 month) lease terms, anywhere from $150-500 per month (I’ve witnessed month to month as much as a $2,000 rental increase on a price-optimizing system). *Most Corporate Housing companies have a minimum lease length, in Chicago this is typically 30 days. Paragon Note: We welcome all lengths of stays.
#2.) Furniture/Housewares: Corporate Housing apartments are equipped with all of the conveniences of home. The perk of staying in an apartment home is having a full-kitchen, so of course the suites are stocked with everything you’d need to whip up a home cooked meal! Likewise each room is carefully thought out to be a stress free living environment for the guest in terms of furniture and housewares. Common rental furniture packages do not include kitchen essentials, linens, bedding, towels, cleaning supplies, or bathroom essentials.
#3.) Utilities: Utilities aren’t always easy to explain, because they vary from community to community in both set-up and payment. It should be known that all gas, water, sewer, trash, heating, cooling, electric, phone, cable, and internet is subject to question when renting an apartment in multi-family living. Sometimes communities offer packages that bundle some, but each are somehow accounted for, and require monthly payment. Some companies (electric, cable/internet, gas) even require deposits and fees for activation. The convenience of having ALL UTILITIES set-up prior to moving in should also be considered when estimating costs. Generally utilities are capped in CH so that residents are held to a ‘standard’ and not gauged monthly for estimates. The ‘standard’ is an average based off previous usage, and those in excess are billed in arrears.
#4.) Insurance: All Corporate Housing providers have a common insurance policy on the apartment for business purposes. Many rental communities actually require renters to have a Renter’s Insurance Policy w/ a set minimum of personal liability.
#5.) Billing Convenience Fees: We all have credit cards, we’ve all seen credit card convenience fees using them too. The fees for direct billing and credit card transactions can be anywhere from 2.5-3.0% depending on the card/institution. Having one convenient invoice that bundles utilities, furniture, housewares, insurance, and this fee is reason enough for some companies to use us for every rental transaction they need accommodated! Paragon Note: We offer an ACH option that avoids fees all together!
#6.) Services: At any time during your stay maintenance and operation services are available. Light bulbs, broken appliances, heating/cooling issues, water leaks, you name it and Operational teams will facilitate resolution of the issue with the building so that it is not your concern. Housekeeping, parking, extended cable/internet packages, and grocery kits are also additional services CH providers can provide at additional costs.
I hope this can assist anyone looking for a short-term, furnished housing options & let them know the cost breakdown of everything Corporate Housing combines. With the rising popularity of AirBNB and VRBO in the housing industry, anyone can be a landlord these days. You truly never know what you’re in for unless you explicitly request it. Always be sure to do your research, & ALWAYS check the credibility of anyone you are providing private, personal or confidential information in email, person or over the phone.
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Richland, WA – Paragon Corporate Housing has named Kim Cooke as Vice President of Operations, with responsibility for ensuring guest satisfaction throughout the company’s 5 major metropolitan service areas. Cooke has been a valued employee for more than 15 years, having been instrumental in the company’s expansions.
“I am so pleased to announce Kim’s well deserved promotion to Vice President of Operations. Kim joined Paragon in 2001, and immediately became a driving force in the company’s growth. She has mentored our Guest Services teams in each of Paragon’s market’s as we have expanded to new locations in Boise, Salt Lake City, and Portland. Kim’s sincere and caring approach to serving our guests has fostered a company-wide ethos of highly personalized service that allows our guests to live like they’re home” says John Crook, Founder and CEO.
“This promotion makes official a role she has been fulfilling on a daily basis for these past 15 years. It is an honor to work with such a dedicated hospitality professional.”
Cooke will continue to be based at Paragon’s corporate headquarters in Richland, Washington, but will be traveling regularly to Paragon’s other offices.
Founded in 1996, Paragon Corporate Housing is a regional hospitality company focused on serving clients in the Northwestern United States. With Offices in Portland, Tri-Cities, Boise, and Salt Lake City, Paragon offers relocating families and business travelers the space, comfort, and privacy of fully furnished and serviced apartment living. Paragon’s commitment to a highly personalized guest experience manifests itself in the company’s practice of staffing each of its core markets with local hospitality professionals. This philosophy results in concierge-like service, enabling guests to Live Like They’re Home.
For more information on Paragon Corporate Housing, please visit www.stayparagon.com.
It’s harvest day! At the end of this long hot summer, we’re celebrating an amazing grape harvest from the Paragon Vineyards. We can’t wait to taste (and share!) what our friends at Bookwalter Winery will create with these beauties!
Learn more about our first vintage of ASPIRE.
The first half of that sentence was famously uttered by George Leigh Mallory in 1924 as he prepared to ascend the world’s highest peak, Mount Everest. Sadly, Mallory did not make it down the mountain, but his words are immortalized as the hallmark of determination in the face of challenge. The second half of that sentence is certainly less well known: it’s more of a credo we live by at Paragon Corporate Housing.
So what exactly do we aspire to? Simply put, we aspire to provide our corporate clients and guests an unparalleled level of service and a corporate apartment that allows them to live like they’re home. We strive to achieve that by responding expediently to all
requests, and by providing a boots-on-the-ground team of locals in each of our Northwest markets.
We are a hospitality group first and foremost, so we aspire to bring dignity and respect to all of our relationships. Our corporate apartments offer our own unique selection of furniture and housewares, not a cookie-cutter solution often found with other providers.
But we also aspire to continually challenge ourselves to be better every day, both personally and professionally. In the words of Sir Edmund Hillary, the first to summit Mt. Everest:
I feel that one of the most exciting things in life, unquestionably, is to achieve a big challenge somewhere in the world.
So we’re taking on a big challenge in our corner of the world: an ascent of Mt. Adams, the second highest peak in Washington State! Six members of the Paragon team will meet the weekend of June 27th to climb all 12,280 feet to the summit. For each of us, this is a true challenge: we live in the Northwest, so we like to hike, but this is more than any of us have taken on before!
We invite you to follow this blog as Paragon aspires to greater heights, both on Mt. Adams and in our service to you!