• Roomservice by CORT win ARP Specialist Provider Award for 3rd year

    Photo: It’s a Hat Trick! 
    The Relocation Team from left to right: Claire Padun, Laura Watson, Graham Smith, Michelle Grant, Iain Crichton, Jo Rashbrook, Khloe Parrish, and Karen Counterman.
     
    Roomservice by CORT celebrated their third consecutive win under the category of Specialist Provider at the Association of Relocation professionals’ Annual Awards Dinner in London on the evening of 30th June, 2016. 
     

  • Top Tips for New Buy-to-Let Landlords

    With the rental market continuously gaining strength an increasing number of first time landlords are testing the water. Renting your property out can seem daunting at first, and the work you’ll put into it is can itself be a full time job. Follow these top tips designed for new landlords and we are confident you’ll be rental ready in no time at all.

  • Make Yourself At Home This Year With Affordable Furniture Hire

    Make yourself at home this new year with affordable furniture hire.
    With a new year comes prosperous new beginnings, here at Roomservice by CORT we work tirelessly all year round ensuring you have only the best service when it comes to your furniture needs. We don’t need a new year to kick us into shape, but some do. For those of you that feel ready for change, we are here to help. And what better reason to refresh and rejuvenate your environment then a fresh new beginning. 
     
    How does your environment effect you?

  • Learnings From the US Multi-Family Model

    Jeff Rowe, Vice President of our parent company CORT, presented a conference session explaining the role that furniture rental plays in turning a rental property into a home. Apartments are usually let unfurnished in the US but operators often offer a furniture rental service. This is supplied a third party furniture rental company such as CORT, which is the market leader, but offered as an extension of the property management company, giving tenants the option of renting furniture without the landlord having to invest in buying it. This model is readily transferring to the UK and we are already working with most of the main PRS operators.

  • Roomservice by CORT scoop Specialist Provider Award for the 2nd Year

    From left to right: Graham Smith, Managing Director, Khloe Parrish, Customer Services Consultant, Lloyd Lenson, Chief Operating Officer -CORT, Karen Counterman, Sales Director, Jo Rashbrook, Customer Services Consultant, Iain Crichton, Business Development Consultant.

    Roomservice by CORT celebrated their second award win at the Association of Relocation professionals’ Annual Awards Dinner in London on the evening of 10th September.

  • Coping with Clearing and Finding Accommodation

    Finding accommodation after going through Clearing
    Going through Clearing can be stressful, so once you’ve got your space confirmed at University, you now need to consider where you are going to live. As you’re getting your University place late, this may mean that there are no places available in University supplied accommodation, meaning you need to start looking elsewhere.
    So where do you start? Here are a few tips...

  • Furniture Rental in the Big City

    Making the most out of your property, especially by making use of rental furniture, will make living and working in the city that much more accessible. One of the main advantages is cost effectiveness, in which renting furniture for a sustained period can help alleviate many of the costs that would come with fully furnishing an already costly apartment. Moving around bulky items such as furniture when you live in a crowded city can also be difficult, as well as expensive. With rental furniture, the service is included and covers both the moving in and moving out scenario.

  • Springtime Interior Design Trends 2015

    You may have already felt the soothing benefits of our imminent springtime; the warmer days and longer bouts of sunlight have an effect on us in more ways than just a tan, simply by lifting our moods and spirits, influencing our music tastes or food choices, and almost completely affecting our outlook on the environment around us.
     

  • WIN YOUR STUDENT FURNISHINGS WITH ROOMSERVICE BY CORT

    If you are fed-up with your worn-out or ridiculous furniture, enter our competition to win a 9 month rental package and spend your time at University relaxing in style!

    Recently moved your sofa up three flights of stairs? Stuck with outdated or hand-me-down furniture? That's when you should've called Roomservice!

  • Create your perfect Uni space

    You’ve made it. All that work has come to fruition and you’ve got your place at University. Starting Uni is a big life transition and settling into a new environment can be challenging. It takes time to adjust to new experiences and all that University has to offer.

    You may be in halls or sharing a house with other students; whatever your accommodation is, with a few touches you can make your new space feel warm and homely.
    Comfort

  • Furniture Styles and Trends for 2015

    Furniture Styles and Trends for 2015
    Looking back on 2014, modern sophistication and minimalism take the crown for dominant design strategies, with consumers turning toward simpler styles to create a more welcoming living space
    But what can we expect from the New Year in terms of furniture design? We’ll be exploring some potential trends for interiors in 2015, and how you can keep your living space fresh. Whilst we can’t be entirely sure what will be big and what will not, the following are the biggest contenders.

  • Select a style especially tailored for you - interior design for rental

    Your living space is one of the few places that you can be creative in and have furniture and accessories that reflect your style and taste. But if you’re living somewhere temporarily, sourcing furniture and waiting for the items to be delivered might not be financially viable for you. That is where our Select interior design service comes in. Our Select service enables you to rent your design. Yes, rent!

  • Dressing to Sell – Why Rent Show Home Furniture?

    There is a good reason we call it home staging. When you’re selling your home you’re essentially putting your home on a stage and saying “here I am”.

    First impressions count and that’s why experienced property marketers will put a great deal of thoughts into dressing a property in order to maximise its appeal to potential buyers. Having appropriate furnishings in a home is one of the fundamentals in achieving the best possible price.

  • Roomservice by CORT win Specialist Provider Award

     
    Roomservice by CORT Win Specialist Provider at ARP Awards 
    by Karen Counterman - Sales Director 

    We are delighted to have been named the winner of the Specialist Provider Award at the ARP (Association of Relocation Professionals) Awards which took place on Thursday 11th September at the Royal Overseas League in Central London. 

  • ‘To furnish or not to furnish?’ – advice for landlords

    Landlords are often advised by letting agents that it is easier to find a tenant for a furnished property than an unfurnished one. However, contrary to popular belief, it may not be the best option for you to offer the property furnished. It is expensive to buy and maintain furniture and if the tenant doesn't want the property furnished, it is yet another cost to move and store that furniture.

  • Dress to Impress with On-trend Interior Design

    We have found that a furnished property can achieve a 6% higher sale price than an empty property, based on some recent successes and it typically halves the length of time it takes to sell or let. But to show off a property in its best light, it is not enough just to place some furniture in it. By using a home staging company with a professional interior design team, you can be sure to make the maximum impact. 

  • CASE STUDY: Flexible furniture service for Howard de Walden

    At Roomservice by CORT we work closely with Landlords, Property Management Companies and home owners who want to dress their property in order to appeal to a specific target demographic. Whether you want to rent out a property and need landlord furniture or need home staging furniture to sell a property we can help you.

    Click on the PDF below and see how we worked with the prestigious Howard de Walden Estate to help them successfully let their portfolio of London rental properties over the past 5 years.

  • Sell Faster with Staging

    As spring arrives, there are widespread reports that positivity has returned to the housing market across the country and that properties are moving more quickly now than at any time since the recession.

  • PRS - Increasing net yields - summary report

    LANDLORDS IMPROVE YIELDS VIA FURNITURE RENTAL
     
    Landlords stand to improve net yields significantly if they can reduce void periods by offering a furnished rental option. Reducing void periods by two weeks where half of the portfolio is furnished can improve yields by almost 3%. These are findings from new research commissioned by Roomservice by CORT, which analyses how offering a furniture rental service can improve the bottom line for build to rent developers and institutional landlords.
     

  • How rental services can improve assignee satisfaction & save companies money

    How can companies improve assignee satisfaction AND save money? Iain Crichton, Business Development Consultant for ‘Roomservice by CORT’ - the UK's largest furniture rental company - cites below just one of the many situations where rental furniture can be a useful destination service that ticks both the above boxes.

  • As we hit our 30th birthday, we look at the rise of furniture rental over the last three decades

    Karen Counterman, Director of Roomservice by CORT explains how furniture rental can not only save money, but has other benefits during the relocation process: “Renting furniture is a cost effective alternative to serviced accommodation, which for a longer assignment would certainly be a more expensive option. There are also obvious tax benefits for companies of renting rather than buying furniture because renting is tax deductible.

  • Make yourself at home!

    Aside from saving money by not having to buy furniture, homeowners can also avoid potential storage costs by opting to rent furniture. Shorter term furniture packs for a tenancy of around 3 months are more expensive, with a one-bedroom package featuring a reception room, dining area and bedroom, typically costing £315 per month.* Most suppliers are happy to supply inexpensive solutions too. Graham Smith at Roomservice by CORT says, “Our basic fully equipped 12-month furniture package for a two-bedroom property is our Astor package at £199+VAT per month. It gets even cheaper for a three-year rental; just £100.50 per month + VAT, but we can cater for all budgets. “We offer a full ‘turn-key’ service. All of our furniture is delivered, installed and placed by a highly trained installation team who will make beds, put away crockery and housewares and leave the property clean and tidy. “

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