Short-term furnished rentals take the pressure off a move

by Joe Zekas on 9/11/13

If you’re moving to Chicago, and aren’t on a tight budget, you don’t need to feel pressured to find an apartment immediately.

You can sample living at one or more high-rise apartment buildings for a day, a week, a month or more through the companies that offer furnished rentals in dozens of downtown and near-north buildings. You can see the variety of available offerings by checking out the websites of Habitat Corporate Suites, Oakwood, Execustay (an Oakwood affiliate), Manilow Suites, Bridgestreet and VIP Corporate Housing, among others.

Quite a few rental high-rises also offer lease terms on unfurnished apartments of as little 3 or 6 months at a premium price over a year’s lease. Furniture rental companies enable you to go online, select your furniture, and have it delivered and set up painlessly.

In the above video from a year ago Craig Schiller of Real Estaging, a nationally-recognized home stager, walks you around Brook Furniture Rental‘s downtown Chicago showroom with Brook’s Kim Ashley. Brook stays abreast of trends, so the showroom will have different offerings currently than you’ll see in the video, which was sponsored by Brook.

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