Life is full of ups and downs and many different adventures. If you’re in a personal or professional situation in which you need to utilize temporary housing, whether it’s for a week, a month or a year, you may be excited at the prospect of living in a new city or state or even in a new neighborhood. There are many different reasons why you may be utilizing temporary housing: you want to move to a new area, but aren’t ready to purchase or lease a home; you have been temporary transferred by your employer; or you need to find a place to live while your permanent home is renovated, or rebuilt. Whatever the reason, you need to make your temporary housing work for you.
No matter how you feel about your temporary housing, there are tips and tricks that you can utilize to make your stay as pleasant and productive as possible!
Choosing the Right Temporary Housing Option for You
There are many different temporary housing options available, although urban areas are going to have more options available than suburban or rural ones. You can choose to stay in a regular or extended-stay hotel, a vacation rental or Airbnb, or corporate condominium. Many employers provide a temporary housing option for their employees, but if the choice has been left up to you, it’s important to make the right one, especially if your companion or family will be accompanying you.
Hotels, even extended-stay hotels, are often the best option for relatively short stays, but the cost of staying in a hotel, especially when factoring in restaurant dining and other services such as in-house laundry, can quickly add up. Depending on the length of your stay and your budget, leasing an apartment or house monthly may be more economical, especially if the rental includes a kitchen, washer and dryer and more room to store your belongings. However, in a leased property, you may be responsible for supplying your own furniture and furnishings and setting up basic utilities, which can be expensive on a short-term basis.
Packing for a Temporary Relocation
Once you’ve secured temporary housing, it’s time to determine what to do with your belongings. A short hotel stay may only necessitate a suitcase full of clothes, personal electronics and toiletries, but a more extended stay may require a larger move. Is your temporary home furnished, and if it is, to what extent is it furnished? It would be an unfortunate surprise to arrive at your temporary home to learn it’s lacking a television, a coffee maker or even a bed! It would also be unfortunate to arrive at your temporary home with a truck full of your belongings, only to learn that there’s no room to store it, or that your temporary home isn’t secure. Gain as much information as you can beforehand, and always remember that a self-storage solution may provide a temporary means to safely and securely store your belongings.
During a temporary stay at a hotel or rental property, you will need access to the same personal items, such as identification, medicine and money, that you use every day. You’ll also need to find a secure place to store valuable or even irreplaceable items such as passports and other documents, valuable assets and other personal items. It’s important to note which items are valuable but easily replaceable, and which items are difficult or impossible to replace. In most states, hotels have limited liability when it comes to theft, and a landlord or leasing company has no responsibility for securing your belongings or liability if they are stolen. Check with your insurance company to determine if your belongings are protected in a temporary housing arrangement, or if you need to purchase renter’s insurance to extend coverage. Finally, if your temporary housing doesn’t include a safe for your personal belongings, a small, climate-controlled self-storage solution may provide additional security and peace of mind.