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5 Things to Consider When Moving to Temporary Housing

The global pandemic has impacted homeowners in various ways, and many families have moved or are in the process of relocating.

If you find yourself heading toward temporary housing, you’ll want to consider the following tips for a smooth transition and hopefully, an equally easy process when you find your permanent home.

Analyze the Reasons Behind Your Decision

Sometimes a temporary move happens when you’ve already sold your old home or moved out of rental property but the new place isn’t ready. Another common reason for temporary housing is that your current home is being renovated and it’s not safe while repair works are underway. Whatever the occasion, make sure you’re moving out temporarily for the right reasons.

Choose the Accommodation Carefully

Even if this move is only temporary, it’s important to consider all housing options before your short-term move.

A rental property is your best option if you’re looking to relocate for at least six months or more. Opt for a fully-furnished home so that you don’t have to bring any furniture from your previous home. Look to see if you can sign a monthly lease to avoid issues when the time comes to move again.

Hotels, motels and vacation homes are great if you need a place to live for a short period of time. The process is easier than committing to a rental property. However, a hotel or vacation home can turn out to be the most expensive temporary housing option.

For a more reasonable price, extended stay hotels for long-term accommodations could be the best solution. You’ll have access to essential amenities such as laundry and a kitchen for a more budget-friendly rate than renting a traditional apartment.

Only Take the Essentials With You

Because you’re going to a short-term accommodation, it’s vital that you only take what’s necessary. What you take with you should depend solely on what you’ll need for the length of your stay.

Store the Rest, But First Declutter

Instead of taking everything to storage, sort out your belongings and toss out or donate items you haven’t used or things you no longer need.

Decluttering will help you save money, time and space.

Consider keeping non-essential items in a self or movers storage unit instead of taking them with you.

Follow a Strict Checklist

To help you complete a successful temporary move, create a thorough checklist about what you need to do before the big move.

Whether it’s asking friends to help with packing, changing your address with the USPS, paying all bills and debts from the previous home, or canceling all subscriptions — keeping a physical to-do list will make your transition easier.