While ideally you will move from one home to another, sometimes that is not possible. You may need to be out of your old home before you have find a new one or before it is ready. Regardless of the reason, temporary housing can help you in your transition from one home to another. There are several options of where to stay before you move into your home. The needs of you and your family and the length of your stay in temporary housing will guide you in determining which option is best for you. The main venues for temporary housing include hotels, extended stay hotels, and rental homes or apartments.
If you only need a place to stay for a day or two before your home is ready or your belongings arrive, a normal hotel is a viable option. You will have dining and cleaning services at your fingertips. You also will have access to amenities and spa services that you might enjoy to try and take away some of the moving stress. And while a hotel can offer a mini vacation before finishing your move, it can become expensive. If you need temporary housing for more than a few days, it is probably not economical to stay in a hotel. In addition to eating into your moving budget, you also may need more room if you have a larger family or more suitcases because you have clothes and belongings for several weeks with you.
If you need temporary housing for a longer period of time, but not long enough to pay for rental housing, an extended stay hotel may be a good fit. It will provide you with a more home-like feel, with full kitchens and laundry services. However, you still do not have to bring furniture or set up utilities. This allows you to leave furniture and appliances in storage and have less to pack up come the big moving day. And while this is a good middle ground if you need lodging for a few weeks, some people may require longer term temporary housing.
Renting a house or apartment is probably the best temporary option if you plan to stay for several months or do not have permanent housing lined up. If you are moving quickly and do not know the new area, renting can be a great way to explore all your options instead of rushing into buying a home and having buyers remorse. Some places will negotiate rental leases by month so you have more flexibility for when your permanent housing is ready. Some rental dwellings will come furnished. Depending on how much space you have it might be to your benefit to leave your own furniture in storage until your big move. For others, they prefer to move their own furniture to an unfurnished apartment or home instead of storing it or getting rid of it. Renting is a great option is you need lodging for an extended period of time.
Ultimately it is up to you what type of temporary housing best fits with your needs. One temporary housing option might work better for you depending on the length or stay and the space you require. Regardless of which one you decide to go with you will want to budget for your temporary housing when considering moving expenses. You will also want to carefully decide what you want to bring with you to your temporary housing, and what you would like to put in storage until you move to your permanent home. Properly packing and arranging for your items to be moved to and from storage will help prepare you for the big moving day and relieve a little stress while you enjoy your time in temporary housing before moving to your permanent home.