Getting ready to make a temporary move can be the worst! So much work involved, just to do it all over again. With these tips, we can help make moving to temporary housing easier, and you won’t have to dread the relocation process quite so much.

Communication:  Remember, first and foremost, just like with a permanent move, the key is to communicate with everyone involved. Communicate with your moving company, everyone in your party, etc.  Communication will keep you on schedule and, for example, if you are renovating your current home and are moving out to get those renovations done on time, that schedule could be very important to getting you back into your home as quickly as possible!

Choose your temporary home:  The first tip goes to choosing that temporary new home. You have a number of options.  If it is a very short term move, you could choose a hotel or motel. If it is a bit of a longer stay, you can look to rent a house or apartment for the short term.

For very short stays, just a few weeks, hotels are great a option because they include perks such as free breakfast, pool, spa and gym. They also clean the room so you don’t have to worry about housekeeping!

If your stay is a month or more, renting a short-term house or apartment is probably more economical. Many property management companies are willing to work with you, as they would rather have the rent money than an empty property.  Living in a home will allow you to feel more at home than you would in a hotel, and you’ll have a lot more space. Additionally, if you have to take your things out of your permanent home, this will keep you from having to store them in a storage facility.

Packing:  After you’ve found your temporary home, you need to think about packing. If you are just moving out of your permanent home for a while, say for a remodel, you can just bring with you what you need: clothing, personal items, etc. You may even be able to find a furnished apartment or house to live in temporarily.  This way you won’t have much to pack and unpack.

If you do have to bring a lot of items with you, keep as much boxed up as you can, so that you don’t have to repack non-essential items. You can always place those non-essentials in a storage unit if your rental home is too small for everything.

Moving to a temporary home can be a hassle but by taking it a step at a time, you can make it very simple and in no time you’ll be home again!