Updated: March 31, 2023
Life is full of unexpected changes, and sometimes we need to find temporary housing options to accommodate those changes.
Whether it’s due to a job relocation, a family emergency, or just a sudden change in living circumstances, finding the best short-term family accommodations can feel like a daunting task. In this post, we’ll discuss the pros and cons of different types of temporary housing, as well as tips on how to find the best options for you.
Airbnb is a popular option for those looking for a short-term rental ranging from one night to a month or more. With Airbnb, you can rent an entire home or apartment, or just a room. The pros of AirBnb are that it’s usually less expensive than staying in a hotel, and it gives you the flexibility to choose the location and the type of accommodation you want. The cons are that you may not have access to hotel amenities such as room service, and there may be additional cleaning fees.
Extended stay hotels
Extended stay hotels offer longer-term stays and are designed to feel more like home than a traditional hotel room. They may offer more amenities than AirBnb, such as a kitchen and laundry facilities – but they can be more expensive and may not offer as much privacy.
Sublets and furnished apartments
Sublets and furnished apartments are great options for those who need temporary housing for several months. They’re fully furnished, which means you won’t have to worry about buying furniture, and they offer more privacy than other options. However, they can be more expensive, and you may be required to sign a lease.
Short-term lease apartments
Short-term lease apartments are similar to sublets and furnished apartments, but they typically offer leases for shorter periods of time. The downside is they aren’t furnished, so you may need to make sure to bring an air mattress.
Vacation homes or cottages are a great option for those who want to get away from it all and have some privacy. They offer more space and amenities than other options, but tend to be expensive, so renting for more than a few weeks may be unsustainable.
Couchsurfing is a budget-friendly option for those who don’t mind crashing on someone’s couch or spare bedroom. The pros are that it’s usually free, and it gives you the opportunity to meet new people. The cons are that it’s not very private, and you may not have access to a kitchen or other amenities.
Staying with relatives
Similar to couchsurfing, staying with relatives is a budget-friendly option for those who have family members who live nearby. It’s usually free, and you’ll have a built-in support system. However, it may not be very private, and you may have to abide by your relatives’ rules and schedules.
How to find the best short-term family accommodations
When looking for the best short-term family accommodations, there are several things to consider:
- Determine your budget and what type of accommodation you can afford.
- Research different options in the area you want to stay factoring in commuting distance, internet access, and personal comfort.
- Look for reviews and ratings online.
- Ask friends and family members for recommendations.
What to bring with you
When staying in temporary housing, it’s important to bring essentials such as:
- Pillows and blankets
- Bath towels
Try not to bring too much, though – the lighter the load, the less hassle now, when you’re moving in, and later, when it’s time to move out of your temporary situation.
Where to keep your stuff in the meantime
If you’re moving into temporary housing and don’t have a lot of space to bring your possessions with you, there are a few options for where to keep your belongings in the meantime.
Renting a storage unit is a great option for those who have a lot of belongings they want to keep but don’t have space for in their temporary housing. You can choose a storage unit that fits your needs and budget, and most storage facilities offer flexible rental terms.
Or, if you’re planning on moving again soon, you may want to consider renting a movin container. Shipping containers are a convenient and secure way to store your belongings while you’re in temporary housing. They can be delivered to your location and picked up when you’re ready to move again.
Ultimately, the best option for storing your belongings while in temporary housing will depend on your needs and budget. Consider your options carefully and choose the one that works best for you.
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on April 18, 2016 and has been updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness.