Preparing for Temporary Lodging
At some point in our lives, everyone will have a need to stay in temporary lodging. Whether in the military, getting a new job, relocating to a new city or caring for a loved one…there are several scenarios that would require a person to live for several weeks to several months without or in-between a permanent home.
No matter the reason, it’s helpful to do adequate research before a move into temporary lodging. With any move, big or small, there can be unexpected issues and obstacles that pop-up. The best way to ensure a smooth transition is proper planning.
Below we lay out our best advice, acquired through years of experience, to prepare for a stay in temporary lodging.
Plan Ahead: Packing and Sorting Tips
Since temporary lodging is short-term you won’t be moving everything you own, just yourself and the essentials. The more you move, the more expensive and difficult the process becomes so learn to be choosy and take only the items you really need.
Below we lay out some tips and ideas for deciding what to bring and how best to sort your belongs for maximum efficiency and ease.
- A few weeks out from a move put a box in to everyone’s room that is moving into temporary lodging. Over the course of a week fill that box with all the items you feel are essential to your daily life. A week before your move, reassess and see what is truly vital. This is a great way to cut down on clutter.
- Dependent upon where you are going, you don’t have to bring your entire wardrobe. If you are going to a cold climate pack those types of clothes, similarly for hot climates. Since your stay in temporary lodging is short-term, only bring clothes that match the current climate.
- Always set aside and take the essentials and valuables. This includes important documents, prescriptions, jewelry, personal toiletries, all dire electronics (phone, laptop, computer, camera, chargers), children’s toys and pet necessities. Basically anything that is meaningful to you or expensive.
- Get a detailed description of everything that is currently available in your temporary lodging unit: TV’s, stereo equipment, entertainment items, kitchen appliances, utensils and cookware, bedding, and towels. Figure out what is missing and ensure you set those items aside to bring with you.
Getting There: Best Ways to Transport It All
You are moving out of a permanent home but not into another permanent one, so there will be some separation between you and your stuff. Now that you have sorted and packed accordingly for temporary lodging, you must now worry about how everything will get there.
Here are our best choices for transporting your valued belongings:
- Moving Trailer: For moves in town or nearby the obvious choice is to use a moving trailer for all of your items. The good news is that most trailers come with the option to purchase insurance, covering your items in case of damage or disaster.
- Moving Container: If you prefer not to drive, you can fly yourself and loved ones, and send all of your stuff in a moving container. Shipped to any location across the country (even sometimes internationally) this is a super hands-free option. Most companies also offer up to a month of storage if you needed/wanted to take your time on the journey.
- Moving Company: Another “I am traveling without my things” option is to use a professional moving company. Though the most expensive option, moving companies come insured and also offer unpacking services and storage options.
Temporary Storage: Secure the Best Option
Short-term temporary lodging goes along with short-term temporary storage. Since you are only taking the most select and necessary items on your move, it will be necessary to find a storage solution for the rest of your belongings.
If you are not keeping your things with a mover, or paying for a moving container to be stored then you will need to select a self-storage unit. When selecting here are a few things to keep in mind:
- Make sure it is in a safe, well-lit and easily accessible location.
- If you plan on leaving your items for a few months, only use units that offer climate control.
- Ensure there the property has code-enforced security gates, uses a camera system and has a 24-hour monitored security system.
- Before signing a contract for any self-storage unit make sure you physically see the exact unit you will be assigned and measure properly.
Temporary Lodging Options
There are a few different temporary lodging options you can find.
- Extended Stay Hotels
- Furnished Apartments/Homes
- Mobile Housing Solutions
If you are in need of temporary lodging information for Mississippi, Louisiana or Alabama reach out us at Southgate Executive Lodging. From decorating tips to locating options off the beaten path, our expert team has insider knowledge to help you with any of your temporary housing needs. Contact us today and see how we can be of service!