1. Know where to search for short-term housing
There are many different companies you can find online to look for short-term housing.
One of the most common short-term housing sites is Airbnb. This popular site is not only good for short stays. They also feature properties that are available for weeks or months at a time.
If you don’t feel comfortable navigating this process on your own, you can hire a broker who specializes in short-term housing. Brokers are experts in the field, and can be there to walk you through the process and answer any questions you have.
2. Begin your search as soon as possible
Getting a head start on finding short-term housing will make the entire process easier and help reduce your stress. Go through this checklist when preparing to find short-term housing:
- Come up with a budget When looking for short-term housing online, you can filter your results to see only places that are in your budget, so you don’t waste time looking at places that are out of your price range.
- Research and be open-minded about the neighborhoods you look into If you’re having a hard time finding the perfect neighborhood, remember that this is a temporary place to stay and you might have to compromise.
- Begin gathering a list of properties you like, and make sure their availability meets your needs Some of the properties might not be available for renting right away. If you really like a property, but you need it by next month and it’s not available until the month after, you’ll need to reconsider.
- Don’t forget your furry loved ones Read into the rules of each property because some might not allow animals.
3. Bring only your essential furniture with you
Consider finding a storage facility your non-essentials. To make the move as simple as possible, bring only the items that you will absolutely need. You may find a place that is already furnished, and even if it’s not fully furnished, avoid bringing too much unnecessary furniture with you. This will help you save money on having to hire someone to help you move furniture into your short-term housing, so that you can spend it later when you’re moving into more permanent housing.
4. Read the small print and reach out to your landlord with questions
Each property will have different rules and regulations. Make sure to read them to understand what you’ll be required to pay and what rules you’ll have to follow. You may have to pay for things like utilities and parking in addition to your rent.
Lastly, it’s always a good idea to reach out to the landlord, either by phone or in person, to ask any questions you might have before you sign the agreement. Make sure to get a physical copy of your agreement so you have it on record in case you need to refer to it later. While the process to finding short-term housing takes time and effort, if you start early and plan accordingly, you’ll find the right place in no time!