Moving home is always exciting and stressful. That’s why you need to be prepared when planning a temporary move that may last days, weeks, months, or even years. Exactly what that preparation entails depends on where you’re headed, for how long, and the reason for your move.
Whether it’s a temporary relocation for work, for academic pursuits, home renovation, assisting a relative or friend, house hunting, or closing on a home sale before your new home is ready – the move also depends on the type of temporary housing you choose. One of the common options is home rentals, which is great for both short-term and long-term stays.
Check out some of our tips before you move into your temporary home.
First of all, book a trusting moving company. Don’t try to save money by cutting out professional movers, especially when packing very high-priced items. It’s worth it to have some help and they can provide the most beneficial storage option for you.
Take Care of the Paperwork
Discontinue any delivery services and depending on the duration of your stay, you may need to apply for a temporary change of address, update your car’s registration, and your driver’s license, as well as all kinds of insurance policies.
Take any relevant medical and school records with you and don’t forget to contact service providers in the area to make the necessary arrangements.
How to Pack
- Bring, Buy, or Rent
Find out what is already available in your temporary home and make a detailed list of everything else you’re going to need. One of the things that you really have to decide on is furniture. You can buy in the area of your destination or rent. If you do decide on bringing along your precious things, disassemble them if possible and protect them during the move.
Take into consideration the weather conditions at your destination when packing clothes and shoes. You wouldn’t want to bring those fur coats with you if you’re moving into a tropical place right?
- Begin with basics
Planning the packing will ensure that you waste no time and achieve maximum results with minimum resources and effort. Divide household items into groups based on the room they’re located in, the material they’re made of, and frequency of use. Create an open-first box with vital items that you’ll need in hand as soon as you arrive at your new home like a first-aid kit, basic toiletries, a change of clothes, a toolkit, and a flashlight. Plus, packing is a natural time to purge items you no longer need or want.
- Think outside the box and save
Don’t spend time and money on buying packing supplies as your home is full of free packing materials (such as clothing, bed linens, pillows, laundry bins, and suitcases). Some are even probably under your kitchen sink (garbage bags, plastic wrap, and sandwich bags).
Make wiring diagrams for hooking up your entertainment system and computer, label cords, and take pictures of the set up so you can connect them easily to your new place. If possible, pack your gadgets in their original box with enough cushion, and no empty spaces within the box. If not, organize them by wrapping each one and stuffing it into empty toilet paper rolls.
- Label, label, and label.
Don’t underestimate the importance of labeling as it is essential to finding items fast. Make sure that boxes with breakable items are clearly marked as FRAGILE.
What are you going to do with all the items you’re not taking with you? Storage – find a suitable storage solution for maximum protection yet easy access if you happen to need them. Self-storage units are another option. Just take into consideration the location and condition, size of the storage, security provided, and quality of service offered.
If you decide to leave all or most furnishings in your permanent home and lease it while you’re away, take adequate precautions and set clear terms (contract) with tenants concerning the usage and the condition of your belongings.
Preparing for a temporary move requires careful planning and thorough research. Do your homework and approach it cleverly to ensure a smooth relocation process. The better prepared you are, the easier and more successful your move is going to be.