Moving into temporary housing can be overwhelming, but there are several steps you can take before relocating that will reduce stress and improve the quality of the move itself. Whether transitioning into temporary housing as part of a short-term project or an eventual relocation, the devil is in the details. Any move can be overwhelming, but the complications quickly multiply when keeping track of the details in two separate locations. The good news is that it is possible to transfer into your temporary home with a minimal amount of stress with advanced planning. At Capri Temporary Housing, we want to help you stay focused on the task before you rather than worrying about sorting things out after moving. Here are seven essential steps to take before moving into temporary housing.
Top 7 steps to take before moving into temporary housing
A well-known saying talks about having your ducks in a row to approach situations in life easily. Well, the truth is that it is not always easy. Please don’t fret, though, because we are here to help you get sorted out before your move!
- Find out what is included in your housing before packing: Temporary housing locations come fully furnished in most cases. However, the apartment may not have some more unique items you need or want. For example, if you are a chef, you might wish to have specific knives or utensils for the kitchen that the agency won’t typically provide. Be sure to obtain a complete inventory list from your corporate housing of everything in the apartment. Look over the list carefully so you don’t load your car with unnecessary luggage.
- Only pack items you definitely want or need: Overpacking may be helpful for vacations, but it won’t serve you well when moving into temporary housing. Start packing by selecting items you need, such as work-related materials, computers, electronic devices, and essential documents. “Wants” may include things you simply don’t want to do without during your stay. For example, you most likely won’t have to worry about bringing linens to fully furnished apartments, but you may wish to have your own pillow. Try to keep the “wants” to a minimum unless you have unlimited hauling space.
- Pack appropriate clothing: Always consider the climate of your new temporary home and pack enough clothing that will keep you comfortable in your new environment. The amount of clothing you packshould depend on how frequently you plan to do laundry, how many business meetings or formal functions you might attend, etc. Pro tip: when checking the weather for your new city, pay attention to the humidity scale so that you can get an idea of how the temperature will feel. Also, if your extended stay will take you through a change of seasons, remember to bring clothes for that.
- Sort and label your belongings: The last thing you want to worry about while temporarily relocating is losing important items. Additionally, make sure to clearly label everything that is yours to reduce the chances of mixing up your items and the items provided by your agency. If you pre-label your items, you will be able to determine what is yours when you move out.
- Make mail delivery arrangements: If you’re staying longer than fourteen days, USPS can forward your mail to another address for up to a year. If you’re giving up your old place, you might want to change your address or rent a PO Box, so you don’t have to change your address twice.
- Make decisions regarding storage: Depending on your specific situation, you may have to make external storage arrangements in both places. If you’re planning to move out of your home in your former city, plan to store everything you aren’t bringing. If you need more with you than you can effectively keep in the apartment, it may be wise to rent a small storage unit in your new city.
- Do a final check to make sure you haven’t forgotten anything: When preparing for your move, start a running checklist of what you want to bring and what you need to do. Before making the actual move, go over the list carefully and ensure you have everything you intend to bring and that every task is complete. After all, it is much easier to make corrections before the move than it will be once the transition is complete.
Come Home to Capri
Hopefuly these 7 steps to take before moving are helpful! Capri Temporary Housing offers temporary housing solutions with Italian-style hospitality. Our locations are built for those traveling for work or personal reasons and are looking for a better alternative to an extended stay hotel. We provide affordable yet comfortable temporary accommodations and take customer service very seriously! When you’re ready to move into temporary housing in Texas, Arizona, or California, Capri Temporary Housing can set you up in a comfortable apartment for less than a hotel!