An unexpected job change, last minute move, break up, mold problems or the need to fumigate can all disrupt your current living situation. With little to no warning, you can find yourself needing another roof over your head for a few days or few weeks.
So what should you do? Sounds like it’s time to look for temporary housing. Fortunately, there are plenty of options depending on how long you need a place to stay.
Only Need a Place to Stay for a Few Days . . .
When you’re only going to be out of your house for a day or two, friends and family can come to the rescue. Start by asking a few people who have crashed at your place in the past.
Hotels are also a go-to solution if you need a place to stay for a few days. If you’re displaced because work is being done to your home you may be able to get the landlord or your insurance company to cover the cost of a hotel.
Need a Place for About a Week . . .
HomeAway markets itself as an online service that allows travelers to live like they’re at home while they’re away. Instead of getting a hotel room you can rent out an entire apartment or house for anywhere from a few days to a few months. For families that prefer a private space, it’s a great option when you need temporary housing for a week or so.
Another service that connects homeowners with temporary renters is Airbnb. The concept is basically the same as HomeAway. It has a number of cheaper options, however you would have to share a room or the home with a person who lives there. This can work for single, young people who like making new friends and are on a tight budget.
VRBO (Vacation Rental By Owner)
Another option for short-term rentals is VRBO. One advantage of VRBO over HomeAway and Airbnb is it doesn’t charge guest fees for making a reservation. But each owner creates his or her own cancellation policies, so be sure to read the fine print.
Extended Stay Hotel
An extended stay hotel usually offers better weekly rates than a traditional hotel and includes a small kitchenette in the room.
Craigslist is the original online resource for finding temporary housing. Check the “sublet/temporary” and “vacation” options under housing section. Do keep in mind, unlike the other temporary housing options above, Craigslist posters aren’t vetted and there’s no middleman to handle disputes.
Need Somewhere to Live for at Least a Few Weeks . . .
HomeAway, Airbnb, VRBO
All of the resources noted above can also be used as a longer-term housing option.
Vacant Homes for Sale
Some homeowners that have a vacant home on the market are willing to do short-term rentals so they have part of their monthly expenses covered. If you need to move things into your temporary residence, you can consider furnished and unfurnished homes. Contact a few large real estate companies in your area to see if it’s a viable option.
Most apartment complexes want to find tenants that plan to stay for years, but there are apartments that cater specifically to short-term renters. Typically, short-term apartments rent rooms for a week at a time.
Rent an RV
It’s not for everyone, but renting an RV is always an option. There are a number of dealers that will rent RVs for extended periods. As long as you can find a site with hookups, an RV can make a great temporary home for an individual or couple that doesn’t mind living in close quarters.
Your Company’s Human Resources Department
If you have to make a last minute move for work the human resources department should be able to help you find short-term housing. Even if it isn’t work-related an HR specialist may be able to give you a few good ideas on where to find temporary living arrangements.
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