8 Steps to Take Before Moving into Temporary Housing

Traveling with luggageWhen you’re moving into temporary housing, whether as part of a short-term project or an eventual relocation, the devil is in the details. Any move can be stressful, whether temporary or permanent — but when you have to keep track of details in two locations, the complications can quickly multiply.

The good news is that with a bit of advance planning, it is possible to transfer into your temporary home with a minimal amount of stress, so you can stay focused on the tasks in front of you. Here are 8 important steps to take before you move into temporary housing.

1. Find out what is included in your housing before packing your things.

Many corporate or extended stay apartments come fully furnished, so in most of these cases you won’t need to move any furniture. However, the apartment may not have more unique items that you want or need. For example, if you’re a chef or a cooking enthusiast, you might want certain utensils for the kitchen that the agency won’t typically provide. Be sure to obtain a complete inventory list from your corporate housing agency of everything in the apartment, and look it over carefully so you don’t load your luggage or your car with a bunch of stuff that is already included.

2. Pack only items you definitely want or need.

“Needs” obviously include work-related materials, computers and some of your other electronic devices, as well as clothing or important documents. “Wants” may include items you simply don’t want to do without. For example, linens will likely be included in a fully furnished apartment, but you may want your own pillow, towels or bed sheets. Try to keep the “wants” to a minimum unless you have unlimited hauling space. In determining what to bring with you, consider what you might want/need from the following categories:

  • Clothing
  • Toiletries
  • Medications
  • Electronic devices
  • Books/reading materials
  • Linens
  • Special cooking utensils or appliances
  • Important documents
  • Personal valuables

3. Pack appropriate clothing.

Consider the climate where your new temporary home is located, and be sure to pack enough clothing appropriate to the environment. The amount of clothing you pack should depend on factors like how frequently you plan to do laundry, how many business meetings or formal functions you might attend, etc. Also, if your extended stay will take you through a change of seasons (for example, summer into fall), remember to bring those clothes as well.

4. Sort and label your belongings.

This step is extremely important if you don’t want to lose anything (and if you don’t want to be charged for accidentally taking things included in the home). Since you’ll be likely mixing your personal belongings with items included in your temporary housing, clearly label everything that is yours. That way, you will always be able to differentiate, and when you move out, you’ll know what you brought with you. (Also remember to label anything you buy while you’re living there.)

5. Make mail delivery arrangements.

If you’re staying longer than 14 days, the USPS can forward your mail to another address for up to a year. If you’re giving up your old place, you might just want to do a change of address, or rent a PO Box so you don’t have to change your address twice. Make arrangements with the Post Office accordingly.

NOTE: If you have magazine and newspaper subscriptions, the Post Office will only forward these for 60 days. If you plan to stay longer, contact these publications to change your address to your new temporary location so you don’t miss them.

6. Make decisions regarding storage.

You may have external storage needs in both places, depending on your situation. If you’re planning to let go of your old home in your former city, plan to store anything you aren’t bringing. If you need to bring more with you than you can effectively keep in the apartment, you may need to rent a small storage space in your new city, as well.

7. Make permanent moving arrangements, if necessary.

If this temporary move is precursory to a permanent one, you’ll need to make arrangements at some point to move the rest of your belongings. You may choose to hire movers to bring all your belongings with you and store what you don’t need, or you may choose to keep those items in storage in your former city until you need them (or until you’re more certain where and when you’ll be settling). Any moving arrangements you can do now will save you the complications of doing them later.

8. Do a final check to make sure you haven’t forgotten anything.

When preparing for your move, you may want to start a running check list of things you want to bring, and things you need to do. Before making the actual move, go over this list carefully and make sure you have everything you intended to bring, and that every task is complete. It’s much easier to make any corrections on this side of the move than it will be once you’ve made the move. (You don’t want to arrive only to discover you’ve forgotten to bring something critical.)

When you’re ready to move into temporary housing in Atlanta or Jacksonville, TP Corporate Lodging can set you up in a comfortable 1, 2 or 3-bedroom apartment for far less than a hotel. For more information, call us today at 800-428-9997


Choosing the Best Corporate Housing Option in Atlanta

Here in Atlanta, the demand for extended stay and short-term corporate housing options has never been greater. Not only is Atlanta the corporate headquarters for some of the top corporations in the world, but as Adweek reports, Atlanta is now one of the world’s fastest growing destinations for TV and film production, having grown to be the nation’s third largest production hub over the past few years.

Atlanta skylineNeedless to say, the production industry alone draws thousands of people to Atlanta each year for short-term stays during film and TV shoots. It also creates a dilemma — how to choose the best corporate housing option in Atlanta. Where can these people stay for weeks or months at a time without spending all their hard-earned money on housing?

When coming to a city like Atlanta for an extended stay, people generally default to one of several options, many of which present certain drawbacks. Let’s look at a few of the most common corporate housing options, and be sure to check out our breakdown of the cost comparison between hotels and corporate lodging.

Option 1: Hotels

While standard and luxury hotels go out of their way to make their guests feel comfortable by offering plenty of amenities, there’s only so much they can do. Hotel rooms typically feel cramped, lack seating or cooking options, and can be very expensive even at discounted rates.

Option 2: Extended Stay Hotels or Suites

Some hotels specifically try to attract the corporate traveler by positioning themselves as “extended stay” hotels, either outfitting standard hotel rooms with kitchenettes or designing the rooms as small suites, studios or apartments with equipped kitchens. They often “sweeten the pot” by offering additional resort-style amenities like a pool, fitness center, free breakfast and other features. This option gives the corporate traveler more comfort, but it is still usually a high price to pay, especially if the individual is too busy to enjoy the extra amenities.

Option 3: Short-term Rentals/Vacation Rentals

Yet another option for some travelers is to seek out short-term or vacation rentals through a website like AirBnB. Through these services, owners can rent their unused furnished homes or apartments out to visitors on a nightly, weekly or monthly basis as a source of income. The difficulties with this type of service are that 1) The cost can be equivalent to that of a hotel; and 2) There are flaws in oversight and accountability, which means travelers often find housing that is different or of lower quality than advertised, or in some cases doesn’t even exist.

Option 4: Dedicated Corporate Housing

A fourth option, one that provides several key benefits, is to stay in designated short-term housing provided by a corporate housing agency like TP Corporating Lodging. This option allows the traveler to rent a fully furnished apartment where they can set up more of a home-like routine without paying for amenities they don’t need, all for significantly less money than it would cost to stay in a hotel.

Among these choices, many corporate travelers find the fourth choice to be the best corporate housing option in Atlanta. Whether you’re coming for a few weeks or planning for an eventual long-term move, TP Corporate Lodging can help bridge the gap by placing you in a comfortable 1, 2 or 3-bedroom apartment in a great Atlanta neighborhood. For details, call us at 800-428-9997.


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