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Momentary Moving: Airbnb, Extended Stays and Sublets

Kayla Carbajal



When planning a temporary move, it’s best to keep in mind that your destination is not your actual home but only a brief shelter. Whether you’re relocating for work/school, renovating your home, assisting a relative, closing on a home, etc., this short-term period can last from several days to a few months (or in some cases even years).  Regardless of the amount of time you’re planning to stay in your provisional home, it’s a must that you’re well prepared and that your plans are pre-arranged.

This is where short-term housing comes in handy. Don’t fret; you have a few options to choose from:

1. Airbnb:

Since being founded in 2008, this groundbreaking service has expanded to over 2,000,000 listings in over 191 countries. Airbnb provides an online community marketplace for people to list, discover and book unique accommodations around the world. You’ll find everything from a bed in a studio apartment to the guest house of a luxury vacation home. Hosts vary from college students just trying to make some extra cash to mid-fifties families paying a mortgage, and everything between.

  • Pros: Provides a vast array of lodging choices with guest reviews, easily accessible online from your smartphone or tablet (click here to download the Airbnb app). This service also provides a great way to meet new people who are familiar with the area you are staying in.  

  • Cons: Some shared quarters may be too close for comfort when it comes to the private types.


2. Extended Stay Hotels:

This option is more affordable and just as convenient as a regular hotel. Along with basic hotel amenities like cable TV and Wi-Fi, you’ll get a fully equipped kitchen and a suite that’s larger than the average hotel room.  Try searching “Extended stay hotels near me” to find your best option and always be sure to check out online reviews before booking.

  • Pros:  Comes with a full kitchen, suitably furnished rooms and on-site laundry facilities. Many of these hotels are pet friendly, however, it’s always best to verify!

  • Cons: Not enough room for your furniture or household items, you should only pack your clothes and necessities.  

3. Subletting:

Check out Craigslist and when searching for a short-term lease. If qualified, most rental properties will allow you to take over the lease agreement for the remaining amount of time. Usually if you need an additional month or so, the property lease can be extended. Ask the property manager if this is an option prior to signing if you know that the remaining time will not cover your needs. Additionally, remember to check out the unit prior to making an agreement, you don’t want to be held accountable for any previous damage!

  • Pros: Win/win situation, you’re helping the current tenant out and vice versa.

  • Cons: Can end up with a dirty or damaged unit. Also, not everyone is always upfront with his or her landlord; talk with the property manager yourself prior to making any agreements and get everything in writing!

4. Temporary Storing:

You will need a suitable storage solution for all of your household items that you’re not taking with you. This is where we come into play! We have various storage facilities where we’d be happy to store and keep your items protected. Talk with one of our storage experts to find the best option to fit your needs. We also carry moving supplies to ensure all of your items are covered and organized. Check out our website to find a storage facility near you. We’re always here to help!


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