Finding Temporary Housing

Sometimes, there’s a gap between the time when you’ll be moving out of your current home and when you can move into a new permanent residence. In these cases, temporary housing may be necessary in order to bridge that gap.

Depending on the circumstances of your move, the best type of temporary housing for you or your family might vary. The most critical factor in your decision is likely to be the length of time you’ll need to stay in the temporary housing.

For instance, if you’ll need a place to list for several months, you’ll probably be best suited by finding an apartment to rent in the area in which you’ll be moving. Conversely, this would be a silly choice for a situation in which you’ll only need to cover a few days before you can move into your new home; in that case, simply getting a hotel room is probably the way to go. For temporary housing that needs to last a few weeks, an extended-stay hotel room might be a good compromise.

Regardless of which of these options is best for you, there are a number of different questions you’ll want to consider before choosing your temporary housing. The following checklist should help you tie up all of the loose ends involved in the temporary housing process.

  • Location: Where do you need your housing to be located? If you’ll need to commute to work during your stay in temporary housing, you’ll likely want to be near public transportation or your offices. If you have children and your temporary stay will be for a significant length of time, you’ll probably want to be near a school they can attend. Most cities will have resources that allow you to locate local schools; for instance, the Calgary Board of Education maintains a website that maps out the schools throughout the city by area and grade level.
  • Budget: Make sure to look into options that you can realistically afford, but don’t sell yourself short, especially if you’ll be spending more than a few days in your temporary residence. Also, if your move is work-related, check to see if your company offers moving assistance, as that might help cover your temporary housing expenses.
  • Amenities: Is there anything you’ll need to have taken care of while you’re in your temporary housing? Common needs to consider include laundry, day care services, or full kitchens that will allow you to cook meals. Keep in mind that hotels are more likely to offer “free” amenities like housekeeping and cable television, while longer-term solutions such as apartments are likely to come equipped with kitchens, but require you to pay for many other amenities.