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If you love your family and friends—if you cherish those relationships—then please, don’t ask to live with them while your house is under construction.
Joking aside, when your home is undergoing massive renovations or complete reconstruction, you’ll need to secure temporary housing. As such, there are a few options that go beyond renting a hotel room for an extended period of time.
What are those options?
Luckily, there are quite a few. And most of the options are far cheaper than a hotel (though that’s always an option). Below, you’ll find the ultimate guide to temporary housing for your impermanent living predicament.
Before you pull the trigger on what type of housing you’ll need, there is a litany of questions you should ask yourself first:
The housing situation needs to address everything your home usually takes care of—think workspace, relaxation, cooking, privacy, cleaning, and enough bathrooms for the whole family.
Thus, the overarching themes here include:
What are those cheaper alternatives exactly? Let’s talk about the types of temporary housing available.
Here comes the fun part: choosing among the extended stay alternatives. Being forced to leave your home during construction isn’t “fun” per se, but the options that are available to you present optimistic possibilities.
Ever watched an RV speeding past you on the freeway and thought, “One day.”
Ever wondered what it would be like to channel your inner Tennessee Williams and live out of a hotel?
Maybe you’re shaking your head no; maybe you like your home and can’t wait for the renovations to be done. That’s fine. From the adventurous souls to the more reserved, here are 5 different extended stay alternatives for when your home is under construction.
Zeus Living offers fully furnished housing for those that require short-term solutions but don’t want to sacrifice their comfort. Choose from studios, apartments, and homes of all sizes in the country’s largest metropolitan areas to experience the best convenience and amenities while your construction is underway.
Serving many of the busiest and biggest cities in America, Zeus is always ready to provide the best, most beautiful housing solutions for your stays of a month or longer. Better yet, with our competitive rates, you don’t need to burn a hole in the bank account at a hotel, while also enjoying amenities—from on-site laundry to cutting boards—most hotels don’t have.
Enjoy living at home while you’re away from it, especially if this short-term period is a bit longer than expected. With Zeus, you’ll experience:
A rather dynamic and exciting option is to invest in an RV rental for the duration of the construction. While many might not consider this housing solution to be “ideal,” this is for the landlord or family that has the flexibility to treat the time away as an adventure.
Better yet, don’t stay idle in the RV, embark upon a road trip and put some miles on your temporary home. You can partake in a completely different lifestyle—creating memories, living life on the road (literally), and experiencing a house on wheels.
While this is the most obvious choice, it makes sense for those who only need to stay away from home for a short stint. Other than that, the obvious factor is cost. Should you need to be out of the home for a few days, consider treating yourself to a staycation and enjoy some quality room service.
Another thing to consider is extended-stay hotels. These establishments are structured for those that need accommodations for longer periods of time—usually spanning weeks or months—and the price per night is reflective of this.
Yet, booking a hotel depends on the time you’re going to be away and what you’re willing to pay. If the quality of your stay isn’t a factor, a cheap hotel might be the best solution. If you’re not willing to make any sacrifices, then a fully-accommodating hotel can get expensive.
Another option in the same vein as the RV—why not use the time to go on an adventure? Consider going camping with your friends and loved ones, tenting in the wild and spending some time away. Grab the essentials, pack the cooler, and head out somewhere beautiful. Once you’ve returned, you’ll be greeted by a finished home.
Additionally, it doesn’t need to be camping. The idea here is that if you’re going to spend money on temporary housing, why not do it somewhere afar? It’s cash you need to spend, so you might consider spending a bit more to make it a trip. Instead of a less-than-ideal temporary stay somewhere in the city, use the opportunity to go on an unforgettable voyage.
Who said a vacation can only take place in another location? For another exciting option, rent a teardrop camper and put it in the backyard. If you have children, this is something they’ve likely dreamed of—an adventure right there on the premises.
If you want to get really creative (and your home/location can accommodate), start a fire, read a book out loud, put away your technology, and end it all with a backyard s’mores session.
Once you have your temporary living situation in mind, you’ll need to accommodate all the other facets of your life as well. That includes:
Hopefully, the whole gang is going to be just as excited as you are when you bring home four tents and four sleeping bags from the local rec outlet store. However, to have all your bases covered, communicate your plans and let each voice be heard.
People can, at times, forget that when they vacate their premises, all living creatures must go with them. If you don’t consider your housing safe while under renovation, it is also unsafe for your parakeet or cat. When you search for temporary living solutions, as a pet owner, make sure that whatever option you choose is pet-friendly.
Many of Zeus Living’s properties are pet-friendly, and we also offer filters that you can search through, which makes finding the perfect apartment easy.
While this discussion should, and almost always will occur well before construction on your home begins, it bears repeating here. If the renovations demand that your stuff be stored elsewhere to ensure their safe maintenance, do this before you opt into temporary housing.
While you’re at it, take a lesson from Marie Kondo and the minimalist fad of decluttering your home and removing any possession you no longer need. Consider the fact that you’re forced to wade through the boxes of your old record collection and high school trophies—what better time to send your things to the chopping block (or better yet, a good old-fashioned yard sale)?
In most cases, large construction projects don’t suddenly need to happen right away. They’re typically planned weeks or even months in advance. This gives proper time to the contractors and construction crew to adequately prepare their plan. During this same time, you should be making a plan of your own. And these plans need to involve temporary housing during a home renovation, accommodating the whole family—pets included—and ridding your space of all the stuff that isn’t immediately necessary.
Doing so will make your home construction a breeze.
For complete peace of mind, talk to the team at Zeus Living. Not only will you speak with a caring, informed human (instead of an automated message), but you’ll find someone who can help make your stay in a furnished home as smooth and streamlined as possible.
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