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For a stress-free transition, take advantage of the abundance of temporary housing options in the Twin Cities.

With new housing options often comes a lot of planning, and sometimes that planning doesn’t line up exactly as expected. Whether you are left without a home for a few weeks or are traveling for business for an extended period of time, temporary housing just might be your solution for those “in-between homes” situations.

Before starting your temporary housing search, it’s important to first consider what kind of accommodations you require. Will a few weeks be sufficient? What does the timeline look like? Is your family coming with you? How about pets? What does your budget look like? What are the hard-and-fast requirements? What kind of luxury amenities would you like, if possible? These questions will help you figure out where to start your search and decide what is essential to your stay.

Once you’ve considered your necessities, it’s time for you to weigh your temporary housing options. Your three main options will be hotels, extended stay hotels or a short-term rentals.

For a stay that’s less than a month, a hotel might be just the right fit. With amenities like work out facilities, cleaning services, and a plethora of restaurants and sight-seeing opportunities nearby, this could be just what you need while you wait to move into your new home.

Hotels, however, can start to weigh on your budget, especially if you’re looking for accommodations for a longer stay. If that’s the case, extended stay hotels might be more your speed. Equipped with kitchenettes and laundry rooms, extended stay hotel rooms have the luxury of an apartment without the binding contract of a lease or utility bills.

If you’re staying for an extended or indefinite period of time, a short-term lease in an apartment or home is likely a better option. Leases can come in different lengths—month-to-month, three months and six months up to a year—allowing you to have a place that feels more like your own without a full commitment. With the boom of apartment complexes in the Twin Cities and a little help from apartment searching resources, you can find a comfortable living space to match your budget and your preferences in no time.

No matter your situation, the Twin Cities have many relocation resources to help you make the transition. WoodSpring Suites, for example, helps you find extended stay hotels that fit your needs by plugging in the dates you’ll be staying and how many guests will be staying there.

Another helpful tool is ExecuStay, which provides corporate housing throughout Minneapolis-St. Paul and the surrounding suburbs. They offer fully furnished, beautiful apartments with utilities, cable and housekeeping on a month-to-month basis. As an added bonus, you can earn Marriott Rewards points while you stay there.

RE/MAX Results and Edina Realty also offer great relocation services. They provide professional relocation consultants to evaluate your wants and needs, and provide insights on schools and cost of living in your new city, as well as work to ensure you’re matched to the right realtor. They help you transform a daunting experience into an easy to manage, smooth transition to your new home.


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