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Texas Relocation - Part 3 Temporary Housing

Texas Relocation - Part 3

If you have followed the other two parts, then you are mentally prepared to move and have found a home in your new area. In Part 3 of 9, we will discuss Temporary Housing. A temporary home is used when there is a gap between the date you move our of your old home/rental and when you move into your new home.

Having a gap in your move can be caused by a few things. For example, if you purchased a brand new home that is being built. The home may not be ready for another month or two, but your company needs you at the new location now. During this two month period you may find a home or apartment that is available now and will allow you to keep a short lease.



How do you find a temporary home?


Finding the right rental is very similar to finding the right home. If you are relocating for your company, check your employer's policy on rentals. In some cases, the company will pay the deposit and may pay for the termination of the lease (should there be one)

You may also consider talking with the Real Estate Agent or Relocation Specialist you worked with when finding your home. Since they are familiar with the area, they could probably find a temporary home that is in a great location, is the right size for your family, and can accommodate your short term living arrangement. In bigger cities, apartment locating services are available. Two other solutions can be the local Newspaper Classifieds which can be hit-or-miss if you don't know the territory, or a co-worker in the new area may be able to direct you.

Just like when you were looking for your home, be specific with your needs. Even though it will be temporary, you still do not want it to 100% inconvenient. How many rooms do you need? Do you need public transportation? How much rent do you want to pay? What services / amenities are important to you? The more specific you are, the easier it will be to find a home that will fit your temporary needs.

Naturally, you want as much comfort and convenience as you can find. You may not have all of the conveniences of a permanent home, but you can come close. Look for something with pleasant surroundings and sufficient space. You don't want your family to feel inconvenienced, cramped, or depressed with the decor - even if this is temporary.

Many 'Short Term' rental properties come equipped with china, linen, and some may even have maid service. You'd be surprised with how far 'temporary housing facilities' have come due to their popularity. This is especially common in newly developed areas. Look for assistance from the Relocation Specialist or Real Estate Agent. More than likely, they are familiar with these developments and point you in the right direction.


Stay in touch with this 'Texas Relocation' series here.

Part 1 - Getting Prepared

Part 2 - Finding a House in Your New Area

Part 3 - Temporary Housing

Part 4 - Countdown to Moving Day (To Do List)

Part 5 - Choosing a Moving Company

Part 6 - Moving 'Speciality' Items (pets and autos)

Part 7 - Cutting Costs

Part 8 - Are We There Yet? Road Trip Consideration

Part 9 - Congratulations, You Have Moved! Steps to Getting 'Settled In'




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Comment balloon 9 commentsJohn Cannata • February 09 2010 08:21AM


John. I've had clients who needed temp housing while they renovated their purchased home. Going to an experienced, reputable company saves on stress and time. Nice series!

Posted by Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!, So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR (Prado Real Estate South) over 9 years ago

Luckily the company provided us with that when we moved here John, but I know many companies don't offer the relo packages like they used to. Great series btw!

Posted by Karen Otto, Plano Home Staging, Dallas Home Staging, (Home Star Staging) over 9 years ago

Great series, John.  Temp housing is something most people hate, but if they think of it as an uncomfortable hotel stay, they're have a better time with it. No temp housing is going to be perfect and fit all your needs.

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - over 9 years ago

Wanda - Good point about needing it for Renovation. Sometimes that can take quite some time.

Karen - Bigger companies usually have a representative/company they work closely with for relocation. Especially if they are relocating many employees. Back when we relocated from California, Countryiwde Home Loans provided the contacts to us. It make it much simpler. As you mentioned though, not all companies have these contacts.

Donna - So true. If they view this as more of a 'vacation' or something, it may make it smoother. Temp housing wont be perfect, but it does not have to be horrible either. With the right research, you can find something that will be perfect 'for the time being'.

Thank you all for the compliments on the series.


Posted by John Cannata, Texas Home Mortgage - Purchase or Refinance (214-728-0449 over 9 years ago

Great ideas here! Nice as a series too! Relocation is difficult but you have figured out all the steps to make things go smoothly.

Posted by Lizette Fitzpatrick, Lizette Realty, Lexington KY MLS - Kentucky Homes (Lizette Realty - Richmond KY) over 9 years ago

Hi John ~ Interim or temporary housing can be helpful even when you're moving across town since it's hard to assume that your sale and home purchase will be perfectly coordinated. Great post!


Posted by Elizabeth Bolton, Cambridge MA Realtor (RE/MAX Destiny Real Estate Cambridge, MA) over 9 years ago

Lizette - There is a lot to cover. I've been going over things a few times to see what I have missed. I'm sure I'll go back and make revisions to certain posts.

Liz - Thank you. I focused on Texas for the google juice. :-) All of these steps can be taken whether you are moving across several state or just across the street.

Posted by John Cannata, Texas Home Mortgage - Purchase or Refinance (214-728-0449 over 9 years ago

Useful information... and I love your graphic! :)

Posted by Shoshana Shay (St. Pete Realty) over 9 years ago

I had to do a temporary home for eight months way back in 1983. It was not the most pleasant of experiences; definitely not something I ever want to do again.

Posted by Not a real person over 9 years ago