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Between homes? Here’s what to do

Editor’s note: This is a guest post, written by Caroline Clark, from

So you’re moving out of your current place, but you can’t move into your new place yet. Believe it or not, this is more common than you’d think.  Sometimes there’s a gap between the end of your current lease and beginning of your new lease. Other times, you might put your home on the market and it sells before you find your new dream house. No matter the reason, here are some tips to get yourself organized.

Reach out to a moving company

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First things first, contact a moving company. Most offer short or long-term storage options for your belongings before your new home is ready. Learn more about the storage option that’s right for you. Whether you need to store your items for 1 night or 1 year, there’s a solution.

If you are moving, you can also find self-storage facilities. There’s no need to worry about where to put your boxes and furniture while you find your perfect living space!

Find a place to stay


For short-term layovers in between homes, consider a hotel room. For a weekend or a week, this option gives you the most control.

A similar choice is Staying with family or friends, but this won’t guarantee a good sleeping arrangement or agency to manage your schedule. While this might be a free option, you will have to take up the responsibilities of being a guest in someone else’s home, so it is important to be considerate.

Subletting can also be a smart choice if you are in need of a place for one or two months, and short-term rentals are a viable option, but very hard to find. Fortunately, the search features and rental experts at Zumper can assist with this!

Figure out what you’ll need


While you’re in limbo, it will be hard to decide what you will need and what you can keep packed and in storage. First, consider the changing seasons. Will your stay in a temporary residence take place during different seasons? If so it is important to remember the essentials for the weather you could encounter. For example, don’t forget to pack some light and heavy coats if you’ll be staying fall into winter, and don’t forget snow boots! Also, consider any trips or events you have scheduled. Do you need formalwear or beach clothes? Make sure you look through your whole schedule before you decide what to take. Will the kids be back in school at any point during the transition? If so make sure you have backpacks, lunch boxes, and any other school supplies that they’ll need.

If your temporary space is furnished, you won’t need to bring any of your own furniture with you. If it isn’t, you will have to decide what is essential for you to have during the time, like beds and a dining room table and chairs, and what isn’t necessary, like dad’s giant recliner. Make sure to label what is staying with you and what’s going to storage so the distinction is easier for the moving crew.

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