When moving, it’s not always possible to occupy your new home right away. You may have to wait for the former owner to clear out or, if you’re building a new house, for the construction company to finish the work. In the meantime, you may temporarily move in with a friend or relative who has enough space to accommodate you, or opt for a short-term house or apartment rental. Regardless of the temporary housing solution you choose, there are a couple of things our Winston Salem moving company recommends you take into account to ensure your move will be smooth and stress-free.

Figure out what belongings you need
Does your temporary home come with all the furniture, appliances, dishware, cookware, cutlery, and other everyday items you need? Probably not. It’s often more cost-effective to rent an empty temporary home and fill it with your furniture and appliances, than to pay a high rent for an all-inclusive solution, especially since in this way you don’t have to worry about where your belongings are stored. Begin by creating a list of indispensable items.

Pack only your essentials
Think twice before taking with you all of your kitchen appliances, large-screen TVs, book & media collections, cookware, or clothes. If you have a laptop, do you really have to take your desktop PC as well? You have to accept the idea that you cannot take all your belongings with you — there’s simply no space for them. Besides, if the transition to your new home won’t take more than a few weeks, you will want to avoid unnecessary unpacking and repacking.

Store your belongings in a safe environment
When considering storage solutions, many people think only about the physical safety of their belongings. Just as important is the environment where your belongings are stored. Hot, cold, or damp storage conditions may damage some of them, especially leather sofas or armchairs, wooden tables, and antiques. Check with your moving company to see if they offer a climate-controlled, secure storage unit as part of your moving contract. It’s better to pay a little more to make sure you’ll get reliable storage than settle for a cheap storage option that may damage your items.

In conclusion, if you plan to move to a temporary home soon, take with you only the belongings you need and store the rest safely, in a climate-controlled environment.