Temporarily Yours: Where to Stay During Your Home Renovation

Living through a one-room renovation disrupts your routine and makes for some noisy days. Living through a major renovation can completely disrupt your life.

If you have to relocate during a remodel, then choose temporary housing that suits your lifestyle and helps you feel as settled as possible. When figuring out where to stay during your home renovation, don’t assume you have to move in with family and friends. You have multiple temporary housing solutions that give you privacy and comfort.

Here are a few guidelines for how to find short-term rentals during a renovation.

Which Type of Temporary Housing Is Right for You?

The right temporary housing can keep you sane during an already stressful renovation process. Four short-term rental options during a renovation include:

  • A rented onsite RV
  • Temporary rental homes
  • An extended stay hotel
  • Corporate housing

The RV or Mobile Home

If your house is uninhabitable, then you can “camp out” on your property in a rented mobile home or recreational vehicle. This option works if your property allows for portable homes and RVs and if you have access to your utilities. If workers have to cut off water and electricity for an extended period, then consider another short-term rental option during renovation.

RV with woman reading book outside

Extended Stay Hotels

Extended stay hotels are designed for stays of about 30 days. Suites usually include a full kitchen with full-size refrigerator, range, and stovetop. Extended stay hotels also provide dishes and other housewares, which means you’ll have less to move.

Although extended stay hotels do feel like a hotel, they usually have amenities, such as housekeeping, onsite laundry, and free continental breakfasts. Some even have swimming pools — a great perk for the kids. Many are located close to shopping and business districts, which makes them a convenient option.

Children swimming in a pool

Corporate Housing

Corporate housing — also referred to as furnished apartments, executive rentals and suites, and serviced apartments — provides a full-service solution with all the comforts of home.

Most corporate housing sites include luxury amenities such as top-of-the-line appliances and scenic views. Tell the kids you’re on an extended vacation. You’ll typically find corporate housing units in condominium complexes, but you can also find single-family homes designed for corporate stays.

“At 86 nights, the average length-of-stay in corporate accommodations is significantly longer than hotel stays or extended stay hotels,” says Mary Ann Passi of the Corporate Housing Providers Association (CHPA).

To find a corporate housing provider, Passi suggests visiting the CHPA website, which offers a national membership directory. You can also search for a real estate broker or a local company that specializes in corporate housing.

Businessman opening door to hotel room

Temporary Rental Homes

If you want more space than an apartment or condo can provide, then you can find temporary rental homes. Check corporate housing sites such as corporatehousing.com, CHBO, and even vacation rental sites such as Airbnb. You’ll have to weed through dozens of apartment listings, but you can also find plenty of cozy single-family temporary rental homes.

The Cost of Temporary Housing

When you’re deciding where to stay during a home renovation, cost is a key factor. Prices vary for every housing option, depending on location and length of stay. A typical corporate housing unit has double the square footage of hotel rooms and suite hotels, according to Passi.

The average daily rate for corporate housing falls into the $150 per day range, according to CHPA, but that rate varies depending on location and amenities. For about the same price, you can rent an RV for a day, according to RV rental company CruiseAmerica.com.

Extended stay hotels usually cost less than or equal to corporate housing, although you’re trading space for amenities. Extended stay hotels usually offer discounts depending on how many consecutive nights you spend. When renting a house or other property, you pay a negotiated fixed rate per month.

What About Pets?

Pets are welcome in many types of temporary housing. During your search, choose an animal-friendly venue. Most extended stay hotels, for example, cater to families with pets.

“Extended Stay America hotels welcome pets all year round, so families don’t need to make the difficult decision of leaving their beloved animal companions behind,” says Terry Atkins of Extended Stay America hotels. “We want our guests to enjoy all the comforts of home, and that absolutely should include their four-legged friends.”

At Extended Stay America and other properties, be prepared to pay a small fee for pets. Also understand that a maximum of only two pets are allowed in each suite. If you have a menagerie, you may want to consider corporate housing or a short-term apartment rental during renovation.

A little advice for hotel residents with pets — put out the “Do Not Disturb” sign when you’re not there so housekeeping won’t startle your animals.

Indoor cat sitting in front of window

Making Your Temporary Space Comfortable

Many furnished temporary rental homes have flat-screen TVs, premium cable and Wi-Fi, and room for additional electronics. Corporate housing, for example, is typically customized to a client’s specific needs, says Passi. Custom options include furniture, a full kitchen and bath, linens, housewares, electronics, and utilities. Corporate housing and extended stay hotels typically work with rental companies to create a full-scale home experience.

If you opt for an unfurnished home or onsite portable home accommodations, visit CORT Furniture Rental to find quality furniture and accessories to make your temporary home feel as comfortable as your permanent space. With a few clicks or a phone call, your unfurnished rental can become move-in ready before you even step foot in the door.

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