Here’s one thing everyone looking for the perfect temporary home needs to know: You don’t have to settle.
Hear that? The days of less-than-ideal long-term stays in noisy hotels are over. You don’t have to grimace through a stint in a shabby corporate apartment with a cupboard full of lipstick-stained wine glasses and hair in the tub.
We’ve got 3 big game changing tips on how to score the perfect temporary housing solution, no matter where you’re looking.
Just like beauty, perfection is in the eye of the beholder. Everyone’s lifestyle and preferences are different.
For some, perfect is a place with little to no commute. For others, it’s a place in a quiet area because they work graveyard shifts, and need to sleep during the day.
For everyone, it’s a place that’s affordable – obviously – establishing a budget within the parameters of what perfect looks like to you is vital.
What is perfect, from your perspective?
If you’re not totally sure, walk yourself through your ideal day. What elements contribute to making it perfect?
Does it involve a workout? If so, you know you want a place with amenities, like a gym.
If cooking is how you wind down, you know a big updated kitchen is a must.
Will your cat Charlie be traveling with you? If so, you need to score a pet friendly place. You get the idea.
It’s no secret that location plays a huge contributing factor into finding the perfect home.
It may seem overwhelming to try and plot your new location out, especially if you’re going to be in a place you’ve never even heard of before.
Yet, thanks to technology, researching new locations has never been easier.
Go online, and spend some time clicking about.
Explore through the lens of what you enjoy. If you nerd out over plants, discovering that there’s a huge botanical garden is great. If craft beer is your thing, check out the local scene. Compare things like the cost of living, and if there are any grocery chains you enjoy, see if they have on where you’re going.
If you’re going to be commuting to an office or the same location daily, maybe you want to live in a nearby neighborhood – within walking distance even.
Looking down at the place from a bird’s eye view (thanks, Google Maps!) can help you orient before arrival. You’ll have a better overview of the lay of the land, and may even start to get the butterflies of excitement discovering all the possible things to explore.
Make note of neighborhoods that interest you. Check out the different styles of homes and recently renovated loft apartments, the cool modern ones with exposed brick and high ceilings. Make a list of the perfect potential places you’d like to live.
Don’t forget to factor in your hobbies and how you spend your free time.
If you’re relocating to Sacramento for example and love the outdoors, you’ll be thrilled with the diversity of the landscape. You can surf and snowboard, even do both on the same day.
Let the Experts Search for You
The formula is pretty simple: when you know what looks perfect and where, it’s much easier to find it. You can take that information you’ve gathered and apply it to a search yourself, or you can let experts do it for you.
Travelers Haven is one of the experts. They’re like a matchmaker, except instead of hoping to match you with a partner, they find you the perfect short-term rental. They use the criteria you’ve come up with that describe your perfect home, and they find it for you. Free of charge.
To take advantage of this service, you’ll fill out a brief questionnaire letting them know where you’re going, and when. One of their team members will reach out to make sure what they have is correct, and then they search on your behalf.
They work with properties all across the USA, and are familiar with the nuances of the different areas. The properties they work with are vetted – if there’s an issue, they’ll help you resolve it. In fact, if anything is less than ideal, they’ll help you find a solution.
Payment is simple and straightforward, and they even offer additional services such as an option to customize your furnishings. Talk about perfect!
No one uses the exact same formula to arrive at their version of perfect. By clarifying all the contributing components that factor into what you deem perfect, it makes it much easier to find. Whether you’re doing the searching, or you’re letting someone else take care of it for you.