Improve your move: all you need to know about temporary accommodation

02 November 2022
Moving home can be stressful. Although securing a lovely new place can give you that “on top of the world” feeling, moving house is often not as straightforward as you may want. If you’re dealing with a complicated move or if your move-in and move-out dates don’t match up, you may find yourself with a gap of days, weeks or even months before the new place is ready for you.

An image of someone sellotaping a cardboard box for our guide to temporary accommodation

A common solution in this situation is temporary accommodation, which comes with considerations. Our experts have compiled a list of tips and tricks to smooth the process so you can relax a little more during the interim period.

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Consider your options

Sometimes, things don’t line up. Perhaps your move-in date does not match your move-out date, or you have sold your home sooner than expected. While this is unfortunate, you aren’t the first to encounter these situations. One thing that you can do is seek advice on what to do during the interim period – you’ll be in need of a place to stay, after all. There are lots of places to turn for this sort of advice, including this government guide if you happen to be in London, so there’s no need to panic.

Temporary accommodation may be the right solution if you don’t have friends or family near your new house. From renting through short-term websites such as Airbnb or, staying at extended-stay hotels, or reaching out to your company for corporate housing, there is an option for every budget. Exploring all these possibilities will ensure that you are well-informed when making the final decision.

Get your stuff together

Congratulations! You have found a place to stay in between your moves – now it is time to organise your belongings. When packing, make sure to differentiate boxes to store away and those to take with you to your temporary home. This step is important to ensure that you aren’t moving too much into your accommodation – after all, it’s only temporary.

A great way to stay on top of this is to create a checklist. This will guide you when you are gathering all the necessary belongings that you are going to need. Of course, overestimating what you need will only make an already stressful situation more stressful – and what’s the point of that? Equally, however, underestimating could lead you to miss out on certain necessities.

Make sure you consider the number of days or months you will spend in your temporary accommodation and any special occasions that may come up during that time. You might want to mark these in your diary or calendar beforehand so you’ll be fully prepared.

It’s also important to know what will be provided in your temporary accommodation and factor this into your packing. Are you staying in a hotel, a furnished rental or corporate housing? Some of these options may already have all the essentials you need, but others may need you to pack a few pots and pans, for example. Of course, this isn’t or break – you won’t need to drag a bed and three-piece suite with you – but knowing what equipment comes with the accommodation ahead of time might save you a dash to Ikea.

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Regardless of where you’ll be staying, this transition period is just that – transitional. You might still be unsettled even if you know exactly what’s happening with your move. For this reason, you should be sure to take items that make you feel at home, give you comfort and mean a lot to you. Whether it’s an ornament, a framed picture, or a cosy blanket, bring it along to decorate your temporary accommodation to make you feel more at home. Depending on the length of your stay, you may also encounter changing seasons, so make sure you plan ahead and bring a wardrobe that can see you through.

Organise storage for your belongings

Inevitably, there will be items or furniture that you can’t take with you to your temporary home. Don’t worry too much. You can reserve a storage unit with us and keep your items safe until you move into your new home. When looking for some space, we advise choosing a storage unit close to your new place. Trust us, this is going to pay off massively when you leave your temporary accommodation. Not only will it be less stressful; but you’ll save some money on travel costs too – both big pluses whenever you’re moving home!

That’s about it for our temporary accommodation tips! We hope that you found this blog useful. If you’re after more advice on moving house, check out our free moving house essential checklist!

And don’t forget, here at Access Self Storage, we offer a discount for people moving house. You can also buy boxes and tape for your big move.