Reducing Stress when In-Between Homes with Temporary Housing
Moving is ranked high on one of the most stressful events in our lives, yet it’s inevitable as Americans move an average of 11.7 times in their lifetimes. Selling a home is also in the top 20 most stressful events, and buying a new home in the local Lexington KY market with fluctuating interest rates, low inventory of homes, and trying to find the perfect home in a seller’s market. Oftentimes, it’s much easier to sell your home first, then buying your next home so it may be a good idea to consider temporary housing while you’re ‘in-between homes’. That way, you can take the time to find the perfect house for you and your family, you’re less likely to settle by rushing into a decision, and you have the upper-hand in any bidding wars since you have no contingencies.
Consider Lease-Free Temporary Housing
Yet, considering temporary housing may be a huge decision for your family as you’ll have to make some sacrifices during the weeks or months you’ll be in-between homes. How will you find safe, quality and spacious apartments and townhomes that have the amenities you want and the flexibility to leave when your new home’s closing is over? Are you looking for lease-free, quality and furnished housing? Hotels are an expensive and uncomfortable solution especially your home search will take more than a few days. There is a solution, located right here in Lexington KY since 1997, Lexington Relocation that has been providing Quality, Affordable Temporary Housing for short & long term needs. With a wide variety of locations to choose from in and around the beautiful, scenic city of Lexington, Kentucky, our fully furnished apartments are an excellent alternative to a hotel.
If you and your family are in-between homes, especially during this holiday season, here are some tips to reduce stress, and make your temporary housing ‘home sweet home’ at least for now.
Pack with your long and short-term needs in mind. It’s advisable to put most of your furniture and belongings in storage and only bring essential items to your short-term home. But don’t be too aggressive when packing away your children’s favorite toys or bedding, bringing a few sentimental items can make you feel comfortable and more like home. Be balanced though, as the more you keep packed or stored away, you have less to repack when you move into your new permanent home. Lexington Relocation’s furnished apartments are the ideal choice for those in-between homes especially when compared to hotel accommodations, with 1, 2 and 3 bedroom options for your family.
Make your temporary stay an adventure. Have an open mind about living in temporary housing, make it an adventure for the kids, pretend you’re on vacation even if you haven’t moved into a new area. Act like a tourist and visit local attractions, use it as an excuse to eat out and trying trendy restaurants, go souvenir shopping and get out as much as you can. Enjoy the amenities: take a walk, enjoy the gym or pool at your apartment community, take your dog for a walk or a romp in the dog park. Don’t sit around, stare at the walls and mope that you’re not home. “Happiness is a choice, not an achievement. Nothing will make you happy until you decide to be happy.”
Get ready to buy when you find that perfect home. Choose a realtor who understands your wants and needs, comes well-recommended and knows the area intimately. Register online for online real estate sites so you can be alerted when new homes in your criteria (neighborhood, square footage, price and number of bedrooms, etc) come on the market. Get a pre-qualification letter in hand with a local lender so you’re ready to make a strong offer.
Focus on your family. When your family is in transition, you quickly realize it’s not the four walls that make up a home, but it’s your family that is the meaning of home. Cherish time with your partner or spouse, your children and even your furry friends. Plan fun family days together, game nights or special family dinners. During the holidays, do your best to maintain your annual traditions, decorate the home, cook your family’s favorite dishes, invite family and friends over and get the whole family involved with the planning.
Get the kids ready for the transition. Talk to your children about the move and their feelings, get them excited for the new home, and help them understand that good things come to those who wait. Involve them with the new home search, have them make a list their wants for a new home and their new room, and take them with you to house showings so you can get their input. Even though you’ll be in transition for a few months, try to keep their routine as similar as possible. “Children, like the rest of us, handle change best if it is expected and occurs in the context of a familiar routine. A predictable routine allows children to feel safe, and to develop a sense of mastery in handling their lives.” – Parenting.com
Have a sense of humor. When you’re displaced out of your home, there are going to be mishaps, feelings of unfamiliarity and things that annoy you, but make light of it remembering this is only temporary. As Anne, wife and mother of two, says, “Have patience and a sense of humor. Living in temporary apartments and being displaced from home is going to be annoying and difficult at times. Being able to laugh about it makes it easier.”
Where to find quality amenity-rich temporary housing in Lexington KY
We agree that ‘there’s no place like home’, but there are very convenient and comfortable solutions to your temporary housing needs. If your looking for temporary, lease-free and hassle-free housing for you and your family in Lexington KY area, please don’t hesitate to call Lexington Relocation for a free quote, and we can provide support and assistance choosing the right community for your needs, close to your children’s schools or your work location.
For more information: Lexington Relocation.