As if the idea of packing your whole life into boxes isn’t stressful enough, you also have to find a new home, get it ready and hope all your lease dates align. More often than not, this means a few days, or even a few months, spent in a home that isn’t quite ready. Luckily, the Twin Cities area has many services that make all of that easier with temporary homes, relocation consultants, rental furniture and more.
If you aren’t moving directly into a long-term apartment or home when you arrive in Minnesota, no worries. Hotels are an easy solution, but choosing extended-stay hotels or short-term rentals can be a better fit for comfort, function and budget. The defining difference between hotels and extended-stay hotels is the latter have kitchenettes, if not full kitchens. Amenities beyond that vary, but, because it’s still a hotel, everything comes furnished.
On the higher end of the scale, extended-stay hotels have the whole suite of amenities, such as a business center, a 24-hour help desk, a full breakfast and even grocery-buying services. Middle-range options provide some amenities, such as a continental breakfast and fitness center, and the most basic (and economic) extended-stay hotels offer comfortable lodging with just enough amenities, such as internet or TV.
Short-term rentals can be a smart choice if your temporary-housing stay is on the longer end (think 30-plus days). While you do have to deal with leases, there are month-to-month options, and for those who know they’ll have to stay longer, three-month, six-month and yearlong leases are usually available. Depending on whom you get your short-term rental through, the apartment might not be furnished. One option is to, of course, use your own items or to fill in the lacking ones with purchased goods, but another option is to rent furniture.
Renting provides an alternative to buying things that won’t fit in your future home and moving things not only before you’re ready, but twice—once from your old home to your temporary home, and then from your temporary home to your future home. CORT Furniture is one vendor you can work with. Their professionals deliver and set up the furniture within 48 hours of ordering, and when you are leaving your temporary home, they will pick it up as well. You can rent furniture by individual pieces or by room, with different choices to match your style. You can even choose their largest package and ask them to furnish your entire home.
With so much temporary housing available, having a liaison to help narrow the search and deal with the logistics can be the stress reliever you need. Some businesses, like TPI Hospitality, have their own hotels to choose from in popular locations such as Minneapolis, Bloomington and St. Louis Park. Similarly, Stay Twin Cities Housing Solutions has a concrete list of apartment complexes and housing developments to peruse. Others, like the Corporate Housing Co., have variety and less-defined locations and showcase each apartment or lodging option individually.
TPI Hospitality prides itself on being employee-owned and bearing the title of Minnesota’s largest hospitality company. They have 22 locations in the Twin Cities, six of which are for extended stay, and they work to connect clients to lodgings with extra amenities, such as shuttle service. You can find Stay Twin Cities abodes in urban settings or residential suburbs, and you can rest assured that you will arrive at a dwelling that is move-in ready. As for the Corporate Housing Co., staff members are available 24/7, and the company takes it one step further by connecting you with one staff member to work with from start to finish.
Other housing providers include real estate companies like Re/Max Results and Edina Realty. Their community and housing market insights can help you pinpoint not only where you want your future home to be, but where you want to bide your time during the moving process. Re/Max is part of the Relocation Directors Council and Worldwide Employee Relocation Council, and in 2015, they won the NEI Service Exceeding Expectations Award. Edina Realty uses its national network so you can work with trusted professionals every step of the way, and, like the Corporate Housing Co., they give you one liaison the entire time to help with mortgages, titles, service providers and more.
Temporary Housing Resources
The Corporate Housing Co.
CORT Furniture Rental & Clearance Center
Courtyard by Marriott
ExecuStay by Oakwood Worldwide
Extended Stay America
Homewood Suites by Hilton
Home2 Suites by Hilton
Residence Inn by Marriott
SpringHill Suites by Marriott
Temporary VIP Suites
TownePlace Suites by Marriott