Whether you’re waiting for your dream home to be remodeled or don’t want to rush finding the perfect home, Minneapolis, St. Paul and the surrounding metro have plenty of temporary housing options for you to live in comfort and convenience.
Searching for temporary housing doesn’t need to be daunting with the different resources the Twin Cities have. Before you start, it can help to consider what features you require. How long will you need to stay—days, weeks or months? Will it just be you, or will your family be with you as well? Are you bringing any pets? What does your budget look like, and what types of amenities do you prefer? Similar to finding a permanent home, these questions will help you pare down your results and find your lodging more efficiently.
The three main types of temporary housing are hotels, extended stay hotels and short term rentals. Hotels often have an array of luxury features, such as workout facilities, housekeeping, onsite restaurants and centralized locations. However, they can be more expensive, so if you need a stay longer than a month, an extended stay hotel or short term lease might work better.
An extended stay hotel can have the permanent features of an apartment, such as kitchens and laundry rooms, but it doesn’t have any leases or utility bills. Extended stay hotels usually don’t require you to provide your own furniture and beds, either, which makes traveling easy. Five days, five months—whatever you need to fit your timeline, extended stay hotels can accommodate. If your plans change unexpectedly, all you have to do is check out, no strings attached.
Short term rentals become more economical the longer you require a place to stay, and while you do need to sign a lease, they come in flexible lengths such as month-to-month, three months, six months and even up to a year. With short term rentals, it is more common for you to provide your own furnishings, so you can add all of the personal touches that makes your temporary residence feel like a home. If it’s easiest to rent, there are many options like CORT Furniture, where you can rent furnishings for a single room or an entire household.
The Twin Cities’ mix of hotel, extended stay and short term housing locations plus their multitude of consultants make it easy to move here no matter what decisions you still have to make or what your timeline looks like.
People who are staying for 30 days or longer and don’t want to live out of a suitcase have their pick of lodging options such as ExecuStay or TPI Hospitality. ExecuStay offers the comfort of home, like cable TV with a DVD player and a fully equipped kitchen, but it also has perks, like housekeeping options, 24-hour customer service and, because of a special partnership with Marriott, reward points in the Marriott Rewards system. TPI Hospitality has multiple locations in the metro as well as greater Minnesota, and while guests love the award-winning hotels it works with, employees love the culture and the fact that it is an employee-owned company.
The Corporate Housing Co. covers every situation, including corporate housing, government/GSA housing, insurance housing and short term housing. The company strives to provide apartments that are larger and less expensive than extended stay suites, and a variety of packages fit every timeline and situation.
RE/MAX Results and Edina Realty are two of many real estate companies that offer expert knowledge of the area’s temporary housing options. They provide professional relocation consultants to help you find the perfect living space or coordinate moving and storage needs. They can also offer valuable insights on school districts, cost of
living and realtors.
To find more providers of temporary housing solutions, search our online Temporary Housing Directory.