Finding Short-Term Housing

Need a place to stay short term? Where to go between moves 

More people than ever are searching for temporary housing due to the recent real estate boom and the building material shortage. We know navigating these unique circumstances can make an already stressful move more complicated. So, if you’re looking for temporary housing solutions while figuring out where to live, the list below should help you find the best option for you and your family. 

Man and woman accept keys on their short-term rental from a landlord.


How to find temporary housing 

Most people start searching for short-term housing online, but it’s also a good idea to talk with friends and family. They may know someone who wants to rent their home out or who has a vacant guest house. Otherwise, check these sources to get started: 

Extended stay hotels

These hotels are geared toward people who stay longer than a leisurely weekend, and they often have complete suites with small kitchenettes. Many have amenities like a gym, pool, free wi-fi and continental breakfasts. These are probably your best bet if you’re looking for a pet-friendly rental since many welcome furry friends. The main cons to this short-term housing option are that you may not have access to a free washer and dryer, and you might have noisy neighbors in the next room. 

Vacation rentals

Sites like Airbnb, VRBO and TurnKey have furnished rentals, either rooms or private residences, available for extended stays at discounted rates. These are typically set up with all the necessary items to live comfortably, including full kitchens and washers and dryers. One huge benefit is all the photos and reviews, so you can clearly see the unit before committing. They also provide renter protection in case there are any issues.  


While campers are small, they have enough room for the basics. Some rentals are permanently parked at campsites for rent, or you could pull one to your land (if waiting on completed new construction) or to a campground. Ask to borrow an RV from a family member or friend or check with local RV dealers and national camper rental websites to find one that’s the right size for your family. 

Staying with friends or family 

If someone you know has a spare room, or even better — a guest house — and they are offering it, it can be a great option for temporary housing when you’re in between homes. For starters, it’s usually low or no cost, and you likely won’t need to bring much. However, you may feel like you’re invading their space or have little privacy. If you’re staying with others, don’t forget to offer to help around the house since your family is creating more cooking and cleaning. 

Corporate rentals 

If you’re moving for a job, ask your employer if they have any corporate rentals. They may have a company apartment you can stay in or have real estate connections to help you find somewhere to live temporarily.  

Month-to-month apartment rentals 

Look at apartment searching sites for short-term leases. If you don’t want to unpack and repack your belongings, look for fully furnished apartments so you can keep your belongings in storage. 


Subletting is where a tenant re-rents their apartment to a new third party. While it’s illegal in some places, where it’s allowed, it can be an excellent way for someone to rent out their apartment when they’re on vacation or traveling. If you see an ad for a sublet, ensure that they have the landlord or homeowner’s approval.  

On-base military housing 

If you’re moving with the military and need short-term housing, check with the housing office on base. They may have temporary housing options and even a loan closet for basic cooking supplies and linens that you can use while you wait to move in.  

What to look for when searching short-term housing websites 

Keep these things in mind as you sort through the options above: 

  • Minimum stay: Make sure your timeframe is in line with their minimum stay policy.  
  • Included housewares: Double-check for what’s included, as you may not have access to your belongings if the moving company is storing them.  
  • Parking: Find out if there is parking available for all of your vehicles. Some rentals may only allow for one car on-site, or you may have to pay to park. 
  • Pets: See if they allow your dogs, cats, fish or other pets inside. You could always do an extended boarding if not, or it’s the perfect time to send your pet for a long-term training stay.  
  • Legitimacy: Don’t pay for anything until you’ve seen a place in person and have verified the rental company. Be sure to use a secure payment system as well.  

If you have any questions about finding temporary housing, leave us a comment below. We’re happy to help!