|During a temporary move, you will have to choose some items to bring to your temporary home and some to leave behind. What do you do with those items that you leave behind? What if your old home is unavailable? You have several options for dealing with your things during a temporary move. Here are some pros and cons of each approach.
Leaving things in your old home
- This is the simplest and easiest option for you.
- When you come back home, everything should be where you left it.
- No moving services are needed for the things you leave at home.
- You can always make a trip back home to pick up anything you didn't pack originally.
- You can ask friends or family to house sit to take care of your mail and to maintain and protect the home and your items.
- If you live with other people, they automatically house sit for you.
- This is impossible or will result in the loss of property if you need to move out of your home immediately, which is a common reason for a temporary move.
- Leaving things unattended for extended periods of time could invite theft or vermin.
- You need to trust that your house sitters will actually pay attention to your home.
- You need to ask friends and family to do something for you or risk leaving your home unattended.
- You may choose to rent out your home to others during your move since you still have to pay the utilities. Leaving things in the space will either turn off renters or invite them to handle or steal your things.
Leaving your valuable items with friends or family
- Still relatively simple and easy, you are just moving valuable items into the care of trusted loved ones.
- You will only need to move the most valuable items to other homes.
- Valuable items should be reasonably safe from theft and damage.
- Limited by the amount of extra space your friends and family have.
- It is only as trustworthy as the people you choose.
- You have to ask for a favour.
- You may have to pay a moving company to move expensive items to a loved one's home.
- Your home will still be unprotected and not maintained.
- Cheaper items you leave in your home are still vulnerable to theft and vermin.
- Even if you choose a trustworthy person, things may get lost among their belongings.
Moving everything you own into your temporary home
- You only need to worry about packing your belongings for one larger move.
- You can keep everything with you during your temporary relocation.
- You already will have all of your things when you move somewhere permanently.
- Your things will be safely with you if your original home is uninhabitable for any number of reasons.
- A temporary home is not designed to fit all of your belongings. You will probably have redundant items and not enough space for all of your things.
- The move will probably be very difficult and expensive since you're cramming many items into a small area.
- You may not be allowed or able to fit all of your items in your temporary housing unit.
- It is unlikely that you'll actually be able to this.
Putting items into storage
- Your belongings will be out of your old home so they are out of the way of former housemates, renters, or any home disasters.
- Things can be kept safe from theft, vermin, and extreme temperatures if stored in a good, climate-controlled facility.
- Objects can be saved for now, and addressed later at your convenience.
- You could ask the moving company to hold your items in their storage facilities if they have that service available.
- Stored items are packed and ready to be moved whenever you return home or go to a new permanent home.
- Storage can be expensive. You need to pay for the length of time the things will be in the unit, the size of the space that you need, and for better facilities that have climate control.
- Bad storage facilities may not have good security, pest control, or climate control. Check them out before buying storage space.
- Storage takes some extra time since you need to pack and move your items to a third location.
- If you use a moving company's storage facility, you may not have immediate access to your stored items.
What you do with your items depends on the specifics of your temporary move. If you can afford the time and money, storage is the best option. During any move, you should also assess all of your items and consider selling, donating, or throwing out things that you no longer want or need. It makes things easier to lighten your load no matter what option you choose.