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Managing a short-term move

Managing a short-term move

Short-term moves can arise for any number of reasons from fixed-length work assignments to pursuing a graduate degree. How should you approach a move when you know you'll only be in a new area for a limited amount of time? Although every situation is different, you can gain some perspective on important decisions like how much to move with you and what, if anything, to put in storage by taking the following guidance into consideration.

 Choosing which books to bring with you is sometimes a major consideration for a short-term move.

What should come with you and what should stay behind?

Sometimes, employees involved in a short-term corporate relocation will have a partly or fully furnished apartment, condo or home provided as part of their agreement with their employer. A graduate student may choose to live in a partially furnished graduate dorm. People temporarily returning home to help a family member recover from a medical event could have the option to live in their old house. In all these situations, it makes little sense to make the same type of move as you would when permanently relocating to a new home.

Take the time to gather details and understand what items are already present at your temporary home. In a related but distinct fashion, you should weight the amount of time you'll be away from your regular home with your desire to bring along items you want but don't need.

Bringing along an entire library of books for a six-month corporate relocation may not make financial sense, for example, but taking reference texts when moving to pursue a yearlong graduate program is likely a prudent move. Is it easier to move dishware or purchase an inexpensive set to use away from your long-term home? Work through each type of belonging you currently own during your temporary relocation and take both cost and convenience into account. If you won't maintain your current home while you're away, you'll need to consider storage options, which can further influence your decisions.

What will you do with your current home?

Whether you rent or own your current living space, you may find it simpler, if more expensive, to continue to pay for it during the time you're away. If you have a spouse and children who aren't relocating with you for the short-term move, that decision is likely already made. If you don't, you'll have to weigh the cost of keeping your home with the  cost of storage space and the savings of potentially subletting it.

There are lots of considerations to make, and the financial impact can change greatly in each case. The best way to take on this complicated issue is to start determining costs early on and then carefully think through the options. When you can avoid having to make a decision while quickly approaching a deadline, you can realize a better result.

No matter what choice you make, be sure to reach out to the professional movers and packers at Atlas to help you get everything you need to your new, temporary home.

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