Relocating to a new city for a new job can be both exciting and stressful. In situations where hasty relocations are required, many companies will provide temporary housing for employees, whether is be interim housing, like the service we at Arch Interim Housing provide, or hotel living. Both options have pros and cons and we have compiled a short comparison to help you make the right choice for your situation.
In cases where job relocation is needed interim housing is very beneficial. By moving into a house/apartment that is fully furnished will help you transition into your new city in many ways, such as settling into your new job not having to worry about the hassles setting up utilities or moving your furniture and belongings into your new home on time. Choosing short-term housing also allows time for exploring your new surroundings. Picking the best neighborhood for you and your family is not the easiest task and by living in interim housing you will find the time to find the best neighborhood to fit your needs (ie: commute to work, school districts, amenities, etc.) It also allows for buying your new permanent home without being rushed. Interim housing also provides more flexibility than long-term leasing, or extremely short term living like you’ll find in hotel-living situations. Like staying at a hotel, Arch Interim Housing provides many of the amenities provided such as housekeeping, extraordinary fitness centers, and even special amenities like on-site grooming for your pet, or a tanning salon. Many guests enjoy the full kitchen, living space, and separate sleeping quarters that accompany an interim housing situation.
Hotel living can be attractive for those needing quick living solutions during relocation and are looking to stay somewhere for just a week or two. A benefit of staying at a hotel for your temporary housing needs, is that some form of breakfast is generally provided in the lobby area during certain hours. Housekeeping is a plus, and most hotels offer cleaning everyday, which will minimize your duties outside of work while you are adjusting to your new job. Some higher end hotels offer laundry service, not all of them do. Some have washers and dryers you can use for an additional fee, which can add up in the long-term. While clean sheets and breakfasts in the morning are nice, hotel living is not for everyone. Cooking in hotels can be difficult. Most hotels with kitchenettes provide limited kitchen utensils (such as one pot and one pan) and while your kitchen utensils are in storage, this can lead to not being able to cook at home and can increase your spending on eating out. Additionally, in most hotels your living space is also where you will be dining, working, and cooking, so if you choose to stay in a hotel your living quarters may soon become cramped from day to day activities.
By choosing all-inclusive housing, such as Arch Interim Housing, you can enjoy the comforts of a home away from home, with more space and necessities that keep your stay healthy and productive.