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Tips for where to stay in the first weeks of your big move.

Long-stay hotel accommodation – it’s a thing, and not just for burned-out Hollywood stars. In fact, it’s a real option for those moving or renovating house, or those staying in a different town for a temporary job. But it’s not always the easy-living you think it will be, even if the idea of an on-site cleaning service, restaurant and bar sounds exciting at first.

Keeping your sanity in what could be a relatively small hotel room for a month or more involves a strategy. Not all rooms, hotels and services are created equal, and when the room becomes too much, your surrounds come into play. Can you afford to eat hotel food or takeouts every night? How much do you pack? How do you keep your room liveable and personal?

The City

Urbanisation is an unavoidable part of modern life. In fact, about half of the world’s population lives in urban areas. This trend appears to be an element of development: research shows that approximately 70 percent of people live in large cities in the developed world, whereas this rate drops to less than 40 percent in poorer environments.

There is a range of reasons behind this trend, the most common of which is the desire for better job opportunities and better standards of living. As people move to cities, businesses look to provide for their needs, an important one of which is the provision of accommodation during the period that the ‘city-migrant’ is between homes. There are different types of accommodation on offer, and you should do thorough research before you book something.

“Consider the size of the group that’s moving and the likely length of time that you’ll need a temporary home,” advises Nicholas Barenblatt, Group Marketing Manager of Protea Hotels by Marriott® and African Pride Hotels, a leading hotel brand that offers extended-stay accommodation in hotel apartments at some of their properties.

“If you’re on your own and you’re likely to be staying for two weeks or a little more, a smaller place without a range of facilities may be fine. If your stay is likely to be over a month, take into account the practicalities, such as laundry facilities and food options. In this case, a garden cottage or hotel apartment may be the best bet, because you’ll probably find something that includes a washing machine and fully-fitted kitchen.”

The question of food is particularly important, and it can become a tricky situation from a health perspective. It’s really important that you try to maintain your usual eating habits during the period you’re in limbo. So, if you usually do most of your own cooking, stick to that by taking accommodation with a kitchen. On the other hand, if you’ve always bought your suppers, you can do the same, so there’s no need to pay for a room with a full kitchen that you won’t be using.

When moving with an entire family, a short-term home rental may be an option because you’ll have the sort of space you need for children, dogs and cats, and the toys. “This may be a particularly good option,” Barenblatt says, “since you can get a sense of a particular suburb that you may consider living in once you’re ready to buy or rent a house for the longer term.”

Another important point that will guide your choice is the location of the property in relation to where you will be going every day – your place of work, or a school you’ll be taking children to each morning, for instance. Find out about the traffic in the city before you commit to particular accommodation. After all, the last thing you need to happen is that you end up spending two hours in heavy traffic every morning to get to your new job!

Useful websites

The following offer contact with local people so you can find out more about the city, the suburbs, transport, traffic, shops, and so on: www.asksa.co.za and www.likealocalguide.com

Ultimately, the first few weeks or months of your stay in your new home city should not just be about finding a roof over your head. Research the options and choose carefully, so you experience the environment around you and learn more about where you would like to finally settle.

Source: Powerhouse PR

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