When you’re moving homes for a short period of time there are many arrangements that need to be made. Whether you’re relocating for an assignment or going on a TDY, finding suitable short-term accommodations can be a stressful process. The sky-high prices of hotels make it near to impossible to make ends meet and on-base lodging just doesn’t suit everyone. And let’s be honest, you have more important things to think about.
Finding short-term rental accommodations, such as a crash pad, can be a solution to many problems. Not a hotel, not some dorm room, but a place to call home when you’re away from your own. When you do find accommodation that meets all your needs, it’s hard not to get too enthusiastic but don’t let your enthusiasm get the better of you. There are a few things you need to keep in mind before you go sign any contracts. You don’t want to end up disappointed and locked into an unfavorable contract.
We know all the ins and outs of short-term renting; we’ve experienced it first-hand. So, from our experience at Military Crashpad®, to help bring your mind to a peaceful state, this is what you need to know about short-term renting.
Location Location Location
Location is key. The right location can either make or break your stay. Get familiar with the amenities nearby and get to know as much as you can about the options surrounding you. From grocery stores to swimming pools; it can all add to your sense of comfort. What are the things that make your life easier, happier or more comfortable? Finding the right location is even more important when you’re being relocated to a specific base. Randolph PIT Pad, for example, is located within close distance to Randolph AFB and has all the needed amenities in the nearby surroundings.
Don’t let first impressions fool you. Give all these new impressions and initial thoughts some time to sink in. Imagine what your life would look like once you’re actually living there and don’t forget to take the rest of your family under careful consideration. You might feel perfectly at home in a Bachelor Cave but will your partner feel comfortable living there as well?
Make a list of necessary supplies
Once you’ve found the house of your dreams, making a list of necessary supplies can be very helpful. Most short-term rentals aren’t fully furnished, so make sure to communicate clearly with the rental organization to see what is and isn’t provided. Maybe there are items you’d like to purchase for your future home-to-be that the rental agreement doesn’t cover. For example, when moving into a PIT Pad at Randolph with the swimming pool in the back, you might want to stock up on your swimsuits.
Set a little something aside
Most rental accommodations require a security or pet deposit. The amount of this deposit varies as short-term rentals may ask for a higher deposit than the long-term options. Always make sure that the depository payment is recorded in either the contract or a separate statement. Better safe than sorry!
Make sure you are up to speed with all the house rules before you sign any contracts. Most listings have a clearly-defined list of house rules and it’s always good to familiarize yourself with this material. Especially when you’re moving in with housemates.
Read the contract
It’s okay to be enthusiastic, but don’t let your enthusiasm make you sign a contract based on an emotional impulse. Make sure everything is clear. Are utilities included? Are there any additional costs to be notified about? What cancellation terms are to be agreed upon and what about lawn service? Make sure to read and re-read the contract and to ask for clarification where needed.
What do you wish you would’ve known before getting involved in short-term renting?