As a traveling nurse or medical professional one of your most important things to do each time you move is find a temporary apartment or home. With more than 66 steps involved in setting up a temporary furnished apartment, why would anyone want to take on this challenge as often as those of you in the travelling nurse profession do? By using a professional temporary furnished housing company like Travel-Nurse-Housing.com, you not only save the incredible time but also a significant cost (25-50%) when compared to doing it yourself.
As I have been writing this series now for a couple of months we are finally past the apartment stage, and now are moving into the many steps it takes to set up utilities, furnishings, and such. This post will be about setting up phone service, should you need it, especially if you will also need to do office work or need a fax machine at your home. For this there are 5 steps, which are steps 17-21 in our series:
Step 17- For local phone service, you will need to contact a service provider, fill out a credit application, pay set-up fees and possibly a deposit…and you will most likely need to agree to a long term deal to get the best rates…or pay a short term premium which could be several more dollars per month. All said and done you could be out as much as $75 to $150 in upfront set-up costs and another $45-$65 per month for the service.
Step 18- When setting up your own furnished apartment, you will have to be physically present during set-up / installation of your phone service. Most companies will give you a window of time, usually four hours, rather than a specific time for an appointment, and will often times run late, which means just to get your phone installed will cost you in the very least a half day and could cost a full day of your time. Wouldn’t you rather be doing something else with all that time?
Step 19- Ok, so now you have phone service and a month has gone by and you come home from a hard day at work, check your mail, and find the phone bill. Well of course the bill needs to be paid so more time and energy you need to spend to write a check, put it in the envelope, put a stamp on it..but, oh wait, you just ran out of stamps, so now you have to go buy some more!!! Then you have to put it in the mail. Wow, how much effort did all that take…and just think, you get to do this all over again each month you are there!
Step 20- Now, one evening you come home and the phone is not working, what do you need to do. First of all, you will have to call customer service…and we all know how fun and usually time consuming that is right? After you finally get to talk to someone, they tell you they can’t fix the problem and will need to send a technician out to see what is wrong. Well there goes another half a day gone!!!
Step 21- Ok so now you have local phone service, but does it include long distance service? If not, there is another bill you may have to pay, to a long distance provider…and extra costs if you call long distance as well, which you most likely will since you will not be from the local area and will need to reach out to family, friends, and the home office. More costs, and more bills to pay!!!
I think now that you are getting the idea that doing all this on your own is really more hassle and more costly than using a professional temporary furnished apartment provider. By securing a relationship with a temporary housing company, you will be relieved of the headaches as well as the financial burdens associated with doing it alone. For housing coordinators, your life will be much easier as well by making one phone call instead of potentially hundreds for each new location you need.
Dan Gorman is a Certified Corporate Housing Professional member and an expert in the field of furnished housing for traveling nurses. Please visit www.travel-nurse-housing.com for more information about travel nurse housing solutions and locations or email at Dan@travel-nurse-housing.com.