As a travelling nurse or medical professional you are away from home quite often and usually for long periods of time. If you move to a new location every thirteen weeks or even a just a couple of times per year you know that there are many steps and costs involved in securing clean, safe, and cost effective temporary furnished housing solutions.
The previous post began with the first four of 16 steps involved in securing a suitable apartment for your temporary housing needs. As we make our way through these and the more subsequent 60+ steps in doing it yourself, you will clearly see the cost and time actually involved in setting up just one temporary furnished apartment. You will definitely see the value in using a professional company like Travel-Nurse-Housing.com to save 25-50% on the costs of doing it yourself, not to mention the valuable hours (additional real costs) you will save by making one phone call and trusting the experts to do it for you.
The Apartment – There are 16 steps involved just in locating and securing an apartment that will rent to you on a short term basis. Here are the steps 5-8:
Step 5- You will need to pay a deposit to the apartment community once you have been approved and made your way through the first four steps. The typical deposit is $250-$500 or more usually based upon your credit score. Generally a portion of the deposit is non-refundable and in order to receive the refundable portion back, you must leave the apartment in the exact condition you found it which means that you will have to do a deep clean of every corner as well as inside, under and around each appliance like the refrigerator, stove, washer and dryer. If there are spots on the carpet, you will have to rent a carpet cleaning machine and clean the carpets yourself or you will need to pay a company to come clean it for you. With a traveler’s busy schedule and time constraints to get to the next assignment, many travelers will not have the time to do these things themselves.
With a professional housing company, you will typically pay no deposits and will never have to worry about cleaning yourself. The professional housing company will handle all of the arrangements for you and you can simply turn your keys in and be on your way.
[pullquote]With a traveler’s busy schedule and time constraints to get to the next assignment, many travelers will not have the time to do these things themselves.[/pullquote]
Step 6- You will need to pick-up apartment keys, garage door openers and mail keys. This does not sound like much of a headache, but if you are arranging for all the furnishings and utilities to be set up on your own you will need to get these ahead of time, then make arrangements for each person with a delivery or connection to obtain access to the apartment so it is ready when you arrive. Often times as well, the traveler may not be able to arrive during normal business hours to pick up keys. If arranging on your own, you would have to wait until the onsite leasing office is open the next day, but with a professional housing company, there are many ways to get keys to you either ahead of your arrival or arrangements can be made to leave keys onsite with detailed instructions sent on how to access those keys.
Step 7- You will need to contact a company for renters insurance. Most apartment communities require that you obtain renters insurance before taking occupancy. To do this you will need to find a company to write the policy, pay the application fees and monthly costs, and remember to cancel the policy once you leave. The fees for renters insurance will typically run $15-30 per month, plus application fees as well. For a 13 week stay this can add as much as $90-$100 to your cost, plus another 1-2 hours in time to locate a company, fill out the forms, and make your payments. You will not need to obtain this insurance on your own with a professional housing company as their insurance will cover the contents. Your personal insurance will generally cover your personal items.
Step 8- You will be responsible for handling all maintenance problems and if you have problems with your apartment…you will have to call for service and wait for an appointment. This includes any issues with cable, internet, furniture delivery, all the hookups and disconnects of utilities, washer and dryer delivery and more. With a professional housing company, all of these items are taken care of for you with one simple phone call and if someone needs to be physically present and you are unable because of your work schedule, they will make arrangements to handle any maintenance issues at your convenience, even sending someone over to your apartment if necessary.
As you can clearly see now just through the first eight of the 60+ steps to doing it on your own, there is a lot a lot of time commitment that you probably don’t have while you are worried about getting to your next temporary nursing assignment. By securing a relationship with a travel nurse housing company that does this every day, 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.