Another nurse, with whom I work, was thinking about giving travel nursing a try and asked what I did about my home when I traveled.
If you have been a nurse for awhile, there is a good possibility that you have invested in some sort of home. Whether it is a condo or a house, having either does not mean that you are unable to travel. Plus, there can be some very nice benefits to owning a home and being a travel nurse.
Despite owning a large condo in Ohio, I still continue to travel anywhere from six to eleven months out of the year. To leave a home sit empty for a few months is not a big deal, but to have a home that will be vacant for six to twelve months at a time takes some forethought.
How much attention you will need to devote to you home while away on a travel assignment will depend on the area of the country in which your home is located. Ohio has the best to offer in regard to weather extremes. It can be hot and muggy in the summer, rainy in the spring, and freezing cold in the winter. All these forces of nature can take their toll on a home and if yours is located in such a state, you will need to have someone take care of the maintenance while you are on the road.
The easiest imposition by far is that of relatives. Dear old mom or dad will be happy to take care of things for you, won’t they? While relatives and friends can ease some of the burden, too large an imposition can strain relationships. It is best to budget for being able to pay people for the work they will do in maintaining your home for you. Not all those who help take care of your home need to be professionals, but you should be able to compensate those who devote time to maintaining your home.
To own a condo takes away some of the burden because I know that the grass will always be mowed and the streets will be cleared in the winter (by my condo association). However, I still have my father check in on things when Ohio has a spell of bad weather.
If you have friends or family that can keep an eye on things, it always helps ease some of the stress of leaving your home sit vacant. If not, hire those that can tend to the maintenance while you are away. Also always remember to forward your mail and cancel any paper deliveries that might tip people off that you are not at home. Lastly, consider an alarm system for added peace of mind (and also a deduction on your homeowner’s insurance).
In my next post, we’ll talk about some of the advantages of owning a home when you travel.