Travel Nurse Housing – The “Real” costs/steps in setting up own temporary furnished apartment (part 11)
For those who have been following this series about the real costs of setting up your own furnished apartment, you know by now that it could really become a serious time constraint issue as well as cost prohibitive to do all these things on your own, especially if you have to repeat the process every 13 weeks as you move to your next temporary nurse assignment. So far we have covered all the steps to securing the right apartment and turning on all the services; but now comes the fun part…setting the place up to live in. This post covers the steps to furnishing your apartment.
Step 40- So now that you have all the services connected, you will need to contact a furniture rental company to select your furniture. Next to finding an apartment that will give you a short term lease, this is probably the most difficult thing to do when setting up your own furnished apartment. Most furniture rental companies will require that you sign a minimum 6 month lease agreement, or they will charge you an additional short term fee for shorter periods. If your assignment is only for 13 weeks, this will not work for you. You might say that all the other steps we have covered so far are not that difficult, but this could actually be the show-stopper for an individual, which means that having the luxury of making one phone call to a professional furnished apartment company, telling them what your needs are, and having them do this for you, is certainly the BEST way to go.
Step 41- Let’s say you got past the first step, and either found a furniture company to rent to you for 13 weeks, or you are paying the short-term premium fees, you will now need to be present when the furniture is delivered and set up. If you are in transition from one assignment to the next, or you are making the arrangements prior to arrival hoping to move right in when you get to your new location, this would be a problem that would require more steps to solve.
Step 42- Ok, now that you have been in your furnished apartment for about a month, you receive your first bill from the furniture company, just another one of many that you will be receiving right about this time. Now you have to take the time to write another check and put it in the mail. How many checks is this now that you will be writing each month? I count at least 6 or 7 by now. Who has time these days to remember all this, let alone do it each month? Remember, just a single check or even automatic automated billing is all you need when using a professional company to do this for you.
Step 43- What happens if you have an issue with one of the rented furniture items? Well, there are now a couple more steps and lots of time for you to get the issue resolved. First you will need to call and make arrangements to have the furniture piece swapped with a new one. Once you have made an appointment, you will need to make arrangements during normal business hours to either be there in person, or trust someone else to be there when it is delivered, which means now you have lost time at work earning you living. Most companies will require a person to be there, sign for, and take responsibility for the exchanged item. When working with a furnished apartment company, they will take responsibility and have someone there in person for the delivery, which means no worries for you and no time away from work (or pleasure on your day off).
Step 44- Now your stay is nearing completion, you will need to make arrangements to have the furniture picked up. Most rental companies will require as much as a 14-30 day notice to schedule this pick-up, which means you will need to be certain of your departure time-line well in advance of it actually happening. I know that this may be difficult to do as you often get extensions either by a few days or few weeks, and things happen that could force you to change your arrangements. On the day of pick-up you will also need to be there in person. What another waste of time right?
It all sounds so simple when you say “Oh, I’ll just do it myself and save money” but when you think about these steps and the other 66+, it really is a lot to do. I don’t know about you, but I can certainly think of other ways to spend my time when on a temporary assignment. Call a professional and let them find the perfect furnished apartment for your needs and your budget. Stay tuned for the next post!
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 or www.avenidasuites.com for more information about furnished apartments and travel nurse housing solutions or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.