As a travelling nurse or medical professional you are away from home quite often and usually for long periods of time and moving comes with many things to do…including usually the most important…finding 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.
The very first thing someone needs to find is an apartment. There are 16 steps involved just in locating and securing an apartment that will rent to you on a short term basis. The last few posts I talked about the steps 1-12, here are steps 13-16:
Step 13- When you have a solid date for departure, you will need to remember to give a 30-60 day notice to vacate depending on the community requirements which means that if you forget you will still be responsible for rent payments up until the notice terms have been met. A professional company who understands the need for flexibility will most often have clauses in their agreements that address the special travel requirements many of you face each time you make a new commitment for a temporary staffing assignment which can help you avoid additional costs if you need to leave a few days early or stay a few extra days.
Step 14- If you are renting an apartment on your own, most will not allow you to pay via a credit card and most will require that you have been employed locally for at least six months. With the typical assignment being only 13 weeks, this is next to impossible. With a professional company you can use your rewards credit card and earn valuable points for a future vacation and will not need to meet the local employment restrictions most communities place in their leasing requirements.
Step 15- When it comes time to move out and get to your next assignment or back home, you will need to be available for pick-up of all the furniture, house wares, and appliances you have rented on your own, as well as make trips to turn in cable TV boxes and remember to turn in disconnect notices for all your utilities as well as pay all your final bills associated with each of these different items. You will also need to thoroughly clean the apartment. When working with a company like travel-nurse-housing.com, all you need to do is gather your personal belongings on the last day of occupancy and leave the keys in the apartment…which means we take care of all these things for you allowing you to get on to your next assignment worry and hassle free!
Step 16- Upon move-out you will also need to have the apartment inspected AND pass the inspection for damage and cleanliness before you may receive a refund for the substantial deposit you most likely paid up front. A professional company will take care of this for you, and in most cases, you never placed a deposit, which means one less hassle and worry and no cash tied up for long periods of time in the form of deposits.
As you can clearly see now just through the first 16 of the 60+ steps to doing it on your own, there is a lot of time commitment that you probably don’t have. By securing a relationship with a temporary 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.