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The “Real” costs/steps in setting up own temporary furnished apartment (part 13)

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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; and now we are talking about the really fun part…setting the place up to live in.

In the last couple of posts, I discussed the steps to finding, ordering and setting up furniture, and getting a washer and dryer rented and delivered so you don’t have to carry your clothes to a Laundromat. So now we are ready to live right? Not so fast…what about the pots, pans, dishes, silverware, linens, towels and all that stuff we sometimes take for granted even in our own homes, but are necessary parts of our lives? You may be asking yourself this question now: “Where in the world am I going to find this stuff all in one package and that someone will rent to me for only 13 weeks?” Well, I would have to tell you that this is a really good question, because I have yet to find a company (and I am in the business) that makes a habit of renting this stuff for that short a period of time, and those that do, often want a hefty premium because several of the items (linens and towels for sure) once returned, will never be able to be rented out again so they will need to be fully replaced. Those that won’t rent for 13 weeks will require a six month minimum lease, which is fine if you are going to be there that long, but very costly if you are not.

Ok so let’s go through the steps that this will take…unless of course, you were to skip this altogether and just call a professional like Travel-Nurse-Housing.com and let the friendly staff there take care of it for you.

Step 50- To find a houseware/linen rental company with reasonable rates and terms is not easy. Most of the rent to own stores, whether they are local or national brands, will charge an arm and a leg for a full package and the stuff is usually the cheapest stuff on the market. You will need to call several companies and price them all out and you will most likely find that most of these 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. You will also need to fill out another (that makes about seven or eight now) credit application and most likely pay a deposit for your package, which means more cash out of your pocket.

Step 51- Let’s say you found a rental 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 housewares are 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 52- Ok, you have successfully completed the previous two steps and have now been in your furnished apartment for about a month and your first bill from the houseware/linen rental company arrives. Once again, you find that the number of bills you have now accumulated and need to pay each month just keeps growing. Just think about all the time you need to spend making sure that each bill is correct, then processing and paying each one every month. Lots of wasted time and we are not even at the end yet…more bills to come!!! Remember, just a single check or even automated billing is all you need when using a professional furnished apartment company to do this for you.

Step 53- What happens if you have an issue with one of the 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 ask about a replacement or repair, and then schedule a time to take the item to the store for an exchange or be there at your apartment for someone to exchange or repair for you, normally during regular business hours, which means now you have lost time at work earning your living. When working with a furnished apartment company, they will take responsibility and have someone there in person for the repair or bring the item to you, and of course they will have a key to the apartment, so no need to be home, which means no worries for you and no time away from work (or pleasure on your day off).

Step 54- Now your stay is nearing completion, you will need to make arrangements to have the housewares and linens 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 to dan@avenidasuites.com.

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The global marketplace makes many demands on workers. Moving to a new city for a month or two is often an expected part of job performance. After a long work day, who wants to spend an hour figuring how to work the cable box? Where is the best grouper dinner, beach hangout or the best wine selection? Is there a kayak launch for a downtown river tour? For Avenida guests, all these small but important details are attended to – help and answers are just a phone call away. Whether they need the name of a gourmet grocery, advice on reputable daycare, or recommendations on the right restaurant for a special occasion, the Avenida guest has no worries. And they know that Avenida proprietors Claudia and Dan Gorman treat every customer as the only guest. How is this possible? It’s possible because a unique story that begins in Brazil and comes together in Tampa, resulting in a relocation service that combines South American hospitality and North American efficiency. The story begins in the mid-90’s when a mutual friend introduced Brazilian native Claudia to Marine Corps sergeant Dan, then stationed in Rio de Janeiro. The couple married and started a family, regularly visiting their favorite vacation spot -Tampa. The family flourished over the next ten years as Claudia’s Brazilian hospitality and people skills made it possible for her to build a successful cleaning business. Meanwhile, Dan became a Marine officer, developing the virtues that would later serve his young business: integrity, adaptability, discipline and commitment to the highest standards. When he left active duty, Dan and Claudia knew one thing: they wanted to move to Tampa. Soon after arriving, they recognized that their unique skills could help others who were temporarily or permanently relocating to the Bay area. And so Avenida was born. Avenida guests enjoy all the benefits that come from working with a locally owned business operated with international sophistication. Each Avenida home comes with a customized welcome book giving in-depth information about goods and services specific to the area. Avenida homes are tastefully decorated for personal appeal and are set-up to the highest standards. This kind of service is what Avenida guests enjoy. Dan and Claudia’s latest focus is providing the absolute best in temporary furnished housing for the Traveling nurse and medical professional. Building upon the experiences of both Dan and Claudia’s personal and professional travels, Travel Nurse Housingcom has been created to cater to the specific individual needs of the traveling nurse. With many customizable options, Travel-Nurse-Housing.com is an easy to use, reliable, and economical way for the nurse staffing company or even individual nurse to book their temporary furnished housing without spending a lot of time and effort looking on their own.

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  1. Cornerstone says:

    This is a fantastic post! You hit every point in detail. There should be more rental stores in my area for furniture.

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