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 firstname.lastname@example.org.