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Travel Nurse Housing – The “Real” costs and steps to set up temporary housing (Part 7)


As a travelling nurse or medical professional one of your most important things to do each time you move is find 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, you not only save the incredible time but also a significant cost (25-50%) when compared to doing it yourself. 

As I have been writing this series now for a couple of months we are finally past the apartment stage, and now are moving into the many steps it takes to set up utilities, furnishings, and such. This post will be about setting up cable service, which for most people these days is a necessity. For this there are 5 steps (22-26) in our series: 

Step 22- Ok, so you want cable TV right?  Of course you do, which means another companytravel nurse holding an old TV to call, get approved for service, pay set-up / installations fees, and more time out of your busy schedule that is forever gone!  By the time this step is complete, you have spent at least a couple more hours of your precious time.

Step 23- Once you get the appointment set up, you will need to make more time out of your busy day to be there for the installation. Time again that you probably don’t have and even more time that is gone forever!

Step 24- So now you have been enjoying your cable TV for a month and the first bill comes in the mail.  Oh, boy, not another bill to pay!  But of course, since you did this all on your own, you need to take the time now to write a check and get it put in the mail so you can continue to enjoy your favorite TV shows.  More time spent that you would not have to worry about if you had used a company to do it all for you.

Step 25- What happens now if you come home and something is wrong with your service?  Well, if you used a professional company, one quick phone call to them and they take care of the rest, but of course, since you elected to do it on your own, you will now need to spend more of your valuable time to call the cable company’s customer service department, wait for someone to pick up, possibly trouble shoot on the phone, and if that does not work, schedule an appointment and of course be there when they show up, which means most likely another half a day gone that you could be doing something else, like working or relaxing.

Step 26- Now your stay is complete and you are ready to leave and move on to your next assignment, you will need to remember to call the cable company, turn off your service, and then return the equipment to the local office.  Who wants to do all that when you are focused on getting out of there and on to your next assignment?

It all sounds so simple when you think about setting up new service, but when you really factor all the time involved for each step; 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. By securing a relationship with a temporary housing company, you will be able to do just that.  For housing coordinators, your life will be much easier as well by making one phone call instead of several dozen for each new location you need.  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 or for more information about furnished apartments and travel nurse housing solutions or email at

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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, 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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