OK, so I have been talking for a number of weeks now about the real costs of setting up a temporary furnished apartment on your own. I have been outlining this process in painstaking detail and I hope that so far those of you in the market for temporary furnished apartments or housing see the value that using a professional company such as Travel-Nurse-Housing.com brings to the table (time and cost savings-25-50%) for all your temporary housing needs. 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? This post continues our series with steps 27-30 and outlines the set-up of electric service to your furnished apartment or home.
Step 27- Electricity…important aspect of your home right? Of course it is, everything in the home needs electricity to operate, but this is often overlooked when calculating set-up costs. Do you remember the last time you moved and had to pay a stiff deposit just to get the service turned on? Most of us vaguely remember that huge out-of-pocket cost, typically double the average monthly bill for your address location. This usually starts at $150 and can reach more than $300 depending upon how large your apartment/home is. You will most often have to fill out an application and allow the electric company to run a credit check on you as well. By renting a furnished apartment that has already been set-up for you by a professional company, you eliminate the credit check and the huge deposit. Who wouldn’t want to by-pass this step? I know I would!!!
Step 28- Once your electric is turned on, should you ever have a problem, you would need to make a call to the electric company, most often wait on hold for the “next available customer service representative” and then if an appointment is needed, you will need to make yourself available during normal working hours. Who has extra time during “normal working hours” to do that?
Step 29- OK, now that you have been in your temporary home for about a month, you receive your first bill from the electric company, just another one of many that you will be receiving right about this time. Well, 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 don’t know about you, but I have lost count by now. If you had chosen to rent from a corporate housing company, all you would need to remember each month is one check, and often not even that as most companies offer automated billing for you so you don’t even have to remember that one. How nice would that be?
Step 30- 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 electric company, turn off your service, and provide a forwarding address for your deposit to be sent to. Then you will start the process all over again by placing another deposit (more money out of your pocket) and so on down the line of these 66+ steps. 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 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. 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 www.travel-nurse-housing.com or www.avenidasuites.com for more information about furnished apartments and travel nurse housing solutions or email at Dan@travel-nurse-housing.com.