Now that you have arrived at your housing you may find yourself in a hurry to move in and go explore your new city and get ready for your assignment. But first there are a few things you need to take care of.
If you are working with a good travel nursing company, you should have little trouble with your housing, but there can still be surprises. So before you start unpacking all your stuff and hitting the town there are a few things you need to handle first.
- Hopefully you have already arranged this with your recruiter at this point, but it is important to arrive a couple of days early, if not more, to your housing. This will give you time to handle all of the items listed next and relax and get acclimated before the assignment starts.
- Before you leave for your assignment be sure to print out your move-in instructions and have made arrangements with the apartment office to pick up your keys and be shown to the apartment.
- If you think you may be arriving after normal business hours for some reason make sure you have an emergency phone number as well.
- Save all important names and numbers in your cell phone (recruiter, housing coordinator, leasing agent, etc.) so you can easily make any calls you may need. Also include your assignment manager’s number in case there is some housing issue that will prevent you from making it to the first day of your assignment on time.
- Make sure that the housing lives up to what was described to you by your travel nursing company. You want to make sure that you feel safe and that the living conditions are clean and comfortable.
- Check to see that all items promised by your company are there, such as kitchen items, furniture and bedding.
- Conduct a walk through the apartment and write down and photograph any pre-exisisting damages you see. You want to make sure to avoid paying damage fees when you move out for something that was there before you moved in. Call your housing coordinator with this list right away so they can communicate it to the landlord.
- Do a quick run through to ensure that your basic utilities are turned on and working. You don’t want to move in and make yourself comfortable only to find there is no plumbing.
- If there are any utilities not working call your recruiter or housing coordinator right away so they can get things turned on for you. They are normally on call 24 hours a day in emergency situations and should be able to handle any situations for you quickly.
- If after these steps you feel that the housing is just not safe for you to stay in contact your recruiter before you take possession of the apartment.
- Once you are checked in call your recruiter and let them know that everything looks good.
When all that is done you can start unpacking. Stay tuned for the next Travel Nursing Checklist post for tips on that.