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Travel Nurse Housing – The “Real” costs and steps to set up temporary housing (Part 6)


As a traveling 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.

traveling nurse wating for appointmentAs 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 phone service, should you need it, especially if you will also need to do office work or need a fax machine at your home. For this there are 5 steps, which are steps 17-21 in our series:

Step 17- For local phone service, you will need to contact a service provider, fill out a credit application, pay set-up fees and possibly a deposit… and you will most likely need to agree to a long term deal to get the best rates…or pay a short term premium which could be several more dollars per month. All said and done you could be out as much as $75 to $150 in upfront set-up costs and another $45-$65 per month for the service.

Step 18- When setting up your own furnished apartment, you will have to be physically present during set-up / installation of your phone service. Most companies will give you a window of time, usually four hours, rather than a specific time for an appointment, and will often times run late, which means just to get your phone installed will cost you in the very least a half day and could cost a full day of your time. Wouldn’t you rather be doing something else with all that time?

Step 19- Ok, so now you have phone service and a month has gone by and you come home from a hard day at work, check your mail, and find the phone bill. Well of course the bill needs to be paid so more time and energy you need to spend to write a check, put it in the envelope, put a stamp on it..but, oh wait, you just ran out of stamps, so now you have to go buy some more!!! Then you have to put it in the mail. Wow, how much effort did all that take… and just think, you get to do this all over again each month you are there!

Step 20- Now, one evening you come home and the phone is not working, what do you need to do. First of all, you will have to call customer service… and we all know how fun and usually time consuming that is right? After you finally get to talk to someone, they tell you they can’t fix the problem and will need to send a technician out to see what is wrong. Well there goes another half a day gone!!!

Step 21- Ok so now you have local phone service, but does it include long distance service? If not, there is another bill you may have to pay, to a long distance provider… and extra costs if you call long distance as well, which you most likely will since you will not be from the local area and will need to reach out to family, friends, and the home office. More costs, and more bills to pay!!!

I think now that you are getting the idea that doing all this on your own is really more hassle and more costly than using a professional temporary furnished apartment provider. By securing a relationship with a temporary housing company, you will be relieved of the headaches as well as the financial burdens associated with doing it alone. For housing coordinators, your life will be much easier as well by making one phone call instead of potentially hundreds for each new location you need.

Dan Gorman is a Certified Corporate Housing Professional member and an expert in the field of furnished housing for traveling nurses. Please visit for more information about travel nurse housing solutions and locations 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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