By Aubrey Schieuer
So, you’ve accepted an assignment and are ready to get into the nitty gritty of living life in another place. After checking out our blog post on the pros and cons of paid, private housing vs. a DIY housing stipend you’ve chosen the tax-free stipend. Great! Here are some tips that will make finding your own place a snap.
When you can’t exactly hop several states away to see things in person, how do you vet a potential place? Reviews, reviews, reviews! There are lots of places to live where real humans like you can post pictures and honest thoughts about their stay. Great places to start include: airbnb VRBO and HomeAway. The nightly rate is almost always higher than a monthly rate, so don’t be scared off by initially high prices.
Don’t want to worry about breakfast? Love exercising with a nearby gym or pool? Consider booking with an extended-stay hotel. Unlike most apartments, the “rent” for a hotel includes utilities like water, gas, electric, and trash that you’d normally have to pay for separately. They often include cleaning services, too. Less work for you!
Unfortunately, rental scams happen all the time. If alarms are going off in your head or something doesn’t feel quite right, trust your gut. Some warning signs of a rental scam are:
Don’t forget about the time spent driving between your home and the hospital! If your assignment includes being on-call, you may need to get to your hospital within 30 minutes of being notified. So it’s important to make sure your home is located close enough to the hospital, with some time to spare in case there’s traffic.
It’s important to check whether the place you’re looking at will have all the comforts of home or if you’ll need to provide your own things. If it comes furnished, make sure the bed is big enough for two if you’re traveling with a partner, see whether a washer and dryer comes standard, and ask what exactly the kitchen includes. If it’s all up to you, check if your assignment city has an IKEA, which sells reasonably priced furniture in flat packs. Otherwise, furniture rental services like CORT and Brook Furniture Rental are great options for a temporary stay.
There you have it! Keep these five things in mind while finding a home on your next travel nurse assignment. And if you have any other questions, be sure to talk to one of our friendly, knowledgeable recruiters. Happy hunting!