Series: Travel Nurses

Where to Find Travel Nurse Furnished Housing

Posted on Nov 6, 2019

Travel nursing comes with a unique set of challenges and hurdles. Not only are you expected to exceed at your job—performing rounds, working side-by-side with medical professionals, and keeping patients alive—but you’re also faced with all the hassles of regular traveling. Everything from flight itineraries to buses and train schedules to temporary housing are constantly on your radar.

The hectic and fast-paced nature of this career is probably one of the reasons why you chose travel nursing as an occupation. But that doesn’t mean you love every aspect of your job. When it comes to housing, there’s the neighborhood to consider, finding a short-term month-to-month lease, making sure it fits your schedule and budget, and of course, inspecting it to make sure it meets your standards.

Wouldn’t it be nice if temporary housing could be one less thing you had to worry about?

It can be. Enter furnished housing. Below, you’ll find all the top tips and tricks for finding furnished rentals for your next nursing destination.

Tip 1 – The Extended-Stay Solution

When you’re away for 3-6 months at a time for a nursing assignment, it can be helpful to set up a home away from home. But for this, you need furnishings. You need a bed and a couch, a coffee table and a cozy rug, some decorations—framed pictures and potted plants—to make it feel like home—and everything you need to keep a house running, from silverware to cleaning supplies.

You need a furnished place that offers a short-term lease.

The best-case scenario would be if a family could just conveniently leave for the 17 weeks you are scheduled to work at the nearby hospital. That way, you can just slip in, enjoy all the amenities of a home, and then check out when you’re done.

In a way, Zeus Living offers exactly that. With furnished neighborhood homes throughout major metropolitan areas—think, SF, LA, Seattle, D.C., NY, and Boston—Zeus offers you your own furnished home for stays of a month or longer in just a few clicks. Every Zeus furnished home that has:

  • Quality-Control – Every room comes previously inspected by qualified personnel, furnished for your convenience, and confirmed comfortable with all the utilities.
  • Provisions You Want – WiFi, soft linens, extra toiletries, kitchenware, stylish furniture—the provisions you need to feel at home will be there before you arrive.
  • Transparency and Flexibility – Every renter should know exactly what they’re getting upfront. With Zeus, you do. That includes transparent pricing and flexible dates that fit your schedule for your upcoming travel assignment.

At one time, this type of convenience was only available as corporate housing. Zeus was born to help businesses and individuals in need of temporary housing that feels like home. Instead of staying in an impersonal hotel room, you can stay with Zeus for an intimate living situation as a more affordable alternative.

It’s a service that’s great for everyone—especially travel nurses and healthcare professionals on the go.

Tip 2 – The Too-Good-To-Be-True Offer

This tip is a warning sign: If it seems too good to be true, it’s probably a scam. But what does this mean? What are some of the tricks that lurk behind seemingly innocent pictures on the Craigslist ad you’re looking at?

  • The Pay-to-Play Trick – This trick becomes obvious when a spot is “highly-contested” and you need to put down a deposit just to have a chance at securing the rental. If you receive a message anywhere along these lines, sound the alarm, burn the email chain, and head for the hills because this spot is going to spell trouble.
    • How is this a trick? No respectable housing manager would make you pay upfront just to see the apartment, house, or rental. It’s not how the industry works and that's just simply not how property managers or landlords are expected to behave.
  • Cell Reception Is Poor – If the landlord just happens to be traveling up in the mountains where there’s poor cell reception, don’t bother. Many scams come from remote servers where the goal is to get as many deposits or down payments as possible before they get kicked off whatever platform they’re using.
    • How is this a trick? Most scammers are using scripted responses, and by requesting a call, you subvert that. It’s always good practice to set up a call with the housing manager—this can help glean insight into the person on the other side of the screen providing the housing options.
  • There’s a Newly-Wed Couple Who Wants Privacy – The trick here is that there’s some reason why you can’t inspect the place prior to the move-in date. Maybe there are newlyweds in the home for their honeymoon. Maybe the previous renter likes his or her privacy. Either way, you can’t come inspect the place because that wouldn’t be fair to the current tenant. Oh… and by the way… The place is hotly contested, so you should still start all the necessary paperwork before taking a look at the floor plan.
    • How is this a trick? This trick is similar to the Pay-to-Play Trick, because property managers understand that tenants are legally allowed to inspect the place prior to paying for it. If someone says you can’t physically see the place, don’t sign any lease or send any money for a security deposit.

It’s alarming to hear, but the number of scams on sites like Craigslist are relatively high, and entrapments are becoming more and more complex. This is yet another reason to use a service like the one set up by Zeus—where every apartment goes through a certified inspection process.

Tip 3 – Know the Market Value

One way to avoid a lot of the scams listed above is to understand the market value of the area. Often these devilish tricks come with an apartment or home that looks like a fantastic deal to travelers.

Great housing deals, especially for furnished places, do exist, but knowing the market value allows you to see right through the “exceptionally priced” scam. As a relatively quick way to understand the market, explore a few different housing sites and create a spreadsheet that takes into account:

  • Square footage
  • Number of bedrooms and bathrooms
  • Accommodations and utilities
  • Overall price

There are plenty of more factors that go into the price of a home. However, just by creating a quick spreadsheet and accounting for a few variables you can get a general sense of what may be the most reasonable prospect in terms of housing options for a short-term lease. That way, when you find something with twice the square footage at half the price you can avoid wasting your time and move onto the next option.

Tip 4 – Extended-Stay Hotels

A place that’s always conveniently furnished (and regularly cleaned) is a hotel. Long-term stay hotels are typically out of the question due to the price. However, hotels can be a great option for traveling nurses in certain situations.

  • Short-term contracts for rapid-response travel nurses – Travel nurses typically fall under one of three categories: traditional travel nurses, rapid-response travel nurses, or strike nurses. Rapid-response travel nurses work assignments that are short (roughly between 2-8 weeks long). These are hospitals that need additional nurses present within a matter of days. This usually comes with a high weekly salary that can afford the cost of a 3-4 week stay at a hotel.
  • Hotels accommodate lower price points for longer stays – Though it’s often a shot in the dark, some hotels still offer discount pricing for extended stays. For this option, it’s best to have a personal cut-off rate: a rate you won’t pay more than. This can help you quickly run through the 15-20 hotels near your hospital to make finding housing easier.

The major downside of a long-term hotel stay is that the impersonal feel might creep in after the first week or so. Sure, staying in a hotel is always exciting. Every day you come back from work to fresh sheets, and the tiny bottles of shampoo are adorable. But eventually, the feeling of not being in a “Home home” can start to weigh on you.

Tip 5 – Checking Out Furnished Apartments Beforehand

It’s no secret that locals in the area have the inside scoop on the best places to live. Thus, many travel nurses find it helpful to arrive a week before their job is intended to start and scope the area before deciding on a place. You may want to check out where the nearest grocery stores are, if there is a fitness center in the area, or whether there are any cafes and restaurants walking distance from your new home away from home.

Being here early, you can have plenty of apartment showings scheduled for the day you arrive. This gives you a comfortable amount of time to really decide where you want the next 3-6 months of your life to be.

Tip 6 – Talk With Your Representative at Your Travel Nurse Agency

Most travel nurses are contracted under a travel nurse agency. The agency helps to simplify their lives by assisting with everything from housing to finding assignments to taxes (without an agency, travel nurses would need to file taxes as a contractor every 3 months).

Your representative has probably fielded every question imaginable from other nurses, and how to find comfortable travel nurse lodging that comes furnished probably ranks among the most common. Apart from having a well of resources to pull from, depending on your agency and representative, they might help with your efforts to find the perfect furnished apartment.

Travel Nurse Furnished Housing is a Must

As a nurse, you have to be prepared to face every emergency situation in the medical arsenal. As a traveling nurse, you have to do this and find travel nurse accommodations for every assignment. That includes packing every 2-6 months, traveling to a new city, and finding accommodations that make your life easier.

Let Zeus Living be your travel nurse temporary housing finder and take one of your biggest headaches off your plate.

Sources:

Apartment Therapy. 8 Things on a Craigslist Listing That Shout “Scam!” https://www.apartmenttherapy.com/craigslist-scam-red-flags-260563
The Gypsy Nurse. What is Rapid Response Travel Nursing? https://www.thegypsynurse.com/blog/rapid-response-travel-nursing/

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