As a travel nurse, you’re faced with so many different decisions – including finding a place to live during your assignment! Consider these six tips when looking for your next home.
Leave the heavy lifting at home! With so many vacation rental sites (such as Airbnb, HomeAway and VRBO) finding a place that’s already furnished is a cinch. Most places offered on these sites also come with utilities and, perhaps, cable and internet already set up. Extended stay hotels, such as Staybridge Suites or Extended Stay America, are also great options.
Keep your options open. Yes, you may have your heart set on a two-bedroom, two-bathroom loft, but playing around with the search options may allow you to find a hidden gem that you would have otherwise missed!
Watch out for the scammers. Many amazing apartments, rooms for rent, and houses can be found through Craigslist. However, be careful as there is no one to guarantee anything at all. (Click here for Craigslist’s tips on avoiding scammers). Never exchange money with a stranger in order to secure an apartment either. Ideally, if you’re going this route, try to arrive a few days early to check the place out. See the next tip.
Read the reviews. Sure, the villa looks cute and brand new in the photos, but reading the reviews will open your eyes on what to really expect! The last thing you want on a new assignment is a surprise. Also, don’t be afraid to ask the owner questions before signing off on anything.
Negotiate a deal. If you’re going with a hotel, ask to speak to a manager and let them know how long you’re planning on staying. Hotels almost always have an unpublished rate for long term stays (more than 30 days). There’s a slim change you might not get anywhere, but it never hurts to ask!
Network! Whether through a group on Facebook or by asking around, you might just happen to know someone who has a place exactly where you’re looking to go. There are dozens of Facebook groups specifically for travelers as well. Who knows, your next travel buddy may be on there looking for you!
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