5 Tips on Arranging Temporary Housing While on Your Travel Assignment

by Howard Gerber on April 1, 2019

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Working on a travel assignment can offer great rewards, such as a hefty paycheck, a new experience, and a chance to see and explore a new part of the country. But to truly enjoy your travel assignment experience, you need a safe, affordable and clean place to stay—and finding acceptable furnished housing for several weeks or months at a time can be challenging.

If you’ve ever resorted to living in a bug-infested apartment or a hotel room in an unsafe neighborhood for a travel stint, you know firsthand that your living conditions can affect your stress level, as well as your productivity at work. But when you have a place that allows you to truly relax and recharge without worrying about crime or filth, you can do a better job at work and more fully enjoy your experience in a new city.

To find the temporary housing that will allow you to be at your best in your next travel assignment, consider these five tips.

Take control

Some travel assignments, such as those for nursing or allied health positions, offer a housing coordinator that will secure housing for you during your stay. Those who opt out of this service are offered a housing stipend, which is a monthly amount to pay for housing and varies based on the location and the company.

It may be easier to rely on the housing coordinator to handle housing for you, but if you have the time and energy to locate your own housing, you may be able to put extra money in your pocket. That’s because it’s common to find housing available at a lower rate than the stipend amount, which means you get to pocket the difference. You may also enjoy the assignment more, as you’re able to choose exactly where you want to live and the amenities you want nearby.

Start early 

As soon as you’ve accepted a new travel assignment, start looking for a place to stay. The earlier you secure housing, the less you’ll have to worry about it. If you’re going to a smaller city that doesn’t have as much housing available, or a larger city with higher rents or lower vacancy rates, it may take you longer to find acceptable digs. So don’t procrastinate the housing selection process.

Work your network

As a traveling professional, you’ve likely developed relationships with numerous people across the country along the way—and some of them may be able to help you find your next crash pad. Think about friends from college or from other travel assignments: Do any of them live in or near the area where you’re going? Might they recommend a good place to stay or even have a friend or family member with a place available to rent?

Consider using your social media accounts to ask discreetly if any of your connections know of temporary housing available in a certain location—you don’t want to post too many details about where you’ll be staying, but you can use social media to get a conversation started and then take the conversation offline if someone has information that can help you.

Mine online resources

Aside from your personal connections, you can probably find apartments, condos or houses for rent in your area through an online search. Sites like Craigslist are sometimes helpful, but they are also frequent destinations for scammers, so tread carefully.

Since you’ll likely only need a place for a few months—rather than a traditional 12-month lease—better options may be vacation rental sites such as VRBO, HomeAway and Airbnb. The properties listed on these sites have been vetted and are fully furnished. However, some owners may not be interested in long-term tenants, so you may have to try several properties before you find one that works. Also, look at similar sites that are geared specifically for travel nurses and other travel professionals, such as Furnished Finder. These sites feature properties whose owners are targeting professionals like you, so they may be an ideal fit.

Don’t overlook hotels 

While an apartment, condo or house may feel a little more like home, in some cases, an extended stay hotel furnished for corporate travelers may be your best housing option. You’ll probably want to live close to your workplace, and if there are no other short-term rentals close by, an extended stay hotel can do the trick. A unique place full of character may be what you really want, but the bottom line is that a clean, safe and affordable furnished hotel room may be all you really need.

 

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