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Ask These Questions Before Finalizing Your Housing

Temporary housing is one of the more important things to line up before starting a travel assignment. Here are some things to keep in mind when deciding on a temporary residence.

As an overall rule, always explain who you are and why you require short-term housing. Explaining that you are a medical professional coming to town to help the community for a short-term assignment will assure them that you are legitimate, paid well, and they are not likely to run into issues during your stay.

Extended stay motels/hotels

Motels and hotels that offer extended stay rates are two of the more traditional avenues for short-term room and board. They often offer free Wi-Fi and other perks that lend to the “convenience of home.” Some questions you should ask:

  • Does the facility offer weekly or monthly rates?
  • Is there a tax credit after 30 days of stay?
  • Do the rooms include a full-size kitchen or kitchenette?
  • If you travel with a pet, is the facility pet friendly? Any extra costs or clean-up fees?
  • What is the check-in/check-out policy?
  • What is the cancellation policy?
  • What is the cleaning policy?
  • What types of amenities are available? Gym, laundry, complimentary breakfast?
  • Always try and negotiate the rates. Ask, “What is the best rate you can give me?”

Short-term apartment/house rentals

Most towns will have apartment complexes where you may negotiate a short-term lease, or rental properties that you can rent on a month-to-month basis. Some questions you should ask:

  • Is a short-term lease or month-to-month available?
  • What if I need to break my lease?
  • What utilities/amenities are included in the rent? (water, cable, etc.)
  • Is the property furnished?
  • If not, do they have a preferred rental furniture referral?
  • Do I need to bring my own linens and house wares?
  • What is the deposit and is it refundable?
  • If you travel with a pet, are pets allowed inside the rental? Any extra costs or clean-up fees?
  • Always try and negotiate the rates. Ask, “What is the best rate you can give me?”

 

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