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Finding housing as a traveling therapist or travel nurse can be a considerable challenge. Believe it or not, as a blogger, I am constantly inundated with requests from housing hosts who find it just as challenging to find travel therapists or nurses to fill their spaces. They are wondering about the best way to reach the traveler community and what appeals to traveling healthcare professionals when it comes to finding a place to live. Hosting traveling healthcare professionals can be a lucrative way to utilize extra space in your home and is a great market.
While I don’t necessarily consider myself an expert in the field of rentals, I am happy to share my advice from years of traveling and talking to other travelers.
List on Airbnb
Airbnb is truly the go-to website for most people when they are looking to book housing. Since Airbnb started growing and expanding their reach in the early 2010’s, this has been my preferred site to search and locate apartments. I honestly wish that every single housing host who wants to host travel therapists would put their listing on Airbnb. It would save everybody so much time!
A common misconception about Airbnb is that it is only for nightly or weekly stays. This is false. You can list your space long term on Airbnb. Airbnb even has a sublet section which highlights longer term listings, from two weeks to six months. You don’t have to handle requests for short-term guests, and you can block off months at time. To set up your listing for longer guests, in the host portion of your account you can set your minimum stay time to 31 days or even 90 days, and set a monthly price. The traveler will be charged for a month’s stay when they make the reservation, and then subsequently be charged monthly moving forward. Host on Airbnb!
Fully Furnished with Basic Homegoods
What is the style of traveling therapists and traveling nurses? What do they want in a home and home decor? These are questions you may be asking yourself as you work to outfit your home to appeal to traveling healthcare professionals.
I was once at a traveling healthcare conference and spoke to a complete industry novice who knew nothing about traveling healthcare professionals. He described the people he saw at the conference as “Modern day hippies who are looking to travel and live easy. You don’t want a lot of stuff, just the basics.” I find this description to be helpful when thinking about design and aesthetics for travelers. We are more minimalistic and basic in our needs, wants, and travel necessities.
Overwhelmingly, I recommend that hosts provide spaces that are fully-furnished, with basic home goods. As mentioned above, travelers, as a group, tend to be more minimalistic. Travelers are not going to be searching for the most up-to-date electronics, or an overabundance of stuff. They may also come bearing some of their own home goods and basic accessories, which can make it easier for you, as the host. The takeaway for outfitting your home is to make sure it has the essentials. Have a clean effective living space that is turn-key ready.
Private Space or Private Bathroom
You may be thinking about the layout and design of your home, and how it is compatible with hosting travelers. Perhaps you are renovating a home or basement space to list. First and foremost, most travelers tend to look for a private space. This would include a private apartment or in-law suite/casita with separate entrance. If affordable private accommodation is not in the market, then more people branch out into looking for shared accommodations with roommates.
In a roommate situation, a private bathroom is going to be far more appealing than a shared bathroom. If you have shared accommodations and can configure your house to offer a private bathroom, that is definitely more appealing than shared. Lastly, a shared apartment with shared bathroom would be attractive at the right price and location!
Make House Rules Concise & Clear Upfront
We don’t want a lawless society, and I understand the need for rules. Especially ones that may affect the cleanliness of your home, like smoking and pets. Make sure that you have made those rules clear upfront. Also, please limit unnecessary rules. I’ve met hosts who have curfews for when travelers can enter/exit the house and a strict no guest/no bringing another person into the home with you policy. Also, I’ve seen time restrictions on when travelers can use shared rooms of the house, like the kitchen, during the day.
It’s your house, so obviously your rules. Just know the more rules you have, the fewer guests you’ll find who may agree to your terms. I have kindly passed on staying with hosts who have a million rules. Travel therapists are here for an extended amount of time. They want to feel as at home in your home as you do. Also, if the rules are not clear up front, you may also have unhappy travelers who could leave potentially bad reviews. Set your rules, and expectations, clear in your housing advertisement. Then, you can host a guest who matches your needs.
Introduce The Traveler To Your Hometown
When a traveler comes to stay with you, they might be completely new to your area. Make them feel at home by introducing them to some of the “must see” spots in your town. You could make a list, or brochure, of your favorite places that you could print out or send them in an email. Or, just be available to answer questions and give them your favorite recommendations. Making a traveler feel at home can help ease the traveler’s mind about being in a new place, and it can give you a chance to help them get adjusted to their new surroundings.
Hosting traveling therapists is a great way to make income off of extra space in your home. Hopefully, these tips have helped you understand how to create and market space for traveling therapists! Best of luck with your housing endeavors!