It’s rare to move into temporary housing and hate it.
But, what happens if you know the accommodations will take the joy out of your assignment? Although you’re not stuck, there are some things you should do right away. We also have some suggestions on things to consider for future assignments.
Gather Your Thoughts
Why do you hate your temporary housing? Is there anything about the lodging that you do like, or is the entire arrangement unacceptable? Make a list of exactly what’s wrong. Some serious, deal-breaking factors might include:
- The distance from work
- Inadequate space for you, your family, or your pet
- Your safety
If you hate your temporary housing, speak up. Call your housing specialist right away and be prepared to give details about why the accommodations are unacceptable. Don’t wait until you’re immersed in your work schedule and forget to call.
It’s possible that some of the things you don’t like about the housing can be fixed. For example, if certain home furnishings or small appliances were discussed during your initial conversation and were not provided, it is possible arrangements can be made to deliver them. If the housing issues cannot be resolved, give the housing specialist a reasonable amount of time to find lodging that meets your needs.
Be Proactive for the Future
If you hate your travel housing and need to move, learn from the experience. There are some things you can do in advance of your next assignment to help prevent recurring issues.
- Make a list of your requirements and preferences for travel housing, and give it to your housing specialist.
- Have reasonable and realistic expectations. Depending on the location of your assignment, all of your preferences might not be met, but your housing specialist will fulfill as many of your requests as possible.
- Consider your option to receive a stipend and find your own accommodations. Remember to factor in the time you’ll need to search for housing, as well as additional expenses, such as utilities, that might not be included in the monthly rent.
At Cross Country Allied, our comprehensive database of travel housing options across the country helps us quickly identify lodging that meets your needs. Our housing specialists work closely with you to understand your preferences and provide you with the right accommodations. Contact our team today, or apply now to get started!