How does this work?
When you need short term housing, you start by submitting a housing request [link] so property owners with availability in your search area can reach out to you. From there, you chat with the property(s) that fit your needs… if one of them is a winner, you work with the property owner directly to secure the unit.
Do you charge the traveler?
Nope. We never charge our travelers a dime.
Is there a minimum stay?
We focus on 30 day minimum stays. Although individual property owners may agree to host you for shorter periods of time, the majority of our stays are for about 95 days.
How do I book a property?
You reach out to the properties you’re interested in and book directly with the property owner when you’re ready. Since you book directly with our owners, there are no mark-ups, extra fees, or commissions which is how we keep housing affordable.
I just submitted a housing request...now what?
Don’t stop there! Search our map to see what’s out there! If you see something you want, don’t wait for them to contact you. Reach out to them directly! Available short-term housing can move pretty quickly...especially the most unique & affordable options.
Why did it ask for my cell phone carrier?
So we can able text alerts. Many travelers, and property owners for that matter, prefer to chat via text because it’s fast and easy to use. You can text STOP anytime to cancel.
I found a place on another site and I want to make sure it’s not a scam. Can you help me?
Absolutely! We want our travelers to be safe and protected no matter where they find furnished housing! Submit a free Owner Verification request, and we’ll shoot you a report that tells you the owner’s name and other property details so you can make the best decision. (doesn’t verify sublets).
What if my assignment cancels and I need to leave early?
This is totally up to the property owner you hook up with as every property is different and so are their policies. Make sure to ask what type of notice is required to submit before you leave (30 days notice is common), and understand their policies about leaving before the term is completed. Every property is different and so are their policies, so be sure to find out these answers before you sign your lease. Tip: if you find out that a property owner requires a 30 day notice, set a calendar item on your phone as a reminder!
Why do we list a small percentage of unfurnished properties on our map?
Some geographies can become impacted at certain times of the year where travel nurses may need to turn to unfurnished properties that rent short term. We want to provide you with all housing options that rent short term, even though turn-key furnished properties are obviously more desirable. We have many furniture rental partners who are willing to help if you find yourself in this position.
Can I report a property?
I’m a travel nurse that rents my primary residence out to other travel nurses when I’m on assignment. Can you hook me up with a free listing?
You bet! We’ll give you a Free Premium listing on our site because of your total awesomeness. Not only are you helping your patients and the communities you serve, but you’re helping other fellow travel nurses find housing when they’re coming to your town to do the same thing. We think that’s pretty cool.
Can I get notified when a traveling professional is coming to my area?
Yes! That’s one of the main benefits of our service. Once you list your property, you’re automatically entered in our network and will begin receiving housing requests that match your listing.
Can I list a room?
Yes! We hear from homeowners around the nation who have an extra room or two, that choose to rent to traveling professionals because they're employed, professional, and predictable as a tenant group. Traveling professionals make great tenants, and rooms are an important part of our traveling professional housing strategy nationwide… especially in high-cost cities.
How is this different than vacation rental or home-sharing sites?
Furnished Finder is heavily concentrated in healthcare, and focuses only on 30 day and greater stays. An average term for this type of traveler is just over 3 months which is very attractive for the traditional vacation rental owner!
Does my property need to be close to a hospital?
We have a high concentration of traveling healthcare professionals, so it’s ideal to be within a reasonable driving distance to a hospital. While on-call healthcare travelers need to be with 15 minutes of their assignment typically, the majority of our travelers work regular shifts and can commute a little further for the right place.
I’m new to this; how should I prepare my unit for a traveling professional?
Traveling professionals are professionals who stay 3 months at a time. They are looking for affordable housing that is clean and safe. Properties on our map need to be all 3 (affordable, clean, & safe) because that’s what our travelers expect.
You can stock the place with a few essentials for them to get started, but they don’t expect housekeeping, fruit-baskets, coffee, or mini-shampoos. All those things are nice (especially the coffee!) but certainly not expected.
Here’s what they want:
All utilities should be included in the rent. Bedding & all linens (two sets are nice!). Kitchenware, bathware, and essential housewares. WIFI is practically a must. If you don’t have it...get it. SmartTV’s in their room are preferred so they can unwind after a lon shift by watching their favorite netflix movie or hulu show. (shows and movies streamed via the internet on a smart tv). Extras include laundry in unit/on site, assigned parking/carport, and pets.
Do travelers ever bring a pet?
Yes. According to our internal polling of a couple hundred traveling professionals, about 1/3 travel with a pet. Travelers with pets expect to pay a reasonable amount of extra deposit because, well... accidents happen. You Do Not have to accept pets to list on our site.
How do I screen the tenant?
With Cozy! Cozy is a partner site who provides free tenant screening for Furnished Finder landlords. You simply create an account and start screening. (Screening fees paid by traveler). More info.
Can I accept online rent payments?
Yes! You can screen tenants and accept online rent payments with our partner site, Cozy! You simply create an account and start accepting payments. (Always free for the Landlord). More info.
Who do I collect rent from?
Most of the time you’ll work with the stipend traveler directly, however sometimes a medical staffing company may be the payer. About 75% of traveling professionals will choose to take the housing stipend and manage housing on their own, but there are still some that prefer that the company manage their housing.
Should I charge a deposit ?
Yes, you need to be comfortable with the person that’s living in your unit, so we always recommend you secure the unit by collecting a refundable security deposit. That said, if you charge too much, it will deter many traveling professionals. The days of requiring first and last month’s rent upfront are gone... the sweet spot is typically 1/3 rent. Charging a one-time cleaning fee (typically $100-$125) typically makes sense as well.
What can I do to make my listing stand out?
Choose the Owner Verification Badge at checkout! Our travelers look for new housing every 2 months and go to great lengths to protect themselves. When you go through the verification process, it gives the traveler that extra reassurance that you are then owner on record with the county and are not currently going through a foreclosure. This badge gives them the assurance that you’ve gone through an extra layer of vetting and can be trusted as a reputable landlord.
Is there a process I need to go through to be approved?
Certainly. We like to have a conversation before you list to make sure your property is right for our traveling professionals, and to ensure we provide the answers you need regarding our service and about renting a furnished property short term. Every listing has to meet our criteria to help ensure accuracy and accord.
What’s involved in listing my property and are there any fees?
Property Owners/Landlords: Once you add your listing on Furnished Finder, you’re eligible to start receiving travelers from us. It’s simply $99 for a 12 month listing. That’s it - just a one-time listing fee which is good for 12 months. We don’t charge commissions or booking fees as you work directly with the traveler...and there are never any markups to the rent.
Hotels/Apartment Complexes: We love our hotel and apartment complex partners as they play a pivotal role in housing our traveling professionals on a larger scale nationwide.
Secure your spot on our map today. It’s just $250 for a 12 month listing.
*All listings are authenticated and are subject to approval by Furnished Finder.
**All listings renew automatically at the end of its term unless user opt’s-out prior to renewal date.
***The frequency of traveling professional tenant leads in your area depend on the hiring patterns of traveling professionals. (There are over 250 travel nursing staffing companies, and about 100,000 traveling professionals in circulation at any time).
What’s your refund policy?
A listing is valid for 12 months after the purchase date, and will automatically renew for a consecutive 12 month term. You are purchasing a FurnishedFinder listing, and there are no refunds for any reason once your listing is created. If your listing was never created, a full refund will be provided upon request. You may opt-out of automatic renewal anytime (under Account in your Dashboard) before your renewal date. Refunds will not be provided after your listing renews for any reason. Listings are not transferrable to another person, but your purchased time may be rolled into another listing owned by the same person.
Can I list my property if it’s unfurnished?
Most of our users prefer furnished properties, but if you’re a complex that rents short-term (month to month or 3 month minimum), we have furniture rental partners that can furnish your unit for the traveler if needed.
What’s the best way to contact the travelers?
Make sure you enable text communication in your dashboard. Don’t limit your communication to just one mode of communication (text, phone, or email); our traveling professionals are either helping patients or on the road, so the more ways you try to reach them, the better your results would be.
Can I list my Hotel or Apartment Complex?
Absolutely. Traveling professionals need as many housing options as possible and frequently rely on Hotels and Apartment Complexes!
How do I secure a tenant?
We recommend using the tenant screening and online rent payment solution from Cozy, a Furnished Finder partner site, followed up with a state-specific month to month lease with a 30-day notice to vacate.
Can I manage my calendar with iCal?
Yes! We’re set up to receive imported iCalendars from Airbnb and VRBO. This feature enables you to have a single-calendar view for all your reservations! Currently, exports are not enabled.
I want to make sure to capture the traveling professionals coming to a nearby city. Can I do that?
Yep! While in your Notification Settings, you can change your notification radius to reflect the area where you’d like to be notified.
Can I make edits to my listing?
Yes. You simply need to be logged in and go to your dashboard. There you’ll be able to do things like update your calendar to show your next availability, adjust your notification preferences, increase/decrease your alert radius, change your rent amount, and update your images.
I don’t want to renew my listing. What do I do?
While you’re logged in, hover over your username and select Account. There you can make major account changes like deleting your listing, canceling a renewal, and updating your credit card information.
I rented my place and don’t want to get notifications for a couple months. How can I update my notification settings?
While you’re logged in, go to your Dashboard, select Edit Listing, then click Notifications.
If I update my calendar to show I don’t have availability for a while, will the listing still be active on the map?
Yes. If you don’t want your listing to display or don’t want to receive traveling professional housing requests for a while, you can make these changes in your Notification Settings.
If I sign up, can I list with other sites as well?
Absolutely! We have no restrictions on where or how you market your property.
What do I do once I receive a traveling professional housing request?
Reach out to the traveling professional via our system, or just plain old email/text/phone... it's totally to you. We recommend mentioning that you received their housing request from Furnished Finder, and that you're a property owner that has space for a traveling professional. It also helps to mention certain aspects of their housing request to jar their memory: "It looks like you're working at Rose Medical starting on the 15th..." This should help the traveler remember that they filled out a housing request form, and set up the conversation for success!