The most exciting and stressful thing that an employee can go through is a change of assignment.
Where will I stay? Will my family settle in well? What do I do about my children’s school?
Relocations are no small matter for companies also. Companies can expect to spend anywhere between $17,000 to $20,000 for people who rent and between $67,000 to $90,000 for those who are homeowners. That number only increases if the employee is sent overseas.
Therefore it is in the best interests of all involved to hire a relocation service to assist in all aspects of the move.
But what can be expected from such a company? Are they really necessary?
In this guide, you will find a clear breakdown of some of the main services provided by relocation service providers.
How Relocations Work
Before we get into relocation companies it’s good to have an idea about the two different types of relocations.
Corporate relocation is when your company will cover and manage a move for you.
Alternatively, you could have a lump sum relocation package to manage the move yourself.
Regardless of which camp you fall into, relocation services should be something that you familiarize yourself with as the benefits are many. Let us consider a few now.
Home Search Assistance
One of the first areas of concern for someone who is relocating is where they will live. If your family is not happy either with your new house or neighborhood this will lead to more stress down the road.
One of the areas a relocation company will shine is by helping you find and settle into your new home.
First, you will speak to a destination service specialist who will take note of your current circumstances and your hopes and expectations. They are also in a position to advise on which parts of town are best for you based on your preferences.
Afterward, they will transmit this information to a home search specialist. With years of experience in the real estate industry, they have local connections with real estate agents in your area of choice.
Once one is assigned to your family, they will want to get on a call with you, asking for more nuanced information to aid them in their search. You must be clear in what you and your family desire, as the more information provided, the more equipped they are to help you.
Then the fun begins!
Instead of you getting on the phone and set up viewings, the home search specialist, using their network of real estate connections, will set up a day of visits for you to go with them. You will only see the best properties that fit your specifications and avoid wasting your precious time.
Once a property is selected either for rental or purchase, the destination service specialist will arrange all the paperwork and handle negotiations, taking the stress out of what can be a very laborious process.
All you need to do is sign on the dotted line!
You will likely need to move to your location before you can find a property. A relocation service company is well equipped to step in and help you in this area also.
In a corporate relocation, your company may give you an allowance of up to 30 days of temporary accommodation. This is normally more than enough time to handle the home search process.
Temporary accommodation can come in the form of a serviced apartment or even a short term lease property if you need it for longer.
Once your arrival is confirmed your destination service specialist will be able to source the best temporary accommodation for you to ensure that all you need to do after you touch down is head to work.
Household Goods Transportation
Even more stressful than searching for a home can be the packing and arranging your goods and moving them from one location to another. The good news is that you do not have to do it at all!
If you want to know what a stress-free move is like, all you need to do is find someone who has used a moving company such as All American Movers and they will tell you what a relief it was to be able to forget about getting all their things from A to B.
Once your destination is confirmed, you will speak to a moving specialist who will ask you specific questions regarding what you have, so they are prepared adequately for your move.
Then it’s onto the big day!
Professional movers are a sight to behold when they are in full swing and move swiftly, but more importantly safely, wrapping up and packing your prized possessions. Once in the trucks, you get the bonus of them unpacking them for you in your new location.
Movers are also vital in office moves, enabling companies to get off to a flying start in their new location.
This is one service that proves to be priceless in a move.
School Search Assistance
Moving with a family means the added burden of uprooting your children from schools that you have carefully selected for them to thrive in. Therefore it is understandable that many parents’ main concern is that the new school that they send their child to is up to, or even better than, the standard that they currently go to.
Fortunately, relocation service providers can often assist in this important area.
Having an in-depth knowledge of the local schools, school search assistance means a specialist will set up school visits, interviews, and assist in the registration of your children.
Spousal Support Assistance
For the employee moving to a new location although the process can be tough to handle, this is aided in no small way by the support found in the office.
This, however, is not the case for trailing spouses. Studies have shown that the largest percentage of failures in a relocation stem from family issues. So providing some sort of support to your partner should be a priority.
This need can be helped greatly by having Spousal Support.
This service will include assistance for your partner to find networking opportunities based on their individual preferences, help to find new work if necessary, and more.
Using a Relocation Service Provider Is the Wisest Decision
We have only scratched the surface of some of the services potentially available for you and your family should you use one. Others can include home sale assistance, tenancy management, and should your move be international, intercultural training to ensure you are prepared for what lies ahead.
As you can see, a relocation service provider, as well as all their associates such as All American Movers, are only concerned about taking the stress out of an already tumultuous time for you and your family.
They also can manage office moves with the same care and ease as they do with personnel.
If you would like to have more information about the moving process and particularly how moving companies can help you please don’t hesitate to contact us.