International Relocation | 5 Frequently Asked Questions
With an extensive network of more than 600 affiliates, it’s only natural that we let our individual movers share their knowledge. In this guest contribution, Nuss, an Australia-based removal and relocation company, sheds light on some of the 5 most frequently asked questions in international moving.
International relocation is what follows the decision to move abroad. Although it can mean something different to everyone, most people would agree that it incorporates the acts of packing up your belongings, moving far away from home, and settling into a new home to work, live or relax. If only it was that easy. With international relocation comes a whole host of issues associated with establishing a comfortable, happy lifestyle for you and your family. International relocation services provide you with all the help and support you need to settle into your new home as quickly as possible.
1. What is the difference between removal and relocation services?
Whilst removal services are typically the physical movement of your belongings from one place to another, relocation services are about the support and services you need to settle into your new home in a different country. This includes renting or purchasing a home in a location that is suitable for your lifestyle, cross-cultural and language training, bank accounts, health care, moving pets, and finding your away around. From visa requirements, work permits, and immigration services, to which school your children will attend, there is so much bureaucracy to think about. International relocation services are the solution and movers can usually assist with these services themselves or through global partners and country specialists to advise you and smooth the way.
2. Why should I use relocation service providers for my move abroad?
Moving abroad can be a challenging time. Having an expert that understands your specific needs and the culture of your destination will take away a lot of the strain. A personal relocation consultant will think of the things you may not have considered, like making sure the utilities are connected when you arrive at your new rental property after a long journey. You will have access to expert advice on things such as customs formalities, insurance requirements, house purchasing programs, and local schools.
3. Who benefits the most from relocation services?
Anyone who is not 100% confident of their destination and does not have family and a large support network in place will benefit from relocation services. Companies that are sending employees overseas on work contracts can use relocation services to ensure that each employee is happily settled and ready to start work. Families with children that need help finding a school or college and securing places will benefit, and anyone who doesn’t have an in-depth knowledge of an area and an established home waiting for them. If you don’t speak the language of the country, or you are at all unsure of cultural nuances, it is even more important to seek the services of a relocation expert so that you don’t cause any offence or end up in any kind of uncomfortable situation.
4. How will a relocation consultant help me personally?
First of all, you will normally receive a questionnaire, known as a ‘needs assessment’. A relocation consultant will be allocated to you and will prepare a personalised programme according to what is important to you.
If you do not speak the language, you will probably be advised to obtain some training from an accredited local educator. This can be a simple introductory course or a more advanced or comprehensive language course, according to your needs. Your relocation consultant will get to work finding you the right property, researching the market, arranging temporary accommodation, and can negotiate a rental, furniture and appliances.
When you arrive at your destination, you will receive hands-on advice, guidance, and support, including local knowledge to help you find your way around.
5. How can I find a reliable international relocation service provider?
A great place to find a reliable international relocation service provider is on the FIDI website. The largest alliance of professional international moving and relocation companies, FIDI is an organisation that represents international movers across the globe. With FAIM, they set down rigorous quality standards which every affiliate must comply with, so choosing an international relocation service provider from their website ensures that you are choosing a top-quality company.
By securing a dependable relocation service provider, you can get on with the exciting prospect of relocating to a new country, safe in the knowledge that you have experts to help and support you.