Planning the details of a job relocation is an important part of the moving process. It’s easy to get caught in a moving mishap when there are so many things to think about! Whether you’re planning your own personal move, or you’re an employer working out the best relocation plan for your employees, here are a few common moving mistakes to keep in mind.
Damaging furniture and other household items. Asking for help with the moving and packing process is one of the best ways to streamline your move. During a move, it’s extremely important to hire a reputable moving and packing company to avoid damage to items. You’ll save yourself time and heartbreak by choosing trustworthy movers who know how to expertly pack difficult-to-move, heavy, and fragile items.
Neglecting organization and decluttering. Give yourself, or your employee, enough lead time to properly prepare and organize your items whenever possible. It’s no fun, and very stressful, to find yourself packing useless things at the last minute that you had intended to donate. Find an organizational method for packing that works for you, start early, and declutter as you go to make your moving day as stress-free as possible–you might even save a little on packing and moving costs by moving less stuff.
Forgetting about child or pet care. Planning around kids and animals doesn’t have to be difficult, but it’s easy to forget. Realizing this detail has been missed on the day of the move is no fun. It can cost time, worry, and extra stress. Nanny services, pet care, and even pet transport can be arranged with a bit of planning, if you or your employees need extra support.
Not scheduling utilities to be turned on. Moving into a home without electricity in the middle of the summer can be a nightmarish experience. It can be difficult to choose and schedule things like electric, cable, and gas, but they’re all important steps in the process. Make sure you add them to the checklist for you or your employee’s next relocation.
At Gillian Cunningham Realty, we do our best to make relocation simpler. We provide transition and integration services to help with finding a home, nanny and pet care, move management assistance, identifying a great community, and more. Call us today to find out how we can support you or your employees during the relocation process.
(Article by Gillian Cunningham of Gillian Cunningham Realty Group. For more Real Estate Tips, visit www.GillianCunningham.com or AskGillianCunningham on Instagram and Facebook.)
Employees may be hesitant to move for all kinds of reasons. Leaving a home can be a difficult thing to do, especially for employees with families. Here are a few of the major relocation challenges your employee may face as they consider their next move.
Their family may struggle with relocation. Partners may need to find a new job and children will need to make new friends. Sometimes employees may be unable or unwilling to move away from family or children, as in the case of shared custody. Supporting your employee with a transition plan can help make the struggles their family faces easier.
Compensation may not be enough. Considering all the factors, your employee may be concerned that their compensation may not be enough to maintain their current lifestyle after they move. This can be due to general cost-of-living increases, the loss of a partner’s income, or a significant change in the cost of education or childcare. It’s important to plan for these changes as you make policy decisions around relocating your employees.
There’s no plan for packing and moving. It can be expensive to hire movers and packers, and moving without professional help can be a monumental task. Employees who do not have support in the packing and moving process may struggle to manage the details alone. Ideally, the moving process should begin 3-6 months ahead of the planned relocation but at least 2 weeks should be allowed to ensure movers can be scheduled.
Finding a new home can be difficult. Identifying the right location in a new city is a hard thing to do. Without support, employees can feel as though they are simply making their best guess. It’s important for employees to feel as though they can identify great housing in an area that fits their needs and lifestyle.
At Gillian Cunningham Realty we want to help you make the relocation process as smooth as possible for your employees. Through our concierge services, we can simplify the process of finding the right place to live while providing integration assistance and streamlining access to movers, nanny services, youth activities, and more. We’re here to help support your employees during their whole relocation, through planning, purchasing, and settling into their new home.