How a relocation service works

Moving location for work can bring with it complications. You’ll need to think about all the details involved, from visa applications to housing. However, using a relocation service can take a considerable burden off your shoulders, leaving you with the headspace to focus on your new job or promotion. Read on to discover exactly what is on offer and what else you'll need to consider when moving.

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What a relocation service does

A good relocation service takes all the guesswork out of the complicated process of moving, leaving you to focus on your new job rather than time-consuming logistical issues. These companies offer a variety of services, but generally you can expect them to assist you with visa and immigration paperwork and language tutoring before you move. 

A moving service will also offer assistance with selling your old home and finding new accommodation, whether it’s a short-term rental or a long-term sale. For those relocating with a family, spousal employment assistance and help both registering and settling your children into a new school is often part of the package. When the day to leave arrives, the service will coordinate physical transport of your belongings. 

Financial concerns

Relocation costs may be handled in a variety of ways by your company of choice. Typically, an employer will reimburse you for expenses incurred as part of a relocation package. In this case you'll need to hold on to all receipts for any expenses incurred during the moving process. 

It's important to note that any lump sum payments you receive will be fully taxable as earned income. To offset this cost, negotiate a larger amount to cover the cost of both taxes and expenses. The other option is to request a direct billing arrangement between your employer and the relocation company. 

Negotiating a relocation package

Because you're unlikely to find a relocation service that's ideally suited for every employee, it’s best to negotiate a personalised package. It helps to have a rough estimate of your overall costs before you negotiate. Research your new city to find out more about the cost of living, neighbourhoods, transportation and schools. 

Doing the above means you'll be able to give the company a breakdown of what you’re looking for as part of your relocation package, as well as pointing you towards a moving service that offers tailored services. Be sure to keep updated records of everything, including small details and time frames to avoid any added hassle during the process. 

A good third-party service can prevent stress when relocating. You can find more information about moving abroad in our property insights blogs, and start dreaming of where your career will take you next. 

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