Unless the circumstances are really dramatic, a person who is being relocated under the sponsorship of their employers or are doing so under their own volition should allow at least three months and preferably six to make sure that the move will go through smoothly.
A lot will depend on the person who is being relocated personal circumstances, in other words, if they are married or single, and if they are married, do they have children. Once the relocation has been decided, there are actually three different stages in their relocation process to be taken care of, and more or less simultaneously.
Stage one of the relocation process.
The person being relocated has to take of their interests in the country in which they are currently living. Depending on the length of time that they will be living abroad, they can decide to either sell or rent a property if they have one, either furnished or unfurnished. If the property is to be sold off, then all the furniture and fittings will have to be disposable or put into storage. The same applies if the property is to be rented unfurnished.
If the family and individual who are being relocated own a private car or even two, they have to decide if they want to sell them or put them in storage. It goes without saying that the issue with the property should be taking care of well in advance, while the cars can wait till as late as possible as there are will be a lot of running around to do.
Stage two of the relocation process.
This stage will involve dealing with both sides of the revocation process. The issue of visas has to be taken care of for all members of the family, as well as any necessary health checks or inoculations. Many people who are being relocated by the company that employs them will retain the same bank account where their salary will be paid into.
At some stage before the actual move, especially in the case of a family with children a reconnaissance sortie should made to the country of relocation, to check out such important issues as housing, education for the children and other social facilities, as well as getting a lie of the land as far as working conditions are concerned.
Stage three of the relocation process
This stage of the process is the actual move. Families who are being relocated will usually bring at least some of their personal effects so that the move will not be too drastic and surroundings unfamiliar. If they have succeeded in finding a place to live during the reconnaissance trip, and they have organised themselves well enough so that a container has already been sent on its way before they left, then the move will be so much smoother. Single people can usually find themselves a pleasant hotel to stay in they find permanent housing.
Companies who relocate their employees will be used to taking some if not all of the responsibility, both financially and morally to make sure that the move goes well and the worker who has been relocated begins the new position with a clear mind
Andy is a blogger and marketer at Walkers specialising in international relocations.