Moving to another city or abroad is not preparing for the last minute. Expatriating is a whole organization! And it is as much to say that the steps are numerous and sometimes quite long. So, to relax with all these formalities, you can delegate some of it by using a relocation agency.
Relocation: what is it?
Relocation does not only mean renting or “re-renting” a new apartment during a professional expatriation or on his return from expatriation, it is much more complete. A move to an unknown city, especially abroad, can be a great source of stress. Leaving alone is already difficult, but when you board with your spouse and children, the list of tasks to do to properly organize your departure and arrival is sometimes complicated. Fortunately, relocation agencies are there to help. Their goal? Relocating expatriates and expatriates to their new environment by assisting them in a global daily situation to enable them to approach their life change as peacefully as possible.
Finding a home: the first objective of the relocation agency
The first vocation of a relocation agency is obviously to find accommodation for people in situations of expatriation or professional impatriation. After collecting your requirements and criteria, she takes care of looking for you the appropriate house or furnished apartment thanks to her network of contacts on site. She will then offer you a selection of goods to visit. However, it is often difficult, due to lack of time or when moving to the other side of the world, to multiply the round trips to make the visits. It is therefore not always possible to move into your permanent home as soon as you arrive.
But no problem, the relocation agency will then find you a furnished apartment for a short or medium term rental while continuing to accompany you in the search for your final accommodation or apartment. In addition, staying in a temporary furnished apartment allows you to discover the city and choose the best area where you want to live afterwards. Finally, be aware that some agencies may also be responsible for renting or selling your starting property if necessary.
The other roles of relocation agencies
In general, it is companies that use relocation agencies to help employees in their professional mobility, but can use them yourself for more personalized care. Managing expatriates is often complicated for companies. Extendeez® is an international mobility management and relocation software. In particular, it allows the centralization of information for all expatriates, and a significant time saving for the mobility manager. In addition, it ensures the safety of expatriates.
Beyond the search for the perfect place to live, when you leave a city or country, there is much to do.
Your relocation agency will then take care of essential administrative procedures such as applying for visas, work permits, social security, opening a bank account if you are abroad, insurance… She can also advise you on the taxation of the country or for the search for a car or a school for children. At the time of moving and moving in, she can also find and manage the movers, cancel the contracts of your old home and take out the new ones from the suppliers of water, electricity, gas or internet subscriptions, telephone, etc.
The services offered vary according to each agency. Some will really pamper you. They can, for example, help your spouse in his or her efforts to find a job on the spot, offer you language courses, etc. Their role is to make every effort to facilitate your integration into your new city or country of residence.
Going through a relocation agency: a guarantee of tranquillity?
Whether you are an expatriate or an expatriate, getting help from a relocation agency to better manage your professional mobility undoubtedly saves time, serenity and money. Indeed, by not having to spend hours visiting apartments, carrying out a plethora of administrative procedures or spending fortunes in hotel rooms with a furnished apartment as soon as you arrive, you can integrate into your new environment more easily and be up and running quickly. The relocation agency will be able to rely on The MagicStay teams to search for your temporary furnished apartment, in Paris, London or elsewhere.
How do you choose your agency?
Before you rush to any one, be sure to check it out. What services are available? Has she ever organized expatriations in the country in which you are leaving? If the agency is content with finding apartments and some administrative steps, go your way! The aim is to benefit from full support. A relocation agency should be a shoulder on which to rest.
How much does it cost?
Their rates vary widely and the score can quickly increase depending on the services requested. It is best to ask for a quote before you commit to one of them.