Excited for the new opportunity? Nervous about how your family will adjust? Overwhelmed with the thought of starting over in a new community?
These emotions are completely natural, and likely heightened if you aren't receiving relocation assistance through your employer. If you're relocating on your own, or your employer doesn't have a formalized program, you should search for a real estate brokerage in the new area that offers relocation assistance. You need to partner with someone that will hold your hand throughout the entire process. You need a relocation counselor.
Your goal is to become well educated on the new area so you can make a smart buying decision for you and your family. Look for a company that offers free services such as:
- Pre-arrival consultation with a relocation counselor to assess your family's needs
- Area information package tailored to your family's requirements
- Home search tour with an agent that is certified as a relocation specialist
- Cost of living reports
- School reports and comparisons
- Research personal needs such as daycare, summer camp, etc.
- Mortgage counseling
- Assistance in finding temporary housing
At Houlihan Lawrence, we work with numerous corporate clients to provide services like these to relocating employees. We also provide these services to families and individuals that aren't offered a formal package through their employer. Let's face it, relocating can be exciting but at the same time really stressful. Be sure you're working with a real estate company that will help make the experience a positive one for you and your family.
If you need relocation assistance, feel free to call me at 888-454-7356. Our experienced Relocation Team will be happy to facilitate a seamless relocation for you and your family.
Have you relocated for an employer without a formalized relocation program? What was your experience?