Continued from part 1…

So it’s a given that doing all you can to be successful at all these things at once might just find you grateful that your London job relocation is everything you’ve wanted and more.  One of the biggest challenges that relocates have is selling their current home.  Whether that’s in the US, Canada or Australia, that might be your first order of business.  Unless you intend to let your home in your absence, selling it before you go only add to the list of must-do’s before you can make your move.  No one wants to be in a position of being obligated to a mortgage and apartment rent in London.  Further, if your spouse will be accompanying you, their London job relocation isn’t certain, and finding work may take them some months to secure.  Because of all these common issues, focusing 100% on your new job can seem impossible when you’re inundated with all the logistics an overseas move entails.

As much as you want to give a good first impression with your new colleagues everything else in your life will be unfamiliar and new, so it can feel like working double time to make it all work.  So there’s something’s that you can do to help make a successful transition on your London job relocation.

1-Stay very organized. While it may sound trite, keeping to do lists associated with both your move to London, and your responsibilities in tying up things back home can help you to not only leave nothing out, but can help you to feel that you have a good handle on things before you go.

2-Know what’s available to you.  Having signed on to a new position often means a new employer as well.  Even if it’s your same employer find out what relocation services that the company will reimburse you for. Some firms will cover the costs associated with finding a new home, assistance with selling your current home, or moving companies to do you’re packing for you.  On more than one occasion we have had employers pay our service fee on behalf of their employee.   Many companies will pay for the transportation of your vehicles however; it’s not very convenient to have a car in London.  The cost of renting someplace to store the car can supersede the value of having a vehicle in the city.  If you do feel you need your vehicle, be sure to let us know so we can begin the garage search for you alongside of your rental needs.

3-If your employer doesn’t offer relocation assistance, ask them for it.  Any amount given by an employer is up for negotiation; relocation expense is a standard among professional level executives and is often part of a package.  Even if you have already made your deal, once you start adding the price of an overseas move the expenses add up quickly.  Don’t be afraid to go back to your employer once you have all your estimates.  Tell them that the cost is significantly higher than you expected and see if they are willing to cooperate at all.  Having the detailed outline of all the expenses you’re going to incur can be paramount to getting a financial contribution.

 

Reade our third and final post on 7 Tips for a Successful London Job Relocation here.