What Is a Relocation Specialist and What Exactly Is Their Job?
By Maggie Wilson @ Real Estate Daily
August 2, 2018

A relocation specialist does a lot more than just help somebody move. Companies will hire specialists to guide an employee through every aspect of relocation so the employee can stay focused on their job. They manage all details involved in relocation, including hiring relevant professionals, selling a client’s home and buying a new one, finding the right school district, and shipping your pets or automobiles internationally.

Key Takeaways

  • Relocation specialist manages every aspect of relocation
  • Contact a specialist early in the process
  • They help sell, buy and navigate closing process
  • They coordinate moving companies and help ship pets or automobiles
  • They can even find a good school district and new local service providers (i.e. doctors, dentists, tax professionals etc.)

Brief

Relocation specialists take care of much more than simply navigating the home selling and buying process for a client. They go above and beyond to manage every detail involved in the relocation process, so the relocated employee can stay focused on work. William Mulholland, specialist for ARC relocation, said “the longer [specialists] have a plan, the less stressful it is going to be.”

Here’s what a relocation specialist can help with:

Home selling and buying – This is usually what people think of when considering a relocation specialist. They will help you find a real estate agent and sell your home. They also take care of hiring a moving company and packing items that may require special care.

Finding a new home can be a huge hassle as well. Some issues they take care of include finding a qualified real estate agent and navigating the closing process – which differs greatly from state to state. “To get our referrals, agents need to be licensed for at least five years and have done relocation training and certification,” Mulholland added.

When it comes to shipping pets, automobiles or other special items internationally, there can be a lot of roadblocks. Your specialist will help with that, too. Rest assured, a relocation specialist will make the process a breeze.

Details of starting life in a new place – There are a lot of complications that come with suddenly moving. There are Visa and immigration issues for international relocations, which surprisingly, you can leave in the hands of your specialist.

They will also help settle clients into their new city and neighborhood by taking care of any extraneous details like finding a new babysitter. In fact, they will find all new local service provides like doctors, dentists, tax professionals, legal professionals.

On top of that, a relocation specialist will often help their client find the right school district or child care provider. “We’ll find a local partner that can help place children in schools,” Mulholland said.

To being the search for a qualified relocation specialist, try looking at some of the various organizations that certify them. Specialists can earn designations of a Certified Relocation Professional (CRP) or Global Mobility Specialist (GMS), both of which are administered by a top trade group in the relocation services industry.

“Take into consideration the years of service, experience, and [their] ability to manage your personal and potentially unique needs,” says Bill Nemer, president of Relocation Services at Graebel Companies. “Relocating can be a complicated process, and you want to find a partner who will simplify it for you by making sure your needs are met.”