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Old 02-19-2016, 08:38 PM   #1
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Relocation "rules"

I march to my own drummer, very difficult to tell me what to do...

I have a great new job starting Monday, and it requires me to relocate 130 miles north.

There is a relocation company running point, but I am not speaking to them directly
They have referred me to numerous realtors
A moving company contacted me too

The issue is that only 1 moving company was contacted, and they have some convoluted "2 step" process, where someone needs to look at my stuff and take an inventory, then they schedule a second visit to pack all my stuff, and move me

Trouble is I cannot have a realtor take pictures until the stuff is packed and out of the way.

If you have ever relocated, can you share your experiences on the process, it appears people other than me are calling the shots, and I thought I was the customer...

The company which needs to follow their 2 step process has not even done step 1, and I have realtors which cannot list house until they "do their job".
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Old 02-19-2016, 09:06 PM   #2
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Yes, this is exactly how relocations work. The movers come and do an estimate; then they come back a second time with the right number of people and the right size truck and do the actual work. It's just like any other contract, estimate first, work second.

Why does your realtor want to take pictures of empty rooms? I've seen plenty of listings with furniture in the photos.

If your employer is paying for the relocation, then your employer is the customer, not you.
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Old 02-19-2016, 09:17 PM   #3
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I agree with cathy. Sometimes they estimate, pack, then load... so 3 different days. From the estimate they know how many boxes, people, size of truck, and estimate of time. They also need to schedule the truck. Your stuff may not be the only stuff on the truck. There is quite a bit of logistics in running a moving company efficiently. They try to keep utilization up. It is a business. If they had a lot of truck and people just sitting around doing nothing, they would not be in business. (ok, some of the loaders may be day hires.

your RE agent can list the house with just outside pics and then update the listing with empty rooms or staged rooms shortly after the move.
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As the others said, you are along for the ride. Having all your crap packed up and the move will be stressful so make sure you have a "handle" (as the kids say) of your preferred 80+ proof poison on hand.
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What you describe, jIMOh, is exactly the way it normally works. Sorry you weren't aware of that, but you'll forget the hassle once you get unpacked in the new place. Make your own inventory before it's packed.
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You are fortunate to have your move paid for. So far, the process seems pretty normal.
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It will all work out. They do this all the time, I'm sure.

Your real estate agent will know what to do about the photos, so I'd suggest picking one from the list the relocation company gave you, and talking to him/her about your concerns.

Oh, and BTW - -- CONGRATULATIONS on getting a great new job!
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Congrats on the new job AND the relocation package provided by the employer. Relo packages used to be common but now are getting rarer and rarer.

Talk to your realtor to see if they want to do pictures with or without furniture. Since the packers are doing the packing - there may be a window between the estimate and the pack-out where furniture pictures can be taken.
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My experiences were different. As in, I arranged the move and sent employer the receipt for reimbursement; both when a relocation was involved and a new job with a new employer. Alas, no realtor fees were reimbursed.
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My experience was 1) an estimate was done a week ahead, then packed one day and moved the next.

With the realtor, I am surprised they want it empty. I have always had to have it staged. On my last move I actually was living in my new house a couple of months with a few newly purchased pieces of furniture, appliances, etc. The realtor wanted my furniture there while I was selling the old house.

I am hearing that now Megacorp lets you take a lump some and pay for the move how you want. There are good points as you have more control, but the downside is you have to manage it. That can be hard if its is any distance and you are single. This would have been tough for me as I moved from the West Coast to the Southeast and am single.
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+1 on the value of staging an empty house. +3, really, since employers moved us 3 times. It is not that expensive and the cost was recouped several times over because the places looked like something from a magazine, i.e. nowhere real humans like us would live.
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Last time we were relocated, it was a multi-step process coordinated by a relocation specialist. First, the moving company came to take inventory of our stuff maybe one or two weeks prior to the move. Then they came back to pack everything. And finally they loaded the truck on the last day. They were paid by DW's employer, so we were not technically the customers and we did not have much say in the process. We actually kept the house as a rental so we hired our own realtor to list it. He took the pictures for the listing before the furniture was moved out.
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Old 02-24-2016, 03:51 PM   #13
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I stand corrected- my initial expectations were out of alignment with how the relocation company did business.

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