July 14, 2010 by MSI
Ah…the joys of summer and relocation! As everyone involved with relocation knows—summer does not inspire images of leisurely days in the sunshine.
For relocation management companies, corporate relocation and human resource managers, and transferees alike, the summer season is a blurry vision of moving vans, home sales, new home searches, uprooting children, expense vouchers, paperwork galore, and headaches. Guaranteed - transferees look back on their “summer of relocation” and pray the memory becomes distant before the next transfer! And the relocation management company celebrates a successful season, enjoying the satisfaction from a job well done.
Extraordinary events and challenges inevitably crop up during the summer crunch. Last minute moves, challenging home sale closings, purchase hurdles and delays, and the rush for getting transferees settled before the onset of fall and back to school.
I’ve always said that someday I would like to write a book filled with anecdotes and essays on relocation. Maybe about the cat that went to sleep in a bureau draw and woke up in a moving van being unloaded in New Jersey; or the transferee who arrived late at night to his temporary apartment only to discover there was something definitely wrong—the clue being someone sound asleep on the couch; then there was the appraiser who reported on the wrong home; or the buyer who did not close and decided to move into the property anyway….the tales are endless.
And for all of that… and having personally lived to tell the tale myself, both as a relocation professional today and as a trailing spouse many summers ago…I can say without hesitation, that surviving the summer of relocation offers a sense of accomplishment and exhilaration!
And just as quickly as it begins, the rushed days of summer are over…but not the stories…definitely…not the stories!