Three Sort of Relocation Software Solutions

A lot of factors go into a low-stress relocation. You can not disregard the importance of having the right people in the right jobs to manage your corporate relocation, having reputable service providers that go above-and-beyond to make relocating employees feel comfortable and secure, and having a replicable system that fosters employees’ faith in management. But having the right technology also plays a large role. Here is a list of three sort of relocation software solutions should your relocation management company provide.

24/7 Access

Maybe most relocating employees or HR directors don’t sit up at night wondering if the movers will pack up Grandma’s piano correctly or if the people who looked at the house today will make a reasonable offer. But, some do. Well, relocation software isn’t a crystal ball, so it can’t reveal the answers to those questions, but what it can do is keep employees and HR managers in the loop in regard to timelines and budgets. So if the question is: “Did I remember to sign and submit that relocation agreement on time?” or “Did the mortgage company receive my paperwork?” relocation management software will provide the answer. Relocation management software that is hosted in the cloud, offering 24/7 access from anywhere with an Internet connection (including smart phones), can provide the answer at any time, day or night. Moving can be stressful and it’s often a 24-hour, all-consuming proposition. It’s nice to have software that can keep pace. In an article in the February 2011 issue of Mobility magazine, the publication of Worldwide ERC, CapRelo’s Tamara Bianchi writes about the benefits of 24/7 access to relocation information: “We believe it comes down to providing a sense of security — like a warm blanket or an insurance policy — of being there when the client needs us.”

Ease of use

It’s pointless being able to access a computer program from anywhere, at any time of day, if you don’t know how to use it. Relocation management software should be easy to use, and your relocation management company should provide basic training in the common operations — and be available to answer your questions if you’d like to learn how to get even more from the software. After all, you have enough to worry about when it comes to corporate relocations. The software should, largely, take care of itself.

Secure and backed up

The right relocation management software, as Bianchi writes, really does come down to a sense of security. Ask about back-ups to your important data and also ask how your data is accessed via the Internet — does it use secure SSL encryption? To ensure security, you still need to make sure to access your data through a secure connection (not a public wireless network), but your relocation management company should do everything it can to ensure everything is secure on their end. Remote back-ups mean that even if the server that hosts your data crashes, everything can be back up and running — giving you access to all the information you need about your move — within hours.

The right relocation management software helps you stay in touch with your relocation service providers and keep budgets and timelines in check. Coupled with stellar customer service and a relocation management firm who really cares about you and your employees, it’s just one more rung on the ladder to a successful relocation.

How to Safely Moving Your Property

Whether it’s due to a job change, a school change or just the desire for a change of scenery, moving is exciting but also a lot of work. If you choose to go the do-it-yourself route and pack and move everything yourself, consider investing in these must-haves to ensure the move goes smoothly:

Hand truck

A hand truck is worth the investment because it’s an easy way to move multiple boxes at once, cutting down on trips to and from the moving truck. Like a 4-wheel moving dolly, a hand truck can be a great piece of equipment to have even after the move: keep it in the garage, shed or barn and use it to move large garbage cans, boxes of holiday decorations, etc.

Moving straps

Moving straps are a fantastic moving tool that many people don’t know about. These handy straps are a great way to move large, odd-shaped items or furniture or appliances that can be hard to grab hold of and maintain a good grip. All are similar in design in that they take the strain off your back and neck when lifting, but all attach and work slightly different. After the move, they fold up for storage so they don’t take a lot of room.

Special purpose moving boxes

Boxes are obviously a must-have for moving, but we suggest picking up some special purpose boxes for two reasons: they make packing easier, saving time searching for just the right size box; and they can safeguard your more expensive items from dings and scratches.

Moving blankets

Moving blankets or pads are another essential you may think you don’t need, but the investment is definitely worth it. Throw them over furniture to protect the fabric, over appliances to prevent scratches and dings, around odd shaped items that won’t fit in a box, and more (be sure to pick up some extra large rubber bands to keep them in place). Moving blankets are also helpful beyond moving day: keep one in the car to have for the kids’ outdoor sporting activities- they make the grass less itchy and the bleachers less hard!; line a kennel or dog house for a little cushioning for the family pet; throw one in with the camping gear for an extra layer on the tent floor or when sitting around the camp fire.

Moving day must-haves are sure to make the moving job easier and faster so you can begin enjoying your new home sooner.