Short-term vs. long-term relocation

May 04, 2016

If your company is relocating you, that means uprooting your life and moving it to an entirely new place. However, there are two types of relocations: short term and long term. Here is the difference between the two:

Short-term relocation
This kind of corporate relocation is when, as an employee, you are only transferred to another place for an allotted amount of time. This can be anywhere from three months to a year, to five years. Or, you may not even know how long you are staying, but you know it is not permanent. This is quite common for managers or employees working on special projects. If the company has a branch in another state or country, it may send workers to that place to implement a business plan. Or, if a company is adding a new branch, it may transfer current employees to the new area to kick things off.

The duration of time an employee is predicted to stay at a respective relocation can make a big difference in the moving process. For instance, a worker who is only staying for six months may not move his or her entire family. Instead, the employee may just move to the area for the duration of time and return when the company says so. Short-term relocations tend to involve a less extensive move. Some employees will not sell their house or apartment - just pay rent on both during this relocation period so that they can return to their home life after the short-term relocation is complete. If that's the case, employees can move fewer belongings because they can stay in the employee's other home. Some companies even place the employee they are moving in a hotel or a fully furnished condo during this time because they know that it won't last long.

Moving companies make all relocations easier. Moving companies make all relocations easier.

Long-term relocation
Long-term relocation means that an employee is moving to another city, state or country for an extensive amount of time. This can be anywhere from a couple of years to indefinitely. This, too, can be because of a specific job assignment or new branch opening. However, a long-term move in its simplest definition, is longer.

When it comes to the moving process, a long-term relocation typically requires a lot more work. Someone who is moving to another area indefinitely will be transporting most, if not all of their belongings. Because of that, moving usually costs more money, which is typically covered by the company.

The right moving company
Whether you're moving to another state for six months of six years, you want to choose the right moving company. Many companies partner with professional movers for their corporate relocations. Professional movers will take care of all the time-consuming tasks that come with packing up one home and moving it into another. This can take a lot of stress off the employee during this already busy period in his or her life. That way, the person can spend time focusing on more important tasks, like getting acclimated at the new office and meeting his or her co-workers.

If you're scheduled for either a short- or long-term move, be sure to ask your company about the various packages available, including possible changes in salary and moving services. The more you know, the better you can determine if the move is a good choice for you. 


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