Moving home made easy
Shifting to a new place is no longer cumbersome and tiresome with professional help from companies offering relocation services.
BROADER ROADS, scenic locales near the beach, easy accessibility to the city and competitive real estate prices have turned South Chennai into one of the sought after places. But the process of relocation to a new home can be cumbersome.
"One of the first things that probably crosses our minds is `How are we going to clear the storerooms and attics?' It makes the entire process easier if you have someone who is willing to do the job for you," says Prem Lamech, general manager, Writer Relocations (ph: 24330833). And South Chennai has quite a few relocation services.
Started in 1953, the organisation has helped almost 5,000 families relocate and orient themselves to their new homes. "The company was primarily run by the British and was called Army Sales Co-operation. Later, P.N. Writer took over and we are now in our 50th year." With an increasing need for organised moving of homes, relocation services have become a business by itself. Most of these organisations address the requirements of both the Indian and expatriate community relocating to Chennai. "It is not just about finding a home and moving all the belongings. For expatriates, orientation is as important as relocation. This includes, cross-cultural adaptation, finding a school for their children, finding doctors, maids and introducing them to other expatriates from the same country," explains Lamech.
"A majority of the Indians using relocation services are professionals from the banking sector and the MNCs, as they are always on the move," he says. "With 10 branches across the country, we offer pre-orientation services too. For those who are new to the city, we help them find a home and take them on a tour of the city so that they get to know more about the new place," says Lamech.
"It is almost like a helpline for the expatriate community. At least during the initial stages they need to be helped out with everything. The packages are tailor-made to suit specific requirements," says Ranjani Manian of Global Adjustments (24355853).
One of the first organisations to start relocation services coupled with a host of other services, the organisation caters to the Indian and expatriate community. "Relocation was our priority when we started in 1995. But realising the need for other services, we opened our real estate division, started courses on South Indian lifestyle and also a creative studio, where we have team-building activities that help in community connection and so on," she says.
The organisation has both Indians and westerners working together in various departments. And the cost of the services offered differs according to the package, adds Ranjani.
"Though the price varies, a simple relocation service costs around Rs. 10, 000," says Lamech. He says that most expatriates prefer to live near the beaches or the Boat Club, "It could probably be attributed to their proximity to the Madras Club and the American International School."
Writer Relocations also offers information management services to provide safe and secure retention of electronic data in an online format and documents in their hard copy at their warehouse in Vandalur.
The Universal relocation service is a recent addition to the list. This Chennai-based organisation now has branches in Singapore and Bangalore. "Relocation is not an easy task. It needs meticulous planning and execution. That's where we step in," says Ajith of Universal relocation services (24350169) that specialises in executive relocations, records management and project cargo.
"With a well trained packing crew to carry out the job, we have relocated clients to various destinations in India and across the globe. We also use the sea and air routes to shift things," he says.
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