Assess whether to relocate with household goods
Now that you have deided to relocate it is time to decide if all, part, or none of your household goods will relocate with you.
- Assess whether to relocate with household goods
Need to know
Bear in mind that feeling at home away from home often comes down to having your own belongings at your new destination.
This is particularly important for children and spouses/partners. During the first six months, home will feel connected to the possessions brought along.
How to proceed
Things to consider:
- Length of time to be spent abroad
- Family situation
- Relocation budget – for shipping and/or setting up a
- new home at your destination
- Will you be sub-letting? Furnished or unfurnished?
- The effort and emotions involved in all these options
Consider obtaining the following information:
- Cost of storage at home
- Cost of shipping to destination
- Cost of onward shipping from destination at the end of your assignment
- Cost of setting up a completely new household at your destination (buying furniture, etc.)
Where to find help
Discuss this topic in detail with your family and friends.
You may also wish to speak to your employer, or you can get in touch with Hello Switzerland‘s free Relocation Helpline for advice and support:
Swiss Relocation Helpline
- free advice from locals
Is international shipping within your budget? What‘s right for you - and your family?
How much does it cost
Setting up a new household can be done on a budget, though Switzerland is not a low-cost country. Professional international shipping does carry a cost, but there are ways to keep costs low.
Take the time to explore the options, and take the right decision based on facts. Bear in mind that cost is not the only relevant factor – the agreement and happiness of everyone involved in the move is very important.