Relocation Services in Germany
Moving to a new country comes with a range of challenges, and the help of relocation services can help you focus on your priorities. Beyond logistical and bureaucratic support these relocation services can also help with a wider goal of integration, finding community and feeling at home in Germany. As German culture and language trainer Kai Wachs of Deutschpartner told us, many overseas assignments and relocations can turn into ‘frustration’ and ‘mistrust’ without understanding why locals behave the way they do.
What does a relocation company do?
Relocation services cover every aspect of moving to Germany. The process can begin before you even make your international move. For example, many relocation services will offer a pre-arrival or orientation service to get acquainted with a new city. They can inform you of the best neighbourhoods as well as top international schools in your chosen region of Germany.
But relocation services don’t stop there. As Kai Wachs of Deutschpartner told us, his business offers advice on dealing with German authorities as well as offering tailored packages to smooth international staff with into a professional assignment in Germany. Relocation services can help by acting as translators and guides, as well as everything from finding notaries, to real estate agents, lawyers, tax specialists, accountants and interpreters.
Other relocation companies can provide support for established or new expats living in Germany with legal support, searching for and buying a property, finding nannies or paediatricians, starting a business, filing tax returns, obtaining state or private healthcare, switching schools or finding specialised support for your child in Germany.
Finally, many relocation companies offer language lessons or cultural courses to prepare you for rapid integration. Moving to a new country like Germany can be problematic when encountering German bureaucracy or different ways of behaving and interacting. Cultural differences could also be a hurdle if planning to start a family, register your children at a state school or join a German workplace. As Kai Wachs from Deutschpartner told us, many expats struggle with a stereotype of Germans being ‘rude’ and ‘direct’ when in many cases they are doing their best to help you.
For a list of the main cultural differences you may encounter in Germany, visit our MumAbroad Ultimate Guide to Moving to Germany.
How much do relocation services cost?
Relocation services can be more affordable than you imagine. As many relocation experts provide highly-tailored packages, knowing your exact needs and concerns can help both focus the job at hand and reduce overall costs. While you may be thinking you can handle all the relocation troubles involved in Moving to Germany yourself, sometimes handing over to the experts can be the most efficient and ultimately economical thing to do.
Where should I look for a house in Germany?
Useful websites to find accommodation in Germany are Immobilien Scout 24 and Immowelt (both in German). A helpful site for finding rooms in shared accommodation is WG Gesucht (in English). If you are in need of a temporary housing solution, online booking platform Homelike offers furnished apartments, with a minimum rental period of just 1 month. For more advice on renting or buying a house visit our full guide to moving to Germany.