Choosing a new home is a fundamental part of settling into a new country.
Often, international assignees start living in a temporary base whilst they get to know their new surroundings and choose a longer-term home.
Research has shown that having the right home environment facilitates a smoother and quicker integration into a new country. This is especially true if assignees’ families are relocating with them.
Interestingly, research involving 48 locations world-wide shows that international assignees and expats who choose to live in an ‘open plan’ home achieve integration more quickly.
Dr Copeland from the Interchange Institute explains: “Very few expats in our survey deliberately chose centripetal houses, but those who had such houses generally found settling in far easier, probably because this type of home brings everyone together more and breaks down barriers.”
As well as choice of home layout, there are other aspects of a relocation to concentrate upon. Shelter Offshore suggests that these are:
• How quickly you unpack
• What items you unpack
• The security, privacy and comfort of your home
• The community you choose to live in
Ultimately, the above factors will create a home environment that feels familiar. Research shows that the sooner that family photos and personal possessions are unpacked, the quicker a new location will feel like home.
Arriving in a new country for an international assignment is exciting and a little daunting. Settling and integrating quickly will help. It’s worth taking the time and effort to make local connections and new friends. Soon, a new location will feel like an established home.
“It’s important to achieve a win-win scenario when finding new homes for international assignees,” Kevin Wieczorek, Sales & Marketing Director of BTR International. “Our property searchservices recognise the importance of helping assignees to feel settled quickly plus we respect employers’ monthly rental allowances.”