The Look & See Visit will give the assignee a thorough introduction to life in the new location and help him/her to set realistic expectations to the upcoming assignment. An area orientation will enable the assignee to decide, which area will be the best suitable to look for housing. A few properties will be visited, so the assignee also gets to understand the various types of housing available.
We design each Look & See Visit to give the assignee maximum benefit hereof based on his/hers specific situation. Basic elements that will be covered during the Look & See visit are:
- Shopping facilities / supermarkets
- Public transportation / driving your own car
- Medical facilities
- Sports & Leisure facilities
- Do's and don'ts
- Next steps
Our experienced and empathetic relocation consultants will be able to address any questions or concerns brought up by the assignee or his/her family thus taking a considerable amount of stress out of the relocation process.
Finding the right home is key to a successful assignment. We research, preview and shortlist suitable properties according to the assignee's requirements and within the given budget. We accompany the assignee to property visits and assist in the selection phase with unbiased advice. The assignee will be informed of expected utility costs and other expenses related to the chosen property. We will assist with the lease negotiations, co-ordinate signatures and submission of lease to the authorities to ensure legal compliance. We follow-up with the landlord that agreed works are performed prior to move-in and we prepare an extensive check-in report with photos to document the condition of the property on the day of handover. Utility hook-ups, application for telephone, internet & SAT TV services are also included in our Home Search package. The assignee will receive a "survival kit" containing community information, "newcomer" information, useful telephone numbers and maps.
Sometimes temporary accommodation will be required before the assignee finds permanent housing or before he/she can move into the selected property. We will suggest suitable options within the budget and according to the assignee's requirements.
This service includes:
- Identifying and setting up of temporary serviced accommodation.
- Suggestion of 3-5 properties with photos & detailed description.
- Co-ordination of reservation or preparation of lease agreement.
Accompanied visits to the suggested properties can be arranged at additional costs.
Choosing the right school is usually the most anxiety provoking experience for parents whether the children are small and just starting on their journey in the educational system or teenagers where both existing and future education has to be taken into consideration. Our experienced and empathetic Relocation Consultants will work closely with the family to provide information and advice on choosing the right school. They will provide overview of the various options available and discuss differences with school system attended so far. We will accompany the family to school visits, assist with application & enrollment at chosen school & co-ordinate admission tests if required.
The first couple of months in a new location can be extremely stressful when everything has to fall into place both at work and at home. Receiving the right guidance, support and assistance with all the domestic arrangements will allow the assignee to focus on the new job and the family to adapt faster to the new environment.
Our settling-in service can be customized to meet your company's policies.
Some elements that can be included:
- Neighbourhood orientation
- Introduction to shopping facilities
- Opening of bank account
- Purchase of mobile phone
- Home and vehicle insurance
- Assistance with sourcing white goods and home furnishings
- Co-ordination of delivery & installation of purchased items
- Appointments with technicians for repairs and maintenance work
- Orientation on health care system
- Introduction to doctors & dentists
- Introduction to social groups, associations, clubs and gyms
- Sourcing domestic help
- Car purchase / lease assistance
We believe that basic knowledge and understanding of local culture is vital for an assignee's ability to adapt and thrive in a new host country. Learning the language will open many doors but it can be difficult to find time for traditional language lessons with grammar & home work. Our specially designed courses enable the assignee to communicate the local language fairly quickly with a minimum of effort.
Expert knowledge, planning and co-ordination is essential to ensure that your assignee can start working in his new job without delay and that your company stays compliant with all local laws and regulations. We will guide you and the assignee through all processes with clear information regarding documentation required and procedures to be followed. We will make the registrations on the assignee's behalf to minimize the disruption of work-time and we will accompany him/her to meetings with the local authorities, when such are required.
Either it is time to move on to a new destination or return to the home country, we will assist the assignee with all the practicalities and time consuming issues connected with the departure. Some actions cannot be completed prior to the departure so having a trusted representative to "shut down" is of utmost importance.
Our departure services can include:
- Notification to landlord
- Co-ordination of move
- Assistance at handover and extensive check-out report with photos
- Co-ordination of cleaning service and required repairs
- Disconnection of utilities
- Co-ordination of payment of final bills
- Negotiation of dilapidations and return of security deposit
- Cancellation of insurances, subscriptions & memberships
- De-registration with authorities
- Closing of bank account
- Mail forwarding
Your household removal is as important to us, as it is for you. Thus, we constantly work hard to make you always feel safe and confident that you made the right choice for entrusting your removal to us. By relying on the moving expertise of more than 90 years and the services of our mother company Orphee Beinoglou, we offer to our valued customers an added value when working with us. Your household shipment will be insured against all risks, packed by the most reliable professionals, carried by the most appropriate mean of transport (road, sea, air), customs cleared (if necessary) and delivered to your new residence by our specialist crew including reassembling and removal of debris. By combining moving, destination services and immigration services we can achieve communication efficiency and we are in position to offer you in practice a smooth relocation.
"My family and I have been using Octopus Relocations services for our residence permits and other related issues for the past 5 years. During that time we have always found that they have been very prompt, courteous and professional in the way that they have helped us. We would highly recommend them to anyone moving to or living in Greece who may need assistance in this area."
Director of Business Development Coca-Cola HBC
"Marianne and Lena have been fantastic in helping me and my husband settle into Athens and continue to be a great help through various bureaucratic intrigues in Greece. I'm not sure what I'd have done without them! They are always super-efficient, prompt and quick to answer any queries and have always made sure all the applicable rules are followed with as little inconvenience possible for me - I would highly recommend them."
Deepa Babington Handy
Reuters Chief Correspondent in Greece
"I have been working in various countries and my easiest relocation was in Greece, together with Octopus, despite language and wording barriers. I was assisted directly with a very professional and dedicated person. Beyond their experience in administrative procedures, Octopus helped me decode Greek culture and assisted fully in my positive integration".
Electrical and Software Engineer WTG Engineering – EMEA Southern Hub Vestas
"Moving your family to a new country and culture can be very stressful and one of the elements that made our move to Greece so great, was the professionalism, approachability, speed and knowledge that we met from Octopus. Within a very limited timeframe they had everything planned for my family and I, so that we could get the most out of our pre-visit to Greece incl. house search, visit to football clubs, school etc. and the way they handled the energy levels and well-being of our entire family during this pre-visit and also after the move, was fantastic. They are simply amazing and I would recommend them at any time."
P&O Head - People & Organization MARS HELLAS S.A.
"When an employee decide to expatriate to a new country and pick up a new job assignment, the settling in to the new job becomes a little larger when it is connected to accommodating to a new environment. That pressure becomes larger when family members accompany the expatriate employee. Our experience with Octopus relocation, eased the anxiety to a smoother transient. All Octopus relocation employees are connected to the needs of the new assignee and his/her family members, assisting in all possible matters connected to their relocation. Our experience has been extremely positive."
"Your attention to details and timely follow-up made the job run smoothly. Thank you for being such a great partner."
HR Analyst | EMEA HR Shared Services | MetLife
"Octopus was truly a great partner for me and my family when settling in to Athens. Besides very professional relocation service we also felt that we got that extra support with everyday concerns that really made our life a little bit easier. Being a first time expat family with a small child and another one on the way, it felt very safe to always have someone there for us. I am really grateful for Octopus' contribution of making our stay in Greece an enjoyable experience."
"Marianne and her team at Octopus have been very helpful to my wife and I, before, during and after our move to Greece. They took the time to understand our housing needs but also to educate us on Greek culture and society. Our move to Greece would not have been as smooth without Marianne and her excellent Octopus team!"