Many aspects of our lives can be conducted digitally or without leaving our own living rooms - banking, food shopping and exercise among them - but there is one area where the need for a physical visit persists – choosing a new home. 

An in-person appointment is even more pertinent in the relocation market, as many professionals are moving from a completely different country and therefore have little concept of UK property. A viewing also provides the assignee with an initial orientation opportunity and when accompanied by a property professional, provides a degree of welcomed reassurance.

Klippa Relocation has formed an alliance with ExpatRide to launch a new business - relodrive.com. This safe, affordable and responsive way for people to settle into a new destination is applicable across 53 countries and removes the need to be personally chaperoned by an agent upon arrival – a vital elimination in our new global normal.

“Relocating on an international basis has changed drastically over the course of 2020. We have been offering remote services since 2017, however when Jesper Lovendahl of ExpatRide approached us with his idea of combining our services with the Tripit app and his transportation solutions. We quickly saw the need to push our concept forward and create a new style of destination service provider. One that respects social distancing, yet offers a bespoke relocation solution,” says Rupert Houghton at Klippa Relocation.

While it has been much easier to put the buying and selling market on hold, the nature of lettings means tenancy agreements continue to expire during the UK’s strict lockdown phase. Although Klippa Relocation must stress that tenants and landlords should work together to postpone moves – by extending current tenancies and delaying the start of new ones – we are aware extenuating circumstances may prevent this from happening.

Brexit? A new points-based immigration system? The weak pound? Who knew one of the biggest threats to the business world would actually be a highly contagious epidemic. 

Coronavirus has become such an international threat that it has put the brakes on tourism, manufacturing and the movement of people. Forecasters are warning the global economy will take a financial hit, with HSBC and Apple already alluding to profit and productivity setbacks as a result of the virus.

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