If you’re in the midst of planning, preparing or even considering to move to a different country, and wondering where to start, this article is for you. Specialising in relocation and residential leasing, our resident property expert Stella Abraham has assisted hundreds of expats and their families in making the brave move to Hong Kong city. Rest assured, she has some useful quick tips to share with you that will help you get a good grip of things from a unique ‘property’ perspective:
#1. Do your research
Before moving to a new area, it’s always a good idea to get to know what there is to do there. If you have young children, are there parks or activities nearby? Is it important to you to be able to walk to the local grocery store or coffee shop, or are you prepared to drive? Consider the amenities you’d like to have on hand.
#2. Ask for advice
A reputable residential leasing agency can not only save you a lot of money in the long-run, it can also take some of the stress out of your home search by assisting with lease negotiations. Some agencies, like ours, have dedicated visa and school experts who can also help with other aspects of relocating. Experienced, full-time real estate agents have firm relationships with corporate landlords, and can use those to secure you the best deal.
#3. Scout out schools
Changing schools can be a daunting experience for children and parents, but taking tours of schools can help ease those jitters. JLL’s schooling experts can answer any questions you might have regarding applications and interviews, as well as arrange campus tours.
#4. Get out there
Don’t fret if you don’t know anyone in Hong Kong yet – the city’s expats are a friendly bunch! There are plenty of social media groups who organize meet ups, and sports clubs can also be a great way to make new friends.
#5. Take it easy
Finally, take a deep breath – relocating can seem overwhelming, but it can also be an exciting experience! Work with someone who knows the lay of the land and has your best interests at heart.
Relocating to Hong Kong and need trusted property advice? Stella Abraham can help you navigate foreign territory ahead! For more information on JLL’s extensive Residential Leasing Services, visit their website.