Relocation, also known as moving, or moving house, is the process of leaving one's dwelling and settling in another. The new location can be in the same neighborhood or a much farther location in a different city or different country (immigration). It usually includes packing up all belongings, transferring to the new home, and unpacking, as well as administrative or bureaucratic tasks, such as changing registration data.
On the Holmes and Rahe stress scale for adults, "change of residence" is considered a stressful activity, assigned 20 points (with death of spouse being ranked the highest at 100), although other changes on the scale (e.g. "change in living conditions", "change in social activities") often occur as a result of relocating, making the overall stress level potentially higher.
Pressure points for international assignees include challenges of a new job, inability to take part in activities available at home, loss of peer support, language and other cultural difficulties, and worker's spouse being unable to find work.
A relocation may be supported by a relocation service, which assists people in finding and/or moving into a new house, organizing a school for children, conducting local culture training and supporting integration into the new location and/or culture.
There may be a legal requirement for individuals to notify authorities of a change of address if they maintain a driver's license or vehicle registration, voter registration, are on parole, or are eligible for conscription (as with the Selective Service System). Some loans require the borrower to notify the lender of address changes.
In the United States, moving companies must provide the customers with a booklet "Your Rights and Responsibilities When You Move" created by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).
- Human migration
- Migrant worker
- Military brat
- Moving company
- Moving scam
- Moving Day (New York City)
- Moving Day (Quebec)
- Population transfer
- Relocation service
- Shipping container
- Skilled worker
- Snowbird (person)
- Structure relocation
- Third culture kid
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