How Harsch movers get you there without a hitch
Globalisation has caused businesses and organizations to expand into the international sphere, and generated an increasing number of expatriates living in Switzerland. Dealing with the intricacies of relocation and acclimating to a new culture can make the process of moving even more stressful for employees who are expected to settle in fast, but many companies may not have the resources to guide them and their families through the process. With offices nationwide, Harsch, the Art of Moving, works step-by-step with each family to ease the burden.
Founded in 1957 by Henri and Irene Harsch, the company began by packing and shipping the fine arts and antiquities. For over 50 years, the family has continued to specialize in this field and has worked with private clients exhibiting at fairs such as Art Basel, Art Miami, TEFAF Maastricht, and the Frieze Art Fair London. Late January and early February of this year, Harsch partnered with artgenève coordinating the arrival, departure, and custom hassles for some 35 galleries.
After Henri’s son, Bertrand Harsch, joined the Harsch team in 1973 they began branching out to include international moving and storage. Their customers wanted the same high-quality service not only for their artwork and antiques, but also their personal goods. This led to new services in both local and international moving. In 2004, they opened a relocation department to meet the needs of international companies in the cantons of Geneva, Vaud, Fribourg, Neuchatel, Zurich, Basel, Zug and Schaffhausen.
Harsch guides employees and their families through the full relocation process, local documents to work and residency permits. A single dedicated representative is assigned to each case in order to ensure project stability and attention to family specifics.
Before arrival, their housing service makes finding a permanent house or apartment easier by matching employees and their families to homes that correspond to their needs, handling negotiations on the lease, and organizing basic amenities such as telephone, water, and electricity. Harsch representatives are responsible for finding a temporary living situation and scheduling visits to view other residences as part of the company’s one-day programme, which gives new arrivals a closer look at their future hometown.
Harsch takes pride in planning an itinerary that is tailored to fit every family it serves, offering a wide variety of activities that will make its clients feel right at home, such as a ‘settling in’ service that brings post-transitional support for exchanging drivers’ licenses, joining clubs and meeting car dealers. Clients looking for a school for their child can also turn to Harsch for guidance with the different education programmes. Preferences and background of the clients are taken into account to ensure that their representative organizes meetings with directors and teachers of a school that works for them. The company also offers to help with the administrative procedures and accompany them to the appointments.
Harsch’s international moving services provide the same high quality expertise for the personal and professional belongings of their customers. They propose a variety of amenities from cleaning your home to transporting pets, as well as traditional packing and transporting of household goods and furniture.
The company also includes services in office moving and records management. Harsch is capable of handling a move of a size from five to over 500 employees. They also help with the handling and storage of documents during transport as part of their records management. Both digital and physical documents can be stored. The storage facility is under constant surveillance and both temperature and humidity are checked regularly for a stable atmosphere ensuring physical documents remain in perfect condition. A secured access to their computer management programme enables quick access to digital files and they offer the digitisation of texts.
With Isabelle having joined the company three years ago in the aim of one day taking the helm, the company has grown into a third generation business. Today, she is part of the executive team as chief operating officer alongside her sister Emmanuelle, who oversees the Relocation Department.
For further information visit: www.harsch.ch or call 022 300 43 00.
Article by Karee Magee