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Old 08-13-2010, 11:02 AM
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Is a career-related move in your future? You may be taking your talents to a new market in search of better opportunities or relocating for a specific job offer.

Check out these articles for advice on where to take your job search, as well as tips for getting organized for the move and settling in at your new locale.

How to negotiate relocation

Need to relocate for your new job? Relocation can be expensive, but you might not have to incur the high costs on your own.

Negotiating Your Relocation Assistance

Sooner or later, you might take a job that will require you and your family to move. You will likely incur significant expenses when relocating for work, and if you are like most people, you will want your employer to pay for at least some of them.
According to a survey of 1,000 people conducted by Allied Van Lines, approximately 26.4% received some moving expenses, 15.75% of respondents received help with temporary living expenses, 12.05% received a discretionary expense allowance, and 8.7% received a lump sum for miscellaneous expenses. The largest percentage of responders (29.86%) received no moving assistance at all from their employers.
Want to avoid paying for the move entirely on your own? The following advice should help you handle this negotiation as effectively as possible.

Focus on your interests

Think of relocating for work as a massive opportunity to make improvements in your life. The whole point of negotiating for something is to address your real needs. Before you limit what you ask for, make sure you know what you want. Think broadly and do not limit yourself to financial expenses. For example, one client of mine decided these were her needs:
  • Assistance in selecting and paying for child care. (She still had to finish paying her nanny.)
  • A higher cost-of-living subsidy.
  • A higher mortgage cost allowance.
  • A bridge loan, because she could not sell her house before she had to relocate.
  • Assistance in choosing a good local school for her older child.
Once you have thought about what help you need, you can prepare to negotiate for a package that suits you.

Find out what assistance is typical

Your preparation for this negotiation should include the following:
  • Ask your new employer's HR department if the company has a written relocation policy or if it offers standard benefits.
  • Find out who at the company has recently moved, and ask about their relocation packages.
  • Ask your friends or other contacts in similar firms about their experiences or their companies' policies.
  • If you are using a recruiter, he should be able to provide guidance as well.
Keep in mind that companies tend to vary in what they offer employees who are relocating for work, and larger companies have more standardized policies. Therefore, compensation can differ by industry, city, or even position in the company (executives tend to get more). Nonetheless, the following expenses are commonly covered:
  • Moving costs
  • Temporary lodging costs
  • Travel costs back home if you relocate before your family moves
  • Job search assistance for the spouse (which may include job search reimbursements, referrals to a recruiter and arranging for interviews inside the company)
  • Assistance in selling your house
Develop ideas that benefit both sides

No matter what is standard, many companies are willing to negotiate packages that address their new employees' distinct needs. Still, even though everything is negotiable, your employer is more likely to agree to your ideas if they benefit the company as well. So anticipate this reality, and provide the advantages for your new bosses when you share your ideas.
For example, my client made sure to tell her new company, "I will be able to work longer hours and be more productive from the start if I can get a few important matters settled quickly."
Another client had an employer that, while willing to provide extra assistance for her relocation, did not want to set a precedent of deviating from its written policy. This person solved the problem by saying, "Well, what if we agree that this assistance will be called a signing bonus?"

Get it in writing

Once you and the company agree on a compensation package for your relocation expenses, make sure you capture that agreement in writing. A formal contract is not necessary, just a simple signed letter detailing the assistance that is being provided and by what time.
A negotiation about relocation compensation is the same as any other negotiation. If you focus on effective preparation, collaborative negotiating, and out-of-the-box thinking, you will do well.

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So you’ve just accepted a dream job. Congratulations! Just one thing: It’s three states away, so you’ll have to relocate along with your spouse and kids.
Relocating your life to start a job somewhere new is a rollercoaster of emotions. It’s exciting, challenging and nerve-racking. Then come the logistics—and the relocation package your company offered to help deal with those pesky details like, you know, moving.
Is this you? Sweet! Let’s face it: It’s in everyone’s best interests to make your move as smooth as possible so you can get to work being an awesome employee. You probably have tons of questions about how a relocation package will make your move easier. What does it pay for? What do you have to cover? And what can you do to negotiate a better deal?
Let’s take a look at how to make a relocation package work for you.
What Is a Relocation Package?

Companies often use a relocation package to cover the cost of relocating a new hire or existing staff member for a new position. We say often because there’s no law stating that companies have to provide a relocation deal. But many companies do! It’s considered a perk, but it’s in the company’s best interest to offer one if they want to attract top-notch employees from across the country.
Then What Is Relocation Assistance?

You know how soda and pop are two different words for the same thing? Well, think about relocation package and relocation assistance like that. A lot of companies use the phrases interchangeably. So, whether someone calls it a relocation package or relocation assistance, you can say to yourself, “Tom-aye-to, tom-ah-to.”
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But, here’s the real question: How much will a company help with in their relocation assistance? Relocation packages can vary depending on the size of the company, their policies on relocation and how often they relocate their staff. Here are the different types of methods companies often use:
Lump Sum

Want your money up front? The company gives you a lump sum which allows you to organize and pay for your move however you like. But once you max out this lump sum, there’s no more! The amount is negotiated before you start the moving process, which is why it’s a good idea to do some research on moving costs.

Rather than dole out a lump sum up front and then have no idea whether you actually use all of it to move, some companies put a cap on a reimbursement amount and leave it to you to submit receipts for everything once you’ve moved. But if you go over that cap, anything extra comes out of your pocket.
Third Party

Don’t want the hassle of keeping track of a lump sum or reimbursement? In this situation, the company outsources all the relocation logistics to a third party to manage the whole process. The company also sometimes offers guidance and assistance to new employees in their new town. Bonus!
Direct Management

Larger companies who relocate employees all the time might combine giving you a lump sum or reimbursement along with directly organizing and paying for moving services and logistics.
Want more information on the ins and outs of relocating? Download our free relocation guide today!

What Does a Relocation Package Cover?

After carefully considering a move, the first thing you should do is ask the hiring manager about relocation assistance and check to make sure they can actually give you some sort of support.
Like we said, relocation packages can vary, but in general, you should consider the following items to be fairly standard:
  • A scouting trip to your new location: You may get one expenses-paid trip for you and your family to visit your new town. This trip should include meetings with a real estate agent to show you potential homes and, if you’re moving the whole family, you should get an idea of what the schools are like.
  • Help in finding a job for your spouse and schools for the kids: If your partner is leaving their job because of the relocation, they could get some job recruitment help. And if your kids are school-age, you’ll be uprooting them to a new town. So your package could include help finding the right schools.
  • Financial assistance with the costs of selling and buying homes: A relocation package could come with financial help if you need to sell your home in your old town and buy one in your new location. It should provide some assistance with closing costs, real estate commissions and other expenses. If you have any mortgage-related questions, talk to our friends at Churchill Mortgage.
  • Travel expenses before the final move: If you need to make business trips to your new office before you move, your company could pay for them. And when it comes to the final trip you’ll make when you gather up the family and head to your new town (maybe states away!) your company might pay for their travel too.
  • Moving costs: We haven’t even gotten to the actual move yet! Most deals should include disassembling furniture, packing everything, shipping, unpacking, and reassembling furniture. The package could also cover the costs of shipping your car and renting one until yours arrives.
  • Temporary housing allowance: Who really knows where they want to live in a new town right away? And if you do have an idea, your dream apartment or house might not be available for a while. That’s why this allowance is important. This lump sum covers rent for around 2–3 months in your new town. That should give you some time to house hunt!
What Types of Costs Are Not Included in Relocation Assistance?

Like the fine print on a toy box that says, “Batteries Not Included,” a few types of relocation costs are not standard with all companies. But here’s a tip: Ask for the ones that aren’t offered. The worst thing they can say is no! But if you do need to pay for stuff, here are some things you may need to budget for:
  • Storage: So all your furniture arrived intact, but you’re staying in a rented and furnished place for the first few months. Where do you put all your stuff? You’ll have to rent a storage unit. This is an expense you should ask for if your employer doesn’t mention it. But if they won’t budge, you’ll have to fork out for it yourself.
  • Furniture allowance: Not all relocation packages give you a lump sum to buy new furniture. But then again, there’s no harm in asking—especially if you’re subletting your old place and you aren’t shipping large pieces of furniture. Or maybe you lived in a furnished apartment and need to start from scratch in your new location. Either way, it’s worth asking for!
  • Disturbance fee: However you cut it, moving can be, well, disturbing. It disturbs your normal routine and daily life, and because of that, some companies offer a lump sum payment called a disturbance (or miscellaneous) fee. This could cover anything from the loss of your spouse’s income when they leave their job or the cost of new childcare options.
How Do You Negotiate a Better Relocation Package?

When it comes to relocation, negotiating a better deal is good for all parties. It’ll keep you and your family happy if there’s less for you to do, and it’ll give your employer a new team member who’s ready to work sooner than later.
Here are some steps you can take to negotiate a better deal if you think the one you have doesn’t cut the mustard:
  • Do your own research. If your moving service doesn’t include disassembling furniture, unpacking, or reassembling, find out how much those tasks usually cost and ask for them in your deal. If you can back up your requests with cost examples, you’re more likely to get them—as long as they don’t add thousands of dollars to the total.
  • Get the relocation agreement in writing. It doesn’t need to be a formal letter—an email is fine. But you should lay out what your employer will pay for in writing. This gives you a list to work from to organize your time and think about the expenses you’ll need to cover.
  • Look at taxes and the cost of living in your new location. In all the excitement, you can sometimes forget about boring details like taxes. Are the state and property taxes higher than those in your old state? Does your new salary reflect that? What about the cost of living in general? Getting a salary increase after you’ve signed a contract is not likely, but you could ask for something like the disturbance fee we mentioned earlier—especially if you think the move is going to mean higher taxes and an increased cost of living.
Find the Best Home in Your New Location

Now that you have the lowdown on how to ace your relocation, you might be on the lookout for a place to call home in your new town.
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Relocating may be a hassle, but finding your new home doesn’t have to be!
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