Moving for Work? Understanding Relocation Assistance Programs

Following that new job to that new city with those new people can be tough. Employers in many different sectors know this difficulty and many have assistance for you in your new place. Taking a look at what a move may cost you and your family and what expenses you can ask your employer to cover can be very helpful in a stressful and quickly-paced move. Knowing your needs ensures you will be covered. Recognising how an easy move benefits your performance is vital to the company’s productivity and the productivity of the related conversations that you may have with your employer regarding your move. These questions can help you shape that conversation.

Where Are You Going And What Will It Cost You?
It is important to look at what you are leaving: a home, a spouse’s income, a daycare, a language, a culture, a mortgage, a lower cost of living, your home country? Be sure to take every loss into consideration when you begin negotiating a moving package with your employer.
What Is The Relocation Assistance Package That Your Company Has Offered Employees Before? 
Read up on your rights in your employee handbook, talk to HR and, perhaps, most valuable of all, ask those within your company who have moved what benefits they received and what they wish they had asked for. See what your company has offered in the past and how that lines up with your own needs and wants. 
There are many different ways that employers offer to help those who are moving. Take into consideration these options that you may not realize you can ask for:
Assistance selling your home and finding a new one; 
Temporary housing;
Travel expenses between the new and old location while you look for a new home;
A stipend for house hunting;
A stipend for cost of living;
Utility hook ups;
Termination of lease;
An allowance for higher mortgage costs;
A reimbursement for real estate commission;
Moving companies, including transportation and packing;
Gas costs;
Visas for you and your spouse, including accommodations;
Assistance for family, such as finding a job for your spouse and schools and childcare; and 
Language instructions and cultural assimilation workshops and classes.
The process of moving is never easy, and moving for your job can be an added hardship. Talk to your employer as soon as you know a move might be in the cards. 

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