You finally got that great job offer and the company is paying to move you cross-country, or at least more than 50 miles away. Besides leaving the people and lifestyle you’ve grown accustomed to behind, what can you expect to be part of your relocation package?
Below is a list of things that companies *might include to make this inconvenience easier to bear. Of course the basics start with a moving truck, but you might be surprised with some of the other things!
Relocation Packages might also include
Transfer of vehicles to your new location. This can have certain restrictions to the amount of vehicles, etc.
A list of day care providers and possible reimbursement for special situations.
For those moving internationally, a class on what to expect in the new culture will be offered.
Elder care assistance:
A list of nursing homes or care centers will be provided.
A moving company will be sent to pack all your household goods and transport them to your new home. Any special moving needs should be discussed prior.
Home finding trip:
A visit to your future city (including airfare, hotel, rental car, and meals) so that you can find a home, schools, etc. that are suitable for your family.
Home Buying Services:
Help with the payment of closing costs, mortgage points buy down or other fees on the purchase of a home.
Home Sale Services:
Help with the payment of closing costs and commissions on the sale of your home.
Lease Break Coverage:
If you’re a renter, the company will pay penalty charges for breaking a contract.
During your home finding trip and/or move, costs for hotel stays will be paid.
Out of pocket expenses like carpet cleaning, drapery installation, utility hook-ups, vehicle registration and other incidentals could be reimbursed.
Homeowners on international or short term assignments will have a property management company take care of rental and upkeep.
Spousal job support:
Many companies offer employment assistance for an accompanying spouse or partner.
If you will be overseas on a short assignment or living in temporary housing for a few weeks, the company will pay to have your items put in a storage facility.
In case your new home isn’t ready right away, furnished housing will be provided.
Getting you to your new destination by plane, train or automobile will be reimbursed.
If you’re on a short unaccompanied assignment or your families move is scheduled a few months out, airfare back home will be paid for every so often.
* These are descriptions of what companies may offer. Contact your HR department for details on what your particular relocation package will include.
Other questions to ask HR when relocating:
- How long will you have to make your move?
- Will you get a lump sum payment or reimbursed for certain things?
- What is the office environment like?
- What is there to do in the city/state?
- What is the cost of living differential? Use our Salary Calculator
- How are schools? Get a School Report
- Will you be set up with a realtor? Visit Realtor.com
- What is the population of the city and other statistics? Get a detailed City Report
If your road trip coincides with a long distance move, consider Box Ox Moving, a professional moving company. We’ll take care of the moving so you can road trip your way to your new home! Call 512-861-8707 or get a free moving quote online.