Relocating for Work: 5 Things You Should Negotiate

Whether you have gotten laid off and need to find work in another state or city, or you are moving to another branch under your current employer, it is crucial that you negotiate the best relocation package. Many times, when you get laid off the employer will do everything they can to get out of paying for your moving costs. However, it is important that these costs are added and not included in your severance package, lest you find yourself paying out of pocket. Moreover, your current employer might try to weasel out of a few costs, so it is important to know exactly how and what to negotiate for when it comes to the costs of relocating. Here are 5 things to negotiate for with an employer when relocating for work.

  1. Travel. It is important that your current or former employer reimburses or provides the money for your travel. Either by air or car, these costs can include everything from fuel, to plane tickets, meals along the way, miscellaneous costs and even baggage fees. It is important that when you are drafting the proposal or plan for relocation costs that you include all these fees. Moreover, if you have a family, you must include all of their costs too.
  2. Next, you can even negotiate to include a down payment on a property or the first twelve months of rent. It can be stressful and extremely costly to uproot yourself and find a home in another city or state. Whether you are looking forĀ Katy homes for sale in Texas or house boats on the Puget Sound in Washington, your employer should cover what ever costs it take to move in. If they don’t, hire a lawyer to negotiate for you.
  3. Also, negotiate all the miscellaneous costs. If you have a family, these costs can end of running the gamut, from strollers that you couldn’t fit on the plane, to a new crib. You can also include things like toll fees, renter’s background check fees, and even that new mattress you need. All of these things are costs incurred by relocating. If you didn’t have to move you wouldn’t have any of these expenses.
  4. It might also be wise to include costs for transporting your pets, if you have any. This is especially important if you are moving out of the country and might need to pay for extra fees or need to keep them in quarantine. There might also be veterinary costs to make sure your pets are safe to travel.
  5. Lastly, if you have kids, make sure that you negotiate the cost of having to send them a new school. Perhaps the public school system in your new city is less than subpar and you want to send them to private school. It would be incredibly helpful in your employer took care of the tuition costs and fees. Most importantly, your children might also need special counseling and tutoring, because relocating can be just as stressful for them.