Identify What You Need
When it comes time to negotiate with your employer about the relocation, make sure that you let him know what your needs will be in this process. How is this move going to affect you and your family? How would you like your employer to help? For example, you might request that your employer help with:
The cost of hiring a moving company.
Assistance with early lease termination fees.
Help with mortgage payments until your old home sells.
Temporary housing costs.
Childcare cost assistance.
Know What to Expect
Should you expect your employer to cover all your move related expenses? That varies on a case by case basis. According to a survey conducted by Allied Van Lines, about 26% of those surveyed received help with some moving expenses. About 16% received help with living expenses. Nearly 30% received no help whatsoever.
The amount of help you can expect depends on several factors. For example, large companies are more likely to have standardized policies. You are also more likely to get financial assistance if you are relocating for an executive level position.
The best way to begin is to contact employer’s HR department and ask if they have an employee relocation policy. If so, request a copy. If you are using a recruiter, he or she should be able to find this information for you.