Moving for work can be an exciting prospect. Especially when it’s for a new and promising job. Unfortunately, though, it’s expensive. Negotiating a relocation package along with your new job offer can help offset this cost, making the job opportunity worth the move. Here’s how to do it.


Ask yourself the hard questions

Your move can mean many things. It might mean an opportunity to take a step forward in your career. Or it could be an exciting new role you’ve been wanting to take on. But while it might be a good career decision, you need to weigh the financial and personal implications of your move. What’s the cost of living in the new city as compared to where you’d be moving from? If you are moving with your family, is the move the best thing for everyone? How much will the move cost you and how will it impact your future finances?


Find out about the company’s relocation package

Before you get into negotiations with the company it’s important to find out if the company offers a relocation package or not. Get in contact with the HR department of your new company and find out what sort of job relocation package they offer. If you know anyone at the company who recently moved, you could also ask for some advice. If you went through a recruiter to get the job, the recruiter could also offer assistance with sourcing information as well. Some official company websites might even have the information you are looking for.

While medium and large-sized organizations tend to have an official policy for relocation packages, smaller organizations and startups might not. If the company has a relocation package you don’t find altogether satisfying, you can negotiate it. If they are not accustomed to offering a package, you’ll have to negotiate from scratch. It’s important to have a sense of where the company stands on relocation packages so you know how and where to start with your negotiations.

Often companies offer relocation packages by paying a fixed amount of money to assist with what you need or reimbursing all or some part of your expenses after you’ve made the move.Blueground offers fully-furnished, equipped and serviced apartments in some of the world's most sought after cities.

What’s the usual standard job relocation package?

The content of a company’s relocation package differs from company to company. While some companies offer a lump sum of money to assist with the move, others offer a package that details specific costs they are willing to help with and excluded the costs, they aren’t. Knowing the content of a standard job relocation package will help you understand what you can ask for when you start negotiations. Keep in mind that companies tend to vary in what they offer.

The following items are usually covered:

  • Help with finding a new home (this might also include help with selling or listing your old home)
  • Moving costs like provision of transportation
  • Temporary lodging costs if you are unable to find a new home before the job begins and as you search for your new home
  • Assistance with finding a house
  • Job search assistance for your spouse
  • Covering or subsidizing your housing costs


Decide what you need help with

If the company offers a relocation package, decide whether or not it’ll be enough to ease the moving process and make the relocation worth it. If it isn’t, or the company doesn’t offer one you need to make a list of the things you’d need help with before you begin negotiations. Prioritize them according to what is most important to you. Consider the things that might pose as deal breakers with the move. Everything from housing allowance and moving costs, to smaller items you don’t mind losing out on during the negotiation process (a percentage of flight costs covered as opposed to a large allowance).

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Before starting negotiations, you should know that there is no obligation on the part of an employer to cover your moving expenses.


Start negotiating

Regardless of what might be contained in a company’s relocation package, you can always negotiate. Don’t be afraid to ask for what you need and even the things you think you could handle on your own. That’s what negotiations are all about. Explaining to your employer how the relocation package will also be beneficial to the company is a great way to give yourself an edge during the negotiation process. For instance, promising to start earlier on the job than previously agreed. Or how not having to stress over the move will boost your productivity at work.

Be very clear about what you need and what you want. If you are asking for financial assistance, present actual quotes on specific things you’d need assistance with. For instance, the cost of house hunting, moving and relocating. Gather quotes from as many moving companies and agents as possible. Be firm and weigh your options carefully.


Get it all in writing

Once you come to an agreement with the company, make sure to get it all in writing. It doesn’t have to be anything elaborate. A simple letter or email detailing what has been agreed on works great. Others may choose to have it written directly into their employment contract to be sure that both parties completely agree.

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It’s important to consider the job relocation package carefully before you accept it. Not just the financial implications but the mental implication on you and your family. Even after you’ve settled on a relocation package moving can still be a hectic process. Moving into a furnished apartment instead of moving all of the furniture in your old apartment to the new one can save you some hassle. Blueground has a large number of thoughtfully furnished options you can pick from. The monthly rent is inclusive of furniture, furnishings, appliances — down to linens and decorations too. This can be communicated to your employer and leveraged during relocation package negotiations. The booking process is also quick and simple, letting you concentrate on getting settled in your new city and job.

All of this will ensure you have a smooth and successful relocation.

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