Don't assume anything.Relocation incentives are offered by nearly 70% of U.S. employers and you need to find out if your company offers relocation packages. Don't wait for offers to be presented. Ask for the specific services and payment you will require to make such a move and be sure to research costs down to the penny. You want to make sure your incentives will cover all expenses and don't be afraid to negotiate should your company's compensation plan fall short.
Ask lots of questions and be specific.While some employer's cover only the most basic of moving expenses, others will provide cultural training, move your car, pay your closing fees and provide employment assistance for spouses. If you currently own a home, ask your company if they offer a guaranteed buy out. If so, your company will offer to hire two appraisers before you list your house on the market. If your property does not sell within a specific time frame, your employer will purchase your residence at the price averaged between the two appraisals.
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Consider the DIY approach.Perhaps your employer does not offer relocation incentives. If this is the case, you may need to consider whether or not you'd like to DIY your move. Of course moving all of your earthly possessions yourself is the least expensive route, however it can be risky. Consider the prospect of hiring professional packers and movers to ensure your belongings arrive on time and intact. If you are moving a shorter distance away, perhaps family and friends would be happy to assists if you would prefer to keep the costs on the lower side. In addition, a self-move can take much longer to accomplish than a professional move.
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