Relocating for work can be a great opportunity, but it shouldn’t cost you an arm and a leg, especially if the company itself wants you to move. As an employee, you do have the ability to negotiate a relocation package. Here are some tips on how to go about doing so.
Do Your Homework – First of all, if you want your employer to help pay for the move, you need to be armed with knowledge. Get a couple of quotes from local moving companies so you know just how much it might end up costing. Knowing this information can definitely help during your negotiation efforts.
Choose the Right Time – Don’t start negotiating for relocation expenses before the offer is official. You should always wait until the job is actually offered or you have been asked to move for the company. If the company is willing to help cover the costs, you should find out a possible range of what they are willing to contribute.
Be Enthusiastic – While this may or may not be effective, your enthusiasm in the new job or position should be made clear. An excited employee that is motivated is a good investment for any employer, so they may try to make the relocation as easy on you as possible.
Of course, these aren’t all the things you should remember when negotiating a relocation package it is just a good start. Just be open to possibilities and not afraid to discuss money with your employer. And remember – keep your receipts!