Moving can be affordable with the right moving company, but sometimes it is an expense that can be difficult to manage. If you are making a move for a new job or position, sometimes you can incorporate moving expenses in with your new salary negotiations. Many employers who wish to stay competitive with in-demand positions will often cover the cost of moving, especially when it is a long-distance move. Negotiating with an employer can be a careful balance. You don’t want to seem too greedy, but you also want to be direct and confident about your expectations. Bekins Moving Solutions is happy to provide a few tips on how to negotiate for relocation expenses with your employer.
Do Some Research
Before you go into talks with your employer, do some research on your own. Check out some local moving companies and gather a few quotes. Before an employer is willing to cover moving expenses, they need to have a reasonable estimate in mind. Taking the initiative by asking for estimates beforehand is sure to impress. It will also help with your ability to negotiate using actual figures, rather than talking in vague terms.
Write Down Your Terms
Before walking into your meeting, write down the terms you would request and what you would be willing to be flexible on. Maybe you can cover the packing expenses as long as they are willing to cover the loading and unloading costs. Run your numbers on your costs for each scenario. Be prepared for your employer also to offer terms that you may not have thought of.
It Is Ok to Ask for Time to Think
If you are in negotiations with your employer, and you need some time to consider their offer, it is entirely acceptable to request for a reasonable amount of time. This will provide you with enough time to crunch some numbers and see if their offer would work financially for you. If they put the pressure on for you to decide on the spot, this is when your homework would come in handy. Just make sure to keep your cool so you can make the right decision for you and your family.
Consider Corporate Relocation Guidelines
If you work for a large company, there may be strict policies regarding coverage of relocation expenses. Ask your human resources for a copy of the corporation relocation guidelines for what may be covered. There may be specific requirements for reimbursement of your moving costs.
Don’t Forget Travel and Hotels
If you are relocating long-distance, you will want to request coverage for your travel and lodging along the way. If you are driving, the cost of gas and even food may be included in your moving costs. If you are flying, you may have to book your ticket in a particular way to be reimbursed.
We know that moving is stressful, but with these tips, negotiating for relocation expenses should be a breeze. For a free moving estimate, call Bekins Moving Solutions at (877) 594-1187 today!