Moving between cities for the sake of your job can be a pain, even if you’re getting the job of your dreams. You will have to find a new school for your children, get rid of the old utilities and get new ones, get a new driver’s license and so on.
Although the process is painful and physically tiring, many professionals, when asked, told us that they’re willing to relocate for a job if they get their desired position and relocation package. Relocating can become fairly easy if your potential employer helps you with the process. Here are some things that you can negotiate with your employer while relocating.
Scout the Location First
Before relocating, ask your new employer to let you (or even sponsor you) on a trip with your family to the new city. This will allow you and your family to explore the area and learn more about your new community prior to relocating permanently.
Make sure that every member of your family is on-board with the decision to move. You can find 2 to 3 things your family likes to do and let your family choose one of them prior to relocating. When you take a trip down to the new area that will give your family time to learn the new surroundings and bond with the new environment and each other. Having your family on-board will make the relocation go smoother.
Temporarily Renting A House
You can negotiate with your employer to give you one to three months of rent in a temporary house, giving you time to find a permanent house for yourself and your family.
Also, temporary rent-free housing lets you inspect the area before buying a permanent home and making the wrong decision about the area where you want to live. The company might rent you an apartment, a house or an executive condo for an agreed amount of time. The key is to give you time to become acclimated to your new surroundings so you and your family can adjust and not be rushed into making the wrong decision on where you want to live permanently.
Other Miscellaneous Expenses
After negotiating all the above-mentioned things with your employer, the last thing you want to do is ask them to pay for any miscellaneous expenses that might arise during the relocation process.
Employers can pay up to $5k-10k depending on the relocation distance and the amount of luggage you have to move. You won’t even have to worry about spending a penny on miscellaneous expenses if you negotiate well enough.
This was a brief list of some of the things you can negotiate with your employer before relocating. Remember that finding a good neighborhood for your family is the most important step before deciding the type of home you want to buy. When your family is comfortable with the area and have a better understanding of the surroundings, the home buying process becomes that much easier.