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Negotiate the right compensation when your job forces long distance moving

  • March 29, 2012

Negotiate the right compensation when your job forces long distance moving

While you might not want to move across the country, relocating to a different office within your employer's organization can be a great move. A willingness to transfer is usually valued by management, and you might even end up in a new and exciting region that has a lower cost of living. Regardless of the background information, you should always negotiate certain rights and compensation when your job has you relocate. Be certain your company is going to pay for the moving and relocation company and discuss the following matters that will affect your new life in a new location.

Child care
The process of moving itself can be very stressful and distracting, even if you make use of relocation and moving services. One of the biggest difficulties involves getting your kids taken care of while you're packing, driving, flying or unpacking in another location. It's a good idea to have your kids stay out of the way until everything's settled, unless they're old enough to help out. Have your boss include some sort of child care reimbursement for the time during a relocation.

Cost of living
You might be lucky enough to transfer to a part of the country where household goods and rent don't cost as much. However, it's just as likely you'll be asked to move from Arizona to New York. If that's the case, you should be sure to broach the subject of a raise based on the increasing cost of living you'll be experiencing very soon. After all, a dollar doesn't go quite as far on the coasts as it does in the heartland.

Benefit translations
Some of the benefits you might have had access to in the past could be obsolete or nonexistent in your new location. For example, you might have been accustomed to taking the commuter rail to work in Chicago every day but will soon be working in the Houston outskirts, where trains are few and far between. Try to have your transportation benefits updated accordingly by the time you have a household moving company over to pack the first box.

Bridge loans
If your employers are asking you to move as soon as possible, you might not have enough time to sell your home or even put it on the market. If so, be sure to ask for a bridge loan to cover the cost of a new house for when you move. You'll then be able to pay it off when you've had a long distance moving and storage business bring your possessions and the original property has been sold. 


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