If your upcoming long-distance move is required by an employer, you might be wondering whether you’ll have to shoulder the expense and hassle of the relocation on your own.

Should your employer pay for part of the move?

In most cases, asking your employer for some help is reasonable, but it’s natural to feel apprehensive about bringing up the topic. Here’s how you can handle this conversation in the most professional and effective way possible.

Identify Your Needs

When it’s time to negotiate with your employer, you will want to have your needs clearly identified. How is this move going to affect you and your family? How would you like your employer to help? For example, you might request that your employer help with:

  • The cost of hiring a moving company.
  • Cost-of-living changes.
  • Assistance with early lease termination fees.
  • Help with mortgage payments until your old home sells.
  • Temporary housing costs.
  • Childcare cost assistance.

Know What to Expect

Should you expect your employer to cover all your move related expenses? That depends. According to a survey conducted by Allied Van Lines, about 26% of those surveyed received help with some moving expenses. About 16% received help with living expenses. Nearly 30% received no help whatsoever.

The amount of help you can expect depends on several factors. For example, large companies are more likely to have standardized policies. You are also more likely to get financial assistance if you are relocating for an executive level position.

The best way to begin is to contact your new employer’s HR department and ask if they have an employee relocation policy. If so, obtain a copy. If you are using a recruiter, he or she should be able to find this information for you.

Make Your Request Attractive

Regardless of your company’s standards, you are more likely to get the help you want if you present your request in an attractive manner.

If your employer were to help, how would this benefit them?

For example, you might make this about job performance. If your employer can help with some of the expense and hassle of relocation, it will be easier for you to jump right in and get to work without distraction. 

You could also recommend a trusted moving company that provides attractive employee relocation services.

At Solomon & Sons Relocation Service, we offer employee relocation solutions that consider the needs of everyone involved. Prices are affordable, and we prioritize moving efficiency, safety, and customer satisfaction. To learn more or to request a free cost estimate, contact Solomon & Sons today!