The Weight of Relocation
The excitement of a new job in a new city can be tempered by the daunting prospect of moving all your possessions. Any time you think of moving cross country for a job, the inevitable stress of relocation to or from your home will sweep in and that is certainly not fair during a time of joy over a new promotion or new opportunity. There are some ways to eliminate at least some of that stress. While moving is indeed a taxing experience, it doesn’t have to be a complete downer during what should be an exciting time.
Working with your employer for some concessions is not possible in all circumstances, but during some promotions and new job positions, a company will provide varying levels of assistance that can take some of the stress out of moving. Obviously, it is to a company’s benefit to have you at full speed on your first day, and taking out some moving headaches to or from your home is an effective way to accomplish that. By negotiating these moving-related benefits before taking a job, you can turn a daunting prospect into a much easier situation.
Negotiating with your company to get all or a part of your relocation costs paid for can provide significant peace of mind during a move. Understandably, not all companies are willing to do so, and negotiating a percentage of costs to be paid by the company can be a strong compromise position. Be sure to factor in costs like possible hotel expenses during a move and transportation costs to or from your home when offering an estimate to your company.
The process of finding a new home in a strange, new city can be a long one, and asking a company for assistance in doing so can ease the transition to a new piece of real estate. Some companies will offer to pay for a few trips to take tours of potential new homes before a move and most will offer advice on areas of town to look at or popular regions. Nothing will increase stress like trying to cram as many home showings into a weekend as possible, so be sure to inquire about multiple trips and other assistance.
Perhaps the most important component to negotiating moving assistance is carving out time off for the actual move and settling in with family in a new home and city. The entire process of packing, moving, unpacking, and settling can take a substantial amount of time, and negotiating with a company for the amount of time that will allow you to make a stress-free move is a critical component for not only you but your family as well.
In some cases, you or your family may need some kind of counseling to help ease the transition to a new area or new piece of real estate. Moving amounts to what is basically life upheaval and that can weigh heavily on you and your children in particular. Leaving a comfortable situation of familiar friends and a familiar school environment can be a difficult transition and sometimes counseling assistance can ease that transition.
These are all points that you should bring up with your prospective employer when negotiating a new position. Rare is the company that will provide full assistance in all of these categories, but there is certainly merit in talking about relocation assistance at the very least. Your move affects not only you but your family and loved ones as well, so be sure to look out for their stress levels as well during any real estate transaction.
Don’t let a relocation take some of the excitement out of what should be a fun time with a new city and new job. By exploring a few of these options, you can not only take the stress out of the situation but add some excitement to the proceedings as well.