Do Companies Pay to Relocate You?

Getting a new job and moving for it can be pricey, but you have options. Here’s our overview of the options you’ll have for your move.
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Do Companies Reimburse Your Moving Costs?
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You’ve got a new job and you’re excited for what it has in store, but you are going to have to relocate to make it happen. Thankfully, many companies will pay for your relocation expenses, whether it’s for a new job or a different position within the same company.

What options will you have in order to relocate? How do companies make sure that you can get to your new home and settle in before you start your new job? Here’s a look at the most common corporate relocation options that you will come across.

Corporate Moving Companies

The most common option you will come across for these situations is the use of corporate moving companies. These companies work with employers like yours in order to provide the best options possible for relocation.

More often than not, your employer will work with them directly and take care of paying for everything for a “standard” move. Sometimes they will pay for additional services, sometimes you’ll have to pay for them out of pocket, depending on the overall total of moving quotes received.

When working with corporate moving companies, your employer will typically work with you to figure out a date, and then they’ll schedule it for you. All you need to do is be ready for them to come and help you out with everything related to the move.

Company-Owned Movers

Some large corporations will have their own relocation companies as a part of what they offer. Also, if you’re moving due to a military relocation, you will be relocated with military movers who will come in, pack up, and get you ready to go ASAP.

These aren’t extremely common, but they do exist, so they’re important to consider as you start the process of determining what may happen in regards to your move and how you need to get everything going.

Moving Yourself

In some instances, you will be offered some sort of compensation package, and in those cases, you’re going to have to schedule everything on your own. Some people make the decision to go ahead and take care of all of the details of their move on their own if this is the case.

How can you make this happen effectively? First, you want to plan out how you’re moving. Start packing up as soon as you can and get your moving van or moving truck scheduled as far our as you can. You’re going to need help to do things well, so you want to be sure that you ask your friends and family to give you a hand, too.

If you’re getting reimbursed for a move you do yourself, you want to keep all of the receipts related to your move. This includes the rental fee for the vehicle and any of the aides you needed (dollies, furniture blankets), any gas receipts that you needed, and any additional packing materials that you had to buy.

Then, when you arrive at your new home, you can give them your receipts (organized neatly) and they will utilize that info in order to reimburse you for whatever it is that you paid for. 

Hiring Your Own Movers

Lastly, hiring your own long-distance movers is another option that you can explore if you’re getting reimbursed for your moving costs. Hiring your own movers is a safer way to deal with everything, and they can often do everything in a more efficient manner than what you’d expect if you did it on your own.

You’ll want to look for a moving company that can help you to complete the job quickly, especially if you don’t have a lot of time between when you make the career change and when you actually start your job. You may have to pay extra based on how soon things need to be done; some companies have an extra fee for that.

Reputable cross-country moving companies won’t make you pay until the move is completed, and you may have a period of time between when your move is completed and when your invoice is due. If that’s the case, then you may want to see if your employer will take the invoice and pay for it, or if you need to pay for it, and then they’ll pay you back.

Either way, hiring movers to take care of things for you is always a great option, because they know the ins and outs of moving. They will do everything that they can to make your move less stressful.

Frequently Asked Questions

Will my current company pay for my move if they want me to relocate to a different office?

Typically, yes. A relocation clause in your original contract should set out all of the legal obligations that your company has for relocating you. This, typically, involves some sort of package for relocation costs, among other things you may need when moving.  

How long will I have to relocate?

It depends on your company’s needs. Determine your starting date and try to schedule your move as soon as possible so that you have some wiggle room between when you leave your current home and when you arrive. Your company should give you some sort of timelines to adhere to.

Can I negotiate my relocation package?

Of course. If your new employer is giving you financial reimbursement rather than paying for your move outright, you should be able to negotiate your package. Be sure that you have an estimate for your move before you try to negotiate, so you can make sure that you get as much of it paid for as you can.

Getting Ready for Your New Adventure

Starting a new job is a really exciting thing, and you want to prepare properly. Once you sort out the details of who is moving you, you can start packing up! Plan out the details with your new company and determine how you want to schedule your move.

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