How Long Do Companies Give You to Relocate?
If you’re looking to move to a new city for work, or you’re interested in a new position at a different office than your current company, you’re probably thinking about how to plan for your move. One of the things you’ll need to think about is your timeframe, so how long do companies give you to relocate?
The typical timeframe for changing jobs is two weeks — which is usually given as a courtesy to your old company so they can prepare for your departure. But what if you’re moving across the state or even across the country?
In cases like these, companies will typically give four weeks, or one month, for employees to relocate to their area. However, it can vary by company. Some places who need someone with your skills right away might want you to be on the job faster, so they may ask that you take the traditional two weeks. Other companies might be willing to give you even more time to move. For example, if you’re moving to a new country or you’re an executive, your company might be willing to give you six weeks to get to where you need to be.
How much time you get can also be impacted by the amount of relocation assistance your company is offering. If they’re only providing two week’s coverage of temporary housing in your new area, you likely won’t want to go over that limit, or you’ll be footing the bill for additional time.
How to Make the Most of Your Relocation Timeframe
When you accept the job offer, HR will give you a start date, but don’t be afraid to ask for more time — within reason — if you feel like you need it. If you have big items to tackle on your moving checklist, like selling your house or getting a family of five ready to move, your company might be willing to give you some additional time to get things done.
Once you know how much time you have, here’s how to make the most of it. The first thing you should do is celebrate your new role. After all, you earned it! Then you’ll need to start planning for your move. Here’s what you should account for:
- A moving checklist — planning out the packing and shipping process will help you stay organized and on track
- Get estimates for your moving costs — how much will movers cost? Do they offer packing and unpacking services?
- Determine if you’ll be able to take everything with you — you might want to look at selling some of your bigger items or putting them in storage until you have the right place to put them
- Get ready to put your home on the market, or get in touch with your landlord to let them know you’ll need to end your lease
- Start researching your new area — where do you want to live? What neighborhoods are near your office?
- If you’ve never been to the area before, consider going on an orientation trip to scope out your office and what’s nearby
- Identifying a place to live in your new area, whether it’s temporary or permanent
When you’re moving on a deadline, it’s tough to manage everything. Finding a new place to live is exciting, but it can also be a stressful process when you don’t have a lot of time to research neighborhoods and properties or tour the places you’re interested in. Luckily, you can use your relocation assistance on services that can do the hard work for you.
When Your Company Tells You How Long You Have to Relocate — Call Dwellworks Direct
At Dwellworks Direct, we can save you up to two weeks of time on your move. Just tell us where you’re moving to, and we’ll match you up with one of our local experts who can help you find places to live that match your needs. Whether you want a one-bedroom apartment downtown or a two-story home in the suburbs, we can help you find it. Let us take the tedious work off your plate. Check out how our services can help your move be more efficient here.
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