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How to Ask for Relocation Assistance

If your company doesn’t offer relocation assistance, did you know you can ask to see if they’ll help you out? (And if your company does, but you don’t think it’s going to be enough, you can ask for additional help!) Here’s how to ask for relocation assistance.

Relocation assistance is a benefit that companies use for anyone who’s moving for work, whether they’re a new hire or an existing employee. How much you receive can vary on the size of your company, your position, and your time with the company, but at a minimum, companies who offer this benefit are typically willing to pay a portion of your moving costs.

But what if your company doesn’t offer relocation assistance at all? Just like negotiating a salary, you can discuss adding relocation benefits to your benefits package with your HR team.

Relocation Assistance Can Be Negotiated — All You Have to Do Is Ask

So, how do you approach this conversation with HR? You don’t need to send a formal email or letter, but you might want to send a note or give your contact a call to set up a time to talk about it. If you don’t know if you’ve received the job yet, you can make a point to discuss it if you receive the job offer, just like your salary.

Next, you’ll want to make sure you come prepared for the conversation. Think about what you’re going to need before, during, and after your move. Will you need help selling your home? Finding a school for your kids? Finding a place to live? All of these are things your company can help cover the cost for on top of the basics like the moving company and travel costs.

If you have unique items to move, like a grand piano or a large mirror, you might want to research specialty moving services. Some moving companies will create cartons specifically for fragile or bulky items to ensure they’re able to move safely. Or you might want to work with a company that specializes in special moves. Information like this is what you’ll want to bring to the discussion with HR.

If you can, bring estimates or quotes from the companies you want to work with to back up the amount of money you’re asking for. You can also use this information to determine how much money you need. Look at services that offer options to help you find a place to live, moving companies, and others to help you determine a baseline.

Preparation is Key for Negotiating Relocation Assistance

Once it’s time to discuss your relocation assistance, there’s a few things you’ll want to make sure you cover.

If your company does offer relocation assistance…

Ask about what’s being considered for your move, or what they’ve done for employees in the past. Since you already know what you’re going to need for your move, you’ll be able to gauge their offering is going to cover your needs and counter from there.

When you do counter, use the information you’ve gathered on your move to back up your argument, and try to offer your company something that will be worthwhile to them as well. For example, you could say that you’ll be able to get adjusted to your role and be productive faster by using a service that helps you find a place to live, because you won’t have to worry as much about moving, or finding a temporary place to hold you over while you look for somewhere permanent.

If your company does not offer relocation assistance…

This is the other situation where the information you gathered on your move will be handy. Be prepared to tell them how much money you’re looking to receive as a relocation benefit, and then provide the reasons why you need it, and how you’ll be using the money. It’s okay to feel awkward during this conversation, but remember that the company wants to hire you and put you in this position, and if they’re asking you to move for work, it’s not a big jump on their part to help out.

And if your company won’t budge on offering you relocation assistance, you can see if they’d be willing to offer you a signing bonus instead. Some companies might be willing to provide you a lump-sum amount that you can use at your discretion for moving rather than going through a full relocation benefits process.

How to Use Your Relocation Benefits

If you get relocation assistance from your company, that’s great! And if you don’t, don’t worry. There’s still plenty of services that you can use to move that can help you save money and time. At Dwellworks Direct, we help individuals who are moving for work, whether they have relocation assistance or not. We understand that moving is stressful, especially when you’re taking the entire process on by yourself. With our RentAssist service, we pair you up with a local expert who helps you find available property in the area you want to live. Just tell us what you’re looking for, and we’ll find it for you. Need to get a new driver’s licenses or Social Security Number? We can help with that too. Learn more about all the services we offer for people moving for work here