Relocating For Work? 5 Expenses Your Work Should Be Covering

moving-truckBy April Labarron

Depending on your offer and arrangement with your new employer, if you are relocating to take a new job, your new employer may have agreed with you to reimburse you, or pay directly, for certain costs of your move. Allowable reimbursable expenses often track fairly closely with the kind of expenses you could deduct from your income tax if you were personally bearing the burden of those costs. These generally include reasonable relocation expenses incurred in connection with the move between your old home and your new home city.

Specifically, a good relocation package should provide for your new employer to pay for at least the following 5 types of expenses:

Transportation of Household Goods

The costs of moving the household goods and personal effects of you and your family, including the costs of packing and crating, from your old home to your new home location. Talk to several reputable moving companies. Get references and choose carefully. There’s a wide range of quality out there from quick and dirty to caring professionals who will treat your heirloom furniture with the care you hope for.

Short-term Storage

The cost of storing and insuring those household goods and personal effects after they are removed from your old home if they cannot be immediately delivered to your new home. Most employers will put reasonable limits on the amount of storage time they will pay for in a relocation package, often 30 days. If you do need to do this, particularly if you need tips on storing valuable antiques, make sure to find a secure, established company with a good reputation and on-site resident managers, like www.thestoragecenter.com.

Pets and Car

The shipping costs to send your household pets and your car to your new home.

Utilities

The costs of disconnecting utilities at your old home or connecting utilities at your home.

Travel to the New Home

Your direct travel expenses, including lodging (but sometimes excluding meals, depending on your particular employer’s package), from your old home to your new home. You may need to check with your particular employer regarding company policy on mode of transportation or any itinerary other than direct point to point travel between your old home and your new home location.

With your employer’s help in financing some of the expenses, hopefully your move will be smooth and secure.

About the Author:

April Labarron is a native to Southern California. She has her BA in English/Literature from MSJC in Menifee, Ca. She views her freelance writing, not only as a career, but as her passion. Other areas of interest include; movies, food, singing, soccer, traveling, shopping and a continuous desire for learning. She lives on her own and is accompanied by her Pomeranian named, Elvis. She currently resides in Temecula, CA.

New Homes and Older Homes Each Have Their Own Advantages

family-homeBy Jay Preston

Some people like to do work around the house.  I’m not talking about ordinary, everyday work like washing the dishes and doing the laundry.  I am talking about real work, DIY, remodeling, painting, sanding, gardening, replacing old fixtures and rewiring the basement.  But before you get to do all of these things, before the projects either mount up or you call in for some reinforcements, it comes down to what kind of home you purchase.  Are you looking forward to putting some blood, sweat and tears into the projects around the house in order to make it what you have always dreamt about or do you want something that is new, fresh and is not in need of any updates?

So the basic question to ask yourself is whether or not you are a new home kind of person or an old home kind of person?  Do you want everything perfect from the start or do you want a fixer-upper?  There are some definite benefits to either choice; it really comes down to personal preference and what you are willing to put into the home.

There are some advantages to purchasing an older home.

  1.  Larger lots.  Usually, an older home is situated on a larger piece of property.  As neighborhoods, towns and cities grow the lot sizes tend to shrink so that more houses can be built on the same amount of land.
  2. Mature vegetation.  If having large mature trees on the property is important to you, then an older home is usually the best way to take advantage of the shade and beauty that they provide.
  3. Customization.  An older home is ripe for a remodel and because often times it is original to the home, you have a great deal of flexibility in how you redesign any upgrades.
  4. Established neighborhood.  Older homes have a history and you can trace the history through sales in the neighborhood and the trends of the property over the years.  They also tend to be located near established businesses and schools as well.

Along with the benefits that an older home has, it also has some drawbacks which can be avoided with a newer home.  And because a new home does have its advantages as well, here is a list of them.

Advantages to a newer home.

  1.  Home warranty.  Many builders are offering a home warranty that will protect you from problems with the house.  With an older home, there is a greater chance of major issues involving structural and building problems such as the roof, windows and the heating and cooling system.  These can be very expensive problems.
  2. Newer neighborhood.  With new homes in new communities, you often get benefits such as new construction near and around the neighborhood.  Community centers with benefits such as organized activities and often times even newer schools and government facilities.
  3. Customization.  If you are buying a new house, one that hasn’t been built yet.  You get to make decisions and choices in what the interior design of the home is, including appliances, fixtures, flooring and paint schemes.  This gives you the opportunity to customize the home ahead of time, without having to remodel it on your own.

Of course, the pros and cons for each choice will depend on how you feel personally about each topic.  For us do it yourselfers, a project that is challenging, yet doable and rewarding might not be an option for somebody else.  We all have our own individual skill levels when it comes to home improvement and our own comfort levels.

About the Author:

Jay Preston is blogger and Brand Manager for ToolHQ. He enjoys writing about homeowner and DIY topics.