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.
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.
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.