What Is a Reasonable Relocation Package? 

What Is a Reasonable Relocation Package? 

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What Is a Reasonable Relocation Package? Moving across the country or even just across town can be one of the most stressful, tiring, and expensive life events that you’ll ever go through. Whether you’re doing this by yourself or with your family, you can lessen the impact on yourself and your budget if you plan out your moving expenses in advance and keep track of what you spend throughout the process. 

In this guide, we’ll help you understand exactly how to determine what’s reasonable when it comes to moving expenses so that you won’t have to compromise on your household goods during the move. 

What Is a Reasonable Relocation Package? 

A relocation package is a sum of money given to an employee who is moving for a new job. It can be used to cover the cost of moving, job search assistance, and other expenses related to the move. 

A relocation package is different from an employment agreement in that it does not include all of the same terms or conditions as an employment contract. The most important difference is that, unlike an employment contract, it does not bind either party to ongoing employment obligations or results-based compensation if they are successful in their new position. 

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House Hunting Expenses  

House hunting expenses are a big expense and can be expensive if you don’t plan ahead. 

Here are some common house-hunting expenses: 

Real estate agent fees – A real estate agent can help you find the perfect home, and they will charge you for their services. 

Home inspection fees – If your home does not have any major issues, there may not be a need for an inspection. However, if there are many problems with the home, a home inspection might be necessary. 

Home Buying and Selling 

Home buying and selling are one of the most important aspects of a relocation package. You will want to know what type of home you are getting and what price you are paying for it. You will also want to know if you are getting a mortgage or if you will be financing the purchase yourself. Make sure that you have all of your paperwork, including your tax records, insurance policies, financial documents, and any other documentation necessary to close the sale of your house. 

Job Opportunities for your Partner  

The job services for your partner are a vital part of the relocation package. You want to make sure that your partner is protected in the new environment, which means offering support both financially and emotionally. 

There are a number of different options for job services for partners. They can be provided by the same company or they can be provided by an entirely separate entity. 

Some companies will offer a “job readiness” program that helps with finding employment after relocating. This may include classes in resume and interview skills, as well as classes on how to fill out an application or interview process properly. 

Travel Expenses 

A relocation package should cover the cost of travel, accommodation, and change of currency. The package should also include any incidentals like visas, vaccinations, etc. as well as expenses for a return flight home if required.  

The amount you’ll need to pay depends on the distance you have to travel and the time of year (expect to spend more during peak holiday periods). You can get an estimate from your employer or by consulting with an independent relocation firm. 

Temporary Housing 

If you are relocating to a new area, your employer may offer to pay for temporary housing until you find permanent housing. Temporary housing typically includes finding an apartment or hotel near the workplace so that you can continue working while looking for permanent accommodations. 

If your company does not provide temporary housing and is covering the cost of your move, it’s important to find out what the company considers reasonable for relocation expenses. 

There are no strict guidelines on what constitutes a reasonable amount, but it’s in your best interest to have an idea of what the company might deem appropriate so you don’t get stuck paying for costs that should be covered by them. 

Packaging Services 

If you are relocating to a new area, you may want to hire professional packing services in order to ensure that your relocation is as hassle-free as possible. These services can help pack up your entire house, including all of your fragile items, so you don’t have to worry about anything getting broken.  

If you are not sure what should be included in the reasonable relocation package for your new home, it is important that you discuss this with your moving company ahead of time. 

Some common features of these packages include: 

  • Labeling and organizing boxes by room 
  • Packing fragile items like dishes and china 
  • Mapping out routes for furniture delivery     
  • Hiring movers who will load and unload all of your belongings at both locations 

Lease Break Coverage  

When you are moving to a new home, it is important to take the time to research whether your lease will allow you to break the lease and what protections are available for ending your lease early. Typically, if you want to break your lease early, there may be some costs associated with it. 

Make sure that when you move out of an apartment or house that is not on a month-to-month basis, you discuss with your landlord how much notice they need from you in order for them to replace the unit. If they require more than 30 days before they can replace the unit, then this may not be an option for you. 

Benefits of Relocation Packages 

The benefits of a relocation package are many. It can provide a sense of security and peace of mind for the new employee, as well as the company in regards to their employees’ safety while they are moving. With this in mind, it is important to look at what these packages offer and how they can be implemented carefully so that both parties benefit from them. 


Incentives are a big part of the relocation package. They can include having your new place picked out for you, having everything ready for you, having furniture delivered and even paying for the first month’s rent and security deposit. 

Incentives are also important because they make sense in the eyes of a landlord or property manager. You want to give them something back for all they’ve done, so they will feel appreciated and appreciated by you. 

Incentives also help keep your relocation costs down. If you’re moving into an apartment with furniture already in it, or if the landlord or property manager is paying for everything, then there is no need to buy additional items like bedding or kitchen utensils before moving in.  

This means that your moving costs will be lower than if you had paid for these things yourself before moving in. 

Company-provided Benefits. 

Some relocation companies will provide you with a set amount of paid time off (PTO) so that you can take care of yourself during the move and transition period. You also might receive a bonus at the end of your first year with the new company if you meet certain performance standards. 

Employee Assistance Program (EAP) 

An EAP is a program designed to help people adjust to their new work environment after a job change. An EAP may include support groups, career counseling services, and job search assistance — all aimed at helping employees find new jobs or maintain employment after relocating. 


A relocation package provides a sense of security for the new employee. It is common for companies to offer these types of packages as part of their onboarding process so that new hires feel more comfortable about their transition into the company and its culture.  

These packages also give employers an opportunity to know their employees better before they begin working with them on a regular basis.  

Peace of Mind 

Relocation packages can also help alleviate concerns about safety during an employee’s transition into a new job or location. If an employee is worried about being able to afford housing or rising costs in their new city, having access to relocation funds may help ease those concerns. In addition, this type of benefit can help ensure that employees will have access to good schools, healthcare facilities, and other amenities that are important when considering where you live. 

Types of Relocation Assistance Packages 

A reasonable relocation package will vary based on the employment type. For instance, in executive relocation, your compensation may include salary plus commissions and bonuses for the first year of service. In contrast, lower-level employees may only be entitled to reimbursement for moving expenses. As such, it is important to determine what you are entitled to before accepting an offer or negotiating your contract. 


A lump sum is a type of relocation package that pays the employee for a number of months or years. The amount may vary depending on the circumstances but typically ranges from six to 18 months. It’s not uncommon for employers to offer some type of financial incentive for employees to relocate. One way that they do this is by paying upfront or in advance for a relocation package. 

 Lump sums are often negotiable and can be part of an employment contract. This type of package will usually cover things like temporary living expenses while the employee looks for permanent housing and moving expenses, including travel arrangements and shipping costs. 


Reimbursement is one of the most common types of relocation packages. This package typically includes reimbursements for any expenses incurred during the move (such as packing, storage, shipping costs, and travel expenses). The employer can provide these funds in advance or pay them to the employee upon their return. 

Some employers may also provide reimbursement for housing costs. This can be either temporary lodging or long-term lease payments. If this type of reimbursement is offered, it should be included in the contract with details on what kind of accommodation is being provided and how much per month will be paid (or daily if it’s not every day). 

One final type of reimbursement that some companies offer is moving expenses. 

Direct Billing 

Direct Billing is an option for those who don’t want to deal with the hassle of moving. It’s a service where your home phone, cable, internet, and other utilities are billed to your new address without any interruption in service or interruption in payments. While this is convenient, it is not free. 

Negotiating a relocation package can be a tricky process. However, if you know what to ask for, it can be done in a way that keeps both parties happy. 

Negotiating a Relocation Package 

Here are some tips to help you negotiate a relocation package: 

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1. Do your research before you even get into the discussion about moving companies and their services. The more information you have about each company, the better prepared you will be when negotiating with them about their services and fees. 

2. Ask for as much information as possible about each company’s services and fees before signing any contracts or contracts with any moving companies. This will allow you to make an informed decision regarding which company is right for your needs at that time in your life. 

 3. Pay attention to detail when it comes to making sure everything is covered by the contract with the moving company – from loading and unloading costs to storage space, insurance coverage, etc., make sure everything is covered by the contract so there are no surprises down the road! 

4. Be sure to ask about any additional fees that may apply if something goes wrong during the move or once it’s complete – such as damage caused by rain or snowfall during transit or storage. 


A reasonable relocation package is one that provides the employee with an adequate amount of time to pack up their belongings and move to their new home. A reasonable relocation package should also provide the employee with enough money to cover relocation expenses, such as moving boxes, storage units, truck rentals, and hotel or motel stays while they search for housing. 

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About the Author: Olga Pruglo

Olga is an experienced Business Development Manager with a history of creating successful partnerships with businesses to promote mutual growth and revenue generation. For the last couple of years, she has been one of the leaders of RCG Logistics business development team, helping the company find new opportunities and solutions to meet our customers needs.


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