What the Average Relocation Package Covers

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What the Average Relocation Package Covers

If your boss wants you to move to a new city, you are not alone. Every year, millions of people relocate for their careers. Relocation packages are recruiting tools used to incentivize quality labor to move to a new area for work. The benefits vary depending on the size of the company, but most relocation packages have a few things in common. For small companies, the average relocation package is slightly more than $10,000. At larger companies, the average relocation cost is more than $33,000. Standard packages typically cover moving expenses, house-hunting, temporary housing, cultural training, and miscellaneous expenses. Some employers are willing to give additional assistance for unique circumstances.

House Hunting

You can expect your employer to pay for two trips to your new location. The trips will cover your house-hunting expenses. Your employer will typically cover your airfare, meals, hotels and rental car. Most companies will reimburse child care expenses.

Moving and Storage Expenses

Moving expenses are included in most relocation packages. Your employers may cover your packing and shipping fees. Moving insurance is usually covered. Boat, horse, and playground equipment shipments are usually not eligible for reimbursement. Most relocation packages will pay for two months of storage fees while you are getting ready to move to your new home.

Temporary Living Expenses

If you cannot find a permanent home before your start date, you will need to live in hotels for a few weeks. Most standard relocation packages cover temporary living expenses for a minimum of one month after your arrival date. The company may reimburse you for your food, gas mileage, travel and hotel fees. The length of the reimbursement period will depend on the company’s relocation policy.

Miscellaneous Expense Allowance

The miscellaneous expense allowance will cover move related expenses that are not included in other relocation expense categories. The allowance will usually pay for carpeting, window treatments, and cleaning services.

Cultural Training

Adapting to your surroundings in an unfamiliar location can be emotionally taxing. If the company is moving you to an international location, your cultural training expenses may be eligible for reimbursement. The company may cover your language classes and international communication classes.

Tax Deductible Moving Expenses

Your moving expenses can be tax deductible. You can take the deduction for any expenses that are above the amount of the relocation package. The distance between your former job and your primary job must be at least 50 miles greater than your original commute. Also, you must be a full-time worker in the general vicinity of your new location for a minimum of 39 weeks. The 39 weeks must be during the 12 months after your move date. If your employer moves you again, the IRS will waive the 39 weeks requirement.

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Residential Movers | How to Box Your Backyard for an Out of State Move

Oddly shaped furniture, long or sharp garden tools, water accumulation, and dirt on your outdoor equipment can make boxing your outdoor items for your out-of-state move challenging. However, the following tips offered by professional residential movers from Austin, TX can help make planning and boxing your outdoor pieces simpler.

Hose Down Your Outdoor Items

Given that your outdoor items have been sitting outside, chances are, they have accumulated their share of dirt, grime, and other debris. Therefore, to prevent creating a mess while transporting these items, experts advise that it is best to clean your outdoor furniture and other items before boxing them.

Rust resistant furniture can be hosed down; otherwise, simply wipe down the furniture with a damp cloth. Additionally, furniture items that have become damp due to rain or snow should be dried before boxing them. You should also wipe down your garden tools, pool toys, yard toys, and other outdoor recreational items.

If you are taking your garbage can, it should be thoroughly cleaned before transporting it. You should also be sure to clean your outdoor grill before transporting it. Furthermore, if you have a gas grill, you will need to remove the gas tank, as it cannot be transported by your movers unless they have the proper license. Lawn mowers and other power equipment should also be drained of gas before transporting them (for how to drain gas see this Youtube video).

Lastly, as you go about cleaning your outdoor furniture, be sure to inspect the crevices and creases for critters and other creepy crawlers that may have made their home there.

Disassemble Large Pieces

Your outdoor furniture can be big and bulky in its assembled state, which can make it harder to transport, not to mention, some items contain glass, which can break in transit if not packed properly. Therefore, experts state that you should disassemble large items and then pack each piece separately to make them safe and easier to transport. Likewise, swing sets, play structures, and gazebos, etc. should also be dismantled before boxing. Place small screws and other hardware in labeled plastic bags or containers to help make them easier to transport.

Transporting Your Plants

Moving can be stressful to your plants; therefore, experts suggest boxing them in a lined box that includes ventilation holes. Additionally, plants that need to be secured should be tied in the direction in which the branches are growing. Heavy or unusual planters may require special packing. Therefore, you will need to consult with your moving specialist.

Because of various state laws, if you are moving out of state, your mover may not legally be allowed to transport your plants for you. Plus, hot temperatures on the truck and the number of days needed to complete the move could kill your plants. Pare down the plants you’re taking and plan on transporting them to your new home yourself.

Pack it Properly

A crucial part of packing is incorporating the proper packing techniques.
Outdoor furniture cushions and other parts and accessories should be packed in sturdy boxes and containers. You may use large boxes for these, since these items are lightweight. Umbrellas can be wrapped in plastic wrap or tape to keep them secure while in transit.

For oddly shaped items or long garden tools, such as rakes and brooms, experts suggest wrapping the items in blankets or bubble wrap and then using string or tape to secure them.

Finally, chairs can be stacked and simply transported that way, otherwise, wrap them separately in blankets and then use string to secure them.

With these tips from Apple Moving (www.applemoving.com), you’ll have your backyard packed and ready for the move in no time. For additional tips and advice be sure to check out the Apple Moving blog!