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#1 Jacoby

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Posted 15 December 2012 - 12:43 PM

Hi Everybody,

I may be relocating temporarily (3+ months) for work.  I've not done this before and I am looking for some advice.  I'd be going from Oregon to NC.    Anybody here have a similar work experience?

I've got no specifics yet from my job but some questions I have are:

housing:  obviously a rental, but with a house in Oregon I can't float two payments.  Would the employer typically cover or supplement this expense?

Vehicle:  no company car, so I would either need a long term rental or drive my car or have it shipped out there.  Again, to those who have gone here before me, what has been your experience?

expenses, per diem, etc.  Were you provided with a pay bump during your time away to cover incidentals and such?

Thanks for the advice!

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Posted 15 December 2012 - 01:30 PM

As a contractor my set up would be quite different than that of an employee, however when I was a young saw just chasing scribes, I had a gas card, a daily per diem, and housing was provided, I also got a substantial boost in pay. I would believe your employer would be providing the same, if not...I would think twice about working for that particular employer. Anyways best to get your travel package all worked out prior to leaving town.
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Posted 15 December 2012 - 02:16 PM

In my line of work that would be a short term relocation.  Less than a year.  Would expect from the employer long stay hotel, rental car, and per diem.  Like a business trip.  Not much else though.  That is pretty standard.
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Posted 15 December 2012 - 07:38 PM

View PostFalang_Golfer, on 15 December 2012 - 02:16 PM, said:

In my line of work that would be a short term relocation.  Less than a year.  Would expect from the employer long stay hotel, rental car, and per diem.  Like a business trip.  Not much else though.  That is pretty standard.

This is how my company would handle it as well.
Where in NC are you relocating to?

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Posted 15 December 2012 - 08:32 PM

I concur.  I've done a few short (2-3 month) gigs, and it's extended stay suite, gas, and food.  No extra income.  It does usually work out though since you save a lot of money you'd blow day to day.  If they give you a per diem, hit the grocery store and pocket a good amount, or at least eat cheap during the week to have fun on the weekends.  If it's expensed per meal like mine, then you'll probably eat out for the first little while then still end up at the grocery store after getting sick of it.

Now if you will incur additional expenses because of this, bring them up.  Something like needing to hire a lawn crew to cut your grass that you usually do yourself.  Also work out details regarding them flying you back home on occasion, especially if there are holidays involved.

When you're gone, you can likely suspend some services like internet and cable to save yourself some cash.  They might charge you a small maintenance fee, but not much.


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Posted 22 December 2012 - 06:31 PM

Thanks everybody!

It's looking like Charlotte for at least 2 months.  They are going to cover travel to and from Charlotte, housing (extended stay America) and a rental car.   They are offering pre-tax spending of $500 per month to cover food, gas, and incidentals.

I'm thinking of asking for at least $650 to $700 pre-tax spending.  $500 sounded like a lot at first, but then they said it was before it was added to my check.

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Posted 22 December 2012 - 07:44 PM

View PostJacoby, on 22 December 2012 - 06:31 PM, said:

Thanks everybody!

It's looking like Charlotte for at least 2 months.  They are going to cover travel to and from Charlotte, housing (extended stay America) and a rental car.   They are offering pre-tax spending of $500 per month to cover food, gas, and incidentals.

I'm thinking of asking for at least $650 to $700 pre-tax spending.  $500 sounded like a lot at first, but then they said it was before it was added to my check.

That is not very good at all. We get all our gas paid for all our housing and then we get $65 A DAY for food. Just for food but our gas is always taken care of even if we are in town just a perk of the job. I understand 65 is a good bit per day for food but 500 per month does not sound even close to on par if your gas is not taken care of as well.

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Posted 22 December 2012 - 09:35 PM

If you are on the road for say a week... how much per day do they allow you to expense for food?
Gas, car, and lodging at 100%
The call about taking care of things at home while you are gone is a good call. After all you are doing them a favor.
Make sure you get all bill payments set up for online payments.
And because you are doing them a favor. Foresaking the comforts of home... there should be extra benefits/pay.
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