So, I signed a contract and thought that the moving expenses would be ample, but it turns out that i will have to pay over $1500 out of pocket. Would it be inappropriate to ask for more funds?
Date: 25 Apr 2012 18:51
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Once you have negotiated your contract it is a little tacky (and probably not very useful) to go back and ask for more. The exception would be if they told you to let them know an exact amount once you researched moving costs. It is often the case that moving expenses do not cover 100% of moving costs unless they reimburse you after the fact.
If $1500 was your overage then I imagine they gave you a pretty hefty amount to start with… so yeah I agree that asking for more might be rude and honestly, how much more would they give you? $500? If you're going to a private, then sure maybe they'll give you some or all of the difference, but I imagine most schools won't do much if anything if they already gave you a bunch. Also note that in some states (i.e., for state universities) paying moving expenses are capped… so, for example, I was given a nice $500 reimbursement on my $10,000 cross-country move. It was awesome.
I would just ask in a nice, sincere way if this sort of thing is possible, knowing it's a long shot. Maybe you get lucky. Either way, this kind of request isn't a big deal, unless you make it one by being demanding. A good chair/dean is usually happy to help, if they can.
One way you could bring it up is to ask them if they know of any deals the university has with moving companies because the moving costs are more than expected.
Most universities have deals with moving companies to get somewhere between 30-60% off the cost of moving. The other option you have is to get quotes from multiple moving companies and then try to negotiate them down.
Thanks, "dude," that is really great advice. My moving expenses will be more than what they are providing me so it would be awesome if we could get a deal with a company.
I agree that $1500 out of pocket isn't that much to pay compared to most of us, sadly. Sadly because usually there are additional transaction costs with a move, such as working before you're working (i.e. preparing classes), paying a security deposit/down payment / closing costs, maybe double-paying rent to have two places at once temporarily, buying new furniture for more than you sold your old furniture, etc. But if you can get the $1500 covered nonetheless, more power to you.