Ready, SET, Domestically Relocate!

    Apr 21, 2020 @ 10:10 PM / by Christopher Ward

    CW Walker Art Musuem.v2-1

    Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, MN, shortly after my first relocation in 2010. 

    Making Domestic Relocation Personal

    My first domestic relocation happened on Valentine’s Day 2010, a few months after my college graduation. At the time, I was living at home with my parents in Central Mass when I accepted a job offer in Minneapolis. Although I did not know anything about the Midwest, I was beyond excited for my first real (i.e. salaried) job and the adventure that awaited living in a new state.

    CW - MN Couch Photo.v2After five great years in Minneapolis, I was ready to move back to Massachusetts. I knew moving to Boston wasn’t going to be the same as my previous post-graduate relocation. For this second move, I was concerned about the high cost of rent and whether my Midwest HR salary would “cut it” in an expensive city like Boston. I also had to figure out what I was going to do with my couch…

    Even in the same country a move between two cities can have a big impact on a person’s standard of living. As my experience highlights, a clear and concise summary of the total cost-of-living experience is extremely valuable when considering an out-of-state job opportunity.


    CW Return Photo - cactus.v4

    Relocating to Boston from Minneapolis, MN in 2015 with my cactus in the backseat. 


    A Concise Cost-of-living Summary: The Salary Evaluation Tool [SET]

    As my experience highlights, a clear and concise summary of the total cost-of-living experience is extremely valuable when considering an out-of-state job opportunity.

    AIRINC's Domestic Transfer Reports on the Salary Evaluation Tool provide the clear side-by-side comparison of taxes, goods and services, and home rental or purchase costs that I wish I had as I navigated my minimal, employee-initiated relo package back to Boston. Now, years later, I pull from those early experiences to translate the real-life value of this powerful tool.


    My early career relocation experiences make it easier to explain the immense impact that SET and Domestic Transfer Reports can have on an individual level, and how that individual impact can have ripple effects that reach organization-wide.


    If you are interested in improving the domestic relocation experience for your employees or talent mobility team, please do reach out today. You can contact me directly by clicking here or reach our client engagement team by clicking below:

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    Topics: Housing, Expatriate Housing, Insights and Experience, Salary Evaluation Tool, International Housing Guide, Domestic Mobility Programs, Site Summaries, Domestic Moves

    Christopher Ward

    Written by Christopher Ward