I got an offer yesterday from a company in Chicago. When I spoke to the HR rep and asked him about relocation expenses, he mentioned that they usually prefer to hire local candidates and I was an exception because I live in Indiana.
He further mentioned that he would ask the manager and later send the job offer. I was in a hurry to just get the official offer letter and told him that it wouldn't matter a lot in the long term of my career and hung up.
Later, when I gave it a thought, I felt that having relocation money would be really helpful and less tiring than for me to move my furniture all by myself.
I would now like to call him and make the case of reconsidering the relocation expense money, and also try to negotiate my salary to increase it by 4k. And then, give them an option to offer either relocation or increase my salary.
How can I do this in a subtle manner and not push too much?
NOTE I have not yet accepted the job offer.