I got my first job with a company on the East Coast and am currently planning my move. I'm currently living on the West Coast with my parents as a recent grad.
The East Coast company offers a relocation package, which includes full-service packing and shipping of my goods.
As a recent grad, I don't have more than a suitcase or two of stuff, but intend to buy new furniture for my new studio. Right now, to utilize the moving service, I plan to buy furniture on the West Coast and then have it shipped with the moving truck to go to the east coast. This is substantially more convenient than trying to buy the furniture while shopping for a car, buying winter clothes and doing everything else needed between my move date and start date, and having to live without a bed, dining table, desk, chair, lights, etc. before this furniture arrives. I have no desire to cause any grief to my company in this decision and only seek to use my relocation for its intended purpose of helping me get ready to work earlier by moving furniture from my old home to my new home and thereby reducing start-up time in the new apartment.
I have estimates from my real estate agent that the company might be expending about $5000 to move my intended suitcases of house supplies. I feel like I'm under-utilizing the resource, as it's substantially cheaper, if more inconvenient, to buy pots, pats and the like on the east cost. It seems that this policy is intended for families that need to move several rooms. I'd be more than happy to reduce the company's expense and buy these goods on site, negotiating to keep some of the difference as incentive.
I asked HR if I could substitute cash for the relocation package, but they repeated that it's their policy to only reimburse moving expenses, even if it's 10x more expensive for them than letting me buying new stuff locally.
I'm a bit surprised, as I genuinely believe that HR was bargaining hard during salary negotiations and was very incentivized to keep my salary down, but now that they have a chance to save that money back through lower moving expense reimbursements, they don't seem remotely interested.
Am I just a bad negotiator in being unable to communicate how this is a win-win, or is this corporate America to focus on policy and I need to get used to it? Would it be too persistent to call my rep again to discuss?
To clarify, I'm being offered a full-service move, which could be anywhere from a bedroom to a whole house. This is not in the form of a reimbursement, but my company hired a moving company, which is expensing them directly. I never see how much my move is costing my company.