EMPLOYER CENTRAL: RELOCATION ISSUES
How to deal with relocation issues. This issue should be resolved within your Human Resources organization. If you do not have an HR professional on staff, we would recommend that you assign this project to someone on your administrative staff, since it will require a good deal of research.
You will want to know cost of living differences, which can be found at a number of sites on the WEB. (link) This information will impact the offer you wish to make as well as the amount of relocation you are willing to pay to bring the person on board.
There are a myriad of companies on-line who handle everything from moving vans to animal relocation and boarding. Relocation can be a very costly undertaking and there is never a guarantee that the candidate coming on board will be successful in your organization.
If you must relocate a candidate and are able to incur the cost, we strongly recommend that you bring the candidate and their significant other to your city for a minimum of two days. They will need to have an opportunity to explore the area, including the opportunity to work with a good realtor to view homes in your area.
This last piece has resulted in the success of many difficult hires. If you are willing to relocate, please include this courtesy as a part of that package.