Many people automatically schedule long-distance relocation for the summer months because they'll enjoy better weather, the kids will be out of school, and they've got visions of combining their move with a leisurely road trip. However, household moving during the summer months does not come without its own set of problems. Other families with school-aged children are moving as well, and the summer months are when most active-duty military families relocate, meaning that moving companies may be overtaxed.
If you've been reassigned by your current employer to an office in another part of the country -- or if you're obtaining new employment that requires you to move residences -- you may be debating the pros and cons of such a move. Often, employers can tilt the balance in their favor by offering relocation assistance or a signing bonus in exchange for a quick start date. Because the acceptance of this type of arrangement can have tax consequences, there are a number of factors you'll want to take into consideration before making your final decision.