Hello all. I've been perusing the forums here for quite some time and it looks like my opportunity to make it up to Anchorage might have finally arrived. However, I want to move for all the right reasons and see whether the deal before me is "fair". For those of you that moved from the lower 48 to Alaska, I'd like to know what the expectations should be for relocation assistance money. The company offering to hire me is telling me $5000. I'm not a greedy person by any stretch, but this seems a bit low.
Also, did most of you decide to just sell most of your belongings or did you have quite a bit shipped? If you shipped it, what company did you go with, what did they end up charging you and what was your place of origin? I'm getting a few quotes from movers and they all seem fairly steep. The average seems to be around $10k. Does that sound right?
I want to move up to Anchorage so bad I can literally almost taste it and am willing to go the extra mile to get up that way, but I need to make sure I'm not going to be sacrificing anything too major. Any/all feedback is welcome and thanks for this awesome forum. It really helps to see how folks think and how they talk it all out.