Remote Relocation: Making the Leap with Confidence

By Natalia Wolting  • Feb 27, 2024

One of the many benefits of being a remote worker includes the ability to untether yourself from a specific location - opening up the ability to experience life in a new community. In 2023, 22% of remote and hybrid workers said they would be willing to relocate to a different community citing affordability as the most important factor in deciding on where to live. While picking up to move to a new place can be exciting, it can also be daunting. Fortunately, by following some essential tips to guide your move, the process doesn’t have to be so overwhelming:

Choosing the Right Place

  • Consider your lifestyle priorities - What environment do you thrive in? Do you crave an urban buzz or a quieter community to raise your family in? Asking yourself these questions can help you hone in on the type of community that will best fit your lifestyle.

  • Research potential locations - While affordability is often a key factor, remember that the "perfect" location depends on your preferences. How important are things like proximity to trendy restaurants, outdoor activities, or cultural attractions? Carefully weigh your priorities and research potential locations that align with your vision for a fulfilling life.

  • Assess your budget - Calculate your expected income and living expenses in the communities you are considering. Factor in additional costs like daycare (if needed) and potential adjustments to your current spending habits.

  • Connect with remote worker communities - Online forums and groups can offer valuable insights and advice on everything from housing options to school systems in your target communities.

  • Plan a visit - Immerse yourself in your potential new stomping grounds for a few days. Talk to locals, explore neighborhoods and test the internet infrastructure firsthand. After evaluating the communities after your visit you’ll feel more confident when you select which one to relocate to.

Before You Pack

  • Research tax implications - Different states and localities have varying tax laws for residents, so it’s important to understand how your income might be affected. Seek professional guidance if needed.

  • Create a “Moving Checklist” - Take some time to create a checklist of things to help with your move including purchasing moving materials, scheduling your rental truck or storage container and updating your address.

  • Transfer utilities and services - Set up new accounts for electricity, water, internet and other essential services.

  • Purchase renters or homeowners’ insurance – Give yourself some peace of mind by protecting your belongings and property in your new location.

  • Secure temporary housing - If you are in the process of selling your current home or purchasing a new one, you may need to seek out temporary furnished rentals or sign a short-term lease for a few months as you make the transition to your new living space.

  • Stay connected with your employer - Maintain regular communication with your manager and team during the moving process. Inform them of the time you will need to take off for your move as soon as possible so they can plan accordingly.

Settling In

  • Update your legal documents - Ensure your driver's license, voter registration and other documents reflect your new address.

  • Create your workspace - Designate a dedicated workspace in your new home that fosters productivity and reduces distractions. Ensure it has reliable internet connectivity and comfortable furniture.

  • Explore coworking spaces - Consider using coworking spaces for social interaction and a change in your workspace. This can be particularly helpful if you miss an office environment. Remote workers moving to Floyd County, Indiana can qualify for a free 5-year membership to 2 coworking spaces in the county through MakeMyMove.

  • Invest in technology - Ensure you have reliable equipment, backup systems and cybersecurity measures in place.

  • Network and build connections - Join local meetups, attend community events, or check out hobby clubs to build connections and combat feelings of isolation.

  • Embrace local opportunities - Explore the cultural scene, restaurants and outdoor activities the community offers. Get involved in local initiatives or volunteer work to feel integrated.

  • Be patient and flexible - Adjusting to a new environment takes time. Be patient with yourself, embrace flexibility and don't be afraid to adjust your plans as needed.

The Root in downtown New Albany is a community-minded coworking space with indoor and outdoor spaces to keep you energized and connected.

Relocation even in the age of remote work requires careful planning and a thoughtful approach. By considering these tips and prioritizing your individual needs, you can confidently navigate the transition and thrive in your new community. Remember, this journey is about more than just finding a new place to live – it's about shaping a lifestyle that fosters personal and professional growth. So, pack your bags, embrace the adventure and get ready to write the next exciting chapter of your life.

About MakeMyMove

Remote work has freed millions of Americans to live where they want, and many are making the move to places that better match their lifestyle. In turn, cities and towns across the country are offering incentives like cash, perks and programming to remote workers who move and work from their communities. At MakeMyMove, you can explore all the places, get personalized help to find the one that’s right for you, connect with locals, and access support to make your move a piece of cake.