Relocation Programs for Remote Workers: Understanding Requirements

By Natalia Wolting  • Apr 24, 2024

Relocating can be thrilling, offering the chance to experience a new environment, culture and community. But for remote workers, it can offer additional benefits including moving incentives, help with securing housing and programs to integrate you and your family into the community.

MakeMyMove streamlines this process for remote workers by providing a clear roadmap for the application, approval and relocation process. Let’s dive into the program’s requirements and steps to ensure a smooth experience:

Select Your Community

  • MakeMyMove’s community marketplace includes information on over 200 communities. Each community has a dedicated page with information on things like population, internet speed and median home value. The pages also include any incentives available for remote workers who qualify for the program.

  • Once you select the community you want to apply for, all you have to do is click on the heart at the top of the page and it will take you to another screen where you can start the process of applying by creating an account and beginning the pre-approval process.


  • MakeMyMove then reviews your application to assess your eligibility. Once it looks good, they’ll request verification documents such as tax returns and W-2s to confirm your information.

Eligibility Confirmed

  • Once your documentation has been submitted and verified, your eligibility for the program will be reviewed by the community you selected.

  • While you wait for your offer, a mover guide will contact you about your housing search and can answer any questions you have.

Receive and Accept Your Offer

  • If your application is approved, the community will send you a formal offer outlining the program’s benefits and any expectations.

  • Carefully review the offer details, including any relocation incentives or commitments. If you agree to proceed, then you will sign on the dotted line to officially accept the offer. Note that offers can be rescinded by the community due to things such as high demand. To ensure your spot, you should sign and return your offer as soon as possible.

Start Planning Your Move

  • Once your offer is secured, it’s time to focus on finding a place to live in your new community. MakeMyMove can provide you with a Housing Guide to assist you in your search and connect you with a relocation service partner to streamline the process.

  • As soon as you find housing, you should start planning your move. To assist with the process MakeMyMove offers a 10% discount on moving materials and services with PODS.

  • Be sure to connect with your program owner to ensure you receive your relocation benefits.

Additional Tips

  • Research the Community - While MakeMyMove streamlines the relocation process, it’s still important to research the community you’ll be moving to. Make sure that things like cost of living, internet connectivity and proximity to amenities will suit you and your family’s needs.

  • Maintain Open Communication - Clear communication is key throughout the relocation process. Don’t hesitate to reach out to MakeMyMove or the community program owner if you have any questions or require clarification on the program’s requirements or your commitments.

  • Be as Transparent as Possible - If your job circumstances change or if you applied for housing in the community before applying to the program it could impact your offer. Be sure to reach out to your Mover Guide about any changes as soon as you can.

  • Understand Residency Conditions - Some communities have specific conditions in terms of the time you need to stay in the community to remain eligible for their incentives so be sure to review that information so you don’t put your relocation in jeopardy.

By understanding the requirements and steps involved, remote workers can utilize MakeMyMove for a smooth and successful relocation.

*This is a high-level overview of how the MakeMyMove application process works. Requirements and processes can vary depending on the applicant and community.

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.