4 Tips on Relocating

Key Takeaways

  • Working remotely allows people the freedom to live anywhere there’s an internet connection.
  • With COVID changing the way we work, more and more workers have been relocating over the past year.
  • If you’re relocating, there are a few things you can do to help ensure your move is successful.

Over the past year, many people found themselves getting a bit of cabin fever, due to the COVID lockdowns. For some, renting an Airbnb for a few weeks in another city, just for a change of scenery, helped tremendously. Many employers had instituted work-from-home plans, and workers realized they could work anywhere that had an internet connection.

In fact, there’s been an increase in the number of people permanently relocating. Perhaps they’re seeking better weather, being closer to family, lower costs of living, or proximity to certain amenities and attractions. Whatever the reason, it’s easier to relocate now than it was even two years ago, and there are a number of these Zoom towns as a result. If you’re one of the many who’s looking to relocate, here are four tips that can help you make a successful move.

First, rent a home or apartment for one to two months in the area you’re looking to move. Why? Because every location has its own nuances: stores, climate, people, schools, hospitals, transportation, traffic, conveniences (or lack of), and so forth. You won’t know until you’ve physically lived there for several weeks how these nuances will affect you, your family, and how you operate day to day. So before you spend a lot of money buying a home, try it out by renting first.

Second, get into social media related to the town. Many towns have online groups where their citizens post questions, complaints, recommendations, kudos, and other communications about a variety of topics related to the town. You can also follow restaurants, boutiques, libraries, and other businesses and facilities in the town to get a sense of what goes on in the local community. Social media is a great way to get a lot of information very quickly.

Third, establish a relationship with a local real estate agent. Although you may not be buying a home for a few months, it’s a good idea to get to know a real estate agent who can help guide you on what the area is like and get started on understanding the kind of home you’re looking for, should you decide to buy.

Fourth, rinse and repeat, knowing that your first attempt may not work out. You may need to test out multiple locations before you find the right fit. Take your time before committing and buying a home.

By going through this process, you’ll be doing yourself a favor, helping to ensure you move to a place you really want to live in this next chapter of your life. Until next time, enjoy.


If you’d like to read more on this topic, here is a past Coyle Blog post that you might enjoy:

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Gary Klaben serves as a Financial Advisor, and visionary for Coyle Financial Counsel. He has over 30 years of experience and is the author of Changing the Conversation, Wealth of Everything and co-author of The Business BattlefieldWhether advising his clients, mentoring his team, or coaching entrepreneurs, he is always simplifying complexity and motivating others to take the next action that’s right for them.

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