Over the past few weeks, I’ve had quite a number of conversations centered around this very question. A client called telling me she is looking for their “forever home”; a cousin is considering moving back to the area from out of state to raise his family; a mom of a recent college grad isn’t too pleased that her son has decided to remote work two hours away even though his employer is located near their house.
One thing the pandemic has accomplished is that it has upended one of the strongest traditional reasons for picking a place of residence: our careers. If your job is no longer tied to a particular location, your home doesn’t have to be either. Take a look at these three factors that could have a greater impact on where we decide to live in the future.
- More space between home and work.
For health, safety, and economic reasons, companies will keep moving jobs that can be done outside of a traditional office environment online. As our connection to physical office spaces decreases, technology like Zoom, Slack, and Google Docs will allow us to keep collaborating with and learning from co-workers.
These new professional options could also open up new living options. You might be able to move farther away from your current employer while keeping your current job. Or, if you’re happy with your home, you might be able to take a dream job on the other side of the country without uprooting your family.
- More room to explore.
We often use travel to unplug from the bustle of our daily lives or to explore interests we can’t always make time for. If your job is moving online, maybe you’d like to move your home to a favorite getaway spot. Your vacation golf course could become your regular golf club. Museums, theaters, and other cultural organizations you visit on special occasions could become a permanent part of your social calendar. Long walks on the beach could become your new daily exercise routine.
- More opportunities to connect.
The quarantine gave all of us a newfound appreciation for our loved ones. Through video chat and social media, we checked in regularly with friends and family we might only see once or twice a year under normal circumstances.
If work pulled you away from your loved ones, you might now have an opportunity to move where you have stronger personal connections. The people who helped you make it through quarantine could also be the people who will make the next chapter of your life more fulfilling.
We’re all processing these and other big-picture changes in unique and personal ways. If Covid-19 has had a major impact on how you think about your work, your life, and your home, let’s schedule a video chat. I have tools available that can help us assess your current situation. We can discuss whether there are major life transitions we should be planning for, or adjust so that you can get a better Return on Life.
Please remember that we are “here” and available for you. If you have any questions or concerns, financial or otherwise, please do not hesitate to call or email. If you have friends, family, or neighbors you feel would benefit from a conversation with me, I’m more than happy to have a call or jump on a Zoom meeting with them.
As always, I hope that you are doing well, and staying safe & healthy!