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While many people love the city and others love the country, there’s a good chance you feel your place of living is dictated by where your office is rather than where you would prefer to live. For the past century, cities have drawn residents from near and far through the allure of a larger job market.

But in the last decade -- and especially in the last year -- it has become clear that, in some roles, it is not always necessary to leave your home in order to do your job as effectively as you would in an office. As team members shift to full-time remote work, the question only grows louder: do you need to live in the same area where you work? In this blog post, we’ll discuss remote work and the opportunities it offers to move somewhere you’ll love. 

The Rise of Remote Work

Remote work is not nearly as new as many may think. The modern office was largely created in the 20th century, as offices were places with the capability to manage administrative work and consolidate all the various jobs that were necessary to a functioning company. The first instance of people working remotely – or “telecommuting” as it was referred to at the time – came in 1973. 

True remote work appeared once the internet was born, allowing people the ability to access company data and communications from the comfort of their home. While many have been resistant to remote work, the truth is that it’s the future for many industries. Remote work offers many opportunities, one of which is moving where you’d like. 

The Decline of Big Cities

Cities – or at least, the cities of today – became centers of business because of necessity. Big businesses needed large buildings to house their production. While cities have always been a part of human history, it was during the 20th century that they became a focus of where to live if you wanted to work in certain industries. 

Now, with so many jobs moving to part- or full-time remote, the need to live in or near a big city has declined dramatically. For many, this means living outside but still close to the city in which their company is located. But there are opportunities to do even more. 

The Benefits of Rural Communities

Even if you love those wide open spaces and country environments, it might still seem scary to move to a “rural” area when you’ve spent years in an urban atmosphere. While you might not be able to visit your favorite restaurant as often, there are plenty of key reasons for moving to a rural community. 

Typically, you get more privacy, larger property at a better value, a bit more distance between you and your neighbors, and a stronger sense of community, as there are fewer people – and fewer strangers. You’ll also have more room for fun. 

A Better Home Situation

Many of us would love to live in a more rural area, with more wide open spaces or even just more room on our own lots. Remote work can turn this dream into a reality. With property values continuing to skyrocket in most larger cities, a rural area can offer better property with more versatile options for anyone looking for a new home. 

Not to mention, moving to a rural area could also mean building your own new home on a lot you love. There are plenty of ways to go about building your home, and pros and cons with each. Remote work and rural areas offer solutions for anyone looking to expand their property and move into a home they truly love. 

Modular Homes in Rural Areas

To some, building your own home sounds like an unattainable dream. But we’re here to tell you that, with the opportunities that remote working and rural areas offer, it might not be quite as out of reach as you’d imagine. A modular home, for example, is a great way to build your new home. 

Modular homes are built in a production facility then transported to your property where they are finished. This means increased efficiency, as you don’t have to depend on various contractors as well as the unpredictable weather to finish your dream home. To learn more about modular homes and why they’re a great option, you can visit our blog. Or if you’re considering a new modular home but have questions, contact us today!