Large cities take their toll on us, physically and mentally. The older we get, the less attractive the hustle and bustle nature of city life becomes a chore that’s dreaded slowly but surely, more and more every day. At a glance, when you stroll down a country lane or drive through the middle of nowhere, maybe even just a gentle jog in the park, your mind starts wondering, whether this environment could be part of your life indefinitely? If you’ve been fantasizing about what it would be like to swap your city slicker polished shoes, for muddy wellington boots, you’re not the first or last to do so. But it’s difficult to make such a big change, and things are so much more harder if your job relies on you being close by to the city. However, more and more people are willing to either commute long distances, relocate or just change professions entirely, for peace and tranquility. There are many tips and reason for helping your move out from underneath the fast-paced sprawl, and breathe the fresh air of the morning due rolling through the hills.
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Choosing the area is by far the biggest challenge because it encompasses everything you could possibly imagine about your life. If you’ve got a family that’s just growing or perhaps coming to an age where schooling is just around the corner, the location is a crucial decision for their future. Therefore, you mustn’t purely have your dream retirement home at the top of the pedestal. Ask yourself many questions such as, what the accessibility for vehicles to the home will be, where is the nearest school, the nearest rural doctor surgery, the nearest shopping store for food and general supplies?
How about where you’ll be long-range commuting from; will your car be irrelevant as the train service is close by? How can your parents and friends find you in a time of need or when they want to come visit; distance from loved ones is one of the hardest choices to make. Not to mention, you need to factor in the general cost of living, as some area are more affluent and purposely built for wealthy retirees.
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The type of home you want
It may be time to realize that, there’s actually no such thing as a dream home that you can buy. No home in the world will ever meet your desires fully; the key is to buy the home that closely matches your perceived image. The build quality, size, surrounding area, garden space and features are all categories that should be at the forefront of your mind. Structurally and function-wise, a cottage is not on the same page as a mansion. Factor in your family size and future decisions that you’ll be making such as having more children. Most rural Homes for Sale are in a quiet town, where there’s a classic homely local feeling as everybody knows everybody. The population is less than 6000, with established businesses of all kind and leisurely activities such as fine dining complementing the community. Not all communities and locations are tranquil even if your dream home is situated among such backdrop.
This is why buying the correct home is more than just about the home itself. It’s all about compromise; one home might be perfect, but too far from basic and vital amenities. Another may be less attractive, but the vicinity in which it sits is perfect for the children getting to and from school or small town colleges. The room sizes and shape and modernity of the interiors also play a role in attracting your fancy. Whichever house you decide to buy, make sure you’ve gone through proper health and safety checks, such as inspecting the roof, and especially checking for leaks and damp seeing as you’re in the countryside.
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Your job and the kid’s school
Perhaps the most detrimental factor to deciding where you’ll live is your occupation. If you like your job and want to stay in the industry you’re in, the only way to and fro work is to commute. Factor in the distance from your job and how much time it will take to get there. Your answer will help you estimate how long it that will take, therefore decide what time you need to get up every morning in order to not be late. A similar situation for the children, as they’ll be changing schools. The same process applied, the children will need to get used to getting up earlier than they have previously. Ask yourself how will this play on their mood and overall happiness, i.e. is it really worth being tired all the time, just to move into a big house in the countryside? Often, one parent will have to quit their job, and take the majority of the responsibility for the children, by getting them to school on time, taking them to doctor appointments, dentists, do the grocery shopping, etc. Communicate with each other and see if this is a possibility that would make life livable in your new home.
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There’s nothing wrong with that, but seeing as you’re out in far from environmentally stable situations, building a rapport with your neighbor is vital. This is very true if you’re thinking of choosing a part of the country where there are tornados, floods, and dangerous wildlife. However, you can easily bond with locals by being a regular, and participating in local events. Perhaps going to the local bar and introducing yourself would break the ice. Indeed, one of the best ways to meet people when you first move in is to hold a garden party picnic. There you can serve people food, and talk about yourself. Moving into a new community with a different mindset from people in the city is going to be a bit of a culture shock, but don’t be so self-conscious and you’ll be surprised at how welcoming people in close communities are.
As a newbie to country life, you’ll need all the kindhearted care, advice and patience you can get to fit in. Communities in the countryside are usually very tight knit, friendly and take care of each other. You will stand out from the herd as a bit different, but given the correct people to guide you about local customs, festivals, and meetings you’ll start to get familiar with the town or village. However, some communities are better than others, and although rare, some people you’ll meet will be reclusive and keep to themselves.