At the end of a long workday, after sitting in traffic and fighting for a parking space on a crowded suburban street, the allure of the country is strong. What would it be like to give up the daily grind and move somewhere more peaceful? In the country, homes come with tempting acreage, Insta-worthy vistas and plenty of fresh air. However, country life isn’t always what it’s cracked up to be.
Why Do You Want to Move?
First, you should consider why you want to move to a more rural area. Do you want to expand your garden or have an orchard to spend time in? Do you want to move to an area without many neighbors? You should make your intentions clear upfront with your real estate agent. If you hide the fact that you want to raise chickens and view properties in counties where that is forbidden, you’ll be wasting time.
Limited New Inventory
If you want a new home, the best place to get it isn’t in the country. Since most rural areas do not have the infrastructure present in cities for building, getting a from-scratch new home construction started could take years. If you are looking at existing inventory, you can expect most homes to be decades old.
Limited Neighborhood Information
If you are searching for a home in an urban or suburban area, there will be a wealth of readily-available information online about what to expect, how the schools are and the best place to go for coffee. When you move to the country, that information won’t be as easy to find. Instead, you will need to rely on your real estate agent to give you this information. Always ask your realtor about the type of septic system needed and the average price-per-acre, since these pieces of information can be difficult to dig up on the web.
You Might Need to Maintain the Roads
In the city and suburbs, residents depend on local public works departments to take care of snow removal, street cleaning and filling potholes. The same isn’t necessarily true in the country. You might be responsible for the road maintenance on roads leading to your home, meaning you will need to either pay someone else to do it or purchase the necessary equipment yourself.
It Isn’t All Bad!
That being said, life in the country isn’t all bad. Those who love rural life get the following benefits:
- Air pollution and noise pollution are virtually non-existent
- More land for your money
- Lower crime rates
- The ability to farm
- Strong sense of community
- Less traffic
- Lower stress levels
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