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So you have made the decision of moving to the countryside. You may already have an idea of where. In this article we will look at some of the things you need to consider when looking for a property or piece of land to move to.
How To Plan Your Rural Life: Things To Consider, looked at some important points of planning your day to day life once you are there. What about before you move, what are things you need to think about to ensure you pick the right location? Let’s look at some.
How do you make your income? Do you plan on your land providing your income, do you have another source of income? If you work for an employer how are you going to get to work each day?
Working from home, how good does your internet connection have to be. Are you constantly uploading large files, or is it a smaller amount of bandwidth. Your income and livelihood should be your first consideration when looking at locations.
You can expect to need more than you think for the first few months of living in a rural area.
Self Employed Digitally
If you are already self-employed or are planning to be once you move to the countryside, how is this affected? If you like many others have an online-based income stream you may not have to change much. However, internet access and bandwidth can become an issue.
9 of the Best Ways To Get Rural Internet looked at some of the different ways you can obtain internet access in a rural area and some of the issues. Before you move to a new location you have to be certain you will still be able to run your online business
Self Employed Physically
Are you a self-employed crafter or plan to make and sell products or produce once you are in your new location? If so what is the infrastructure like to get your products to your customers?
If you are in a very remote area and rely on courier services to transport products you have to factor this into your business plan. It is crucial you investigate how this will affect things during different seasons and weather fronts. Snowed in over Christmas could result in you not being able to get stock to customers during your busiest sales period.
Employed or Remote worker
2020 has seen a huge rise in remote work due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Moving to the countryside has been seen by many as an ideal choice. As mentioned above your internet connection is crucial if you plan or already do this kind of work.
If you work on location for an employer or have to travel a lot for one, be certain that the transport infrastructure in the area you are interested in can support this. If you have to fly multiple times a month or more access to a local airport may be higher on your requirements list.
If you have or are planning to have children, they must be an important part of your decision process when deciding on areas to consider. Moving to the countryside can be hard for children.
In Good Things About Rural Areas we highlighted how rural living can be safer for children, however, it can also be boring once they pass a certain age. We discuss some of these issues in How Do I Know If I Live In A Rural Area? where we detail the lack of entertainment is a problem for young adults.
What are the local schools like in the area you plan to move to? If you already have children be sure to also inspect the schools they will attend as they get older. Look at the schools for each age range and assess if you feel they will be suitable.
Traveling to school also needs to be investigated. will it mean that you have to do a 4 hour round trip for the school run each day? Could it be combined with another journey every day such as going to work?
Are you a family that promotes after school activities for your children? Sports clubs, dance, scouts. Any of these after school activities may require you to transport your children to them. How much time will this add to your schedule each day?
Reviewing the transport needs of your children is as important as reviewing your own. Ensuring that any activities you or your child wishes to be involved in are available in an area is also an important part of the decision process.
The self sufficient child
At what age do you feel your child will be self-sufficient? moving to the countryside involves a lot of wide-open space. Getting your children out in this space can be difficult.
Bicycles are a good option. you have to decide at what age you feel comfortable allowing your child to ride off for the day. Depending on distance perhaps they can cycle to school each day, or to the local town.
As they reach the appropriate age a car is essential to allow them to have freedom and self-sufficiency, factor this into your planning as well.
How much will everything cost? What about things you haven’t considered? planning out the overall budget of your life in a rural landscape is important. Outgoings can fluctuate more in a country dwelling, winter may seem colder so uses up more fuel than you planned.
You may not have calculated how much fuel your transport uses up to include all the extra length of trips. Repairs you needed to do may have required buying new tools or paying someone to do. Over the space of a year these can mount up to a lot.
Moving to the countryside for many is about becoming more self-sufficient in Rural Living: 15 Useful Tips For Your New Life we looked at how learning to be more self-reliant was a requirement of rural living. Learning how to fix the basics is important. When looking at areas to live in, what are the local stores like for any supplies you may need?
Will you have to rely on parts, tools, and general maintenance items being delivered by postal or courier services. How well-stocked is the local area for these general items? is there a larger town or city close enough to be able to get to for parts if you need them?
If your generator breaks down how long will it take to get a new part and fit it? consider these things when looking at your possible locations to live.
Many rural properties are cheap for their size, land and houses can fall far below the city equivalents. Larger spaces also need more heating in winter. A city apartment surrounded by other apartments gains extra insulation and warmth from these other apartments and their heating.
A house on the edge of a field is exposed to more weather chill and has less surrounding insulation. Both of these will factor into the cost to keep warm. extra clothing layers will become common. The general cost of upkeep may also be higher than expected in a rural setting.
We briefly touch upon the cost in time and money of keeping animals in Why You Will Love Rural Living And Its Benefits not only the purchase of the animals but also, food and shelter costs need to be assessed.
How far away is the local Vet, and are they suitably knowledgable in the animals you wish to keep? You have to make sure about local laws for the animals you are thinking about owning also. Noise can be a large factor, and many areas may fine you for loud animals.
Nature means many different things for different people. Woodland, mountains, lakes, rivers, and pasture land are all potential landscapes to consider when moving to the countryside. What views appeals to you the most? have you experienced it in both good and bad weather?
During a storm mountains can seem ominous. High winds turn a peaceful forest into a potential danger zone of broken branches that may hurt you, your family, or damage your property. The wildlife must also be considered when looking at locations to live in.
Landscape as a threat
Rivers cause floods, branches damage roofing. There are things in nature that can become potential threats when moving to the countryside. In The Best Way To Start Your Rural Life Now we offered the importance of making contingency plans. Assessing the landscape you are planning to move to before you move there is a great way to start this.
Look for potential threats depending on potential weather. A local river may look great in summer, but in the rainy season it may make your only road to town impossible to use. Look at worst-case scenarios then tone them back to more likely events. this way you can plan your contingency for both while choosing your potential new location.
For most people, part of the reason for moving to the countryside is to spend more time in nature. In 10 Reasons Rural Living Is Better For You we listed both outdoor exercise and clean air as benefits. Any form of outdoor-based activity will benefit from the cleaner air.
The benefit of living in a rural location should include your ability to access your preferred outdoor activity. If you enjoy water-based sports moving to an area without the amenities to do this would be pointless. Yet when thinking about locations to start your rural life this can sometimes get overlooked
Crops or Critters
The rural landscape can be roughly divided into the wilderness, crop-based farmland and animal-based farmland. Most non-urban areas are either wilderness or agriculture. You have to decide what landscape you prefer. Or if you can find somewhere that provides a mixture.
Wilderness based areas will include more wild animals and less infrastructure. Animal-based agriculture can be both noisy and smelly and see roads blocked by cattle regularly. Any agricultural land will always end up with you being stuck behind a tractor at some point. Take these things into consideration when reviewing the areas you wish to live in.
When moving to the countryside you have to work out your needs before you dive in and start looking for places. Building a list of requirements is important in helping you narrow down what you actually need against what looks nice.
Moving is a big decision and takes a lot of consideration before undertaking the plunge. Assessing what you need now, compared to what you need in the future is also important. Spending some time working out some potential future plans is a great way to start this.
What do you need now? The availability of land and property is constantly shifting, and different areas will change at different times. By working out what your needs are now, you can narrow down the areas that may hold potential.
Do you need river access for a sport, do you need enough land for some chickens? these are the things you need now or plan to start as soon as possible in your new life. What Is It Like Living In A Rural Area? gives some ideas on how to investigate an area once you have chosen a potential suitable one.
Looking towards the future is important what examining areas you may wish to live in. Moving to the countryside is finding your piece of rural life. In many areas that rural life becomes suburban, due to property development in the region.
Look towards not only that potential future but also what you may need next in your own life. If you have or plan to have a small vegetable garden, are you certain you won’t want a larger one in one, two, or three years’ time? You may not want animals now but is there the potential to keep some at a later point in time.
In 10 Great Tips On How To Adjust To Rural Living we promoted building an outdoor pizza oven as soon as you can. We don’t need fast food, yet being without it can feel devastating for some. These things that are unneeded can be missed out when choosing where to move. However, making a list of unneeded but desirable things, is good when choosing locations.
Knowing that there is a cinema or chain fast food location a few hours drive away can be helpful as a reward option. For those that are first-timers into rural life a trip to a well know burger franchise once a month can help with adjusting to rural living.
Moving to the countryside involves thinking about a lot of different aspects. Income, children, cost, nature, and your needs are all important areas. Narrowing down want you want and need is a good start. thinking outside the box for some elements may also be useful in making sure you pick a suitable area for your family to grow and develop in.
Adjusting to Rural Life: What changes are difficult? takes a look at some of the problems you may face when you are living in your new rural landscape.
Differences Between Rural And Urban Life That Will Interest You highlights some of the things you may not have thought about that will change once you have started your new life.
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