For many people, moving into the country is a dream. They want to escape the hustle and bustle of the city and have their space to unwind.
The trouble is, is that moving to the country isn’t as easy as you may think it is. Just as many people who love the idea of it, will also not be sure how to go about it, or whether they can even afford it.
So, with this in mind, we have put together our guide not only to move to the country, but also the ups and downs of relocating.
The pros and cons of moving to the country
There are some pros and cons of moving to the country. How you weigh them up depends on what is important to you. The first thing that you should consider is it is expensive moving to the country.
The country opens the way for you to grow your own produce, and introduce kids to a broader education by growing their own food.
True, if you are opting for self-sufficiency, then the setup can be expensive. On the other hand, if you are willing to go-slow and work within your means, there is no reason why you can’t enjoy the wide open spaces, large rooms and tranquil views - and generally (and joyfully)live on less.
Another thing to consider when moving out into the country is that if something happens to go wrong within your property, it may be tricky to find someone to help you to fix it quickly.
Are you the type of person who can handle basic maintenance?
If you are not, then you might find it tricky. Knowing how to use typical rural machinery is important - and their is a cost involved as well. That said, if you are willing to learn, then adapting is not so difficult.
One of the other issues is you may find is that living away from the city can mean that you feel isolated from time to time. However, there are plenty of ways that you can try and combat this.
It isn’t all hard work if you plan to move to the country. Living in the country is peaceful and beautiful, and it is hard to feel stressed out when you are surrounded by so much beauty.
Not only this but raising your family in a rural setting is amazing. They have the freedom to run and explore, something they may not have in a city setting.
If you are not a typical handy man or home builder, you could always look at a simple and affordable modular home or prefabricated home. These contain all the modern fittings and fixtures and don’t cost the earth.
Most importantly, they give you a chance to gt yourself a smallholding within a reasonable budget - and they look pretty good.
Image courtesy of Hunter Valley Homes, 2017.
Keep in mind too that country living does not have to mean moving back in time. Modern country housing can be affordable and may even be preferable in hot climates. So, you don’t need to forgo that little bit of modernity, just to enjoy the country lifestyle.
How to move to the country
Still, want to move to the country? Then you might want to know how to start. The first thing to think about has some money behind you.
Buying a property isn’t cheap, and if the property is in a rural setting and requires some work, then this can be expensive. The last thing that you will want is to run out of money halfway through the work.
Once you have some idea of how much money that you have saved, you need to find the ideal property for you and your family.
There are rural properties out there that you can choose from, but it is essential that you find the right property to become your home.
One of the final things that you should do is to think of the entire process as an adventure, as a journey. It is going to be stressful to make a move, but if you want to do it, then every difficult moment will be worth it in the end.
As you can see, it doesn’t need to be that hard to move into the country. There are certain steps that you can take to make the move easier and cheaper for you. The choice is entirely down to you, if you love the idea of moving to the country, then why not take the leap and do it?
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