Since March 2020, life has changed. More and more people are working from home. Working from home frees you from having to live close to work. I was watching a new show on HGTV about people considering several different states to move to. The couple visited 3 different cities and saw one house in each location. Then they chose the best location for their family.
Are you like many people who are drawn to a more relaxed way of living away from urban crowds? If you’re thinking of moving outside the city, you probably have a lot of questions about what it will be like. As in most choices in life, there are pros and cons to a move to the countryside. Rethink Rural has an interesting article that gives 15 reasons to move into the country. The first and most important reason for many people is there is more space and less traffic. Add the fact that you get more land and house for your money. Life has less stress and is quieter for the whole family.
Now let’s consider other ways life is different when you go rural.
Consider Waste & Utilities
If you’ve spent most of your life in a city, you are used to the city providing ways to dispose of your waste. Municipal Solid Waste (MSW)—more commonly known as trash or garbage—consists of everyday items we use and then throw away, such as product packaging, grass clippings, furniture, clothing, bottles, food scraps, newspapers, appliances, paint, and batteries. I was surprised when I moved to Pasco County to find they did not have a department that picked up garbage. The garbage collection companies are licensed by the county and you have a choice of those to pay for your garbage pickup. In some rural areas, you may need to bring your trash to a local drop-off point. I also had to find a place to take my used batteries and phones. The county libraries have boxes at the entry for such items.
Additionally, some areas in the country do not have municpal sewers and you will need to deal with septic companies and the tanks they offer. Who provides your water? After years of living in the city, we often assume urban services are available everywhere which is not true. As you look at properties, look for the age of the septic tank, source of water, etc. in order to have a clear understanding of what you are getting.
Property Fences & Marked Borders
If you are looking for a more secluded home and your nearest neighbor is two miles down the road, consider ways to make your home more secure. It’s a good idea to mark your property using fences, gates, or simple posts to help ensure your borders are adequately lined out and that people know when they’re trespassing. In that respect, it’s also healthy to make sure you secure your rural property as appropriate.You can use motion detected lights installed at various angles around your property. This way, you can also plan renovations and extensions more readily, as sometimes, property maps can be lost and you may be confused as to what you actually own.
Pathways & Accessibility
In rural environments, accessibility can also serve as its own issue. For instance, you may find that making sure you renovate your driveway and lead up from the main read can help cars traverse onto your property more readily. Signs marking your private road could help people find your home easier if it’s a little remote. Furthermore, you might also go for aesthetic designs, such as a trellised arch pathway that helps lead the direction to your front door (so that confused visitors don’t have to explore around the back). This way, you’ll have considered most angles.
If you’re considering a move to the country, read and learn about your new community in order to know the pros and cons of the move.
This is a collaborative post but all opinions are my own.