From City Living To Rural Retreats: Moving To The Country With A Family

m City Living To Rural Retreats: Moving To The Country With A Family
There are nowadays so many families making the move from big cities and busy towns to more rural locations, such as sleepy villages and small hamlets. So, what’s the reasoning behind this upheaval of their family’s life? For most families, it’s all about a better quality of living. There is a lot less pollution out in the countryside, so it’s a much healthier environment for children to play outside in. Plus, there is a lot less traffic which also makes kids safer when they play outside. Not only that, though, but less traffic also means you can enjoy a peaceful night’s sleep, and you won’t be kept awake from lots of cars zooming past your home.

But is it really so easy to move to a country idyll? Some families find that they don’t settle into their new countryside life so easily. After all, you might end up quite far from your office and your kids’ school. Plus, there will be a lot fewer amenities in villages and hamlets. That shouldn’t put you off making the move, though. With a little perseverance and determination, you can certainly make a rural life work for you and your family. These following tips should help you move from the city to the countryside without too many hiccups.

Consider Money

First of all, before you do commit to a move to the countryside, you should look at your budget and see whether it would be cheaper for you to move or stay put. Even though your rent or mortgage repayments might be sky high in the city, your other expenses could be cheaper. For example, your car’s gas bill might be significantly increased once you move to the country as you might have to travel more to get to work each day. As you will probably have to change your childcare once you move, it’s also worth looking into the effect that will have on your budget. Even though the initial costs of moving to the country could reduce and help you save money, these other day-to-day expenses also need considering as well.

Research Houses

' When you start looking for real estate out in the countryside away from sought-after neighborhoods of the city, you will find that property prices start to drop. In fact, you might be very impressed with what you can get for your money out in rural locations! So, rather than looking for a property that is the same size as your current one in the middle of the city, you could think about expanding and looking for a larger family home. This will certainly be good news for those of you who are thinking about having more kids and extending your family. You never know, all that extra space might tempt you to get a new dog!

Location Location Location! Do you know where about you want to move to? This will have a huge impact on your life as well as how much you end up spending on a property. Firstly, you should decide on the village or area you want to move to. Generally speaking, larger villages will have plenty of facilities and amenities, so are ideal for those of you who like the idea of moving to the countryside but aren’t so keen on giving up some of the amenities they had in the city. For example, the majority of large villages will have grocery stores, restaurants, and sports facilities. However, they might not have some facilities that you currently rely on, such as childcare, specialist stores, and banks. If you think that you will be able to get by without any of these facilities, then you should be ok moving to an even smaller village or a more rural area. Normally, a property that is in a rural location but has easy access to facilities and amenities will be a lot more expensive than a large property that is in a very remote location.

Ready To Renovate?

One reason why some families choose to move out to the country is that they can get their hands on some very old real estate. Properties that are over a hundred years old are very sought after as they are often extremely attractive and many still have some original features in place. There is one downside, though - you will probably need to carry out some renovation to the property. So, are you ready to roll up your sleeves and get started with some DIY and decorating? If so, then you will find moving into a period property and doing it up will be a very rewarding project! However, this might not be so appealing if you aren’t a fan of DIY and decorating. But don’t worry; you will be able to find some modern builds in the country. It’s just that they are often in the larger villages and aren’t suited to those who want to move to a remote location.

Think About Work If you are currently working a full-time job in the city, you are probably ideally located for traveling to your workspace each and every day. That could change once you move to the country. If you aren’t too bothered about driving into the city every day, then this shouldn’t bother you too much. But you just need to be aware of the fact that you will be driving through rush hour traffic which can be very stressful indeed! However, if you move to a village that has a direct train or bus link into the city, then your commute could be made easier as you won’t need to deal with the stress of driving every day. However, you will need to deal with the problems of public transport which include crowds and delays! If you can relocate your job to be close to your home in the country, then you don’t have to worry about this at all. This also won't be too much of a concern if you are a freelancer or self-employed. In fact, the move could be more beneficial as you might be able to find a large property that has space for a home office!

Should You Put Your Kids In A Different School?

As well as your work, you also need to consider your kids’ school. If there is a school bus that runs from your new village or hamlet, then you won’t have much to worry about as they can simply start taking the bus. This will give them the chance to meet the other kids who live in the village as well. However, if there isn’t currently a link from your new area to their school then you have two options: you can move them to a school closer to your new home, or you can take them to school yourself. You might prefer to go with the latter option if your kids are about to take exams or you think that an upheaval in their education and school life could have negative consequences. Taking them to school shouldn’t be too difficult if you are driving to work every day and their school is located on your route to the office. However, if their school is nowhere near your office, then it could disrupt your work day. You will probably be better off moving them to a school that is more local. Thankfully, the majority of villages will have their own school. If they don’t, they will have a bus or train link to a nearby village that does have its own school.

Friends And Socializing

I’m sure you will have lots of friends and contacts who you know in the city. Will you know anyone once you have moved to the country, though? Even though your city friends will be able to come and visit you at the weekends, it’s also a good idea to try and make some friends who live closer to you in your new home. If you are moving into a new home where you will have neighbors living on either side of you, it’s a nice idea to try to get to know them. More often than not, neighbors can turn into very firm friends. Another way to try and get to know people in your new area is to join some local clubs. This will help you become a part of the community and to meet a wide range of people. For instance, if you are a sports fan, you might like to join your local walking or running club. There are often clubs and organizations that cater to different hobbies and pastimes, such as book clubs and supper clubs. But you don’t have to join these kinds of clubs to meet people. There will be plenty of other opportunities, such as just regularly visiting your local pub or cafe. Attending village events will be a great help too.

As you can see, there is a lot for you to consider before you make the plunge into country living. Do you think you will make the move?