Are you fed up of the hustle and bustle of the city? The congestion, the pollution, the crime and the noise? Maybe you want a more wholesome place to raise your family, and live in safer and more pleasant surroundings. If so, a move to the countryside makes sense, however as with anything there are pros and cons to consider. Here are a few things to think about if you’re toying with the idea of moving from a city to the country.
Check where your local amenities will be
When you’ve lived in (or near) a city or town for your whole life, you’ll probably be unaware of just how much convenience you have. Everything you need is pretty much on your doorstep, from shops and restaurants to nightlife, solicitors, doctors and more. Lots of places are open late or even twenty four hours. When you move out in the sticks, this isn’t the case. Shops in small local villages are generally closed by five, and will only contain a few basic essentials. It’s worth being aware that once you move further out, you won’t have everything you could possibly imagine a stone’s throw away. As with anything, you will adapt but it can take some getting used to. Get used to buying groceries in bulk, when you don’t have a supermarket on your doorstep you don’t want to be having to be making long trips every time you run out of something. Check and see what kinds of deliveries are available to you too. See if your favourite supermarket, takeaway restaurant and other companies will bring things to you. It might not be something that makes you decide not to move to the country, but it’s worth knowing.
Consider commuting time to school and work
Once you know where your local amenities are, you’ll need to think about how long it will take to get there. With your work and kids schools for example, these will be trips you’ll be doing every day. One option when it comes to earning money is considering working from home. You could ask your current employer if they would consider letting you work remotely, at least on some days of the week. If most of what you do is already online then it will be easy to make the transition, and this is something that employers are starting to get on board with as they’re aware of the benefits to their employees. Otherwise, you could look for remote positions or even start freelancing. Freelance writing, design and blogging for example all enable you to earn a decent amount of money without needing to travel miles to a workplace.
Get yourself a licence and a car
If you know you want to move to the country but are yet to pass your driving test, now would be a good time to get it done. In a city, you can walk to lots of places that you need to go – and if it’s too far you’re pretty much guaranteed there will be good public transport to get you there. This is actually one of the reasons why less millennials drive than other generations. Millennials tend to like living in and around cities; with so many amenities nearby and good public transport less are feeling like passing their test is a necessity. But out in the countryside, you could be miles away from even your closest neighbour! Get your driving lessons booked, and pass your test. Get yourself a reliable vehicle to give yourself some independence, you might still be a good drive away from whatever you need but at least you can physically get around. The further out you are, the more important this becomes!
Be aware of radon gas
One of the very best things about the countryside is the cleaner air. Without lots of traffic, factories and other emissions, the country air is the preferable choice if you want to live a healthier life. However, there is something to be aware of, and that’s radon gas. This is known as the ‘silent killer in the countryside’- it’s a naturally occurring radioactive gas produced by the decay of uranium. This is present throughout the Earth’s crust, and in the open air it doesn’t cause any problems. We all breathe it in throughout our lives, however it can seep in through the cracks of buildings and build up to dangerous levels. As radon gas is more concentrated in certain places in the country, it’s worth having some checks done to see what the situation is where you want to move to. It doesn’t need to prevent you from moving, but you might need to make some adjustments to your property. This is done with a ‘radon sump’, created by digging below the foundations and installing a fan and pipe to blow the gas to the outside. It’s odourless and colourless so you’d never know it was there so it’s important to do your research. Radon gas is most dangerous in smokers, ex smokers and those with lung conditions where the cells are already damaged.
Enjoy the lower house prices
The further out you get from big cities, the lower the property prices tend to be. If you’ve previously bought a house in a more built up area, you’ll be pleasantly surprised by how much more you’ll get for your money moving further out. Lots of people are prepared to pay a premium to live in cities as this is where their work is, and because they love the convenience. However, if these aren’t a priority to you then you get the benefit of peace and quiet, no congestion, and beautiful scenery – AND cheaper property. For the right person, moving to the country really is a win-win.
Moving from the city to the country is a big change. While it might not suit everyone, for some families it will be the best thing you’ve ever done. Weigh up the pros and cons and see if it would suit your situation.