5 Top Tips for Townies Moving to the Country
Moving to the country from a town or city can be a dream come true for most town or city dwellers, as fresh air and greenery can be some people’s idea of heaven. Here are five tips to ensure that your move is successful and runs smoothly.
Check the weather.
- If moving to a rural location, it is advised that you choose your moving date in accordance to the weather, and ensure it does not coincide with bad frost or snowing conditions. Such weather conditions could prolong the process of moving to your new home in Waterloo and such delays will not only be time and financially consuming, but could also impede your new job or your children starting a new school. So if possible, it would be best if you move during the summer months.
- Ensure that you have all your basic needs as there may not be a shop for miles and generally stores in the country may close a lot earlier than they do in the towns, also, many of the large supermarkets do not operate on a 24 hour basis and are very far away. Therefore it is crucial to stock up on the essentials such as tea, bread, milk, tin foods, medical supplies, toiletries and any other vital necessities which you feel like you cannot live without. Even though you can shop online at numerous supermarkets you may not be able to get a delivery until the next day and if the weather is severe, your delivery may not be able to make it at all.
Love your neighbours.
- If moving to a rural or semi-rural location, it is a good idea to get to know your neighbours, therefore if you need a helping hand or a cup of sugar your new neighbour may be on hand to help. Your neighbours can also give you first hand advice on the best facilities, schools and also introduce you to new friends. Also, living rurally means that population density will be significantly lower than in towns. Therefore your neighbours may be your first port of call for any problems or miscellaneous queries you may have. Also, if you vacate frequently, your neighbours may be willing to check on your property to ensure that everything is as it should be both internally and externally, thus giving you peace of mind.
Research your location.
- Do your homework before you move, especially when moving with children. You may need to visit your location several times before moving and at different times of the day and night to see how nice the area in which you wish to reside is. Research all the different schools and how easily accessible they are, as this will ensure that your child will receive a satisfactory education and will not have to commute extensively. However, if you are not driving your children to school, ensure you plan your route beforehand, as public transport may be scarce or more infrequent than to what you are accustomed.
- Moving to the country can be a great place to bring up children and also have pets, as there will be a lot more free places to roam and explore so pack your wellies. You will also notice that living in the country will be far less diverse than living in town and may not be as diverse as your previous place of residence and this may be a slight cultural shock and may take some time to getting used to. Albeit, you will also find that those who live in the country or in rural areas have a tendency to be a lot more welcoming and friendly compared to those living in big towns.