Consider Country Living Before You Buy Your New Country Home

Posted on: September 6, 2012

Many city or suburban dwellers dream of a romantic life in the country. Surrounded by nothing but nature; no noisy shopping mall or hordes of traffic waiting right outside your door. Peace and quiet everywhere you turn, with more privacy than you can imagine. But the reality of country living includes more than just peace, quiet and pretty surroundings. If you’re thinking of buying a home in the country, make sure you truly consider all that goes along with country living before you buy.


Consider the Realities of Country Living

The realty of country living typically includes some things that our romantic daydreams neglect to consider. For example, is the road to your ideal country home paved? If not, does your region have a mud season? How often does it get plowed in snowy weather, and how much snow can you expect in winter? You may have difficulty reaching your home if your car isn’t equipped to deal with the reality of country living – or you could get trapped in your home without enough supplies if you haven’t fully thought through how weather can affect your lifestyle.


Besides weather, how do you do with isolation? Living in the country, you may not have access to as many organizations to help you meet people and socialize as you’d expect in city or suburban life. You may only have one restaurant and one grocery store. Your neighbors may only be a handful of people. You could find that you have to drive anywhere from 20 minutes to an hour or more to get to the nearest town or grocery store. And you may not have amenities you expect, such as cable internet or city water and sewer.


Make sure you consider all of the realities of living in the country – including the distance to things you take for granted, and access to amenities you want. If that doesn’t bother you, then country living may be everything you dream! But if the reality sounds like more work than the ideal, you might want to reconsider where you want to buy.


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