Moving to the country from the city has tons of benefits from more space, cheaper living expenses, and fresher air. Many people enjoy the peace and quiet that country living can give them while others enjoy being able to see the stars at night.
However, before you pack your bags and change your entire lifestyle, there are some things you need to know. Here’s what you should know about moving to the country.
It’s Quiet… Really Quiet
If you’re used to the hustle and bustle of the city, the quiet of the country may cause you some discomfort at first. If you’ve lived in an apartment, you know that city life can be noisy no matter what time of day or night it is. The country offers you quiet all day long so that you can enjoy simpler things. However, if you’re someone who enjoys the city noise (and many folks do), you might not be prepared for just how quiet things can get in the country.
Your Income Will Change
A job in the city pays more than a job in the country. Before you start stomping your feet, though, remember that your cost of living will also change. Your New York City rent for your 350 square foot apartment with no bedroom costs more than your mortgage payment will, depending on where you move.
While the same job will pay less in the city, your lifestyle won’t have to change much because you’ll still be able to buy your favorite things on Amazon with all of the money you’ll be saving with a mortgage in the country.
There Are Fewer Job Opportunities
Moving your home is easy, but finding a job is difficult no matter where you live. This is especially true when you move to the country. While a city has tons of jobs available, the country may not, which means you’ll have to drive longer to get to work once you find a job.
You’ll Be Driving Every Single Day
Speaking of driving, you’ll have to do it when you move to the country. There is no corner shop that you can walk to. Depending on where you move, the nearest grocery store might be 30 miles away. If you’ve lived in the city your whole life or you’ve let your license expire, it’s time to start practicing how to drive again because a car is an absolute necessity in the country.
Utilities Might Not Always Be Available or Reliable
Moving to the country means that you’ll have fewer choices when it comes to utilities like electricity and water. Your electricity might not even be reliable.
While you might not always have access to the internet, you’ll always have access to tons of land and a beautiful night sky to look at, along with peace and quiet, so you can finally catch up on that book you’ve been reading for the last five years.
Weather Will Affect You
Many people have experienced a bad storm that took out their electricity for a few hours, but in the country, you’re at the mercy of Mother Nature. If you get heavy rain or snowfall, it might be hours or even days before the road is cleared. Roads will not be plowed as quickly as they are in cities because there are fewer cars driving on them in the country.
If you know of an impending storm, you may need to travel to the local store to pick up provisions like food, water, and other essentials.
You Might Feel Isolated
People who like to be alone love the country because they have fewer (if any) neighbors, and people are less likely to visit them the farther away they are. If you’re someone who enjoys nightlife and spending time with people, the country might not be for you. Of course, no matter where you live, there might be a city or even a town nearby where you can meet people and spend your time when you’re not relaxing under the night sky.
You’ll See More Wildlife
When was the last time you saw grass? If you live in a city, you likely rarely see everything nature has to offer. When you move to the country, you’ll get to rekindle your affair with nature again with tons of plants and wildlife.
Make sure you do your research about the countryside you want to move to before you purchase a house. You’ll need to know what types of animals live in the area so that you can stay safe. For example, you might not want to purchase a cabin in the woods where you know there are bears.
If you’re afraid of snakes, you might always why away from living in Tennessee, known for its large snake population.
It’s important that you respect nature because you’re in its territory now. Treat your environment well so that you can see plants and animals thrive.
Take Out Options Are Limited
If you’re like most city-dwellers, you either don’t have a kitchen or don’t use it. Take-out is fast and means you won’t have to wash the dishes. In the country, however, you might be miles away from the nearest restaurant, and they likely won’t deliver to you if you live too far out. If that’s the case, it’s time to learn how to cook and buy some pots and pans to do so.
Your Neighbors Won’t Have the Same Personalities
As we mentioned, you might have very few neighbors. However, you’ll want to form a good relationship with the neighbors that you do have. People who live in the country do so by choice. They likely enjoy the peace and quiet, unlike your neighbors in the city who used to scream and bang doors at 4 AM.
Treat these neighbors differently than you would your city neighbors and try to be respectful. Don’t play your music too loud or throw parties late at night.
You Might Realize You Hate the City
After you’ve spent some time in the country, you might realize that you never actually enjoyed city life but instead tolerated it because everything you needed was a block or two away. Country life allows you to slow down and focus on the things that really matter, no longer worrying about being stuck in traffic before a big business meeting. Enjoy each and every minute you have in the quiet country.
Matt Casadona has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, with a concentration in Marketing and a minor in Psychology. He is currently a contributing editor for 365 Business Tips. Matt is passionate about marketing and business strategy and enjoys the San Diego life, traveling and music.