Making a relocation from the bustle of a big city to the quiet serenity of the countryside is often the goal of many us who have spent years living in built up urban environments, but making such a move will be a drastic changes to what you are accustomed to in a big city. Below are a few things to think about when considering such a relocation, whether it will be right for you, and if so, some practical advice on preparing for the move.
Know the area you are moving to
Although the country can be idyllic in the summer months, it’s often quite unforgiving in winter. In severe weather, if you’re planning on relocating to a small out of the way village or remote cottage, getting around may become very difficult. Try to visit any potential new home during the winter too, to get an idea of what to expect.
Adjusting to a different pace
While one of the reasons you may be considering moving to the country is the slower pace of day to day life, make sure you are fully aware of all the other implications this has. You’ll be used to being able to easily pick up groceries and other supplies in the city, as there are normally shops close by and open most hours, however this will in all probability not be the situation in a small village or remote cottage. While there may be 24 hour petrol stations around, they will probably be quite a walk/drive. Getting around will not be as easy either, as public transport options will be limited, meaning you will have to rely on your own car a lot more.
Check what services will be available locally
While things like post boxes and high speed internet connections are the norm for city living, things can be very different in the country. Make sure you know what services will be available in any potential rural location, as posting letters and getting a good internet connection may not be possible. If you are self employed or work from home then this can cause problems.
Practical things for country living
Things such as good winter coats and Wellington boots are not such a major requirement in most cities in the UK, as most of your time will be spent in the office/at work, travelling, or at home, for example. In the country, depending on how far you are from local shops, you will probably have to brave the weather when it turns unpleasant, so it pays to be prepared here. If you are planning on moving to a particularly isolated area, this can mean making sure you have a four by four vehicle too.
Only take what you need
If you’re moving to a smaller property, such as a cottage, this will be especially applicable. Try not to take anything you don’t need when moving, as this will save you space and moving costs too. Having a good clear out and selling any old household items can also ease the cost of your relocation, and is something that can be done well in advance of any move to the country. The same applies to any furniture that won’t fit in your new home. Rather than paying for these items to sit in storage, which will likely be inconvenient to collect from given your rural location, simply sell them off before moving.