New to Country Living?
Welcome to the country! I know you will just love living amongst the beautiful scenery, fresh air, tight-knit communities and all the great things country life has to offer. Moving from the city to a rural setting can be an interesting transition, with lots to learn.
One thing about moving to the country is adjusting to a slower pace and having more time to enjoy life. However, when you’re used to the busy city life and living on the go, the adjustment can be harder than it seems.
There’s nothing more relaxing than being surrounded by nature, so let yourself start to enjoy the quieter life. Fresh air is healing and rejuvenating so spend some time getting to know your new property by taking peaceful walks. Due to the lack of city noise from traffic and close neighbours you will find your sleep will likely improve, which will add to your new appreciation for country life. Embrace the calmness of rural living!
When you move to the country, it can be rather tempting to jump in and fill your new outbuildings with farm animals. But before you do, remember they are a large commitment and require knowledge to raise them properly. You’ll want what’s best for them, so before you decide on what type of farm animals you want, here are some things to consider:
If you are looking forward to building your farm, spend time volunteering at local veterinary clinics/shelters and local farms so you will know better what to expect when you have your own. Doing so will help you feel very comfortable caring for, being around and interpreting their behaviours.
As is also the case in the city, it is important to understand where your land ends and your neighbour’s begins. Make sure that when you buy your property you have a clear understanding of this (have your Realtor show you). It is also a good idea to get out and walk the edges of your property every so often; this way you can stay on top of fencing or land issues that need to be addressed. Similarly, if you are fortunate to have water on your property, it is good to understand your rights to it. It may not be yours by right entirely and you should be clear on the specifics.
Living further away from conveniences, like grocery stores and shopping, make it a good idea to start stocking up. Stocking up on groceries and necessities when living in the country will mean you have less trips into the city or closest grocery store and this can definitely be a bonus for some people. Not only does this save you gas money and mileage, but you can save further money by buying in bulk.
Another way to save you trips into town and money, is starting to grow your own food. Now, you don’t have to start planting fields but there are many fairly easy and cost effective gardening solutions for growing your own food at home.
Thinking about our Canadian winters and the heaps of snow and freezing rain that comes with that, it is ideal to speak to your neighbours and community to understand the road conditions in winter and extreme weather. That way you will know what to expect.
Understand your new rural roads in the winter, for example if you know it takes longer for your roads to be cleared, it may be a good idea to have extra goods stocked in the winter months. If you’re able, it would be a good idea to invest in a snow blower. Country driveways tend to be long, far from the road and are difficult to manually shovel.
One of the best things about the country is your wonderful neighbours and surrounding community. Living in the city, people are busy and tend to be more connected to their jobs/offices and phones so it can be harder to connect and feel a real sense of togetherness in society. However, country folk are more excited to connect, engage with and help their neighbours because that’s how their communities have thrived. Want to get more involved? There are a lot of wonderful community events, festivals, groups and occasions to connect with your community. Find your local area’s community Facebook page, online paper, website or forum to find out what’s happening in your area.
From city to country, the transition can feel stark in the differences. But, if you excitedly embrace them, you’ll find your journey into country living leave you questioning why you didn’t move there before. Start thriving in the country!
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