Since the pandemic, many people have drastically rethought their lives, which has caused mass migration from big city life to the simple life in the country. Buying a house in a rural area can be the change you need in your life, but what are the pros and cons?
The Pros of of Homes in a Rural Area
- There is less competition in a rural area. So if you are looking for a place that you love in the countryside, you are less likely to get into a bidding war and will be able to negotiate a better deal.
- There is more bang for your back. Properties in rural locations are more affordable than urban areas, so you can spend the same amount of money on a 4-bedroom house in a rural area as you would for a 1 bedroomed apartment in the middle of a city.
- You can get more land. This is a wonderful way to expand your property. Because if you are looking to build further out, you are less likely to tread on neighbors’ toes. Usually, when you are in a rural area, you will find there is more space to grow, literally and metaphorically.
- Getting to know neighbors means that you will become part of a tight-knit community, which will certainly help if you want to expand your home. They will always provide you with trusted residential roofing companies or contractors that come recommended. This is a very important thing to get to grips with, especially when you’ve moved far away from everything you know.
The Cons of Rural Living
There are many benefits to rural living. But it’s important to recognize that there are potential problems with rural living:
- More upkeep. When you own land, you’ve got to look after it! If you have a bigger property, you will have many more duties. Some people love the idea of maintaining the land and looking after their buildings, but others don’t have the time. If you’ve moved to a rural location because it’s a cheaper way of life but you are still working your city job, this could cause a lot of conflicts and a lack of flexibility, either because you are working constantly or maintaining the property on your downtime.
- Utilities can be tricky to navigate. When you live in a rural area, the water is likely to come from a private well rather than a municipality. If you go down this route, you may need to take matters into your own hands with regards to health and safety, such as by purchasing a septic tank. But when you do this, you’ve got to address the potential for hazards and stresses, in and around your home, which can be a rude awakening.
- Finally, it’s worth pointing out that living in a rural area means there are fewer employment opportunities. Most people have started to work remotely, but it depends on your location. Ultimately, rural locations can provide a quiet life, but in the grand scheme of things, there’s a lot you need to consider.