3 Things to Consider Before Moving Your Family to a Rural Location

3 Things to Consider Before Moving Your Family to a Rural Location

For a lot of families, moving to a rural location – especially if you are tired of hectic city life – can be the dream. However, a lot of individuals don’t know the full extent of living in a rural location if they have never done it before. It, of course, looks appealing on the outside, but there are a lot of essential things to consider, especially if you are a family with growing children. 

Here are three questions to ask before making that crucial decision. 

1. Will Your Children Feel Isolated?

As a parent, you may be able to embrace the peace and quiet of the countryside fully. However, growing children may not be able to do so that easily. If the move is going to see your children moving away from friends, or perhaps if your children don’t particularly like the idea of not being able to leave home and be on a friend’s doorstep within a few minutes, then they might not take well to being moved to a rural location. 

This doesn’t necessarily mean that they can’t get used to it, but the level of isolation should be a factor when making your decision, and it’s a good idea to talk to your children about it especially if your rural move sees nothing to entertain your children for miles around. 

2. Will Pests Be a Problem?

A move to a rural location, as opposed to a city address, leaves your family and your property more exposed to issues with pests. Flies, ants, wasps, and spiders – to name a few – may be more abundant in the countryside, and primarily if your property is benefitting from a garden or doors and windows which you leave open a lot of the time. 

This shouldn’t be a deterrent for your move; however if you understand that services like pest control Denver can always be contacted should you need pests to be taken care of. 

3. Do You Have a Means to Travel Back and Forth?

A lot of city dwellers may prefer walking, cycling or using public transport to get around, instead of using a personal vehicle. However, this isn’t so simple when moving to a countryside location. With long, winding country roads, it may be preferable to make use of your own vehicle to ensure that you have the means to travel when needed. A lot of rural locations do not have easily accessible public transport routes, and the nearest train station or grocery store may be miles away, so you are going to need a vehicle to be able to complete your lifestyle tasks. 

In Conclusion

Moving to the countryside can be a fantastic and life-changing experience if it’s the right thing for you and your family. It can give you the peace you’ve always dreamed of, as well as the extra space to spend as a family. However, always be sure before you move that you can cope with the isolation, the distance, and the country way of life.

About the author
Mrs. Hatland is a 30-something married, mom of 7 and the face behind the popular online publication, Motherhood Defined. Known as the Iowa Mom blogger by her local peers and “The Fairy Blogmother” worldwide. She has professional experience in working closely with clients on brand ambassadorships, client outreach services, content creation and creative social media advertising exposure.

5 Comments

  1. The nature is a mostly a good thing, but definitely lots of changes and other adaptations to be made if you commit to going rural.

  2. I am glad #1 was about how children would feel. When I was 7 my mother remarried and we moved to the country in a beautiful house on the mountain. We even had a small farm. But as beautiful as it was I was lonely I not only had to change schools but I had zero friends that lived near me and I hated it.

  3. All very good points, and I wish we still lived in a rural area. I don’t miss the mice BUT I miss the quiet and peacefulness!

  4. It is always important to consider how the move would affect all the members of the family.

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