Are you moving to the country? You can look forward to lots of space, quiet nights and uncrowded roads. Unexpected pleasures and challenges await once you leave the hustle and bustle of the city. The transition from urban to rural routines can be a shock to the system if you’re not prepared.
Here are some tips to ease into a country lifestyle.
Sharpen DIY Skills
If you’ve never fixed a flat tire, unclogged a toilet or repaired a fence, now is the time to learn. Skilled tradespeople may be few and far between once you leave the city. Get a thorough home-repair reference book and assemble basic tools. Living in the country requires a certain amount of self-reliance.
Organize the Pantry
There’s no such thing as a quick trip to the grocery store when you’re living in a remote area. You may shop for food weekly, monthly or even less frequently. Stock up on basic ingredients and devise a system for organizing the pantry. You don’t want to come up short in between trips. Secure perishables from invaders such as rodents and insects.
Gather Emergency Supplies
Supplies to get you through inclement weather, power outages and medical emergencies are important no matter where you live. In the country, where you could become isolated for days, being prepared for emergencies is essential. Keep supplies organized and make sure everyone in the family knows where to find them. Your kit should include such things as a first-aid kit, flashlights, batteries, bottled water and nonperishable food. Make separate kits for your home, car and outbuildings.
Get to know your neighbors. They may be miles away, but your paths will eventually cross. Neighbors can help you acclimate to the land, and you’ll reciprocate by lending a hand when needed. Rural neighbors often work together on fences, private roads and other shared resources. If there are organizations or volunteer groups close by, consider joining them.
Understand the Flora and Fauna
Learn about the native and invasive plants, insects and animals in the area. If you have pets or are planning to raise livestock, keep them safe from predators. Understand that you may need to manage plant or insect pests on your land.
Give Yourself Time to Adjust
You may love your new lifestyle right away, or you may need time to get used to the changes. Country live is rich. The self-sufficiency you’ll develop should be a source of pride, but it’s important to reach out to neighbors when you need help.
When you’re ready to move, Master Movers is here to take some of the stress out of relocating. We’d be happy to give you an estimate on moving from the city to the country.