Top tips for city-dwellers moving to the country
With London property prices soaring higher than ever, it’s no surprise that people are running for the hills. Research from Hamptons International shows that the number of people relocating from the city to the countryside last year reached the highest figure since 2007, with additional statistics from Humberts showing that 30 per cent of those on the move were between 20 and 29 years old. There are undoubtedly perks to seeking pastures new, but we’ve got a few handy tips to remember before you pack your bags.
Mobility is essential
In the capital, public transport makes getting around a piece of cake. But when you take up life in a quaint village, you will have to ditch the Oyster card and be prepared to make your own arrangements. Before you move anywhere, check out your accessibility and make sure you have a suitable vehicle that will take you where you need to go. Don’t forget, some country roads are tight, bumpy and unforgiving, especially in harsh weather conditions.
Prepare for a change of lifestyle
To wake up to green vistas, there are sacrifices to be made. You might not have a nearby cinema where you can check out the latest movie. You are unlikely to have a big local supermarket. The pace of life will slow dramatically. But there is lots of fun still to be had. With plenty of space to run around, the country is the perfect place for a puppy. Or, if you are into cycling or walking off the beaten track, check out the trails in the area.
Wise up about pest control
Though moving to the countryside conjures up images of rustic oak beams and cosy log fires, it can also come with some unwanted visitors – namely of the small, cheese-nibbling variety. But luckily, there are online specialists ready to advise you of the best way to get rid of mice fast in your house, so it needn’t be a long-term issue. Besides, the nature outside your four walls will be well worth the battle.
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