Life in the country is something that many of us have always dreamed of. Getting back into nature with a setting surrounded by beautiful scenery and opportunities for those who are willing to work hard. The country life offers a more natural, fulfilling and peaceful existence away from the hustle and bustle of the inner city and the stresses and madness that comes with it. However it is a daunting prospect to make the leap from fantasy to reality and making that leap is something that most people don’t get around to doing until they are much older, this is generally due partly to the practicality and complexity of making such a move but also due to people’s fear of change to a lifestyle so different to the one that you are used to. However, if you yearn for this kind of lifestyle then it can be worth the sacrifice provided you do it properly.
There are many things that you must take into account when both looking for and living in a property in the country that you must consider that just do not apply in a built-up and developed city or town. If you don’t put the adequate thought into both your choice of property and how you plan to structure your lives around your new environment you can find that you will become unhappy with the potential obstacles and problems that you could encounter in day to day life. So what kind of things should you is looking into when you are viewing and actively looking for properties in which to live? Well, let’s take a look at some of the more important aspects of this process you should keep in mind.
Location and distance from amenities
One of the most important things to bear in mind when choosing your property is its location and its relative distance to things that you and your family will require on a day to day basis, this includes things like the nearest gas station (as realistically you’ll need a car to live in the countryside), supermarket in which to buy your groceries and importantly if you have kids, the locations of the nearby schools and their distance to the property. This is because you want to ensure that your children do not have to endure too arduous a journey when merely travelling to school every morning as that will sap their energy for learning, which in turn cannot only affect their grades but also their happiness and satisfaction with the move.
Another thing that you will want to think about in this regard is how far away not only things that your family actively needs to sustain itself (like groceries and education) but also what you and by extension, your family can do in the area that’s fun. This again is important if you have children as you will find as they get older they will want to be more independent and do things with their friends, which is not an easy thing to do when you are relying on your parents to come and drop you off and then pick you up again because you live an hour’s drive away from the nearest town. You real estate agent should be able to advise on this and give you accurate information on the proximity of these kinds of things as they recognize how vital this information is when making an informed decision about the property.
Being in remote and largely undeveloped areas of Australia, sometimes more rural locations are not able to be connected to the main water grid due to the distance and complexity of maintaining a constant supply in outback conditions and often times these properties will require a groundwater or “borehole pump” in order to access the large aquifers of groundwater that are found beneath the surface of the earth. Again this is something that your real estate agent should be advising you on and if your house lacks one you will need to have a borehole drilled into the land and a borehole pump installed into that in order to supply the property with water. There are many contractors who offer this service at a fairly reasonable cost so it will pay to shop around to find the best company for the most reasonable price. Here’s some more information about the importance of bore pumps.