Dreaming of Living in the Country - A Must Have Checklist for You!

Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Ottawa Realty Brokerage

So you have just come back from a lovely Sunday drive in the country and you say to your beloved "I just know we'd be happier out here, surrounded by nature, sunshine and things would be calmer and less stressful for us and I am sure it would be a lot less expensive!"  Beloved hears "less stress and less expensive" and you are off on a whole new kind of adventure.

Quick Check List:

Have I always wanted to live in the country or is this a whim?

Will living farther from my place of work cause problems for my family?

Can I afford reliable transportation?

Am I learning based? - Well and septics, snow removal, post office delays, no amenities will all be a learning curve. 

Does the idea of being in charge of my own water and "waste disposal" bother me?  Note it is not hard....just something different.

Would I give it a year to try it...?

Can I see myself driving up the driveway and being happy to be paying a mortgage "out here"?

Do I adapt well to change, because there is always change in the country?

Would I regret not trying it? 

Then ask yourself, from the heart "will living in the country increase my enjoyment of life".  For myself, I moved 7 years ago and haven't looked back!  I am always willing to have a discussion to see if this kind of adventure might be for you.  Feel free to contact me to chat. 

Happy (now),

Susan Allan

Realtor and Proprietor of Willaway Farm

Comments (6)

Lottie Kendall
Compass - San Francisco, CA
Helping make your real estate dreams a reality

Good reality checks, Susan.

Aug 03, 2010 05:39 AM
Li Read
Sea to Sky Premier Properties (Salt Spring) - Salt Spring Island, BC
Caring expertise...knowledge for you!

Great check-list....and you're right to remind people to separate out the "dream" from the reality of how their lives actually "work".

Aug 03, 2010 05:43 AM
Susan Laxson CRS
Premier Sotheby's International Realty - Naples, FL
The Michelle Thomas Team

Susan, I agree with Lottie, "good reality check".  It seems that the grass is always greener until you figure out the trade-offs.  Thanks for the post!  ~ Susan

Aug 03, 2010 05:51 AM
Mark Schweller
A. Meadows Real Estate - Oakley, CA
Building Communities; One Home at a Time

Susan, this is a great reminder for all of us!  Thanks for sharing!

Aug 03, 2010 06:10 AM
Deborah Byron Leffler BzyBee Real Estate Lady!
Keller Williams Realty Boise - Nampa, ID

This is a great checklist!!

I think I would also add....will my nose be able to handle the smells of agriculture in the different seasons?  I have heard so many complaints of dairy, fields etc....when people move to the country...and the farmers were there all along!  LOL

Aug 03, 2010 06:17 AM
Gary Steuernagel ASSOC. BROKER, ABR, CRB
Keller Williams Southwest - Sugar Land, TX

If a spouse isn't meant for the country, or your kids aren't willing to make the school/friend change it doen't really matter how much you want to live in the country. 

If your older and going to the make the move, how long will it take you to get to a hospital in a medical emergency?  Can you and your loved ones live with that?

I grew up in the country and would move back in a heart beat, but my spouse will never move out of the city, guess what not going to happen.  I've learned to accept that I'll stay in the city.  :)

Aug 03, 2010 07:16 AM