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How to swap city life for the country

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Many of us daydream about making a tree or sea change, especially when returning from a holiday.

If you're toying with the idea of a move to the country, there are a few considerations to put on your list.

There are lots of perks to getting out of the rat race, like more affordable property and a less hectic lifestyle.

The question is whether that lifestyle is right for you. Creating your own checklist of priorities - both for right now and for the future - will help. 

Schools

Schooling is a big item on any family's priority list. Perhaps the primary schools are good in the area, but you need to think ahead about high schools.

Transport

Getting around, including the school run, may prove challenging in remote areas. Decide how far you’re willing to drive, and investigate local public transportation. While not dealing with city traffic is a wonderful thing, remember you may have to travel further distances to get anywhere.

Services

Think about essential services you'll need like medical, mobile and internet. Staying connected is particularly important if you're working from home, so make sure the area has a reliable infrastructure. 

Local issues

Spend some time reading the local newspaper before you make any major decisions about a move. This will give you insight into what the local issues are. That can be anything from crime rates to a major building project in the pipeline likely to cause disruption.

But most of all remember, with a big decision like this it's easy to get caught up in doing the research. Sometimes, you just need to take a leap of faith!

 
 

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