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4 Things to Consider Before Buying a Rural Home

Many people grow tired of living in the city. The wall to wall people, the horrible traffic, the pollution and crime eventually begins to wear on their nerves. Some day they hope to move to the country so they can live a simpler and more peaceful life. However, living in a rural community can certainly be different than a modern urban metropolis. For one, there are some things you should consider about the kind of home you are likely to buy in a rural area.

Yard Maintenance

If you lived in a city previously, chances are you rented an apartment. If not, it’s likely that any yard you owned was rather tiny. This won’t be the case if you buy a house in a rural neighborhood. You might end up with a substantial plot of land, and that land will need to be maintained. You’ll need to mow the lawn, whack the weeds, trim bushes and trees and more. This is a good deal of work. Unless you hire someone else to do the work for you at significant expense, you’ll be doing this yard work yourself.

Snow Plowing

If the home is in a climate that has snow, you need to determine what effect that snow will have on accessibility to your home. Find out how well and often the roads are plowed leading up to your home during the winter. Snow and ice on the road could make traveling to and from your home very dangerous during those cold winter months.

Rural Plumbing

Something else you may be used to in the city is the fact that certain utilities are supplied to you. This will likely include both city water and the city sewer system. You may have neither of these in a rural home. Instead, you’ll have a well to provide drinking water and septic tank to store your home’s sewer waste. Both of these home systems will require maintenance from time to time. Your septic tank system, for one, should be pumped every two to three years to prevent backups.

Trash Service

The city may not provide trash pick-up either. If that is the case, you may need to contract with another trash disposal service to pick up your garbage. In more remote locations, you may have to drive your trash to a disposal site yourself.

Living in the country certainly has its benefits. You’ll have a lower crime rate. You’ll be able to live a more peaceful existence away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Still, living in a rural area has its own challenges. Consider these when deciding whether or not to buy a home in the country.

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