So, you want to move to the country!
Congratulations on making the decision
You probably want more yard space for the kids to play, some more privacy (think not smelling what the neighbour is bbq’n), room to park the RV, boat, classic car rebuilds or just store more stuff because face it, we all have more stuff.
Well before you take the leap from the pristine in-town street where it takes 20 mins to cut the grass and shovel the snow or 10 min to walk to the grocery store, we want you to think about your new contemplated lifestyle in the country. Yes, the country provides that nostalgic emotion of waving long grass in the wind, sunshine twinkling off the pond and kids laughing as the dog chases its tail but we want to hit you between the eyes with the rake for a minute so that you are crystal clear on what is about to happen.
Now, let’s assume that you are now in the country home and life seems pretty good. Your partner is happy, the kids are happy, the dog is certainly happy, and you … well, it was your idea so you darn well better be happy…. This is great!Why didn’t we do this years ago? What possibly could go wrong?
- Hydro is out, no generator in sight and therefore no water! No shower, no cooking unless you like to camp, but trust me – some of the best family adventures start with the hydro out!
- It is a snow storm overnight and now your 500-yard driveway has 10” of snow and you are late for work because you have to blow the driveway out.
- Friends call and they have an extra ticket to the ball game but rain is in the forecast and your 2-acre lawn looks like you could bale hay so you have to stay home to get it cut.
- Little Charlie flushed his Tonka truck down the toilet and now it’s stuck on the septic tank baffle and yesterday’s bath water comes back through the house – what a mess!
- Cluster flies are in all the windows on Fall days – makes for a daily game of pick up flies.
- It is family reunion time and you are all in the backyard. The neighbouring farmer didn’t know about your shindig and is out spreading manure on the adjacent fields – always a crowd pleaser, the smell of some country air
- Baking your kids’ favourite cookies and you are out of sugar… and the nearest store is 10k away- pack up the kids, dog, neighbour’s kid, neighbour’s dog in the truck and off to town you go!
- Little Charlie has hockey 3 nights a week- drive into town!
- Little Gracie has dance on the same nights but 2 hours in between – back home – back to town!
Well, we hit you with that rake pretty hard but let’s look at the benefits of living in the country:
The better country air (when neighboring farms are not spreading manure)! [ by the way… it’s a necessary evil of agriculture, and there’s no escaping it]
- Peace and quiet
- No neighbours… [ well you do have neighbours, just not that close! ]
- Space for everything
- Darkness for starry nights
- Fire pit
- Green grass
- More parking
- Storage Building
- Custom built home(s)
- Riding lawn mower
- Play baseball, hockey rink, volleyball, cricket, croquet, bocce
- Family reunions
- Backyard weddings
- Outdoor parties
- Skate on the pond, swim in the pond
- Sleep outside
- Walks in the forest
- Make a fort with the kids
- Play in the creek
- Build a treehouse
- Vegetable garden
- Did I mention better quality of life and peace and quiet?
Ok, as you can see, the benefits outweigh the drawbacks, and we wanted you to have the reality check (yes, the rake is put down) before you take the plunge. There is no doubt this is a big step in realizing your dream and family goals and can be an enjoyable one if you have your expectations in check!
Brett Puckrin, AACI, P.APP.
Sales Representative, Puckrin and Latreille Real Estate Group
call / text: 905.985.7300 (Team office)
Re/Max All-Stars Realty Inc., Brokerage – Port Perry