Five Things To Keep In Mind Before Moving To The Country

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Moving from the city to the country can be a little daunting, especially if you haven't had much exposure to the rural way of life.

We recently moved from Auckland, New Zealand's bigger city to a rural town in the far north, and while it wasn't a huge shock for us (my husband's a country boy at heart, and I was lucky to have been exposed to rural living as a child), I know it can be tough on some people.

Today, I wanted to share a few things to keep in mind when moving to the country.

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Five Things To Keep In Mind Before Moving To The Country

  1. It's not really quieter - it's just a different kind of noise. The sounds of construction work, motorway traffic, people and irritated drives constantly honking at each other has been replaced by birds, insects, and farm animals. Seriously though, I haven’t had a sleep in since we moved due being woken up by sounds of animals or people moving their lawns (even on the weekend).

  2. It always pays to have some cash on you - while you can use your card at stores and supermarkets there are roadside stalls, honesty boxes, and farmers markets; these are generally cash only.

  3. There's no public transport - there are school buses, but that's about it. I don't drive as I grew up in a city with reasonably reliable public transport, and I’m lucky enough to have a husband who is able to drive me whenever I need to go, but I think this might be the year to learn, as it will make getting around easier.

  4. Some animals are a pain in the ass - the.re cute but wild rabbits, possums, stoats, feral cats, hedgehogs, and rats are a serious threat to New Zealand's native birds and wildlife. We live on the Kiwi Coast, so keeping the pest population down is necessary. We also have mason wasps, and while they're not a pest, they are a pain in the ass.

  5. Make sure to find out if the house you're moving into is on tank water/and or septic - This is important because if you're on tank water keeping tabs on how much water you're using is crucial (I wrote about ways to conserve water here); as far as septic tanks go, it turns out there are things you shouldn't flush down the drain as they mess with the bacteria that breakdown your shit (things like chemical-based cleaning products and drain cleaners for instance).