Moving From the Big City to a Small Town? Here Is What You Need to Know
They say that there are small-town people and big-city people, but what happens when the big-city person decides to downsize their life and live a more rural existence? If this is you then you should prepare for a big change, but if you have a plan, the transition won’t be as jarring as you may think. Here is some advice on how to make your move as easy and stress-free as possible, presented below by Mary, Tyler & More.
Since there is probably a good distance between your city home and your future small-town property, you will want to be smart about moving. You likely don’t need to transport every belonging you have in your current home to the new place so take this opportunity to clear the clutter out of your home so you only transport the items that you actually need. Do so by going room by room and looking at everything you currently own. In general, if you haven’t used or looked at an item for over a year then you probably won’t miss it so consider donating those items so you have a lighter load.
Researching the New Area
If you want to move to a small town but you haven’t yet chosen a permanent location then take this time to research the stats of the towns on your list to verify that it is the best place to live. Look at things like the crime rate in a particular town and look at reviews for the local schools. If you’re considering a specific town, then ask the school if you can take a tour of the premises before you make your final decision.
Deciding Whether to Rent or Buy
There are many factors to consider when deciding whether to rent or buy a home. For starters, it’s important to consider your financial situation. If you’re not in a good place financially, it’s probably best to stick with renting. However, if you’re in a good position to take on a mortgage, buying may be the better option. Another thing to think about is your lifestyle. If you’re someone who likes to move often, renting may be the way to go. However, if you’re looking for a more permanent place to call home, buying may be the right choice.
Finding Work or Starting a Business
Unless you are relocating for a job, you will want to start planning what you will do for work in your new town. There will likely be fewer options in a suburban town so take that into consideration.
This may also be a good time to start a business. A good first step is to create a business plan that will list out in detail what type of company you plan to start, what you will produce, how you will market to customers, where the money will come from to build operations, and if the town where you will be living has the demographics necessary to make your company a success. Create this plan before you move so you can ensure that you are making the right move.
Making New Friends
If you are making this drastic change then you are likely leaving some of your good friends behind and you may have to make new acquaintances in your new town. Making friends will take some time, but you can start to build relationships by going to where people are, such as local town meetings, volunteer organizations, and clubs. Start conversations and see where it goes.
Many people who live in cities don’t own a car because they have plenty of options for public transportation, but in a small town, you don’t always have that luxury. So, you may have to buy a vehicle. You don’t have to pick a car yet, but you should at least factor the potential cost into your budget so you know what to expect when you get there.
Heading Back to School
Living in a small town can limit options for higher education, but there are still several viable paths for those looking to go back to school. Local community colleges are often a great starting point, offering a variety of courses and sometimes even transfer programs to larger universities. For those seeking more specialized courses or degrees not available locally, state universities or colleges in nearby larger towns are worth considering, although commuting might be a challenge. However, for those interested in technology-related fields, one of the most flexible options is to get an IT bachelor’s degree online. This approach not only overcomes the geographic constraints but also provides access to a wide array of specialized courses and resources, making it a practical choice for residents of small towns.
As you can see, there are many things you should consider before moving from the city to a small town, from buying or renting a home to potentially starting your own business. However, you are sure to enjoy the pleasures of a less frantic life.