Country or city, How to Decide on a Long Term Home for Your Family

Deciding on whether to settle with your family in a city or the country area is far from easy. Several factors influence your decision; space, accessibility, safety and job opportunities.

City living has a lot of upsides and an equally large amount of downsides, and same goes for country living; today, we will take an in-depth look into a few of the most important factors to consider when picking where to settle down.

City Living

Urban centres are vibrant economic, social and transportation centres; they are renowned for having more employment opportunities when compared to their rural counterparts.

A few Advantages of City Living

A wide variety of accommodation is available in cities. Flats, houses, urban lofts, studios to name a few. The type of accommodation you opt will depend on what you can afford.

Due to a large number of people living in cities, more social amenities like hospitals, fire services and security services are available, making life more convenient for everyone. Public transportation also operates more frequently in cities.

A few Disadvantages 

Competition for limited resources and employment opportunities is fierce when people move to a city.

Crime is a problem in most major cities. The more serious crimes are likely to occur in city areas. There is a very mixed bag of people living in the city so you may need to pick your particular neighbourhood wisely.

Cities are by no means cheap and raising a family in an urban environment is more expensive than in rural areas. Sports and recreational activities, whilst may be more varied, are often highly sought after and competition is greater of spaces.

Country Living

When you live in a rural environment, you wake up every day to peace and tranquillity, you have the opportunity to be at one with nature and connect with your environment.

Advantages of Country Living

A lot of people, move away from cities in search of peace and quiet. Cities are bustling areas that attract a lot of noise; most cities are noisy no matter the time of day.

When you live in a rural area, you get to experience very little noise caused by noisy neighbours, cars, and commercial activities.

There are lots of wider open spaces for kids to run and explore. What adventures they can have from building cubbies, catching yabbies and growing veggies in their own little patch of dirt.

In rural areas, most people know each other, and the rural regions rank very low in terms of crime and violence. This increases your peace of mind and allows you to sleep easy at night.

Neighbours are, for the most part, friendly and willing to help out whatever fix you may find yourself in. There is often a strong sense of community and working together for the common good.

Disadvantages of Country Living

Low technological capabilities characterize rural areas, this means that internet connection may not be great. A satellite booster may be able to resolve this issue. In some cases, you might not have any internet or cell phone coverage.

If you plan on supporting a family and earning a living, it is going to be harder to do that in the country due to limited job opportunities. This might be something to investigate before making the move so you are not putting yourself in unnecessary financial hardship.

Making the Decision

Whether you decide to live in a city or the country, one thing is for certain you will need somewhere to stay. When purchasing or leasing a new home, it is essential to inspect all aspects of the building; building inspection is one step that most homeowners tend to ignore or overlook.

Wherever you might be thinking about moving to, whether it be Newcastle, Bega or Kangaroo Valley you can get a thorough building inspection from a locally owned and operated inspection service.

They combine professionalism, experience, and state-of-the-art inspection technology to conduct thermal imaging, pest inspections, and building inspections. Consider your next move wisely so that it might benefit all the family.