3 Preparations To Make For Rural Living

3 Preparations To Make For Rural Living

Living anywhere will have its pros and cons. For instance, living on the waterfront in San Francisco will look utterly beautiful, but you can be sure that it will be expensive, and even living a few miles away could potentially grant you so much more for your money. Those views will be stunning, however.

The same goes for rural living. Many people think this is the ultimate goal, and there’s nothing wrong with that, but being far away from other people or living in a relatively undeveloped area will require better preparation from day to day. For some, this is ideal, and the whole point. But planning for inconvenience may be more important than it is in the suburbs, where heading to the local store isn’t even an obstacle you need to think about. For instance, living in a remote village will often mean spending much more in fuel costs during your school run, even though better houses are often cheaper there.

So – let’s also consider some essential preparations to make for that rural living approach.

Home Generators & Weather Protections

When you’re in a remote area, or even a semi-rural one, it’s harder to get the support you need for weather issues. Flooding might require a personal response rather than one managed by the local services, while it’s unlikely your road, especially if it’s private, will be on the grit route for public maintenance staff. For this reason, it’s good to protect your rural home by making sure your water runoffs are in good condition, you use generator services to back up your power should it go out, and that you host your own grit and shovels to melt your driveway or road snow if it impedes you.

Storage & Safety Gear

In addition to the previous point, it’s important to plan for being stuck in the home. During a power cut it might take more time to restore your services (especially without a generator), or the small bridge interconnecting you with the local town might have failed in flooding, and while it’s being worked on, it might take a few days. This is why it’s good to have enough non-perishable foods, frozen foods, and safety gear like hand-crank flashlights, short-wave radios, distilled water, and first aid kits; just in case. More self-reliance is usually a good thing.

Plumbing Networks & Sewage

This is never a pleasant topic to talk about, so we’ll be brief. Rarely are rural houses connected to the mainline infrastructure of a town’s sewage network, for obvious reasons – digging and maintaining those tunnels and access routes for a few houses is not worth it. As such, many rural houses will install a septic tank under the ground which will be emptied by a professional service depending how often it becomes full. This will be a private expense you might negotiate with a neighbor. It will mean you still have all of the plumbing you need, you will just need to maintain and secure its surroundings appropriately, and if you smell a leak, to address that quickly.

With this advice, we hope you can make those preparations for rural living in the best way. We’re sure you’ll have a blast.

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