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How can I be sure moving from the city to the country is right for me?

We all worry whether our ‘dream location’ will actually deliver the dream lifestyle we imagined and not everybody is suited to country living. Once you’ve settled on your top likely locations, take the following steps…
 
  • Plan a long weekend or short sabbatical and spend it in your dream town
  • Visit cafes and local businesses and talk to the locals. This is where you’ll quickly find out what type of people live in your potential new community and whether they’re like-minded
  • Pick up local tourism leaflets and magazines and check out the options
  • Take a walk through shopping centres and decide if they offer what you need
  • Ask locals about the climate, lifestyle and local attitudes
  • Have a real estate agent show you some different types of properties
  • Use Google to check reviews of the area and its services
 
For many, the biggest surprise is that contrary to stereotypes, country people are generally welcoming and enthusiastic about newcomers and want you to feel like you fit in.
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