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Selling your City Home and Moving to Rural Ontario

Move to Rural Ontario for a Simpler Lifestyle

It can be healthy to regularly reassess your life to gauge whether your current circumstances align with your goals. People at any stage in their life can benefit from this type of ongoing analysis. If your life situation changes suddenly, or you are planning ahead, making a move out of one environment into a new one can be an exciting, but also a stressful experience. The need or desire to sell your city home and moving to rural Ontario could arise for many reasons.

You may need to move for professional or family reasons, or you may be looking to satisfy some unfulfilled values brought to the forefront by life's challenges. Whatever your reason, it can be difficult to decide when is the best time to make your move. Let us look at some of the top reasons why it could be a good idea for you to move to rural Ontario for a simpler lifestyle.

More Affordable Living

Many city dwellers who are homeowners struggle to make ends meet, especially if they live in a large metropolitan area such as Toronto or Mississauga. While your city property may be gaining in value, so too is the expense of your property taxes. Owning a house in the city often comes with a steep mortgage, insurance, and utility payments — even the cost to park your car or eat out for lunch can become too much.

Moving to rural Ontario with a lower cost-of-living can free up extra income for family trips, allow you to send your children to camp, or make it so you don't have to worry about your finances quite as much.

The Desire for more Space

Many urbanites own small houses that they quickly outgrow. Once you start a family, it can grow increasingly challenging to find space for everyone and everything. It can also be wearisome to share one bathroom or not have enough outdoor space for the kids. Selling your city home and moving to rural Ontario or somewhere more suburban could afford you a more spacious lot size, more square footage in your home, and a quieter neighbourhood.

In some smaller cities and the countryside, not only is it generally easier to afford a home with more space, but the great outdoors can even be an extension of your backyard. Imagine being able to go hiking or even kayaking right outside your back door.

More time with Family

Many people sell their city home to move closer to their place of work. Having a shorter commute is a popular reason for moving and can increase time with your family. Or, like many people, perhaps you have started to work from home or have a home-based business so you can spend more time with your family. This change in occupation could require additional space to accommodate your home office, meeting space, or studio.

Looking for a tighter Community

Living in an urban setting can sometimes be isolating, especially if it is not your hometown or you do not know many people. Making new friends can be challenging, and town life can cause some neighbours to distrust each other. You may wish to move out of a larger town or city to live in an area more conducive to forming a tight-knit community.

A strong community can be beneficial when raising children. Like-minded people who share your values and parenting style can become part of an essential support group for new parents and their children. Similarly, having friends close by who share your interests can become increasingly important if you have retired.

Ten Rural Ontario Communities to suit your lifestyle

  1. Caledon
  2. Collingwood
  3. Elora
  4. Fergus
  5. Guelph
  6. Meaford
  7. Orangeville
  8. Owen Sound
  9. Thornbury
  10. Wasaga Beach

If you are planning to sell your city home and start neighbourhood shopping, contact one of our experienced real estate agent to help make that move to a rural Ontario community to suit your lifestyle.

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