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We've probably all thought it once or twice before - wouldn't it be nice to get out of the city and rent a large property in the country? Renting a rural house can make this dream possible. However, there is a big difference between going up state for the weekend and staying in a private bed and breakfast and actually living in the country 24/7. Make sure you are prepared for this change of scene and change of pace before signing any lease agreement. The rural lifestyle is not for everyone.

Living rurally means that you are living in an area that is not close to any main cities. Your house may be on a farm or a large block of land with no community recycling bins. Your neighbors may be located kilometers away rather than meters away. And the nearest takeaway shop may be 20 minute drive rather than a 20 second walk.

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For city dwellers, this can be a little overwhelming. The longer commutes and the quiet lifestyle may be something that gets to you in the long run and you may hate living so far away from the loud and vibrant city life. Or, you may welcome it. Living in a rural rental home means that you have a lot more space to call your own. You will not feel like you are all little rats living in teeny tiny boxes on the hillside which is what many suburban renters will feel like at one stage in their life.

Living rurally can be great for children as long as you don't mind the longer commute. Having a lot of space to run around, to plant veggie patches, to let the dogs roam free, to have family camping trips and fires without leaving the property - this can be a great way to bring up children, especially compared to the cramped living quarters of sharing a unit with your family. Of course, it also means longer rides to see friends, longer days picking the kids up from school and bigger gas bills with all this extra driving.

Another good/bad thing about rural house rentals is the space. Yes, it can be great to have a huge backyard with plenty of area to explore and ride your bike, but it also can be a lot of work. Many rural homes will be on acreage, from one acre to several acres. It can be quite hard finding the time to maintain these lawns. If you are fortunate, you may be able to find a lease that offers lawn maintenance and property maintenance as part of the lease agreement which is definitely a big bonus.

Think about where you are working before moving to the country. Will you be driving for more than an hour each day? If you are willing to accept this small drawback to living in the country and you don't mind spending a little more time on the road to come home to your own tranquil paradise away from the city hustle and bustle, then it is a small price to pay.

It is a good idea to rent a rural house before you choose to buy in a rural area, especially if you have never lived rurally before. You may find that being so far away from a big city is lonesome and some people are just not made for this type of living. On the other hand, you may love the peace and quiet and the large space to call your own. Rural home rentals give you this extra space which may or may not be something that you crave.

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