Although famous for its bustling metropolitan cities like Dallas and Austin, Texas is also home to many lesser-known, peaceful rural locations. In fact, a total of 3,075,261 people are estimated to live happily in rural Texas. If you’re considering moving from Dallas to the country, there are a number of important things to consider to make sure it’s the right decision for you.
When you live in the country, you’re inevitably further away from employment opportunities. If you plan on staying at your current job, how long will your new commute be? Will you be able to work late evenings or early mornings if required? Calculate gas prices to ensure your commute’s affordable. Otherwise, you may want to move to a rural area nearer to city life. Hill Country in central Texas, for example, is a beautiful largely rural area, home to plenty of towns, including Georgetown, Johnson City, and Lakeway. The available Hill Country land for sale is diverse, and includes both smaller and larger counties to suit your preferences.
If you’re moving to a rural area, it’s essential to find out about your nearest local emergency resources and services. The further you are from a big town or city, the more essential it is to know exactly who to call upon when you need help at short notice. You can search the internet and phone book for contact details, but also talking to your neighbors is a great way to find out about names that may not be listed. Handymen, technicians, doctors, fire services and vets are some of the main services you may need. You can also visit your local town offices to ask for emergency services, names and contact information.
Find out how reliable the utilities are. For example, if the power goes out often due to storms, how long does it take to restore it? You may also want to check the high-speed internet connection, satellite television availability, and cell phone reception. If you’re building a new home, are utilities already connected, or will you have to pay an extra fee for that? You may also want to invest in a back-up generator so you still have electricity even when the main power’s out.
With stunning landscapes, peace and quiet, and friendly communities, rural Texas has a lot to offer. Taking the above considerations into account before moving will help you determine whether rural living is right for yo