Moving out of the city


Covid has changed the world forever. Covid has been catastrophic for many people but it has also created many opportunities. New businesses have been created, more people will have flexible work options and there is less need to live in a congested city. The virus has also led many people to reflect on what they want out of life and for many that is to migrate.



Put simply perception is when you like something you bring forward in your mind all that is good about that image, person, or scenario. Your brain then filters out the bad points. For example, we have all had a good teacher and we justify our observations by their fine qualities – we extol that teacher’s abilities to others. If you think about that a bit more you will notice you probably didn’t list the teacher’s bad points – and everybody has bad points. We either reduce those negatives or completely ignore them.


Romanticizing life beyond a city is also perception. We outline the positives of selling in the city and buying a country house as – simpler, cleaner, cheaper, slower and greener and reduce or ignore the negatives.


You might be thinking of buying in a small village, market town or the outskirts of a bigger city. However, it is wise to think about what country life would be like post the honeymoon. Conveniences you take for granted in a city might be more important than you think or even noticed.


A bigger house and garden in a greener, cleaner location is a huge attraction but the extra square meterage will cost more to furnish, heat and maintain. Buying a charming wooden cottage in a peaceful setting may prove to be expensive long term.


A simpler life is also a drawcard but the technology you require may not be as available or reliable in your new locale. No mortgage is perfection too but lower capital growth further from cities could be problematic. The equity in many city houses often helps fund retirement and shouldn’t be disregarded.


Romantic notion


A good old pro and cons list is a great way to start your planning process and determine whether you could make the move asking whether you:


  • need the range of products and services cities offer;


  • go the shops as part of getting out of the house – hunting and gathering is anthropological drive and lots of people just love to browse;


  • like traveling back to your home city for social or work commitments;


  • see family and friends a lot – will you miss how often you socialise with them – coffee, gatherings, life events, etc;


  • would miss not having a support network close;


  • are concerned you do not have historical roots in the town;


  • would find it easy to make new friends;


  • have to attend work meetings in person regularly;


  • mind not having a wider choice of businesses in your new local community;


  • will miss the broader range of leisure opportunities;


  • rely heavily on broadband and mobile coverage;


  • would miss the variety of cultural attractions and places to eat;


  • need public transport;


  • are concerned about future employment;


  • are concerned about health resources in the new local and


  • are prepared to accept that the country move will also present limitations and that no place is perfect.


Moving away from a city is wonderful but your personality can’t be discarded. Remember what perception is and make a list of the points you might be ignoring.


If you need to sell your property before you move from the city, we have lots of selling tips that can help you maximise your sale price.