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Worst part of Country living?
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Chris    Posted 09-28-2001 at 20:47:29       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I'm very certian I want to buy a house in the country but have never lived out for long periods of time. Is there anything I need to be aware of - whats your favorite and worst part of living in the country?



JDJIM    Posted 10-12-2001 at 03:30:25       [Reply]  [Send Email]
The worst part of country living today is for us who have lived here for generations . I'm on the same farm that my family bought in late 1920's . Always have had livestock and always will. There is the livestock smell , the machinery noise , grain drier noise and dust etc. but we lived with them and we are healthy , in fact the boys ran the combine till midnight and I just shut the drier down half hour ago . Now one in ten houses within ten miles of here is lived in by a farmer. We had gravel roads , they were too dusty so we put oil and chips to solve the problem . We drive 60mph on the blacktop that's to fast they want speed limits like in town. The roads are posted at 16000 lbs Jan to April how are we supposed to move grain and livestock ? Theres always the dog walking , jogging biking etc 2 or 3 abreast . All kinds of markers etc at driveway edges making it impossible to move equipment and stay on your side of the road. Then there are all the environmental things that suddenly showed up , noise , dust , smell and all the fertilizer and herbicide damage, but the stuff they use on the lawns is different it doesn't runoff . I know I'm going to catch !!!!!!!for this but I'm just trying to present the case for the people who have been here for many years and this is our way of life also our living and hope to pass it on to the next generation . We don't go to town and try to change it so please do the same for us . JIM

tomatolord    Posted 10-02-2001 at 19:32:35       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Worst part

poor neighbors and you know the ones....

trash real trash cause they are too lazy to go to the dump
6-9 cars in the yard
animals that run loose
kids that run loose with no manners

but the inconvenience of food stores is probably the biggest inconvenience

but if you buy a freezer then you can buy in bulk

and learn first aid - because the hospitals are far away...

phyllis    Posted 10-01-2001 at 19:03:58       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Snakes, ticks, spiders.

magpie    Posted 10-01-2001 at 20:13:55       [Reply]  [No Email]
Sounds like from some of your posts Phyllis, that you have all kinds of creepy crawlers. Mabey you should consider moving west and north. Don't knoe for sure, but I been told NW oregon and W, washington don't have dangerous snakes, also mild climate but very wet. I lived in SE oregon awhile they had rattlers wasn't much problem though.

TRUTH TELLER    Posted 10-01-2001 at 10:42:08       [Reply]  [No Email]


Murphy    Posted 10-01-2001 at 10:12:28       [Reply]  [No Email]
One thing to consider that I've not seen mentioned directly is work. I grew up working all day and long into the night so it drove me crazy to live in a city with no outside work to do and neighbors way closer than I wanted them to be. (One the other hand, my car sure stayed clean since I didn't have anything else to do.) If you decide to move out into the country you will work outside while there is daylight and probably work inside a bit longer. If you have livestock of any kind they are typically 24/7/365 propositions... and that's when they are healthy. Just about the time you get one thing done, there are ten more things added to the list. I'm not complaining because like another person stated, when the day is finally done, if there is time left, you can sit on your front porch, listen to the frogs and crickets singing and see more stars that you ever imagined. That pristine, "perfect" country setting doesn't just exist, somebody made it that way and is working their backside off to keep it that way.

OW -- plan it!    Posted 10-01-2001 at 09:06:31       [Reply]  [No Email]
Well Chris, first ask yourself how far you'd like to be from good wages. Ask yourself how long you hope to live there. Ask yourself how much of that time you'd like to spend getting to the store, work, school & the clinic. Your answers will determine how far from what-sized town you might like. Remember that life only allows us 3 or 4 thousand weeks to get everything done. Then start weighing the benefits of clean air, water, food and neighbors who care. Despite money, i wouldn't move back to the city for anything. :)

Susan    Posted 10-01-2001 at 08:02:33       [Reply]  [No Email]
SNOW ... last year was a doozy! I walked over the fence to feed my girls. Don't really know why they didn't just follow me back to the house. They could have, easily.

Jim (Mi)    Posted 10-01-2001 at 06:40:21       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Moved in the country last December. Lived in the city my whole life. Definately talk to better half first. She was as city as they come, and I was reluctant to move out, but she so far loves it, and says she would not go back. Our commute is not the funnest, about 100 miles round trip. The nice thing is even though it is a long drive, it is nice to leave the city every day and drive in the open and look at fields as opposed to subdivisions. You know the feeling you get when you go on a camping trip. It is like that every day. Only bad part for me was the well. Since I buy bottled water, it is not that inconvenient though. And the other bad part is the propane prices. Gas went to $2.15 last winter for propane. Times that by 400 gallons a month, and guess what my bill was per month. Natural gas in the city for my parents yearly bill, was not half of one of my month's bill. Definately something you might want to consider. There are programs and alternatives though.

Dave in Mo    Posted 10-01-2001 at 04:40:03       [Reply]  [Send Email]
If you're married, you better talk to your better-half. I noticed, as my wife gets older, she likes to socialize more and she doesn't like to be far away from her stores etc......I think the older ya get, the more ya want yer conveniences! I myself am tired of putting up with all the ignorant people living close by. It's amazing how you can have 20 good neighbors and all it takes is one to screw up a neighborhood.

Alvin NE WI    Posted 09-30-2001 at 20:50:52       [Reply]  [No Email]
When you live out in the country and have cattle , 4 words you don't want to hear at 3:00 A.M. are " the cows are out".

mike    Posted 09-30-2001 at 19:32:41       [Reply]  [No Email]
Worst is city people who buy 5 acres and try to
controll 500 acres around them,no one else should
build,farmers are to noisey,to much dust.They put
there dog house on my side of the line,throw their
grass clippings and used motor oil in my field.
One backed into my fence last year,scratched his
car,complained and my insurance company painted his fender.

Judy V.    Posted 09-30-2001 at 12:38:35       [Reply]  [Send Email]
The very WORST part of country living, is when you live close enough to a major city for people to commute. THEN they bring out their Malmutes, German Shepards, Rottweilers, etc. and turn them loose to run. They must have recieved their country education from Walt Disney. Those dogs sure can mess up your livestock. The owners don't want to take responsiblity for them either. SSS

Ole Cuss    Posted 09-30-2001 at 06:43:27       [Reply]  [No Email]

The worst part of country living here is that the rural beauty draws urban expatriates who want to live here who then feed the avaricious developers who then destroy the rural beauty to make homes, strip malls, and dozens of fast-food joints to appease the new residents who want to
"live in the country" but don't want to be more than five minutes away from gas, pizza, cappucino, and videostores. Also, it's a bastid having to move a Roto-Baler or AC 66 combine on a narrow country road with BMW's and minivans trying to pass you every five seconds on a double-yellow solid line.

Cowboy Joe    Posted 09-30-2001 at 19:28:46       [Reply]  [No Email]
Despite rumors that we city folks all drive BMW's, etc. I still drive my 1985 Honda Accord LX 4-door. It's got less than 90,000 miles on it. I figure it will outlive me.

Ole Cuss    Posted 10-01-2001 at 03:01:44       [Reply]  [No Email]

You may live in the city, Cowboy Joe, but you're not a city person: you're a country person who would ride cutting horse to work if you could get the parking for it! (The city ones infesting us around my area are buying "golf course homes" and such which start at $350K and would consider a Honda as declasse. I had a Civic that went 130,000 miles before the front end developed terminal cancer; great car, hauled dogs, pigs, goats, and a donkey foal in the back and handled snow/ice better than my truck).

Cowboy Joe    Posted 10-01-2001 at 06:23:44       [Reply]  [No Email]
Ole Cuss - You're right about me. I'de rather HORSE around in my little ole Honda than drive a BMW. If I did it would have been stolen off the the streets of Manhattan by now.

LazyHorse    Posted 09-30-2001 at 22:05:29       [Reply]  [No Email]

daggone it Cowboy Joe ~~~~us real cowboys all drive old trucks!!!! But I reckpn we can make an exception in your case. I imagine parking is at a premium in your part of the world. and you wouldn't have room to park a longbed chevy.

Cowboy Joe    Posted 10-01-2001 at 06:25:10       [Reply]  [No Email]
LH - That goes for my HORSE too. Yee Hah!

Cowboy Joe    Posted 09-29-2001 at 21:24:45       [Reply]  [No Email]
For me it's returning to NYC.

Spence    Posted 09-29-2001 at 08:41:58       [Reply]  [No Email]
Worst part?

Probably the county. It will impose all kinds
of building bylaws and zonages for whatever type of farming you want to do.

magpie    Posted 09-29-2001 at 06:33:06       [Reply]  [No Email]
For the most part country living here is better than living in the city. There is one thorn in my side that kind of riles me a bit. We are charged a premium on our tax notice for having fire protection. Our insurance company charges us a high premium because we are over 10 miles from the fire dept. We are 10.5 miles from the fire dept. So here we are with a situation where the regional district says yes you have fire protection, and you have to pay for it. On the other hand the insurance co. says, no you have no fire protection, so you have to pay lots. Our insurance is over $1200 per year compared to $250 in town, but we think its worth it to not have close neighbors.

Firetruck    Posted 09-30-2001 at 06:47:52       [Reply]  [No Email]
I won't plug the company here, but one of the major insurance carriers has done away with using ISO and the stupid rating system. That's where the 10 miles come from. They are using a rating based on reported fire loss in the area I think. Look into changing companies.

magpie    Posted 09-30-2001 at 08:19:05       [Reply]  [No Email]
We do shop around every year. We live in Canada, not much selection here. We have also written to our MLA, it seems to fall on deaf ears. It's not giong to kill us or anything, but still kind of ticks a guy off.

Mudcat49    Posted 09-29-2001 at 06:31:13       [Reply]  [No Email]
The worst thing I can think of and it ain't really so bad is the 18 mile (one way) trip to take my son to ball pratice. (football in fall baseball in spring) I have to drive a 4x4 and it drinks gas and with the price of gas wellllllll!!!

magpie    Posted 09-29-2001 at 06:38:04       [Reply]  [No Email]
Well muddy, I'm sure you have your reasons, but why don't you get something a little easier on gas?

Mudcat49    Posted 09-29-2001 at 10:50:01       [Reply]  [No Email]
Well Magpie! There are times I need the 4x4 to get around in the South Florida swampland. and yes I could go get me a Jap Scrap 4x4, BUT my big trailer would just laugh at it!!! 'sides my Chev is paid for!!!!

magpie    Posted 09-29-2001 at 20:49:50       [Reply]  [No Email]
Oh no I didn't mean that you should get something made in japan, I wouldn't do that either. I didn't realize you needed 4X to get to the ball practice. I use a dodge 4x4 here around the place and if I go into the bush. Also drive a plymouth car back and fourth to work. So no asian built junk in my yard either.

LazyHorse    Posted 09-29-2001 at 05:54:57       [Reply]  [No Email]
Country living is great, I would never go back to living in town. Our neighbors aren't as far away as I would like sometimes, but it's still not like living right up against them in the towns or cities. Like the other fella's said, you just need to learn to be self reliant. If something breaks you either learn to fix it yourself, or wait days for repair people. The weather, power, and heat problems can be a real pain in the rump depending on which part of the country your in. The biggest thing I've seen folks who aren't accustomed to country life having problems with is water wells and septic systems. Maintenance is the key to both of these since if you have problems it can be a major expense to put in a new well, or septic system. Move on out to the country, and enjoy the laidback lifestyle. But please don't do like a lot of newcomers and expect there to be a neighborhood association to hear your complaints about the smell of the farm next door, or the neighbors dog, or the dust from the farm equipment.

Okie-Dokie    Posted 09-29-2001 at 05:16:48       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I can't think of any really bad things. We are in a pretty remote area, nearest neighbor is 2 mi. away. I have checked trip times to Hosp, Wall-Mart, Pizza Parlor, and such. You have to travel farther,(re: 11 miles to the nearest hospital) but time is about the same. Due to lack of traffic jams, lights, & such I guess. Can't get a pizza delivered out here but we enjoy having the neighbors over for a visit while we make our own. Police & fire protection are non existant, so we must be prepared to manage those things ourselves. Only one theft since 1980, a roll of chicken wire & that was recovered. Commuting 40 mi. to work is a bummer. Comparing my lifestyle to that of co-workers, I thank God daily that I am not forced to live as they must.

F14    Posted 09-29-2001 at 04:52:19       [Reply]  [No Email]
I honestly can't think of a "bad" thing. Some things are a little different, but not bad.

Mostly, ya gotta plan ahead a little. Can't just bop down to the corner 7-11 when you're out of bread. Ya need to be prepared a bit more for weather, especially if you live in snow country. Power outages are more likely, and last longer when they happen. Snow removal isn't as prompt.

Like Richard sez, the positives WAY outnumber the few inconveniences.

Richard Professional Firefighter    Posted 09-28-2001 at 21:36:50       [Reply]  [Send Email]
The possitives to me far outway the negatives. The many possitives I can think of
Freindly neighbors
I can trust their kids
Wild life about
Little noise, (planes trains,auto's)
Solitude ( you can pee in your back yard if you like)
Less governmental regulations
Taxes are lower
Air is fresher

Some different items I had to adjust to
More snow removal (your drive might be longer)
Have met some snubby old cutes
A few less public services ( you have to become a bit more self sufficient)

But over all, I'll never live in an urban area again.

bob    Posted 09-29-2001 at 17:52:41       [Reply]  [No Email]
my complaint is city folks moving to country and want all perks of city life no gravel roads no smells or tractor noise in spring and fall i wouldn,t changf tho just some people

Jeff    Posted 09-30-2001 at 02:34:23       [Reply]  [Send Email]
If you are not sure if it's worth moving, take a drive in the country one night,park beside a big field(not in it)shut off the car and get out and look up. You can see stars not the glow of street lights or shopping center lights.Sitting on my front porch at night looking up not hearing all the noise.It don't get any better.

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