If you have decided that you want to move your family to the mountains to live year-round, then it is very important that you take certain things into consideration before choosing your next home. For instance, it is important that you consider each of the following aspects of mountain living:
Know What Types of Wildlife You Will be Contending With
Rural living often comes with deer, bears, and other wildlife that you may not be used to sharing your living space with. Deer will eat nearly any garden plants you have and bears can make a mess of trashcans and be dangerous for small children. So, it is vital that before you make an offer on a rural property that first you understand what species of animals live in the same area and how they will change the way you use your property.
Know What the Average Yearly Snowfall Totals Are for the Area
Though it often snows in northern cities, some mountain areas will get an excessive amount of snow each winter. The higher up in elevation your property is located, the more snow you are likely to see each winter season. This can be a serious issue if you have school-aged children or if you will need to commute to work. Even if you know how to drive in inclement weather and use snow chains, that isn't terribly helpful if you get multiple feet of snow even on very small storms.
Understand You Will Likely Need to Plan All of Your Shopping Trips
If you are used to running to the grocery store each evening to purchase the ingredients for your family's dinner, then it is important to note that living in a mountain area typically requires that you shop one day each week or two and stock up on the items you need. Driving up and down the mountain every time you need something will add a lot of extra costs and wear and tear on your vehicles, not to mention it takes up a lot of extra time.
Understand the Changes to Your Children's Lives
Finally, rural schools and learning to drive are very different for children when you live in a mountain area. Your children could attend schools that are quite a distance from your new home, which will mean that they will spend a lot of their time sitting on a school bus. When they are old enough to drive, your children will need to drive on mountain roads that can be more dangerous than those in cities and suburbs.