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What to Know Before Moving to the Woods

Even woodsy suburbs can have issues.

If you’ve always lived in the city, then life in the mountains may come as a shock to you. While there are many benefits to living in nature (like beautiful views and peaceful surroundings), you may also be surprised by some of the issues it presents. Here are a few things to keep in mind before moving to a woodsy area.

Bears

Most bears are not the cuddly ones you find in the Hundred Acre Woods. To keep bears away from your home, the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources suggests storing anything a bear would consider food including:

  • Garbage cans
  • Bird feeders
  • Pet food
  • Pets and livestock
  • Beehives
  • Compost piles

If you can’t store them, the department suggests protecting them with an electric fence. In addition, under no circumstances should you feed bears. Doing so will cause them to return to your home and increase the risk of an accident.

Other Critters

Besides bears, there are plenty of other critters that you’ll likely find on or around your property. While some animals, like deer, may not seem like too much of a problem, they do pose some risks. If you’re in a heavily populated deer area, you’re more likely to encounter ticks. It’s important to inspect your body for ticks after spending time outside. If a tick bite goes unnoticed, you run the risk of developing Lyme disease, a tick-borne illness.

Low Lighting

Wooded areas are somewhat notorious for not having great lighting. While this generally isn’t a problem during the daytime, it can be an issue at night or during inclement weather. Combined with the presence of deer, which are known to jump into the road at any given time (hence “deer in the headlights”), it’s especially important to drive cautiously at nighttime. Nervous or antsy drivers should consider this before moving to a wooded area, especially if the location is mountainous with winding roads.

Remote Location

Remote locations with picturesque vistas also come with a caveat: they’re generally not very close to places of convenience. Whether it’s a shopping mall, grocery store, or even a gas station, you can expect to drive a bit more to get what you need. While this may not be an issue for you, it’s pertinent to note that it may become more problematic during extreme weather like hurricanes or snowstorms. In both situations, trees, snow, or down wires can block roads or cause outages. In such cases, it’s necessary that you prepare your home with the essentials including a battery-powered radio, a power generator, water, and non-perishable foods.

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Raquel Guarino

Raquel Guarino is a writer for Realty.com and Help.com. She currently lives in Austin, Texas.

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