The Pros and Cons of Moving to a Smaller Community

It’s a big decision, so, here are some things to consider if you are thinking of making a move to a smaller community.  There are likely a few things we have missed so you may want to use this as a starting point and add to list.

Be aware, some Pros may be Cons and the Cons can be Pros.

Pros of Moving to a Smaller Community

  • Beautiful homes in smaller communities can be had for ½ or ¼ of the price of Vancouver homes
  • More time for you family
  • More money left over for vacations
  • Less traffic & less pollution
  • Slower Pace & less stress
  • Less crime
  • Less crowds
  • Your neighbours know who you are
  • Closer to nature
  • Friendlier people – sense of community
  • Healthier outdoor living
  • More me-time – to relax, go biking, hiking, yoga etc.
  • Cashing out of the Lower Mainland market will put a lot of cash in your pocket
  • Alternatively, if this is your first home – it’s likely much more affordable than a condo in downtown Vancouver.

Cons of Moving to a Smaller Community

  • Jobs are likely harder to find
  • Schools may lack some amenities and programs
  • Teenagers may want more action
  • Streets can be deserted
  • Life is slower
  • Far from the shopping on Robson Street
  • Fewer restaurants, pubs and cafes
  • Your neighbours know who you are
  • Hospitals may be worth considering
  • Depending on how small the town is – consider internet connections may be slower
  • Limited facilities – consider libraries, community centres, art galleries etc.
  • Trips to the city can be long

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