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Moving guide: Relocating to the mountains

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Imagine tranquil, quiet living and an image of a cabin perched high in the mountains immediately comes to mind. Living in such a location can be serene paradise, but it is not without its own set of challenges. Here are a couple of things to bear in mind before you pursue the mountain life.

Mountain clothing

Living up in the mountain exposes you to the elements of nature. Having the right type of seasonal clothing should be one of your priorities.

Mill Creek Canyon enjoys a mild Mediterranean climate for most of the year, but winters can be terribly cold, even freezing. Because of this, make sure to have winter apparel and footwear ready for when the snow falls.

Pace of life in the mountain

When you move to the mountains, you might experience some degree of culture shock, most especially with the drastic change of pace.

Life moves slowly in Mill Creek Canyon. Since it is located up in the mountains, expect delays from goods and services coming from Redlands, which is the nearest major city. Inclement weather can also cause a halt in day-to-day operations and when the temperatures drop, local businesses might close early.

But that is a worst-case scenario. Mill Creek Canyon receives approximately 200 days of sunlight every year. The slow pace of life will be a welcome change if you are tired of the hustle and bustle of city living.

Private transportation

Public transportation is virtually non-existent up in the mountains. To get around, you need to have your own vehicle.

For mountain life, the most recommended type of private transportation is a car with four-wheel drive. This will allow you to navigate mountain roads, rain or shine. A car with two-wheel drive might have a hard time driving through muddy or snowy mountain roads, let alone steep ones.

In addition to four-wheel drive, snow tires are a must in your arsenal. They will help you travel during winter safely.

Moving your possessions

Instead of hiring professional movers from where you are currently based, look for moving companies located near where you are relocating. If you can’t find anyone, find a professional mover experienced in transferring their clients’ belongings to mountain locations.

Getting a city-based moving company might not be enough. First, their vehicles might not be prepared for mountain conditions. Second, lack of knowledge of the general area might result in you losing your possessions.

Hiring a moving company who specializes in mountain relocations will give you peace of mind, as the movers will know how to transfer your belongings to your new home capably.

Work with a mountain property realtor

If you have yet to find your mountain cabin in Mill Creek Canyon, now is the best time to get in touch with Franklin Sexton.

Franklin is an experienced Realtor and Broker Associate with Best Mountain Properties. He can help you find the mountain home in Mill Creek Canyon that suits your needs perfectly.

Contact Franklin Sexton today at 909.553.5483 or CanyonRealtors(at)aol(dotted)com to get started.

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