Those who are considering buying a homestead property are often very excited about starting this new lifestyle. They are looking for the “perfect” piece of property, and this is not always easy to find, as they do not know exactly what it is they should seek in a homestead. This is especially a problem for those who are just getting started with homesteading. The following tips will help you to remember some of the essentials.
First, you need to have a good source of water on the property. This will typically mean a well and pump. You will want to talk with neighbors and those who are selling the property about what they are using. Reliability is essential. It is also a good idea to have the water tested before you buy, just to make sure it is safe.
You should also consider how easy or difficult it is to access the property. Many who are homesteading like the idea of being in the “middle of nowhere”. However, you still need to have access to the road throughout the year, so what will you do if there is too much snow, or if the area floods? Know who is responsible for clearing the roads that access your property. If you are responsible for it, be sure you have the equipment needed to take care of any problems that come your way.
What about power? How close are the power lines if you want to be connected to the grid? Are you going to get a generator, use solar, use wood heating, or have a combination of these methods? Figure out what you need before you buy, and make sure it is convenient for you.
These are some of the most important things to consider when you and your family are buying a homestead property. Do not forget them.
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