When you're ready to buy land, how do you find the right piece of property? We looked for several years before finding Oak Hill, and then it took an additional year for our house in Michigan to sell so that we could move, but it was worth the time it took.
When we started looking at property, we had a short list of must-haves. As we looked, our list grew longer as we identified what we didn't want - in other words, we were able to identify what we did want by discovering what we didn't like.
We looked online, and when we found a property that fit our list of criteria, hubby and our son went to look at it. I do not recommend buying property sight unseen! In fact, the owner we bought our land from had done just that, and put it back on the market after less than a week of moving here. On our third land-scouting trip, hubby found Oak Hill.
Our list contained things that were important to us, but might not be important to you. Spend some time identifying the must-haves for you and your family. And of course, set a price limit and don't go over it.
Our list included such things as:
- At least x-number of acres
- Cheap land, and a low cost of living
- Low property taxes
- A good water source
- Easy building codes
- Not on a dead end road
- A warmer climate than Michigan - we were tired of snow!
- Good homeschooling laws
What is important to you? I challenge you to put your wishes on paper.
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