October 28, 2013

How to Choose Homestead Land


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
We also had a few other "wishes" on our list, but we were flexible about those. We were hoping that the property would have at least perimeter fencing, and cross-fencing would be even better. Sheds or a barn would be nice, but we knew hubby could build them if needed.



What is important to you? I challenge you to put your wishes on paper.



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17 comments:

  1. Your list looks just like ours!! Water is at the very top of ours since we live in the highland desert of Utah. We shared this with our FB readers at homesteadlady.com.

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  2. Thank you for sharing, Tessa.

    In Oklahoma, water is at the top of everyone's list too!

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  3. We had a list too (a long and detailed one!) and it took a couple years and many trips to multiple states to find our place. I agree, figure out what you want and hold out til you find it! Love the blog!

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  4. Finding a good place is difficult now a days. Buying the property without seeing is not advisable.

    Your list looks good so that all who is in search of property will have the same.

    Good Luck!!

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  5. What beautiful photos! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

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  6. Thank you, and thank you for stopping by.

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  7. It looks like a little slice of heaven there :)

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  8. Thank you, Debra, we love it here.

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  9. So glad you found your dream home. We are on that road now. Thank you for sharing.

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  10. I hope you find your perfect place soon, Daisy.

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  11. Our property just sort of found us. Word of mouth. The house wasn't exactly what we wanted, but the property was. Here we are 16 years later.
    (still working on the house ;) )

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  12. Sandra, I've learned that it's more important to find the "right land" than the house, within reason of course. :-)

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  13. You list is very impressive and great to look your blog post. all the best

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  14. Looks like your search and your list resulted in a beautiful pier of property!

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  15. This is a great list! We just made an offer on 3 acres and we were looking for many of those same things :)

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  16. That's awesome, Heidi! I hope your offer is accepted, and that this is The Place.

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