With the tenuous state of affairs in the world, more and more people are giving thought to going off grid and leading a self-sustainable lifestyle. For most people, this means buying a piece of land and creating a homestead that no longer requires your dependence on being connected to the main power supply. Building your homestead will require time, but it will also require carefully choosing the piece of land you plan to build upon. Here are three things to consider before signing on the dotted line for your future homestead property.
What Is The Condition Of The Soil?
Good soil is extremely important to most homesteaders. You are likely planning on growing and preserving the majority of your food. Soil that has been stripped of all its nutrients will yield poor results in your garden. Depending on the area of the country you live in, the land may be arid, rich in clay, or rocky, and you will have to contend with those issues. You'll also want to consider what industries are or were nearby and any possible contamination issues that may result. Check with the local county extension office about getting a soil test done to check the acidity and pH levels before you purchase. It is rare for a soil to be perfect, so this will give you an idea of any challenges you may face.
What Are The Zoning And Building Regulations?
It is extremely important to be aware of any restrictions a potential piece of property might have. A piece of land that doesn't allow a trailer while you build your home will be useless to you. You may want to build an unconventional home, such as a straw-bale house. Research the building codes and ensure you can do what you want to do on this plot of land you are considering. If you want to raise chickens or other livestock, be 100 percent certain before you buy that doing so is allowed. The same advice goes for solar panels. Solar energy starter kits are an invaluable necessity if you want to live an off-grid lifestyle while still having electricity to meet your needs. Cutting the cord to the utility companies not only saves money, but it also saves energy, and not having to be plugged in will increase your land options. Just make sure there are no restrictions in place that would prohibit their use. Go to sites on solar energy kits to learn more.
Who Would Be Your Neighbors?
It pays to investigate those who would be living near you. Homesteaders lead a distinctive lifestyle. Not everyone understands the desire to live off the land and escape the rat race. Having neighbors who share your vision and who are doing the same makes it less likely there will be any future conflicts. The last thing you want to worry about is complaints about your noisy rooster or smoke from your wood stove. Try to determine from the current land owner what they are like, and drive around exploring the immediate area to see for yourself.