Chances are good you’ve probably imagined – at some time or another – what it would be like to give up your daily grind, uproot, and move to the country. Well, rural living can be a dream come true. But if you’re not adequately prepared for it, it could instead become your own personal country nightmare.
Whether you’re looking to buy a weekend getaway, start a small farm, or simply live a more tranquil life, there’s a lot to consider ….keep these in mind before joining the country folks.
- Why do you want to go rural? Nail down your priorities, then be clear when you are ready to look.
- Newly built homes will be limited, if not nonexistent. Housing in rural areas are often decades old.
- Neighborhood info may be sparse. Going rural may mean the internet might not be much help.
- You’ll need power (and backup power). If power lines fail, a propane generator and enough firewood to last for several weeks, may be necessary.
- You’ll need to dig into the water system. Do your research and inspections; you’ll want to test your water for bacteria, sediment, nitrates or chemicals.
- You could be responsible for your own road maintenance; perhaps trash disposal as well.
You might qualify for a tax break, too; depending on how you use the land. Just be sure to do your homework!