Out here in the country, life revolves a little differently than it does in the city. We put hard, long hours into making our homestead a self sufficient haven for our families. Homestead Hints will be a series following things that we’ve learned over the last several years on how to make our homestead living a little better. Welcome to the Little Homestead on the Prairie…
When we were looking for a house to buy (because living in a camper just wasn't doing it for us!) how much land came with the house was something that was important. At first we looked some house in town. I told the hubby that I had to have a big yard to live in town. (Although now I can see that it would have never worked anyways, you couldn't pay me to live in town!) So we found a house on an acre right on the edge of town. It was nice but needed alot of work so we decided to keep looking. Then we found our house, it was cheap and on 10 acres. I remember the hubby circling it on the notes I'd been writing and we took the address to our real estate agent. We wanted to know what was wrong with it since it was so cheap.
We ended up discovering that it was a foreclosure but since we were first time homebuyers without kid's we decided to take the challenge and fix up the house. In all honesty, we only bought it because of the land.
There are advantages and disadvantages to having land (more than just a large yard). It's something we didn't think about much before we bought the place, I just knew that I needed my space to roam and wanted no neighbors. Here are the advantages that we've realized over the last several years.
Advantages to having land:
- No close neighbors, you have your own space.
- Room for animals.
- Room for crops/large vegetable garden.
- Room to expand if needed.
- Space for kids to play outside.
- Better resale value.
- Easier to be self sufficient on.
Disadvantages to having land:
- Higher taxes (much higher!)
- Higher purchase price.
- Takes much more time to work on than just a yard.
- Fencing costs.
I think there are many ways that you can be self sufficient in a home with just a yard, or maybe even no yard so really, it's a person decision to whether or not you want the land. After me and my husband married we lived in a big city for a whole 3 months and I hated it. I could hear my neighbors all the time, I could hear cars all the time. I had no yard, only a concrete patio and for someone that went from growing up on about 80 acres I couldn't handle city life.
We get asked alot why we need so much land and the answer is easy for us, we want to raise livestock and we like to be self sufficient with room for crops and more. Our goal in the near future is to be off the grid on an acerage where our power is supplied by wind turbines and solar panels. But that's our goal.
What do you think? Is it worth it to have more land? Or do you think anyone can be self sufficient on even a very small lot?
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