My wife Sarah and I have been dreaming of buying some rural land and building a house to escape suburbia. We recently placed an offer on a parcel of land not too far from our current home in Indiana, and it was accepted!
We are of course very excited about this, but it’s also a very scary prospect. There are so many unknowns, so much research to be done, and so many potential pitfalls that it has our heads spinning. Each question we answer seems to turn up two new questions that we never even considered. The journey has barely begun and we’ve already learned so much.
So my plan is to document everything we’ve gone through so far and everything we encounter as we move forward, so that hopefully this experience can help others who are in the same boat.
Since I’m a geek and hacker at heart, my posts will also focus on topics specific to technology considerations that come into play. I’m willing to give up some amenities of city life to follow my dream, but that doesn’t mean I can live without fast internet!
Here’s a bullet-point list of some of the things you’ll need to consider when buying rural property, including some things you probably take for granted if you live in a neighborhood. In the coming days I’ll create separate posts for each of these items.
- Soil test / suitability for septic system
- Trash collection
- Property assessment
- Homeowner’s insurance / builder’s risk insurance
- Postal address