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4 Things to Consider when Looking for a House with Land for Sale

Updated on September 21, 2014

In the 1960’s TV show, Green Acres, the protagonist, Douglas, drags his reluctant socialite wife down to a rundown farm in an attempt for them to live as genteel farmers. There’s one line of the theme song that seems to stick in most of the audience’s heads: green acres is the place for me. Are green acres the place for you? When looking for a house with land for sale, there are a few things you should consider before signing that contract.

1. The Hills Are Alive...With the Smell Of Animals?

There are many bonuses and many drawbacks to purchasing this type of property. For those of you who have resided in urban areas with fancy metropolitan amenities, those may be more difficult to access depending on the location and the amount of land that you purchase. You might be encountering more nature on a day-to-day basis too whether it be through ducks or wildflowers.

2. Hills, Forests, Swamps, etc.

If you haven’t already, it would probably be a good idea to survey the land and home that you’re about to purchase. Knowing that it had once been a swamp can be helpful, because then you’ll know that out-of-pocket materials to stabilize the foundation of your home will be required. Surveying the environment, elevation, and potential natural hazards that might come your way is also a wise idea.

3. Know What You Plan to Do

Before you buy the property, consider what you plan to do with the land. If you plan on using it for farming purposes, investigating the soil quality beforehand will save you a lot of time and money. Understanding the terrain and its suitability for your needs will save you headaches and frustration.

4. Time and Management

This goes hand in hand with what was mentioned before. If you know you’re not going to have a lot of time to maintain the land, understand the types of problem that may arise. Managing the land may also require just as much money as buying the land so being prepared for the financial burden is pragmatic.

In short, making sure that a house with land is suitable for you requires understanding of you and your finances and the land and all its characteristics. Taking the time to conduct research is extremely important. With time, green acres won’t just be the place for you; it will be your place!

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