Extra Considerations To Be Aware Of When You Look At Rural Property For Sale
There are many reasons to buy a rural home. Prices are often less the farther away from the city you go. This means you can buy more land or a bigger house for the same price as something smaller in the city. Plus, rural life may be more appealing to you since it is scenic and less crowded. However, there are some things you need to know about that aren't common with homes near the city. These are some things you'll want to look into.
The Quality Of The Water
A rural home may not be connected to a public water supply. Instead, it could have its own well. You'll want to have the well water tested before you buy a rural property to make sure it isn't contaminated. Even if the property is somewhat isolated and far from factories and other sources of pollution, the groundwater could still be contaminated with runoff from local farms. If the well isn't in a good position on the land it could even be contaminated by animals or farm chemicals used by the previous owner. Testing the water, inspecting the well, and determining the condition of the water under the property is recommended so you have peace of mind about the future water supply.
The Condition Of The Septic System
If municipal water isn't piped to the rural home, then the home probably has its own septic system. A septic system consists of a tank and drainfield, and both of these should be inspected before you buy the home. A drainfield is expensive to replace. It can be damaged if the septic tank wasn't maintained properly, and it can also wear out due to age. If replacing the tank or field is in your future, you'll definitely want to know about it before you buy the property because the expense could be significant.
The Availability Of Alternative Power
It's a good idea for a rural home to have some sort of backup power. If a storm knocks out power in a large area, rural customers may be the last to see it restored. A house with a fireplace, or one that has supplemental power with solar energy, wind power, or even natural gas or propane will be able to keep you warm in the winter and keep the lights partially burning so you're not in the dark when the power fails.
The Proximity To County Roads
Being isolated may be your idea of the good life, but you'll have to take care of yourself more often than if you live in the city. Roads may not be cleared or maintained beyond the county level. If you live down a long lane, you may have to add gravel yourself or share the expense with neighbors. You may have to plow the lane to remove snow so you can make it to a country road to go to the city. If your driveway doesn't connect to a country road, you should know in advance how that will affect your ability to commute to the city in the winter when the side roads are covered in ice and snow.
A home in the country is a great place to unwind and enjoy a peaceful life at a slower pace than city living can provide. Your pets have more room to roam and your kids have more freedom to play and explore nature. A real estate agent can guide you through the inspection process so you buy a home in great shape that will last your family for years rather than buying a money pit that gives you problem after problem.