In comes the warm weather and out comes nature at its finest. Bears are coming out of hibernation and birds are migrating here faster than we can get out the bird feeders. With the change of season it also brings on the desire to be a part of it all. More and more folks every year are looking to purchase their piece of paradise that they can escape to. For some it is a lifestyle change that they are seeking and rural properties fit the bill.
From spring to fall is an excellent time to explore the recreational and rural property market. From looking for a rustic cabin by the river to acreage to run your dream bed & breakfast, rural properties are unique and offer so many opportunities.
When searching for a property, there are several items that differ from purchasing within city limits. Most rural properties have their own water source such as a well. Wells can vary from 15 feet deep to 250 feet deep. There are many tests you can do to check the well from quality of the water through analyzing samples to having it pumped out to see the refresh rate, pressure, etc. Ensuring that you have a good and stable water source is key to purchasing a rural property.
Another area that should be on the top of your list is the type of septic system that is currently in place. It could be as simple as an outhouse to a holding tank with a septic field. The regulations have tightened up on septic systems and the process to have them put in place so this is a crucial step to look at as it could cost you thousands of dollars if you are not comfortable with the system currently in place.
You will often find a variety of heat sources when buying a recreational property. Most often wood will be the choice of heat as it is a simple method and if you are able to gather it yourself, can be quite cost efficient. Propane is often used as not only a source of heating but also for ovens, dryers, etc. At times you may have to rent the tanks so keep that in mind if you are looking at your costs. Pellet stoves have become more popular over the years. You have the cost of purchasing the pellets but the method in how they are heated allows it to heat for a long period of time. A little goes a long way. But do remember that with burning wood the insurance on your home will likely go up.
I must say that I enjoy the diversity that rural properties have. Each one is so unique that you'll never find two alike. If you feel like the timing might be right for you, give me a call at (250) 305-7034 and we can see what you have in mind. This may be the year you go rural!