Are you tired of the grind of city life and fancy your own little country estate? Andrew Winter tells you why buying an acreage could be for you.
Moving to the country has a lot of appeal, the fresh air, slower pace of life and less time spent in traffic.
But there are pro’s and con’s to country life and you need to do your research. An acreage is a buyer beware scenario. Here are some pitfalls to look out for:
- Check with local council for the different zonings, it could be conservation, so there will be rules about cleaning land and building.
- There are often hidden costs with a rural property, such as maintenance and upkeep. So buy with your head not your heart
- Even on semi-rural blocks, there may be no proper drainage, and putting in driveways and land excavation can be costly. Sewerage pits and electricity can be expensive to install, if you need good broadband this could be an issue.
- As a lifestyle choice they are a big commitment particularly mowing lawns, paddocks and general upkeep. Also, yhere is the added stress of potential bush fires and if you’re near a creek, check with council about potential flooding.
But on the upside, country living offers a close knit community, where people are generally friendlier. It is a great way of life for young families, with the benefit of being able to afford a larger property with land and room for the kids to run around.
But while you may be clued up, living on an acreage can be challenging and if you do decide to go back to the big smoke, selling up can take a lot longer than it does in the city.
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