Farm and Land Purchase Checklist: Find Survival Property or BOL

Farm and Land Purchase Checklist: Find Survival Property or BOL

Farm and Land Purchase Checklist: Find Survival Property or BOL

Let me explain what to look for to find the perfect survival property or BOL (Bug Out Location) with a detailed Farm and Land Purchase Checklist.  There is alot of info here, so take it slow and soak it up.

If you were looking for a place to Bug Out to or looking for a place to settle into for your primary home, one thing remains the same. You must understand that there is always a chance that your land will be your permanent home.

BY THE WAY, Greg from TN was the winner of the COLT TACTICAL SURVIVAL KNIFE.  Greg, I expect some photos Greg!

So what do we look for when buying our BOL/Homestead? Do we look at bedrooms? The amount of baths? Oh, I know… we want to have a home with a gray water system.

None of these concerns should be at the front of your mind. All intrinsic wealth comes from the Earth. Every crop grows from it. All the steak and lamb you eat, ate plants. Everything that has ever been built, created, or used is retrieved by natural resources from the earth.

What this means is that we want to look at the land, not the buildings on the land. All other things being equal, we want a better building to live in, but this is not as important as the land that your infrastructure is built on.

Since we want to look at land, what are we looking for? We need to look for the gold that no one else sees. We don’t buy for what it is; we buy for what it WILL BECOME. We need to begin designing landscape with permaculture principles in our mind.

I want to consider a few things as far as the land goes, I am not discussing the DEAL because I touched on that last time:

Basic Concerns When Purchasing Land for your Homestead, Survival Property, or BOL

What is the potential of this land with a little rehab? If you were willing to put a little sweat into the property, would it look much better? Beyond the “pretty” factor, is it a good plot of land? Is it big enough for what you would want? Is the layout conducive to your end goal?

Neighbors, what are they like? Believe me, the last thing you want are horrible neighbors. Make sure that you buy into an area where everyone is like-minded. Do the neighbors have dogs running free? Can the go after your livestock? Can they terrorize your chickens?

Cost of the homestead? I already discussed getting good deals last time. Don’t place yourself in a financial hardship trying to do this.

How far is the property to town? Even though, when prep steading, you want to live away from it all, you may consider some of the conveniences of living near a small town where you can get some helpful items. Steaders of old used to travel 3 days into town, when we can just be 30 minutes to an hour away.

When looking for a Homestead, how well do you know the area you are looking in? If you don’t know it, it may be a good idea to rent for at least a few months until you know how you like it. You would not do well to buy and invest a lot of money just to realize that you hate the area.

How far do you live from it? If it will be a BOL, it would be best if it is within 4 hours of your current location, so you can travel to work on it over your weekends. Do I need to rent?

I think everyone should take a PDC (Permaculture Design Course) prior to looking for a place, so they know what to look for.

Everyone should start small and on one thing at a time. Learn the basics and figure out how to streamline what you do. Get comfortable, and only then, should you move on to the next thing.

Nature and Homestead Layout When Purchasing your Homestead, Survival Property, or BOL

What is the property like in the four seasons? How hot is the summer? Where is the sun shine throughout the day in each season? Does it flood in the wet season? If there is potential, how often does it flood? How cold are the winters? What days are the best for planting and harvesting crops?

What is the growing season like? Like above, what are the days and temperatures like? What plants do well in that area? Think of ways to extend your seasons and does the property make that possible?

Is water available? What type of water is it; from a spring, well, or even an underground spring? Is there a pond or can you easily make one? Know where you would place the pond. We need to make sure there is enough water without a lot of work by us. Look to see if there are great opportunities for water catchment.

I know that I said that the land was most important and that the shelter was secondary… as long as you have a livable space, or can figure out a decent one. But, the outbuildings are extremely important. You will need many of them, and having them already on the property will not add value to what you are buying, but saves you from all of the expense of buying one or building one. They don’t have to be perfect buildings, just usable and fixable.

Do we plan on having a Pasture? Are you planning on grazing animals? You will need enough room for the herd to roam and grow. Will you be paddock shifting them? If so, you need to see if there is an area that is great for that.

We want a soil test so that we can know what nutrients the soil has in it’s different layers. We also want to know if bad chemicals were used there before. We probably shouldn’t purchase land that requires 10 years of rehab before it is back to good health.

I want land with plenty of wooded area. It brings wind shelter, building materials, and fuel. I also want a cleared area, so I am not placed in the moral dilemma of cutting down mature forest to plant my edible forest.

So what is the slope of the land like? I posted on how to read a topographic map not too long ago. Check it out and learn how to find general contours of your land. A more precise, hands-on approach is to use an a-frame level or laser level.

Will it be good for chicken, goats, fish, ducks, sheep, bees, or any other animals you want to keep?

Legal Issues to Watch Out For When Purchasing your Land for Homesteading:

Easements: I don’t think easements are all bad, but you need to know if there are any, and what they are, such as a gravel road for someone to use to get to their property, using your pond for fishing, etc. Depending on the type of easement, and where it is, would determine if I care or not.

Eminent Domain: The ability of the state to forcefully take private land. Research how “at risk” you are for this.

Liens: If you purchase a property, you need to make sure that you don’t get stuck paying the liens on it as well. This is where title insurance comes in.

Water Rights: If you are purchasing land in Utah, you may end up dealing with this, in Oregon, probably not. If you don’t get the water rights to a property, then you don’t have the ability to use water from a source like rivers, streams, ponds, or possibly even groundwater.

Mineral Rights: You want mineral rights to the land so you can keep, use, or exploit the minerals found on your property.

Zoning Laws: All townships generally have zoning PLANS. Not only do they have zones based on things like agricultural, residential, and commercial zoning, but they have PLANS for the zoning as well. They usually have “phases” in their plans. It would be good not to be just outside the city limits, so zoning will not be changed on you. If you found that perfect land, but it is on a line that will be rezoned soon, many towns will grandfather the original purpose to the land until it changes ownership.

Legal surveyed map of the land: Extremely important to know that you get what you pay for, and it will settle future boundary disputes with neighbors.

HOAs: Don’t have them! All this is is a mechanism for losers that can’t be in real government to be able to pretend by governing a neighborhood over stupid crap. “I don’t like that,” is NOT a good reason to infringe on my rights. Last thing we need is more government. DON’T DO IT!

What are the Risks that your Environment Poses on your new Bug Out Location?

Know the Crime Rate or lack thereof.

Know what amenities or emergency services you have, like fire department and police, where they are, and how they respond to calls.

Know about industry in the area that could have large scale NH3 (Ammonia), Cl2 (Chlorine), or other hazardous chemical spills. Know the prevailing winds, and what Nuclear Facilities Pose a risk for that area.

Obviously, know about the natural disasters that pose a risk to the area.

I hope I have given you a good outline to consider when looking for that land. What about you? Can you think of important things to consider when buying a homestead, or BOL?

Buy Land and Farm Acreage, Property Tax Assessment Tool

Buy Land and Farm Acreage, Property Tax Assessment Tool HomesteadToday, I want to tell you some secrets to buy land and farm acreage like a pro.  Much of this will seem like common sense, but step back and think,”Do I ever do this?”  The answer is probably yes.  Know everything there is to know about your homestead with property tax assessment tools before buying.

Everybody looks for that perfect location based on what they want. What they don’t realize is that they are looking at what exists, and not what CAN exist. When you look at what someone else has done, you are paying for what they have done. If you see something that looks aesthetically horrid, but great infrastructure is there, you found a great thing.

What does your money look like? Buying a homestead does not have to be super expensive. We can find the diamond in the rough. If we found a perfect tract of land that had an old single-wide trailer with washing machines and motors in the front yard, this is actually a benefit instead of a problem. Everyone else sees a horrible run down property, where you see what the land will be in a year, two years, and more. Let’s buy on potential, and let the aesthetics play in our favor. When you buy it, you can just take all of that stuff in the yard to the dump.

Get creative with your purchase, find properties that are free and clear of loans where someone just wants to offload for their own personal reasons. This person may consider owner-financing, which is much better than rent-to-own. But RTO is still an option. Obviously you will purchase for the condition the home is in NOW, not what you see the potential for. Foreclosures are Real Estate owned assets for banks, and that is a bad thing. You can work some deals with a bank that wants to get rid of non-producing assets.

If we find a messy looking property in foreclosure with septic, electricity, and a well, there is a good chance that you can purchase this home from the bank for the price of installing that stuff, so the land could have been free!

I don’t HAVE to buy, but the banks HAVE to sell. Offer low and be willing to walk away. This is the biggest tip right here. Be READY to walk away. So do a deal, and don’t go above budget.

Buy Land and Farm Acreage, Property Tax Assessment Tool

Buy Land and Farm Acreage, Property Tax Assessment Tool (Click to Enlarge)

When purchasing our Homestead, we will always have an inspection contingency and title insurance. These as very little to the cost if you are buying something that doesn’t cost much, and although they don’t guarantee that there are no problems with the property, inspections reduce the amount of surprising problems later… you know what you are getting. If the owner has liens against a property that did not get caught in research, Title Insurance will pay those off. This one is self-explanatory.

Almost every state has its own real estate tax assessment site now. This is awesome because you can get a map view of properties, their condition, where their boundaries are. You can even see the past owners and what they bought a property for. This can also help you know what they have invested into the property over the years and much more information. Here is one such example. Tennessee Data (the way you look up properties is a little unfriendly, but as you learn to use it, it will become valuable.) Here is a photo of the aerial view of properties:

Obviously, this was for Tennessee, but you can just Google (Your State) Assessment Data, and you will probably find what you need.

Pay attention to all of the data that is available and think to yourself about pricing and their need to offload this property.

Things to Consider when Moving into a New Home, Anxiety, & Choices

Things to Consider when Moving into a New Home, Anxiety, & Choices

Deciding Where to Move for Survival


I want to discuss things to consider when moving.  Not really when but before moving into a new home.  Now that I think of it, the title may be a little misleading.  I really want to discuss what you should look for in a home and the property that you choose. Finding land and a new home can be a big task, and when moving it creates moving anxiety about the choices that you made and if you are doing the right thing.  I have a large list of things to look at when considering a property.  I am not talking about choosing between  a couple properties in the same community, I am actually talking about things to consider when choosing where, geographically, you should settle in.  What in the world does all of this have to do with prepping or survivalism?  Many of our fellow preppers are actually looking for new places with more freedoms.

Remember that soon, there will be a good sized gap in my posting.  I have decided to take some time off from posting when my next child arrives.  Ezra is due as I am writing this, so the posts could stop at any moment.  I just want everyone to be aware of this, and I will be back on scene when everything is calm on the homefront again.

Don’t forget to share my National Preparedness Month Free Prepper Survival Gear Giveaway post to win free gear, you will probably want to read it before you share.

I will provide a little less conversation and personal opinion on each thing on the list, because I have an extensive list to provide and I ALREADY GET PEOPLE UNSUBSCRIBING BECAUSE THEY HAVE TO READ TOO MUCH.  This makes no sense, since they DID subscribe to A BLOG.  But they left before I had the chance to announce something that would require less reading.  You will just have to wait for it.  I promise it will be soon enough.

Do you have a job?  Do you work as a telecommuter?  Do you “work at home?”  Are you an entrepreneur?  If so, you may have the ability to do this first suggestion.  Try no selling your home right away, and rent a crummy, tiny apartment in the areas that you want to move to for a month or two.  This will allow you to explore the area and understand the community there.  You can actually see the types of properties that are on the market.  You really want to try the shoe on and see if it fits before buying it.  What is weird is that people will make decisions that affect their whole lives from afar but will not buy shoes online! Continue reading

Urban vs Rural vs Suburban Living: Definition, Community, Comparison

Urban vs Rural vs Suburban Living: Definition, Community, Comparison

Urban vs Rural vs Suburban Living: Definition, Community, Comparison


Today I want to touch on the differences in urban vs rural vs suburban living. I want to give my basic, opinionated, and lay-person definition of them, give a comparison, and discuss some basic community structure.

Remember that soon, there will be a sizeable gap in my posting.  I have decided to take some time off from posting when my next child arrives.  Ezra is due as I am writing this so the posts could stop at any moment.  I just want everyone to be aware of this, and I will be back on scene when all is said and done.

Don’t forget to share my National Preparedness Month Free Prepper Survival Gear Giveaway post to win free gear…

I currently live in suburbia.  I don’t like it there and have plans to get out, but moving takes preparations, many of which I have none of.  I want to move to rural U.S.  It’s just the life that suits me the most with my passions and life concerns.

If someone was to ask me what I preferred, or what I recommend for them, I would also say rural, but that is my opinion, and you all will have what you want to do. Continue reading