with human waste can be tricky on unimproved land. This is one
example of the need for thinking and planning ahead. For centuries humans
used chamber pots and dumped the waste a distance from the house.
Then came the popular invention called the outhouse. In the past
century indoor plumbing became the normal. Modern day septic
laws in most states require a costly percolation test on properties
less than three acres before installing a new septic tank and drain
field. These tests can be expensive, and often it makes sense to
buy tracts of more than three contiguous acres to avoid such costly
governmental involvement. If you choose to stick with an
outhouse at your rural property, be careful to position it far away
from the drinking water source. Heavy rains could contaminate your
water source due to storm-water runoff.
you know what to look for in a “bug out” property, here’s how you
start the search and eventually make the deal for your own rural
escape. A great place to begin is the Internet. Even the
hillbillies of southern Missouri now have computers and know how to
use them. The first step is to define your target search area.
Consider how far you can drive on half a tank of fuel if you leave
your in-town home and head straight to your bug out location.
Use a travel map service such as Mapquest to define that perimeter
circle. In Missouri, where I live, the three largest cities are
St. Louis, Kansas City, and Springfield. All three are less than
250 miles apart, so bugging out of St. Louis could easily take you
more than halfway to Springfield or Kansas City.
perimeter established, begin your search on the outer edges of that
area. Turn to a program like Google Earth to look at aerial photos
and or terrain views of possible properties. While the optimal
way would be to look at a map and find the ideal property, then go
make an offer on the land and buy it, this is far from a perfect
world. Many people might have a price point at which they’re
willing to sell the farm or homestead, rural areas are known for land
which has been in the same family for hundreds of years. Just because
you’ve found the ultimate getaway acreage on Google Earth doesn’t mean
the owner will ever consider selling out. But the preliminary
search will give you an idea of what the “lay of the land” is in your
search zone. Look for tracts of land well off the main highways,
with limited access, and nearby flowing water.
online services such as Google Maps or Yahoo Maps are a great
way to have a first look at a potential property or area. After
you narrow down the perimeter where you hope to find land, use
online searches to find properties and look at topography maps
for features such as ingress and egress, streams and rivers, and
the lay (contour) of the land.
know what to expect in your “bug out” area, now start looking for
leads. As I said before, the Internet is a great resource when
searching for rural property. Rural land is usually much more
affordable than lots in incorporated cities and communities.
Additionally, unimproved land – real estate with no “improvements”
such as a home, outbuildings, paved roads or well and septic – can be
had for much less than properties with improvements already in place.
You should know that banks generally will not loan at the same low
interest rate or lengthy term for unimproved land versus a home on
groomed acreage. Terms for a small number of acres can often be
less than a 10-year note.
choosing a getaway property consider ingress and egress,
possible garden locations, woodlots for fuel for cooking and
heating, water sources, and shelter locations. This property off
the beaten path but easy to access has it all ... woods, fields,
one road leading in and out, a spring-fed year-round creek and
suitable building areas.
with the funding limitations discussed in the previous paragraph,
buying a rural property is still a wise investment – another popular
aspect of preppers. Many prepping enthusiasts prefer to have
diverse “investments”. That can mean having quantities of gold
or silver stored away for currency or trade goods when the current
economic system fails, or having stores of food and other merchandise
on hand that will perhaps be desired commodities when shortages become
the normal. Owning land is another great investment… after all,
they’re not making any more of it. In the county where I live a
building lot in town will sell for $5,000 to $25,000 for a third-acre.
Commercial lots sell for $4 to $6 per square foot. Home lots
just outside the incorporated boundaries go for $2,000 to $5,000 per
acre. But unimproved land in the rural counties just to the
south and west sell for $1,000 an acre or less. For the cost of
a small building lot in town you can own 5 to 25 acres in the country.
you find such land? Do an Internet search. There are
hundreds of individual property owners looking to sell their rural
acreage. Some will turn to “For Sale By Owner”, or FSBO, sites
to post their own land. Others will list their land on
Craigslist. In both cases the buyer should be savvy about the
steps to buying land, and take time to research the process if the
plan is to buy property without using a licensed real estate agent.
growing trend is Internet-based real estate brokerage companies.
In many cases these brokers purchase large tracts of rural acreage and
have the land subdivided into smaller lots suitable for country
getaways. Some properties will come with restrictions, while
some will ask only that the land be paid for before the purchaser has
any standing timber removed. Still others will have very few
restrictions. The big advantage to buying land from an online
broker is that oftentimes the brokerage company will sell the land on
monthly installments with little or no money required down. Just
pick out the preferred acreage and start making monthly payments.
Buy a piece of magnificent rural property with no money down and low
payments… this is a deal rarely made available to the rest of the
30 minutes before the prom is not the time to learn to dance, waiting
until some life-changing event happens is not the time decided to
secure your own rural getaway. Owning a piece of rural acreage
can mean serenity, security, simplicity and safety… whether you buy
into the prepper lifestyle or not.