It sits on 38 acres, home is 2978 sq ft. Says it needs work, not sure what that means as I haven't called to ask yet.
I thought I would go look at it sometime in the next couple of weeks. What should I be looking for? What questions should I be asking ?
Anyone here live in one now or in the past? What did you like or dislike. How much up keep is there? How would that compare with a traditional stick built home?
Thanks for any info !
Earthships have strong but quirky personalities. I would love to have one, but no way would I build one. They are made to LIVE in--they need constant human interaction to adjust the solar systems and food systems.
If it was built by Reynolds' crew, it should be structurally sound. If it was DIY or other contractor, there are lots of questions to the structural strength of things that are now buried in tons of dirt.
They really should be designed for a certain size family--if the systems were sized for a couple and you have 6 kids, the water and waste management can't keep up. Vice versa, if it was designed for 8 people and you are only a couple, you can't supply the food systems enough nutrient as they were designed.
They are all but impossible to finance--you need to come up with cash outright or at least enough that the land can act as collateral. You can use that to your advantage for price negotiations.
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First, I doubt this is an actual earthship which means it isn't so delicate.
Second, I bought an earthshelter home last year that was built in the early 80s. I would say it needed some tlc. Thankfully that just meant some general mintenance as it hasn't been lived in in a while.
I would be most concerned with water leakage. Also ventilation. Our home suffers from high humidity and radon, which would both be helped with better ventilation, which we are working on.
Thanks for all of the responses so far. Ya I am not sure if it is an "earthship" or just a berm home or some other. I was worried about financing and resale value too. I guess I have always been drawn to these types of homes but not sure if they would be a good fit for me. I will probably go take a look but it is a big unknown for me, so kind of scary. The land is a big draw for me though.