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Welcome Wranglerstar family! I (we)would love to hear your advice/recommendations when selecting the "right" property for homesteading. What in your opinion are the must haves when buying property with homesteading in mind?
 
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Broad question - do you mean social reasons (how close to town? neighbors close by? paved road? schools? commute to work?) or physical attributes (pond, lake, river, springs?, well, drinking water, soil type (do you plan to farm, raise animals, garden commercially or personal use only) or for comfort (house built, build your own) and what is you skill set? I'll check back to more directly answer your question It's a great one - if we can narrow it down!
 
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Of course! I'm interested in the physical attributes of the land and how many acres per household. We plan to build our home using mostly raw materials from the land, garden for personal use and have chickens in northern Idaho. I'm a medical/veterinary professional with some construction experience. My wife can't wait to leave the corporate world and our 9 month old son is extremely proficient at finding even the smallest of things on the floor. Thank you in advance for the great content and DIY's on YouTube.

p.s. The brown-E joke still cracks us up 😆
 
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First, buy your son light-weight used tools so he doesn't steal yours (speaking from experience here - toy tools were never good enough). We love the Brown-E too.

I'm guessing with your background you might better know how many acres you might need to support the animals you may want. Then add on orchard, garden and forest land. If you choose to heat with wood, you'll need to find out the wood most prevalent in that area and estimate amount you'll need each year (depends on stove, weather, house size) - then determine how many acres can sustain taking wood annually (calculators online for this)...unless you plan to get wood elsewhere. Look at soil type - what it was used for previously and what you want to do with it to see if they align or if you can build the soil back up. Aspect - planting on north or south side, etc. Slope - flat useful land or rugged terrain. Ignoring the animal possibility, you will likely need less land than you think. You can plant densely. Lots of land = lots of work. Smaller plot = less need for larger (more expensive) tractors, etc, less fencing, less management. Generally can equal less cost as well. Of course, if you want privacy you might want more land. Water - well, pond, rivers. Water is useful and soothing. It was one of the mandatory items on our list. Check into water rights and if you need them for what you want to do. There are often exemptions for personal use but depending upon how many acres you irrigate or animals you want to water, you may need water rights. Some places they come with property and others they don't.

Hope it goes well for you!

mrsW
 
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