City life is a life full of hustle and bustle—you are central to everything you could ever need! However, more and more people are ditching the fast pace of the city for the serenity of the countryside. Are you dreaming about what country life is like? There are a few things to consider when you think about buying in the countryside that are different from purchasing in the city. Here are the top four points for you to consider before buying an acreage for sale!
Making Sure the Land Suits Your Needs
What are you planning on using the land for? If you are planning on buying land for agricultural purposes, there are municipal and federal zoning regulations in place to dictate how the land may be used that you will need to adhere to. These rules will dictate what buildings can be constructed, if a business can be operated on the premises, etc.
Planning to grow crops or produce? You will want to know the type and quality of soil and how the land drains. Raising livestock? You will want to know what kind of conditions existing structures are and if you will have the space and water supply for what you need.
Water supply is not often something that homeowners who choose to live in town have to think twice about. Tapping into your municipality’s supply is not always an option, so you must consider alternatives to access clean, high-quality water, whether that means relying on a well, dugout or another source. What kind of commitment it will take to maintain these systems will also need to be considered.
Additionally, what kinds of sewer and garbage collection services are available in the area and what are the costs associated? What is the internet connectivity like, and what is the average electricity bill? These questions may be good to ask previous owners and neighbours. Lastly, consider the travel time for emergency services (law enforcement, ambulance, fire, etc.). The distance and accessibility to the nearest fire department may affect insurance rates in some cases.
Location & Access to Property
Country living offers tons of space and privacy, but you must consider how remote you want to be. Bear in mind, shorter commutes to nearby towns and cities will lead to a more convenient lifestyle with access to schools, shopping and other amenities. Accessibility of emergency and medical services and WiFi and cellular network reliability are factors that you will want to consider, as mentioned in my last point.
In Saskatchewan, the winter months can be harsh with a lot of snow, so you will need to find out who takes care of snow removal or lawn maintenance in the summer months. What kind of machinery will need to be available to do it yourself? Daily commutes to work or school are also essential to consider regarding rush hours and how much time you wish to spend driving. Road repair is also more efficient in town versus in the country, so ask if there are any immediate plans for road maintenance in the area that may impact travel time.
Conduct Your Search in the Spring/Summer
You cannot get a good view of the property with snow or mud in the way. Thus, it is best to wait until the spring or summer to begin your search when you can properly check for drainage or flooding issues or any other major repairs needed. Get a home inspection done, including the septic system, and consider a holdback part of the purchase proceedings until it is determined that areas of concern are tended to.
Country living can be fantastic, so long as you choose the right place! Find the property of your dreams by working with an agent who has in-depth knowledge about acreages, farms, and the buying process. Give me a call!
Living in a city is great. Out of milk? The solution is simple with a quick run to the grocery store. Want to spend a night out and not worry about a ride home? A cab is just a phone call away! Many young people are drawn to city life for the convenience that it offers and so their journey into adulthood usually, but not always, begins in a city setting.
But perhaps as you grow older, and as the city of Saskatoon and its surrounding suburban communities continue to grow, you find yourself wishing for some peace and quiet, and the freedom that comes with not having to worry about the neighbors. It’s the pull of simplicity and the dream of having space to do what you want, when you want.
Those idealistic wishes may have you, like many others, drawn to look at acreages for sale over homes in the city. Before you go out and make a sudden decision, though, it’s important that you understand both the good and the bad living outside of the city offers.
The Benefits of Living in the Country
Let’s first start by defining country living. Are you thinking about purchasing a couple of acres in an acreage community where your neighbors aren’t so close but you still have the sense of community? Or are you thinking about buying hundreds of acres of farmland; secluded with no one to worry about but yourself.
These two are as different as urban living compared to rural living. No matter which one you choose, though, there is a definite appeal to living outside of the city.
- The space that comes with living on a larger piece of land gives you ample room to raise your kids, enjoy your hobbies, and live life without feeling like someone is watching you.
- It can be said that country living can provide a healthier lifestyle. It offers a boost to your physical and mental health, cleaner air, and less stress without the hustle and bustle of city traffic. For some, this alone is reason enough to get out of the city.
- In most cases, owning land in a rural municipality comes with fewer restrictions and rules. You’ll find less zoning requirements and less permitting procedures so you are able to do just about anything you want, as long as it’s legal, of course. The sense of freedom that comes with the less stringent rules is irreplaceable.
- When you’re living in the country you can say goodbye, for the most part, to all the noise that comes with living in a busy city. In many cases, it’s completely quiet—save for the noises from wildlife and nature.
- Speaking of nature, living in the country allows you to live alongside and even raise your own animals. Whether you look out your window to find a deer making its way across your property or to see your horse out in the pasture, you’re sure to find joy in seeing that over your neighbors car.
- Real estate prices are heavily dependent on location,. In most cases, rural land just doesn’t have as much demand as plots in the city. This means you’ll likely pay less per square foot. Buy in the country and build a bigger house!
With benefits like these, it’s easy to see why acreage communities are booming and why so many are looking to leave their city life behind.
The Cons of Living in the Country
Although living in the country does seem pretty great, there are some drawbacks to the lifestyle. Here are a few items to think about before you make the decision to leave city life behind.
- Larger properties offer plenty of advantages, but also give you more to manage. If landscaping and cutting grass aren’t your thing, then rural living may not be right for you. Not only is it a lot of work, but it’s often harder and more costly to hire people to come out and do a quick job. It just isn’t worth their travel time, so you’re left either paying their commute fees or doing it yourself.
- When you live far from the city everything requires a special trip. Whether it’s groceries, gas, supplies from the hardware store, or take-out, you have to really plan your outings and if you forget the milk, it may have to wait until next time.
- Challenges with utilities should be considered before buying a piece of land. Ensure that there is relatively easy access to natural gas, electricity, water, and tv and internet services, as well as a septic system for your waste. If these services aren’t readily available, you’ll need to consider well water, and other heating options, as well as satellite tv and internet, which can often be less reliable. All these challenges can be overcome, but with an added cost. It’s a good idea to add those costs into the cost of your land per square foot to see if it’s as cost-effective as you were thinking it was.
Before pulling the trigger and moving out of the city of Saskatoon, ask yourself—do you enjoy the hustle and bustle of city life or dream of peace and quiet? Are you fascinated by towering skyscrapers and bright neon lights or favor the open sky and gentle moonlight? If it’s your dream and you have the skills, experience, and resources required to make the move, country life could be waiting for you!
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