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Inspired by another blog on the subject, I thought it would be helpful to others considering this adventure to detail a running tally of the expenses we’ve incurred on the land so far. Obviously every situation will be different, but it should help the newly initiated get an idea of what they’re getting themselves into. Many of our costs could have been significantly reduced if our home site was closer to the main road. However, our plans for the land are pretty extensive, and a home site in that location would not have served us well. Here goes: Continue Reading…

This entry is part 3 of 6 in the series Buying Land in Alabama

In the last installment of Buying Rural Property in Alabama, I talked about several methods to create a pool of properties to consider. In this article we’ll explore the question that will determine your next step.

Is the property worth visiting?

In order to determine if a property is worth seeing, we need to know what our benchmarks for good land are. First, there are a number of criteria that should be considered for any rural property in Alabama:

Acreage – How much land do you need? Until you’ve walked some land, this one will be hard to nail down. When we started out, I thought I wanted 40 acres. The first time I walked a 20 acre plot, I realized just how big 40 acres is. Maintaining a large property requires a lot of time and hard work. With a little planning and the right piece of land, you can raise all the food your family eats on 3-5 acres.  It didn’t take long before I decided that 10-15 acres might be a better fit for our needs.

Anticipated Use –  What will you do on the land? You want to keep your options open with this one, however there are probably some things you can take off of the list with a little thought. While I was interested in some types of livestock, I was pretty sure I didn’t want to graze cattle or horses.  At the most I wanted a half-acre for a garden, 3-5 acres to cultivate into a food forest orchard, 2-4 acres to develop into paddocks for small numbers of  chickens, goats or pigs, and I really wanted a 1-2 acre pond if possible. Continue Reading…