My husband and I agree on 1,000 things that most couples fight about. Shopping for a car, easy. Home decor, easy. Pets, easy. Home shopping, easy. Land shopping? Oh goodness, I’ve never seen us disagree so much.
There’s something so final about shopping for land. It has to be just right for both of us and let me tell you, we except a lot out of a piece of land. It has something to do with the fact that you can always make changes to a car, home decor, or even a house purchase, but land? You can’t really change the major features of it. We both want trees, but not too many trees. Something in the country, but not too much country. We want privacy but still being able to be near a centralized location.
As you can see, land shopping has been our most difficult adventure yet. Add to that, that we both except an exceptional price, when you step back it’s not too surprising that we haven’t found the perfect place yet. Don’t get me wrong, we love our tiny homestead. but we are ready to get something bigger that we can grow into. Through this journey, we’ve learned some super helpful tips that will help you avoid some of the mistakes we’ve made.
- Pick the Area First. We made the mistake of being very open minded about where we wanted to be. We’d look for land all over 2 separate counties and drove hundreds of miles looking for land. So how did we narrow down which area we wanted to reside it? We picked our church as the main focal point and went from there. Pick whatever is most important to you and then base your search radius on that point. Maybe that is Wal-mart? Target? Tractor Suppy? That great breakfast place? Whatever it is, pick you place and stick to it.
- Not Being Open Minded about Living Spaces. Truth, I was originally stuck on only getting a place that already had a house. I mean, can you blame me? Getting a good house on land is ideal but maybe not practical as far as budget. Plus, it had so many acres that normal housing loans wouldn’t cover it. My initial inability to see the value of vacant land held us back from considering all of our options for quite some time.
- Not Knowing our Financial Options. If you’re looking for rural or ag land there are plenty of resources. We know because we’ve done the research (and also because my husband in a Realtor, go Team Toussaint with ERA Old South) If you’re looking to move to a rural area consider speaking with a realtor or an educated loan or grant officer to see what your options are.
I hope these top three tips help you with your land shopping adventures. It can be a lot of fun, a lot of stress, and a lot of planning but we already know that it will all work out for the best, in the end. Keep checking Zillow, you’ll find the perfect lot soon. If you’ve recently bought a property we’d love to hear about it in the comments below!