You don’t ever want to ask yourself; “what did I ever get myself into?” – after you’re well into your plans for the Homestead. You may have worked hard planning, preparing, putting the cabin up, planting and harvesting the crops, getting the animals fenced — and then you have more doubts, worries, and concerns about what you’ve got yourself into.
You want to find out as much as you can BEFORE you spend much time or money following a dream. That dream needs to stay alive, not turn into a nightmare.
Finding out things before you start a Homestead can be a fairly simple endeavor; listen to other people who’ve been there and what they have to say.
Ask, ask, ask. Ask anyone who knows anything about Homesteading about what they would advise. You can always disregard someone’s advice but another idea is worth the trouble of listening (unless it’s your brother-in-law who’s offerred way too much advice lately).
Here is an excerpt from NaturalLivinofferedhere you can read more about what to know before starting a Homestead.
What to know before starting a Homestead
Perhaps you are in the market for a homestead. Here are just a few things to keep in mind as you set out on your search for that “perfect” place to call home.
- Is this really something you want to do? It is important not to buy into the “romantic” notion of homesteading. It is a lot of work and not everyone is cut out to do. Don’t be discouraged if you find that it is not really the kind of lifestyle you desire. If you just want to have a few chickens and a garden and reduce your carbon footprint, that can still be achieved even if you live in an urban or semi-rural setting. It is also important that your partner agrees on the kind of lifestyle you both want. There is nothing worse than acquiring a homestead only to find out that one partner is not so set on it. Be sure you have lots of open and honest discussions before moving forward.
- Do your research: Too many people jump blindly into thinking that living a sustainable lifestyle is easy. Doing your research before you embark on such a journey will help you keep things in perspective and give you the opportunity to prepare. If you have friends or family that homestead, be sure to ask lots of questions and spend lots of time on their homestead. Read books, watch documentaries and gather as much knowledge as you can before diving in. Here is a great list of books to get you started.
- Define your goals: Know ahead of time what it is that you want to accomplish on your homestead. For instance, how sustainable do you want to be? Do you want to raise livestock, have gardens, fruit, chickens, live off grid, on grid etc….. Once you have a good idea of what kind of homestead you are looking for, it will help you firm up your search parameters.
- Location: It is a good idea to know where you want to live, at least, a general area. Do you want to be super remote or just a little outside of town?
- Don’t blow the bank: When considering your homestead property, don’t spend all you have or over extend yourself. If you use all of your savings to purchase your home and land, there will be no money to create a system of self sufficiency. Always error on the side of spending less, not more.
- Think about generating income: Many people who begin homesteading leave the hustle and bustle of their city jobs behind for something less stressful and more rewarding. Before you finalize the deal on some property, think about how you might be able to generate some income from your homestead. Some ideas include starting a lavender farm, raising alpaca, selling raw milk products, spinning wool and making clothing, selling fresh organic produce etc…
- Know the land: If you are buying property for your homestead, be picky. Be sure that the land is going to work for the type of homestead you desire.
What to know about starting a Homestead…
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