It’s a dream that many people spend a half-a-lifetime and a few moves up the property ladder to attain. That dream home surrounded by nothing but woods and fresh air, or bracing the coast and a gorgeous view. It’s a dream worth pursuing. But it’s also one that you should seriously consider preparing for. That remote dream home can become a nightmare if you’re not ready for the realities of the move.
How do you like your tech?
Let’s not put any false notions out there. There are a lot of well-built and well-integrated homes for sale in remote landscapes that come with a guarantee of good connectivity. But if you’re not able to afford them, then you have to anticipate the fact you might be moving to a place that isn’t entirely compatible with the tech-driven lifestyle that you or certain members of your family might be used to. You might have to get used to the idea of paying to get connected or simply going without.
Can you keep up with the maintenance?
Homes surrounded by the wild are obviously going to see a lot more potential wear and tear from it. If you want a log home, for instance, then it’s good to know that it’s fire safe and better insulated than most properties. You will have to keep regular maintenance to keep it safe from the rot and pests, however. Similarly, for a beach house, you need to consider the danger of the salty sea air.
Are you prepared to pay?
You’re likely well aware that remote homes are in demand so they come with a certain premium price tag. However, there are costs added to them over time, as well. For instance, if you’re choosing a place that’s far from a hospital or a fire station, then you might find yourself paying more for property and for health insurance as well since you’re dealing with some high-risk factors.
Are you prepared to do some work?
If it’s an older remote property you’re dealing with, then you might need to do more than just some maintenance work. You might have to consider entirely adding new household facilities like a septic system or a generator. Many remote homes have no sewage system and now power supplied as standard.
Will you take advantage of it?
It’s the most important question. Remote homes have a lot to offer when you pick a good area. Access to fantastic hiking trails. Ski slopes adding thrills in the winter. Water sporting activities if you’re anywhere near the water. Taking advantage of the natural surroundings is the greatest reason to get yourself out there. Just make sure you’re as into them as you would like to believe you are.
Making sure that you’re prepared not only to do the maintenance and make the additions that make a home liveable but that you’re ready for some of the possible restraints of natural living is essential. As we showed with the last point, there’s a lot to love about living somewhere a bit wilder. But it’s not for everyone.