Commute times How remote is it/how close to town? One of the best things about country living can be seclusion, but, for some, it can also be the worst. Are you a person who thrives with lots of activity around? Or do you enjoy the quiet and feel comfortable being a bit isolated? How close do you want to be to a town? What do you want out of the town? A few stores? Or are you interested in being close to decent restaurants, yoga studios, bars, golf courses and the like? There are no right answers, but be honest about what you want.
How much land do you want or need? If you’re planning to have livestock you’ll need to consider that raising chickens and rabbits requires very little land, sheep and goats require a little more and cows require dedicated pasture. If you plan on having horses, you’ll want to make sure the terrain is suitable for them as well.
Water Supply Does your new property have access to municipal water or does it have its own water supply? If it has a well, has it been tested?
Road Maintenance Who maintains the roads? Is your new property accessible by well-maintained public roads, or is it accessible only by private roads that you may need to maintain? Is there a driveway to your house or must you install one? Have you considered the costs for gravel, grading, plowing, etc.?
Reliable High Speed Internet. If you’re planning to work from home, you’ll require reliable high speed internet capabilities. Many rural properties are still lacking in this area.
Trash Services Living in the city means regular trash pickup and recycling. Some rural properties are served by rural trash services while others will require you to burn your trash or haul it to the dump yourself.
Emergency Services – Do you have a medical condition that requires regular care? How far away is the nearest hospital?
Power Outages How often does the power go out? How long does it usually take to be restored? Will you need a generator?
Natural or Industrial Hazards Does your desired property sit in a floodplain? Is it located near a factory or other industrial site? You’ll want to consider past activity in the area as well as future plans for development around you.