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Since 1973, Storey's Country Wisdom Bulletins have offered practical, hands-on instructions designed to help readers master dozens of country living skills quickly and easily. There are now more than 170 titles in this series, and their remarkable popularity reflects the common desire of country and city dwellers alike to cultivate personal independence in everyday life.
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Introduction

So, you want to move to the country? Give up dirty air, noise, and congestion? You want to live the good life, you say. Grow your own food. Be self-sufficient. Good. Do it.

But before you do, know what you are getting into. Learn which of your dreams you can fulfill easily, which will require time and money. And then, go for it.

This bulletin will guide you through part of your exploration: looking for and deciding which country property to buy. It will tell you how to find the pieces of land to look at in the first place, and then what to look for once you are there. It will point out specific factors that will be important to you later and explain why.

First, let’s start with you and what you want to do with your country property.

The kind of land you look for will be determined by what you intend to make of it. Your requirements will be very different if you are planning to live in town and vacation on your land than if you plan to homestead. Do you want a vacation home with good fishing? Then buy land near bodies of water. Are you a hunter? Then you will want to be near good woodland. If you want to homestead, you will need tillable land, a woodlot, and, probably, pasture land.

Some people buy land with several uses in mind. They may want to vacation on it now and retire to farm it later. My husband, John, and I bought a cape and sixty isolated acres in Vermont for exactly that reason. There was neither plumbing nor electricity. The road was impassable three months of the year. Perfect for vacationing, we thought, and it was a nice investment against inflation. We believed we might move there in the distant future; but less than a year after signing the papers, we decided to move to the farm.

Before we could get started with the real project of gardening and farming, we needed to make buildings livable and get a good source of water. The impassability of the town road for three months of each year from our house and the one-and-a-half miles to our nearest neighbors was an attractive feature of privacy in the vacation property days, but the isolation became a burden when we lived there year-round. We lugged our groceries and laundry in, and we trudged out to jobs that were necessary to finance improvements on the