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Ronda    Posted 01-03-2004 at 16:23:48       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I just found this board and you all seem like a chatty group :-)
We are thinking of buying 25 acres and building a new home in the country. Want to know you opinions, pros and cons etc.
Is the cost of living more in the country?
I am nervous about building a new home, not having only the cost of land and the home itself, but then the water and utilities and sewer hookups etc.
DO you like the country? Have you always lived there? Would you live in town?
Please help :-)you can also email me at

TO35    Posted 01-04-2004 at 03:44:13       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hi Rhonda, and welcome....the best advice I can give you is follow your heart. Happiness is what you make it and in my opnion theres nothing better than "The Country Life" sure its a little harder but in the long run you live longer and you will live "life as is was ment to be"

best wishes and again welcome
TO35 Man

Ronda    Posted 01-04-2004 at 07:18:59       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thanks for the welcome :-)
Can I ask what you mean by 'its a little harder'?
I know it will be hard driving wise-farther to work and have to drive kids to events everyone is saying-sacrifices some things to have better other things-LOL did that make sense? :-)
As far as the drive to work, I am a stylist, have owned my own shop for 5 years, now working in a hospital salon, would like to build a shop with out new home but the land we are looking at is 13 miles from the town we live in now and 40 miles from the town I work in, so the chance of a following is slim.

The land we are looking at now is ideal except for that-we will proabably keep looking but I hate to let this one go. Not sure what to do-keep ya posted :-)

Dieselrider    Posted 01-03-2004 at 19:05:33       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hi Rhonda,
You have to be a little more self relient to live in the country but, then you probably already figured that out. Our sewage is a septic tank in the back yard and our water comes from a spring outside the kitchen -best tasting water there is. What part of the country are you looking to build this dream of yours? Please keep us posted. Welcome!

Ronda    Posted 01-04-2004 at 07:20:56       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thanks for the welcome :-)
We live in Iowa-the land we are looking at now is south of Des Moines.

ret    Posted 01-03-2004 at 17:52:05       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hi , living what you call "out" can mean many things, but it sure is better than living in a town. got farther to go to stores and such, but if you like to be alone, it is a wonderful feeling. Where are you planning to locate?
REt by the way, this board does have some decidedly different opinions, can get kind of nasty, but seems like it has survived. They sure know the answers to country questions, and a lot more

ronda    Posted 01-04-2004 at 07:24:14       [Reply]  [Send Email]
WE would be quite a ways from main city and only 13 miles away form town we live in now-yes, the driving to the store and driving kids back to town, worries me a little. We are now 1/2 block from elementary school-that is nice but we have always wanted to be out in the country, no neighbors :-)

deadcarp    Posted 01-03-2004 at 17:34:06       [Reply]  [No Email]
hi ronda and welcome. the biggest hurdle to country life seems to be the lack of money. sure it's cheaper out here but when your expenses drop by half, so does your income. and hard work comes with the territory i guess. oh we have a few wealthy local people, a few that brought some good work-from-home methods with them and such, but most of us get by on less to avoid the headaches and hassles of city life. and find the fresh air and stars worth the effort/sacrifice. :)

Ronda    Posted 01-04-2004 at 07:30:41       [Reply]  [Send Email]
What do you mean that your income drops by half, I am a little confused :-)And the "work from home methods" (?)

As far as hard work, we have already decided no matter how many acres we get, that the yard itself will not be huge-the land we are looking at is 25 acres, a little timber and a littel pond. The entire area is filled with prarie grass. We would have alne that goes back a ways from the road so the upkeep on that would be the biggest thing. I know people that are inthe country and have a huge yard, takes all weekend to mow-we don't want that-we have a pretty decent yard now intown, takes 2 hours to mow, it would be much bigger then what we have.

toolman    Posted 01-03-2004 at 16:27:34       [Reply]  [No Email]
hi Ronda, and welcome lots of good folks here some pros and maybe even a few cons lol, anyway im sure you,ll get lots of replies and as for me i don,t think i could live anywhere else but the country.just go for it , it will all work out , works never done but it,s enjoyabale.

Ronda    Posted 01-04-2004 at 07:36:46       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Thanks for the welcome-you are funny :-)

Everyone talks about all the "work never being done", what work do you mean? I know the yard work-mowing etc but what else? AS for us with the mowing, we don't want a huge yard, it won't be much bigger then what we have now just more of a back yard but heck we are looking at 25 acres, the kids will have plenty of area LOL :0)

I don't want to be stuck mowing all weekend like some people we know-the idea is to have more time to relax not less :-)

TB    Posted 01-04-2004 at 08:07:18       [Reply]  [No Email]
Ronda. The thing is When you live in the country you have to be a bit more self releighnt. Get a mower or tractor to do the job in short order eguipment to do other jobs. Learn to make you trips count, Stock up! The corner store is only 12mi away so you don't just buy a half gal of milk or 1 lofe of bread. you make a list to last a week or two. Then you have to prepar (spring, summer, winter (You remove your own snow, more equipment)) Garden if you so choose is a hole nouther story. Then you try to prepare for what could happen? When a big storm comes we don't go running to the store we allready have a weeks supply. So it is a big change from what you are use to. So there is plenty of work if you choose to stay on top of it.

Ronda    Posted 01-04-2004 at 10:09:23       [Reply]  [Send Email]
That makes sense :-)
Hopefully though, stocking up like that will save us money though, since we are always eating out etc if we don't have anything in the house.
It will be an adjustment that is for sure :-)

TB    Posted 01-03-2004 at 16:42:08       [Reply]  [No Email]
Gotta agree. Just dont think I could handle living in the city. Hard enough when I am on the road working. Oh and welcome. cul8er

ronda    Posted 01-04-2004 at 07:37:28       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Thanks for the welcome :-)

Pitch    Posted 01-03-2004 at 18:19:21       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hey Ronda. Lived in the country all my life except for about 5 years in the late '70s and a few summers I spent at my grandparents in Norfolk. Depends a lot on what you mean by country. I figure if you got municipal utilities you're in town. Septic and well are'nt a big deal to use and maintain. Depending on your area probably $10,000. May be a touch more expensive but the solitude and quiet make it worth the expense. There is a lot more give and take in the country and there is not the pressure to conform that there is in town. My neighbor down the road has the stereotypical redneck place with the two trailers cars and trucks in stages of repair and probably a washing machine or two in the bushes but he is one heck of a decent guy and so is his family and I would'nt change a thing. As long as you fit to the country and don't try to make the country fit you you'll be fine.

Ronda    Posted 01-04-2004 at 07:46:10       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Pitch, funny about your neighbor-my hubby has 2 old trucks that he is working on-another reason to go to the country (need more space), thinking about building a morton shed for his "hobby" :-)

Just curious to why you think it is more expensive? I am hoping that it will be less for us simply becasue we won't be able to eat out all the time :-) We are bad about that.

Oh, sorry for the "hookups" I guess it would be gas utilties, septic and there is already a water pit-but the expense to get that hooked or installed to the house area is what makes me nervous.

The land we are looking at is 25 acres and we would like to be a ways from the road so I know the water line itself will be pretty expensive (it is rural water). Hoping that a 2 story with gas utilites is cheaper then our ranch with city electrical. I think I need to talk to some people around here for price comparison (have several friends in country).
Keep ya posted.

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