So you found a place that sounds great on paper. You even took a trip to visit it.
You visited the property a second time, and just fell in love with it. You. could see yourself there, and all the amazing things it has to offer.
YOU STILL HAVEN’T DONE ENOUGH RESEARCH!
Before slapping down thousands of dollars, do a little more digging.
Life altering decision
You are stuck with home AND surrounding area
Stuck with surrounding people
Don’t regret your decision.
In final stages of your decision making, consider doing the following:
Taking them anyways
Center yours around scoping out your Bug-Out Location
What does the area have to offer in hobbies and adventure?
Great way to:
Rent a cheap, crummy apartment in the area
great opportunities nearly every weekend to learn the area and people.
take the time to learn the area that you want to move to before purchasing the property,
know exactly what you are getting into
simple, low cost ways you can experience the property and the area
Meant for when the Stink Hits the Fan (SHTF)
choose one that isn’t going to:
Know benefits and hazards in the location you are choosing.
What are the Natural Disasters and Regional Disasters?
Which disasters are possible?
Are you willing to accept that possibility?
What steps do you need to take to protect yourself from them?
Know your location by
Same with your Bug-Out Location (BOL)!
What risks are available?
Am I willing to take that risk?
Can those risks or disasters harm me?
If I get hurt, can I get to medical care?
Can I bring the medical care to me?
Choose to be be about 30 minutes or less to a small town of a few hundred people. They can come with many small conveniences you will enjoy.
Just go into town if you need something. You can get to know the residents also.
Not easy to drive 12 hrs to a BOL, work on it over the weekend, and then drive 12 hours back?
Even 6 hours away, you won’t really spend time there.
And since it will have been so long after the last time you worked on it, you will be kind of lost.
Choose a BOL within 3-4 hours from your home in MOST circumstances
Make resources convenient and make your Bug-Out Location (BOL) convenient to you.
You can get more done, so your chance survival will be higher.
Some plants need a long growing season and deal with heat well.
Other plants can’t take the heat but can deal with less sunlight.
If you want a nationwide hardiness map, the USDA hardiness map is probably the best place to go.
You’re in hardiness zone 7
You want to grow a plant that is best in zone 8.
Create a micro-climate a little warmer than the rest of your property
Something from hardiness zone 6, then create a cooler micro-climate.
You are in zone 7
You can do it but probably shouldn’t unless you are trying to prove it can be done.
You have “Micro-Climates”. Based on:
There are different micro-climates in different areas.
Warmer areas may be used for plants that need it. Same with cooler areas.
Look at the solar patterns before taking time to visit a property:
Google maps: Images have time stamps. Pay attention to time of year.
Find My Shadow: CAD and grid-based software http://www.findmyshadow.com
My Ultimate Favorite: Sun Calc Map.Even better for the lay person is to look at the SunCalc Map.
It also has time stamps for dawn, noon and dusk. You can move it to see different times.
The perfect Bug-Out Location (BOL), with perfect climate, with perfect micro-climates for EVERYTHING you want to eat doesn’t exist.
Use a Greenhouse
Don’t rely only on Greenhouses
You will love your property more if helps you do what you enjoy.
Outdoor sports and great views: Colorado or North Carolina
Winter sports like ice-fishing, skiing, or snowboarding… not Florida.
Like Gardening and rich soil… not Arizona
In Stink Hit the Fan (SHTF), neighbors will become your lifeline
You will rely on them for something.
Make sound decisions about your neighbors and your neighborhood
You can avoid many problems.
We want to do
You don’t want people around you constantly needing to know or care about what you are doing.
You really don’t need them to invade on your space, privacy, or rights.
What does each person do for occupation and hobby
Is their skillset valuable in an emergency? Would yours be valuable to them?
Have a conversation with them under the assumption that you are looking at the property to learn about them.
Everyone knows each other
These towns usually are a niche around some activity
You can completely blend in, or disappear, in a town of about 25,000 people
Don’t purchase a property inside city limits.
Reduce local government and regulations where and when you can. NO HOA!!!
Choose helpful and enjoyable neighbors
Don’t deal with buttholes and thieves.
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