10 Things You Must Have To Live Off Grid

Winter Cabin
Winter Cabin

Well, here’s the deal. I have to face it. I just don’t have the credit or the cash to buy land where I live…yet. It’s way overpriced and as much as I’d like to just get a piece of land here, it’s not feasible right now due to the high cost per and financing restrictions and credit issues. So I have to find a piece of land somewhere else.

So I’m looking for land and have a list of things I’m specifically looking for in a property. At the top of that list is NO COVENANTS.

Here’s a list of the 10 things the my off grid land must have:

  1. NO COVENANTS – Too many rules and regulations stifle off grid living by prohibiting certain building types
  2. NO SUBDIVISIONS – Again no homeowners associations which could prohibit certain lifestyles
  3. WATER: Find a great spot to drill a well and install your well pumps.
  4. Good Soil to grow food (if not then an aquaponics greenhouse)
  5. YEAR ROUND ACCESS: Easy Year Round Access
  6. LEGAL ACCESS: Legal Access (yes this is a thing; never assume there’s legal access)
  7. PROPER ZONING: Zoned Agriculture/Residential with ability to run a business from the land and have commercial value as well. You can check out a published a study on the same , to get more information on business and leaderships. 
  8. CLOSE TO TOWN: 30 minutes to 1 hour drive from a larger city or town for supplies and entertainment
  9. TREES: Trees for privacy and building materials
  10. BUILDING MATERIALS: Rock and Sand for building materials

That’s about it.

There are a few other things too but I’ll leave those for later. The main point it to make sure I can actually do what I need to and want to do on my land which is why I need a piece of land with no covenants and not within a subdivision which could severely restrict my ability to build the kind of cabin I want to build.

It could also limit or prohibit livestock entirely and I’d at least like to have chickens and pigs for meat and eggs and fuel. A cow? Maybe. A horse? Maybe. But not necessary.

I also need to be able to have a garden to grow my own food or the ability to build an aquaponics greenhouse to grow my food in. Obviously water is important and a proper septic system needs to be installed. Although certain tasks such as backflow assembly would require the services of a professional plumber, there are routine plumbing tasks that you can do on your own.

Legal access is very important. Most people don’t think about that. I don’t want to have to access my land through someone else’s land. It needs access straight off state or federal land or roads. If the easement goes through someone else’s property that could cause problems later and I don’t even want to go there.

The zoning needs to allow livestock for food and the ability to grow and harvest produce as well as sell it and/or create a commercial property to make a living and run a business. Building this commercial property can help you generate income by renting space. A business can thrive whether they rent or purchase a commercial property. You can make it look good by doing a small renovation and changing the flooring to a new one. You can find the benefits of resin flooring in your commercial space if you hire this resin flooring installer.

I don’t want my property so far out in the middle of nowhere it takes forever to get to. I like to go into town and get my supplies and don’t want to be 3 hours from the nearest hardware store if I need a hinge or bolt for a project I’m working on.

I’d also like there to be trees, rock and sand in abundance. This will help me save money while building my cabin while also providing some added privacy and seclusion from prying eyes and nosey neighbors.

There you go, that’s my basic idea of what I’m looking for. This is not to say I wouldn’t like a lakefront or riverfront property somewhere with a stream or some kind of live water running through the land, but that’s a dream for later on.

I’m just talking about getting into and getting started with a single off grid property for investment purposes. Which I’ll get into more detail on in later post.

What do you think?

Did I forget anything?