3 Things To Consider When Buying A Rural Home

Posted on: 23 January 2018

One of the biggest benefits of purchasing a rural home, located up in the mountains, is getting to take in the great view and scenery. However, there are a few things that you need to be aware of and think about when purchasing a rural home that are a little different than purchasing a home in a neighborhood.

Well Capacity

One of the first things that you need to ask about is the condition of the well. When you are not connected to city water, that means that you have to supply your own water. Find out how deep the well is, where the well is located, and how many gallons per minute you can pump out of the well.

Also, try and find out how many wells have been drilled on the property. Have multiple wells dried out? Has the same well been in place for years? You want to make sure that you will have the water you need should you purchase the home.

Septic System

The next thing you need to take into consideration is the septic system. How old is the septic system? When was the last time it was pumped? When was the last time it was inspected?

Installing a new septic system can be expensive and may affect the offer you place on the house if the septic system is old or needs to be replaced. Ideally, the home will come with a well-maintained septic system that has been pumped on a regular basis.


Third, you need to take into consideration how the driveway is set up. Is the driveway made out of gravel? Does the driveway get washed out often? Is the driveway paved?

With most rural homes, the driveway from the main road is something you are responsible for maintaining. Be sure to inspect the current driveway setup and take into consideration with your offer any necessary maintenance that will be needed on the driveway.

When looking at rural or mountain homes for sale, make sure that the well, septic tank and driveway are in good condition. If they are not in good condition, be sure to take those factors into consideration when making your offer on the home. Also, be sure to take into consideration the long-term maintenance cost of taking care of a well, septic tank and driveway. These are expenses that you often don't have to deal with when you purchase in a subdivision.