What To Consider When Buying Rural Property
As the pressure on the housing market eases slightly this year, independent property finders are reporting that there are some attractive off-the-market opportunities coming up. This is a good time for those who want a country bolthole to start looking, as the exodus from the cities sparked by the pandemic is starting to reverse.
Here are some points to bear in mind if you are seeking out a rural retreat this year. Of course, there will always be some deal-breakers, such as transport links, proximity to amenities, schools, and so on, but specific concerns can often be overlooked by first-time country dwellers.
How well connected is it?
These days, most people wouldn’t consider living anywhere without a fast internet connection and good mobile phone signal. This is especially important if you are intending to work remotely. If you have appointed someone to source a property on your behalf, be sure to check with them what the connectivity is like.
What about the water supply?
Rural properties are not always connected to mains water or drainage supplies. Find out in advance if it has a private water supply, and what the source of the water is. It may be within the land of the property, or on a neighbour’s land. Similarly with drainage, find out whose land it is on, and who is responsible for maintenance, and what the charges are.
What is surrounding area like?
Speaking of neighbours, if you are seeking out peace and solitude, it’s important to know what the local area is like. That quiet sheep farm next door might have family holiday lets in converted barns, for example. Remember that farming can be a noisy smelly business with unsociable hours too!
Ask anyone sourcing a property on your behalf to find out if there are any public footpaths running through the land, or if the neighbouring landowners have access rights.