Owning a home with lots of land is a dream many families share. The appeal of a quieter lifestyle, more room to grow, and the privacy of having neighbors at a farther distance often drives people from city and suburb life to the retreat of rural living.

Acreages and large lots allow more space to build the perfect home, begin a small farm, and enjoy the great outdoors without the noise of busy streets. Whatever your reason for buying a property in the country, there are different considerations than for smaller and urban properties.

Here are three things to think about when choosing the acreage that’s right for you:

What is the Zoning?

When you buy a home in the burbs, it’s likely zoned residential. This makes it easy for you to know what the permitted uses are for the property and doesn’t require much digging. When buying a farm or rural property, zoning comes into play and working with an experienced REALTOR® can help you navigate the challenges. The most common zoning types for farm properties are rural, agricultural, and residential. 

Each has its own rules that dictate how you can use the property and what you can build there. Understanding the differences can help you narrow your list and find the perfect property for your needs.

What maintenance is required?

More land means more work, which can be accounted for either by hours or money. Mowing the lawn on a 0.5 acre property isn’t a big deal, but when it comes to farmland and larger properties, this is a consideration to keep in mind. Maintenance may also include animal care, tending to crops, maintaining gardens, and treating wood fixtures like decks and siding.

You can hire someone to do these tasks or take on the work yourself depending on your goals. Regardless of which  you prefer, keeping those considerations in mind will help you chose the best property for your lifestyle.

How will you use the space?

Many families opt for large properties to have more space. How you plan to use that space can help you decide on which lots to consider. Rural properties may include crop fields, forests, cleared land, manicured lawns, pastures, or other uses. Deciding ahead of time what your goals are will keep your search focused on the properties that make the most sense for your family. This will also help your real estate agent find you properties that make sense for your goals.

Upsizing from urban and suburban properties to a family farm, acreage, or rural home is one that comes with many considerations. We work with our clients to help them find properties that match their needs and long-term goals. This means developing a clear understanding of what they’re looking for in upsizing to a property with acres to enjoy.