40 Important Homestead Questions With Answers You Need To Know

Homestead Questions and Answers

For years I was a presenter at Sustainable Preparedness Seminars where I gave seminars on finding and purchasing country and homestead property. At the end of these talks I would give time for the attendees to ask different questions they might have about buying country and homestead property. I've compiled a list of the 40…

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Can I Successfully Homestead On 2 to 3 Acres Of Land?

Can I successfully homestead on 2-3 acres?

Yes, if the land has: No restrictions prohibiting buildings, A suitable source of water, Passed a percolation test, Enough relatively level land for your needs, You have the skills to build a dwelling, Or you can have a dwelling moved onto the land.

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Should Well Water Be Tested Before Buying A Homestead?

Well water pump

Yes, the EPA recommends testing well water once a year for Total Coliform Bacteria, Nitrates, Total dissolved solids and pH levels.  When the health of your family is at stake, it makes good sense to test the well water before purchasing land.

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Should a Homestead Have a Shared Water Source?

Water from a spring

No, having a shared water source creates problems such as: What Water Rights do you really have; How is water divided in a drought; Will you be able to increase the homestead water needs; What are you going to do if the water is cut off.

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Can Using A Spring Help Solve Water Problems On A Homestead?

Stream of water

Yes, you will need to measure the springs flow, know if the water is pure and be sure you have water rights to the spring. Knowing how to use it can make a big difference in improving the water problems on a homestead.

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What If The Water On The Land Is Not Enough For Your Needs?

Water source not enough

Using grey water and collecting rainwater if legal in your area are two methods that can increase the water available on your property if there is insufficient well water and no spring.

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Daily Homestead Water Needs

Daily water needs for a homestead

As a homesteader I know that a successful homestead needs sufficient water to supply that homestead's water needs. If the property you want to homestead on does not have sufficient water your homestead will not be the successful homestead of your dreams. How Much Water Is Needed Each Day? According to the U.S. Department of…

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How Much Water Is Needed To Finance Land?

Well water pump

The usual minimum requirement for conventional financing is 5 gallons per minute well flow. In some situations, you may be able to finance with less flow but 5 gallons per minute may not be sufficient to meet your needs.

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