Bal­ance $ HEET


What we’ve spent so far and what we ex­pect to spend.

s Prop­erty: three parcels to­tal­ing about

92 acres: $140,000 s Well drilling: $9,000 s Fenc­ing: $9,000 s Home: $80,000 s Trac­tor: $40,000 s All-ter­rain ve­hi­cle: $16,500 s Three por­ta­ble build­ings: $17,000 s So­lar well in­stal­la­tion: about $5,000 s Cor­ral pan­els: $900 s Wa­ter cis­terns: $3,000 s House­hold ap­pli­ances: $3,500 s Mis­cel­la­neous sup­plies and

hard­ware: $5,000 s Elec­tric in­stal­la­tion: es­ti­mated

$10,000 s Sep­tic in­stal­la­tion: es­ti­mated $2,000 s Metal stor­age build­ing with car­port:

es­ti­mated $10,000

To­tal to date: $350,900

Could we have pur­chased an ex­ist­ing ranch for less? A quick sur­vey of avail­able prop­er­ties in our area re­vealed a num­ber of ranches in the range of $200,000 and up. How­ever, most had far less land—the av­er­age seemed to be about 20 acres. And none had the com­bi­na­tion of views, hills, trees, wa­ter and nearby ac­cess to util­i­ties. All in all, we are happy with our de­ci­sion.

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