KEEP AN OPEN MIND DUR­ING PROP­ERTY HUNT

Country Smallholding - - Ask The Experts -

Q Peo­ple in the know of­ten men­tion the need for a check­list while I prop­erty hunt for my first small­hold­ing. How­ever, I’m not sure this ap­proach will work for me. What do you think? A Deb­bie Kings­ley says: I think huge life- chang­ing de­ci­sions are as much about the heart as the head. If you are clear, say, that you must have goats on your small­hold­ing, it makes com­plete sense to choose some­where with land that will favour goats. But, more of­ten than not, as­pir­ing small­hold­ers de­cide that a place feels right to them, has that ‘I must live here’ fac­tor, and they then de­velop the hold­ing, ac­quir­ing the live­stock and plant­ing the fruit and the veg that will thrive there. It is not about be­ing a hope­less ro­man­tic with more dreams than sense, though. Rather prop­erty hunt­ing is more about find­ing what makes you happy and then pur­su­ing a prag­matic route to re­al­is­ing your dreams. If you know your must haves, such as not be­ing pre­pared to live in a car­a­van for five years while a ruin is made into a home, then it is sim­ple to dis­card un­suit­able prop­er­ties. But if you want a mas­sive soft fruit gar­den, a coastal lo­ca­tion may not be kind to those plans. How­ever, un­less a prop­erty has some hugely prob­lem­atic is­sue that you feel is just too dif­fi­cult to over­come, search with an open mind and see what op­por­tu­ni­ties sug­gest them­selves to you as you em­bark on what might be the most im­por­tant hunt of your life.

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