Homesteading is something that’s grown in massive popularity over recent years, and understandably so – it’s certainly one of the more natural ways for humans to live, and there’s always going to be something appealing about the ability to live off the grid surrounded by beautiful nature, and completely self sufficient when it comes to things like growing your own food, etc.
That being said, homesteading is a big responsibility and it’s a way of life, that despite how appealing it may outwardly appear, it’s certainly not for everyone, so in this post, we’ve listed out a few things for you to consider before diving straight into the homestead lifestyle.
Do you have a plan?
Getting started with homesteading can be quite overwhelming – especially if you’ve never done it before and don’t know much about it, so it’s always a good idea to do as much research about the whole thing as possible so that you can see what kind of work it’s going to take, what you’re going to produce in your homestead, and even things like what kind of mortgage and insurances you’ll need in order to be able to manage the property.
When it comes to the financial aspects, you should first take into consideration what you can realistically afford and even look at starting smaller to begin with and building up from there. Then once you have a good idea of what you’ll need to get started, then you can look at things like finding an Insurance Broker in your area as well as perhaps speaking to your bank about the kind of mortgage you may be eligible for.
Although this may not be the most fun part of homesteading is, it’s definitely going to make life a lot easier once you have a plan in place, and then you can move on to the more enjoyable aspects.
Are you ready for the commitment?
As much as homesteading appeals to those who desire a more simple way of living, it’s also a lot of work to get started and manage. You’re going to require a lot of time and energy – both physically and mentally to run your homestead daily, and although the rewards are absolutely worth it, it’s certainly not as easy as it may appear on the outside.
From dealing with sick animals, and dealing with emergencies that crop up, to fiancial troubles, and sometimes just feeling like no matter what you’re doing, everything is working against you – whilst these may not be an every day occurrence, homesteading is not so unlike other parts of life in that it still requires dedication to make it work and you’ll need to make sacrifices.
Are you willing to ask for help?
This is a big one with a lot of people because they consider that homesteading is so simple that it requires very little, but it’s a full time job and then some, so you’re actually going to need more help than you realize and you need to be prepared to ask for help. Whether it’s through a local community or from your partner, being able to ask for, and accept help is a sign of strength and shows that you’re taking your commitments seriously.