3 Steps to Find and Choose the Best Location and Land for Living Off-Grid

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Here’s Our 3 Step Process to Find and Choose the Best Location and Land for Living Off-Grid

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Living off-grid is a dream for many people who want to escape the hustle and bustle of the city, reduce their environmental impact, and enjoy a simpler and more self-reliant lifestyle. But let’s save the hills and valleys for your land and not the process of finding it.

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When we first began our off-grid journey we had little idea where to start and less places to research. There were so few websites or information hubs online dedicated to helping folks navigate the off grid lifestyle. In fact we stumbled our way through most if not the entire process. But we did it. And the reason we started our off grid adventures has an interesting and unique story of its own that you can read about in our About Us Section. But no matter your reason(s) for going off grid we’re here to try and help make that transition a little more manageable and hopefully a lot more fun!

First things are first for a reason. Before you can start building your off-grid home, you need to find and choose the best location and land for your needs, preferences, and of course budget. Shopping for land to build your future home is an exciting time but one where you need to consider things very carefully. There are many factors to consider and challenges to overcome so that your entire off grid journey is as smooth as possible. Several years ago, we posted about our journey of finding our perfect off grid land for our particular home.

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In this blog post, we will guide you through a simple 3-step process of finding and choosing the best location and land for living off-grid, and share some tips and resources to help you along the way.

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Step 1: Define Your Goals and Criteria

The first step in finding and choosing the best location and land for living off-grid is to define your goals and criteria.

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What are you looking for in an off-grid location and the type of land? Do you have priorities and preferences that will direct your decision? How about specific deal-breakers and compromises? Here’s some of the factors you may want to consider that can help guide you through these questions:

Climate and Weather

  • What kind of climate and weather do you prefer or can tolerate?
  • How will the climate and weather affect your energy, water, and food needs and sources?
  • How will you cope with extreme weather events, such as storms, floods, droughts, fires, or snow?

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Accessibility and Infrastructure

  • How easy or difficult is it to access the location and land by road, air, or water?
  • How far is it from the nearest town, city, or services?
  • How reliable or available are the existing infrastructure, such as electricity, water, sewage, phone, or internet?
  • How much will it cost to install or maintain your own off-grid systems?

Below: The only way to first access our property was to blaze a trail by hand down to our build site.