Buying A Home From The Home Inspectors Perspective, Rural Homes

Home Inspector with Selman Home Inspections, Inc. 10299

Buying A Home From The Home Inspectors Perspective, Rural Homes

Part 4 - Buying A Rural Home, From The Home Inspectors Perspective

I love living in my rural home. There is plenty of space to raise cattle, horses, chickens ( which my wife loves ), a garden and kids. My nearest neighbor is a quarter mile away. The nearest town is 5 miles away. The main city areas that I serve as a Professional Home Inspector are only about 30-40 miles away which is well within driving distance. But, a house in the country or rural suburbs is still a house. It will still require maintenance, updates and care. And, it may have a few items that a home in the city may not have.

One of the biggest things to understand is that a rural home will most likely have some type of a septic system instead of being on a city sewage system. When buying a rural property, it is important to have the septic system inspected by a certified, licensed Septic System Inspector. Most lenders now require that the septic system be inspected. And, there are few certified, licensed septic system inspectors in North Texas. When hiring a Professional Home Inspection firm to inspect your rural property, try to find one like Selman Home Inspection Company which is certified and licensed to inspect all of the items in your rural property.

Rural properties often also have outbuilding such as barns, sheds and workshops. These outbuildings should also be inspected to insure that you as a prospective buyer understand their construction, use and repair needs. Many outbuilding have plumbing and electrical wiring which should be thoroughly inspected to identify any safetyt hazards or needed repairs. Remember too that these outbuildings, like the house itself will also require routine maintenance.

Ever build or repair a fence? Most rural properties have fencing styles that are unlike those in town. Rural fences like barbed wire, steel pipe, cattle panels or no-climb horse fence will require maintenance and care, almost every year. So when buying a rural property, keep in mind that you may also need to "ride fence" just like the cowboys of days gone by.

Another consideration when buying a rural home is drive time and the fuel costs to get anywhere else. With the price of fuel these days, driving to and from town can add up. Two trips per day to town to pick up and drop of school age kids takes time and fuel costs. Trips to the grocery store, hardware store, feed store, and everywhere else you need to go to get the things you need will take a little longer and cost a little more.

So, if you are thinking that you want to live in a rural home, great! As I said before, my family and I love it and would not change a thing ( except the price of fuel ). But, as your friendly neighborhood Professional Home Inspector, I thought you may want to give some thought to a few of the things that are different from living in the city.


Posted by

David Selman
Certified Master Home Inspector
Lic.# 10299
WDI #660910
FHA/HUD # F537 
Septic Cert #113423
Phone: 469-371-3228 

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Comments (9)

Pam Simpson
Bob Leigh & Assoc., LLC - Senatobia, MS
GRI, Broker-Assoc.

Love to see posts written specifically about rural properties.  Good job of pointing out items that some buyers don't initially consider.  Like you, I live in a rural area.  It is 10 miles to the nearest town for me.  The property next door is one of the neighbor's cow pastures.  I would not trade it for anything!

Sep 08, 2010 05:34 AM
Larry Lawfer
YourStories Realty Group powered by Castles Unlimited® - Newton, MA
"I listen for a living." It's all about you.

Thanks David, this is another fantastic analysis and presentation.

Sep 08, 2010 06:09 AM
Steven Cook
No Longer Processing Mortgages. - Tacoma, WA

Exellent comments - especially about the septic system, as so many people who were raised in town don't know anything about such things, as they just send the water down the pipe, without any thought of where it is going, or what happens to it later.

Sep 08, 2010 06:29 AM
David Selman
Selman Home Inspections, Inc. - Dallas, TX
Certified Master Home Inspector

Thanks Pam & Larry. If you enjoyed this post, please let me know what you think about the other articles in this series. Next up: Buying A Manufactured Home, From The Inspectors Perspective.

Sep 08, 2010 07:15 AM
Peggy Noel
RE/MAX Commonwealth - Chesterfield, VA
Bouchard, ABR, CDPE, SFR

David - I live in a county in central VA without a traffic light - I understand everything you said - rural properties are a very special niche and not even a rocking city realtor knows the nuances in most cases - thanks for a great post!

Sep 08, 2010 10:48 AM
David Selman
Selman Home Inspections, Inc. - Dallas, TX
Certified Master Home Inspector

Thanks Peggy. My experiences with several Realtors is part of the reason I am writing this series. Don't get me wrong, they are good Realtors. But, when a "city" agent is selling a property outside of their expertise, they should know enough to answer the buyer's questions. It is my hope that we can all learn from each other to improve and grow our industry.

Sep 08, 2010 11:09 AM
Tammie White, Broker
Franklin Homes Realty LLC - Franklin, TN
Franklin TN Homes for Sale

David, I live on 5 acres.  It feels like I'm way out in the country but I'm actually only 6 miles from the center of town.  The best of both worlds.

Sep 08, 2010 05:35 PM
David Selman
Selman Home Inspections, Inc. - Dallas, TX
Certified Master Home Inspector

Thanks for your comments Erica And Tammie. Buyers will have some newly discovered maintenance items when they move to a rural home.

It is great that we can live in a more rural setting and still be withing driving range of work and shopping.

Sep 10, 2010 08:06 AM

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