I lost the farm
It is rather depressing. Actually, it is really, really depressing. If they would have come down on their price by another $1,000 I would have my farm. It was a perfect location because it was actually inside a city rather than being rural, had water, (city sewage!), and electric wired to the property and it already had a lot of the out-buildings and fenced areas I’m going to need, as well as the minimum amount of land. Unfortunately, the house had such gerry-rigged wiring that the electric company is turning off the lights and refusing to turn them back on until the house is completely re-wired. That will cost at least $800 and more likely $1,000 from the estimates and that is $1,000 too much for me.
I’m still thinking maybe I should say the hell with electricity in the standard sense for right now and instead get a used portable generator (they go for between $250-$350) to power basic light (one or two bulbs), small fridge, and charging cell phone and lap top. I don’t really need more electricity than that (having an internet connection at the house would be nice but probably not on the menu if I find a place in a rural setting at any rate — finding a place with water, septic, electricity ready to connect and any sort of dwelling already in place is probably not going to be on the menu).
I’m looking at a couple of rural places now that are possibilities: 1-2 acres for between 18-25k but they all have no dwellings and the saved 13-18k would all have to go to getting water lines run to the property, electricity run to the property, a septic system installed, all the outbuildings built —and still no house of any sort.