Questions to Ask When Buying a Home on Acreage in Idaho

Buying a home on acreage can be exciting and rewarding, but there are a few things you should consider first. Knowing what questions to ask is key to finding the right property for your needs. In this blog post, we will look at some important questions you should ask when buying a home on acreage in order to ensure that you make the best decision possible.

When you buy a home on acreage, there are often more key elements to consider than when buying a home on a city lot. Determining the status of water rights, septic systems, wells, and easements can be complicated for someone unfamiliar with rural areas. It is important to have an understanding of any potential issues that may arise from these factors so that you can make sure you are getting the best value for your money.

Buying Homes on Acreage in Idaho

Does the land suit your intended purpose?

  • What are the zoning ordinances?
  • Are animals allowed? Some areas prohibit certain animals while allowing others. Do not assume it is suitable for horses or livestock just because the lot size is large.
  • Are you allowed to run a business on the property or plant crops?

What is the type and condition of the well?

  • What is the flow rate of the well? Has it ever been tested? How long ago? Has the well ever run dry?
  • What kind of water treatment system is installed, if any, and what does it take to maintain it?

What type of sewer system is on the property?

  • Is the home on a public sewer system or does it have a private septic system?
  • When was the last time the septic tank was pumped? Where is the drain field?
  • Have the previous owners ever had issues with the septic tank?

Are water and/or irrigation rights included?

  • If there are irrigation or water rights that transfer with the property, be sure you have a good understanding of the ways you can and cannot use that water.
  • Know which irrigation district you need to contact to get the rights transferred in your name. Be sure to complete the application process on or immediately after your closing date.

Easements or Rights of Way?

  • Be sure to check the title commitment for easements and shared utilities. Examples include a shared water source, shared driveway, access to a neighboring property via an ingress/egress easement, etc.
  • If there is a shared road, is there a road maintenance agreement? Who is responsible for the upkeep and maintenance of the road?

These are just a few examples. If you do not have experience buying a home on acreage be sure to find an agent that specializes in selling farm, ranch, and land properties so they can walk you through the process without any issues.

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