6 Upgrades to Make for Life on the Homestead

| 10/11/2019 9:49:00 AM

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Homesteading life offers a ton of advantages. You don't need to rely on the grocer for food when you can grow your own. With sufficient upgrades, you can live off-grid entirely and free yourself from utility bills.

However, this degree of rugged self-reliance requires a substantial investment of money and good, old-fashioned elbow grease. As the leaves begin changing, start making upgrades to your property. You can improve self-reliance and add beauty and value to your home.

1. Perform Maintenance on Machinery

You don't have to worry about wastewater disposal if you're connected to a city sewer system. If you're connected to a septic tank, though, now is the time to inspect it. Call in a professional maintenance company every three years to examine the pump. Every six months, walk around the tank to check for leaks. Exercise care with what you dispose of where — your toilet isn't a trash can, so don't flush paper towels or cleaning wipes.

If you have a tractor, perform your winterizing now. Tap off all fluids and clean your air filter. Give the exterior a thorough washing with a mild soap solution to remove any dirt and grass particles. If you don't use plows and other machinery during the colder months, cover them with a blanket or tarp to protect them from the elements.

Have you installed a steel water tank for irrigation and livestock watering? Now's the time to inspect that, too. Carefully examine the foundation for any cracks. Check the outside for the presence of rust streaks, which often indicate leaks.

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