Costs to Start Off-Grid Homestead


A year ago to date, Jesse and I decided that we wanted to buy some property in a remote area of the country and to start a homestead from scratch, including the building of our own home (read part 1 and part 2 about that decision). Our end goal was to be debt-free, have freedom and work on being as self-sufficient as possible.

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While we understood how starting our own homestead and building our own home from scratch could help us to achieve our financial goals in a timely manner, we knew that we would need a substantial amount of money to get the ball rolling. Last we checked, land was not free, building materials weren’t free, tools weren’t free, and getting a loan for the entire deal would be working against our goals.

We knew that if we tried to take the frugal approach to this journey that we could soften the financial blow, but we still didn’t know what to expect. We ran some rough numbers in our head as to what land would cost, what the down payment would be, what an RV would cost and what various aspects of land development would cost. That said, all we could do was estimate the total cost to get started, save up some money and roll with the punches.

We started our journey just five months ago, have spent over $30,000 on various aspects of the journey, and thought it would be helpful to others to document what we spent money on so far as some expenses were more predictable than others. The thing to keep in mind is that while our initial investment in our homesteading journey is high, the expenses will taper down over time as will our monthly expenses. It will fast-track us to financial freedom.

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6/29/2020 10:27:35 PM

For all of those doubting each side. Here's the actual breakdown: I did get the impression that they looked like Trust Fund babies when I saw them building their house with their friends. But I also took the time to look at how they got started and how they went about acquiring their skills. This is one of the worst properties I've seen, especially for being around the redoubts. 45,000 with 10% off for a piece of sandy and filled with rocks soil(see their septic video) doesn't seem right to me. What it does seem right to me is to try the RV approach and to use time to acquire skills to depend on yourself and to account everything they spend and to think that debt isn't right. I didn't know they were e-beggars like they're called here and that they squandered their money. AFAIK their built their house with their own money, David claims that it is THEIR house in the video. So after all this back and forth I don't know what to think.

9/5/2017 9:16:45 PM

These two have started building their house and with just the 1200 square foot garage with unfinished icf walls and concrete floors poured (no ceiling or garage doors) they are OVER $100,000.00 dollars for the unfinished shell. This cost does not seem to include all the concrete work for the current three walls and floor. They are building a two story timber frame on top of the 1200 square foot garage. Radiant floor heat even in the garage. They are ridiculous internet scammers e-begging for the money to build their extravagant house with other peoples hard earned money while they dont hold down a job. Its sad to see Mother Earth Supporting this trash. Please dont give money to able bodied people who refuse to get a job. Look into heifer international if you want to help someone really in need and who wants to work for their living instead of e-begging.

9/5/2017 9:16:44 PM

This couple have begun building their house after two years. They have got the unfinished walls of their 1200 square foot basement up and are working on pouring the concrete floor. the one and a half story timber frame cabin goes on top of that. The cost listed on their website for the unfinished shell is over $100,000 and that does not include the latest concrete pours for the icf walls and floors. They are ridiculous e-beggers squandering money that is donated to them. Easy come. Easy go.

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