When we bought our first homestead – one acre of land with a 50 year old farm house in Mission, BC — about a 45 minute commute from Mr. Joybilee’s work, we thought we had arrived. We were in our mid 20s with our first baby and making decisions about housing and employment that are typical of young couples. We’d been looking for our first home for about 6 months. We went out with realtors to view both country homes and city homes. We picked Mission because home prices there were about 20% less than across the river in Abbotsford, and it was still within an hour of my husband’s work, on a good day.
But I believe had we done our initial purchase a little differently we would have made a smoother transition into homesteading. So even if you already have your own homestead and have made some of these mistakes in your purchase, its not the end of the world. But avoiding these common mistakes will make the early years of homesteading more peaceful.
If you can avoid the mistakes that we made, you might have a smoother transition. At the very least you’ll know what to watch out for.