We’d always liked country life…growing things…open space around us. We wanted to stay active in our senior years. Life in a condo or golf course community just didn’t appeal to us.
What tips would you give someone thinking about moving to a rural area? Make sure you really want the life—not just to visit, but to live it day after day. You may have to go cut up a windfall tree when you’d rather be watching a football game. Or you might need to check on a sick animal when you’d really love to stay in bed another couple of hours. You may miss shopping, takeout or restaurant dining, city entertainment, or big league sports events.
How much change can you comfortably make? This goes for yourself, your family and anyone else that will be moving with you.
As peculiar as this seems, it’s a guaranteed way to reduce the costs of the terms you get for mortgage rates and the attendant annual fees you pay for homeowners insurance.
Everyone knows that people with high credit scores get preferred rates on home loans, credit cards, and vehicle financing.
It comes as no surprise that a great credit score will also help you with insurance companies who look towards your risk profile before insuring you.
There are many ways to boost your credit score, including paying down credit card debt, reducing the outstanding principal on your existing loans, making payments on time, limiting the number of new accounts on your profile, and generally being a fiscally responsible citizen.
Over time, your credit score will rise.
Home Security Systems with All the Bells and Whistles
Homeowners insurance policies protect your home and its contents from theft, damage, and unforeseen events.
One way to lower your homeowners insurance is to add protections to your property which can help to lower your premiums.
Essential security systems with burglary detection and fire monitoring are great, but you can couple that with additional smart home protections in the form of video cameras, leak detectors, and low-temperature sensors.
You may be surprised to learn that your homeowners insurance policy makes accommodation for deep discounts on these additional protections.
If you upgrade your home security system to include all these features, you may enjoy discounted rates on your homeowners insurance policy.
Choose a Higher Deductible to Lower Your Premium
At first glance this looks like you’d be cutting your nose to spite your face, but there is merit to this method.
Much like health insurance plans, you can get a really affordable homeowners insurance premium if you choose a high deductible.
If you’re the type of person who hardly ever claims, you may want to consider increasing the size of your deductible (your out-of-pocket expense) in exchange for a much lower premium.
Many insurance deductibles fall in the $100 range for premium-grade homeowners plans.
If you increase your out-of-pocket expense to $1000+, you will see a significant decrease in your premium.
If you make several small claims with your insurance company, you will quickly see your homeowners insurance costs arising, or your policy being cancelled outright.
Rather than risk all of that, pay out-of-pocket and keep your low premium.
Bundle Home and Auto Insurance Policies
When you combine policies like automobile insurance and homeowners insurance, this is known as bundling.
These package deals are designed to save you money in the long term.
Many different insurance companies offer discounts when you bundle, anywhere in the region of 5% – 15%.
Once again, go back to point #1 and shop around for the best price at multiple companies before you simply accept a bundled price when you combine policies.
If this is your first time applying for a homeowners insurance policy, you may qualify for a new policy discount.
Be sure to tell the insurance broker that you are a non-smoker and would like that added to your policy since you are less of a fire risk.
This antenna from Amplified offers a multi-directional HD quality picture with little to no work.
Amplified HD Digital TV Antenna Product Highlights
Not only do you get an HD quality picture, but you also can move the Amplified HD Digital TV Antenna in the direction you need for the reception of whatever channel you are looking to pick up.
The multipath protection and excellent reception will only enhance the picture and makes for fewer interruptions.
With extra accessories like the wireless remote, the team at Amplified has assured that this is going to be an excellent decision for any rural TV lover no matter which direction the channel is broadcast from.
Amplified HD Digital TV Antenna also features
Enhanced range of 150 miles
Ability to receive multiple frequencies
Designed with two TV outputs
High reception sensitivity
Created with a low noise amplifier
Wireless remote included
Built-in motor for better mobility
Amplified HD Digital TV Antenna The Good
If you do not go with an HD antenna, you will have to invest in a digital converter as all television channels are now broadcast in digital format.
So, this antenna from Amplified is a great way to save a little money.
This system is super easy to set up well built high performing option when you are looking for an option for your rural television viewing.
Amplified HD Digital TV Antenna The Bad
The only drawback when you are looking at this as an option is the overall design.
Unlike some of the other models that have trimmed down their build over the years, this model has kept the bulkier build of the classic antennas.
Though it may be hard to hide when mounted and installed, it does offer a high level of performance.
This means that you trade style for function and in a piece of hardware that is all you can ask for.
Amplified HD Digital TV Antenna Pros
Easy to install and setup
High gain for UHF/VHF reception
Built-in rotor for easy mobility
Amplified HD Digital TV Antenna Cons
Design is a bit clunky
Pinbingding Outdoor Antenna
The Pinbingding Outdoor Antenna unit is a multi-directional remote-controlled antenna that is built for optimal amplified digital reception.
Pinbingding Outdoor Antenna Product Highlights
This easy to set up an antenna with two outputs for TV connections are built to make your life a little easier.
Pinbingding Outdoor Antenna features include:
Built-in double TV outputs
Long-distance range of 150 miles
Easy to set up snap-on installation
Includes wireless remote control
Mobility of 360 degrees with built-in motor
Superior high gain and low noise amp
40’ coaxial cable included
Resistant to weather
Pinbingding Outdoor Antenna The Good
The Pingbingding Outdoor Antenna is a tool that comes with everything you need including an easy to setup and install multi-directional coverage.
Its long-range reception is one of the best on the market.
The best thing about this whole setup is that there are no tools needed due to its snap-on mounting system.
The fact that you don’t need tools, or a more splitter and an adapter will have you saving plenty of money.
Pinbingding Outdoor Antenna The Bad
If there is one thing that most recent buyers find flaws with it is the motor’s flexibility.
Though it has a 360-degree motor, its option is not as smooth nor as fast as it should.
If you can overlook the motor issue or do not have much use for moving your antenna, then this first entry from Pingbingding could be the perfect option for you.
Pinbingding Outdoor Antenna Pros
Easy to install and setup
Greta multi-directional coverage
Long-range of reception
Pinbingding Outdoor Antenna Cons
Motor rotor is not very flexible
ViewTV Outdoor Amplified Antenna
Another multi-directional long-range antenna this model from ViewTV is chock full of great built-in features that make this easily one of the best options on the market today.
The ViewTV antenna is a well-built high-quality option that has a lot of great features to aid you in your television needs.
Being able to handle multiple HD resolutions makes this a versatile choice.
And the ease of setting up numerous televisions attached to this unit gives it a wide range of use if you have many TVs in your home.
ViewTV Outdoor Amplified Antenna Built in Features
Long-range reception (150 miles)
Multiple HD capabilities
Wireless remote included
Built with dual TV outputs
Protected from weather including lightning
Coaxial cable (40’) included
ViewTV Outdoor Amplified Antenna The Good
The box comes with a lot of great things like a wireless remote and a coaxial cable.
With its excellent range of 150 miles, you will be able to enjoy your shows with ease.
The antenna is easy to set up and install and will last even in the most torrential weather due to the attention to detail in creating a weather-resistant unit.
ViewTV Outdoor Amplified Antenna The Bad
Some people may want an antenna that can be used both indoors and outdoors, but that is not what this antenna is all about.
So, if that is something you are looking for, then you need to keep reading.
The only other drawback of this unit is that you will have to purchase a mounting rod separately, which makes this not as budget-friendly as other options.
Even with the few issues that have arisen this antenna is still an excellent choice for anyone looking for rural television capabilities that offer high-quality HD options.
ViewTV Outdoor Amplified Antenna Pros
Good range (150 miles)
Comes with wireless remote
Multiple HDTV capability
ViewTV Outdoor Amplified Antenna Cons
Not suitable for anything but outdoor use
Mounting rod not included
Safstar 360 Rotor
The Safstar 360 Rotor is a lesser ranged option for those that are not far from the tower.
Safstar 360 Rotor Product Highlights
The Safstar 360 Rotor is crafted with a lightweight, durable design that is stocked with tons of features.
Safstar 360 Rotor features include the following:
High-grade performance reception
Range up to 62 miles
Ability to pick up VHF/UHF with a channel booster
Designed to be waterproof
Safstar 360 Rotor The Good
The Safstar 360 Rotor is a budget-friendly option that is easy to set up and installs.
With a shorter range of others on the list, this unit is still a viable and high performing antenna that will give you a lot of channels to choose from.
Safstar 360 Rotor The Bad
Though it is durable, many user reports having a problem with excessive sunlight damage after extended use as well as some of the parts being easily broken.
The rotation is another issue that some people have a problem with.
None of the issues that trouble users are universal, and in the end, when looking at the overall quality of this antenna, you can easily see why we chose it as one of the best.
Safstar 360 Rotor Pros
Easy to set up and install
Good frequency reception
Price is affordable
Pics up a lot of channels
Safstar 360 Rotor Cons
Issues with sunlight wear
Durability of product
Problems with rotation capability
Pingbingding Outdoor TV Antenna
Amplified digital reception and an optimal multi-directional capability are all controlled by wireless remote control.
Pingbingding Outdoor TV Antenna Product Highlights
Our next entry from Pingbingding is just as high quality as the last one and has similar features as well.
They stick true to what makes them a great brand.
Pingbingding Outdoor TV Antenna features
Built-in double TV outputs
The long-distance range of 150 miles
Easy to set up snap-on installation
Includes wireless remote control
Mobility of 360 degrees with built-in motor
Superior high gain and low noise amp
40’ coaxial cable included
Resistant to weather
Pingbingding Outdoor TV Antenna The Good
When you are getting your television antenna up and running, the last thing you want is an antenna that is difficult to set up and use.
So, this unit is the perfect option for you.
Not only will you have it up and running in no time but the high-quality functionality of this antenna.
The versatility of direction also ensures that you will be able to capture the most channels possible with the best reception of many of its competitors.
Pingbingding Outdoor TV Antenna The Bad
Much like many of their units, the flexibility of the rotation system is less than desirable.
This may make the rotation slower, which may play a part in less clear images being obtained.
Though it suffers just like the previous model with the flexibility of the rotation, it performs at the same level.
This makes it an excellent option for anyone looking for the best outdoor TV antenna for rural areas.
Pingbingding Outdoor TV Antenna Pros
Easy to install and setup
The long-range capability of reception
Uses multi-directional coverage
Pingbingding Outdoor TV Antenna Cons
The rotation system is not as flexible as customers would like
Antennas Direct 8 Element Bowtie
Of all our options, this is by far the most uniquely designed with its bowtie design and multi-directional capabilities.
Antennas Direct 8 Element Bowtie Product Highlights
His small antenna is excellent for your outdoor needs and is fitted with a few of the best features needed to give it a strong ability in a small package.
Many of these features may seem like small assets, but they combine to offer high-level functionality.
Antennas Direct 8 Element Bowtie features
Bowtie antenna with2-element design
Range up to 45 miles
Wide range of channels received
Designed with a multi-directional element
Lightweight, compact design
Comes with amount
Antennas Direct 8 Element Bowtie The Good
This small but mighty entry on our list is excellent for a home that is rural but not so far away from the towers as it does have a limited range.
Even with that limited range, you still get by far one of the best compact antennas for your outdoor installment on the market today.
It offers a 2-element design that increases functionality and overall reception.
This bowtie unit is a great choice and will have you watching your favorite shows in no time.
Antennas Direct 8 Element Bowtie The Bad
The only issue with this antenna is the range.
Having only 45-miles as the range means that those that live rurally will not get much use out of this unit.
The lack of range will not affect everyone, and those that are about to take advantage of the benefits of this piece will find themselves with a high-quality receiving piece of equipment that looks kind of cool too.
Our first entry is from a company that will show up on our list quite a few times, weBoost.
This indoor 4G cell phone booster is a great way to enhance your reception and make sure you don’t lose any important calls.
weBoost Cell Phone Boost Highlights
When you want an all-round super compatible booster, this model from weBoost is a great option.
Designed with features and benefits that will help you live a connected life even in the most rural areas, the 4G indoor booster is crafted with attention to the minutest details.
Benefits and features that make weBoost a great choice
Ability to be used no matter what carrier you are with
Capability to boost signal up to 32x
Extended area of coverage (5000 sq. Ft.)
All parts for easy installation included in the box
Technology built-in to sense signals and their strength
Tech that maximizes performance up to 75 OHM impedance
Enhanced battery life of devices with minimized consumption of phone battery
weBoost Cell Phone Booster ~ The Good
The team that designed this cell phone booster wanted to make a piece of equipment that would be able to help the most people possible, and with the inclusion of smart technology and high compatibility with multiple devices and carriers this model certainly does that.
This model is easy to use and set up while being a high-performance booster.
Its ability to detect the signal strength and intelligently adjust its settings to get the optimal boost is a feature that simply makes this one of the best options out there today.
weBoost Cell Phone Booster ~ The Bad
Though it is mighty when it comes to boosting strength and all its specialized technology, there is still one flaw that we need to address.
The booster may have a little problem obtaining the required signal to do its magic when it is dealing with a weak signal of poor quality.
Even with this small flaw, which is not a universal issue, you can look at the specs, listen to the reviews and know that you are getting a high-quality piece of equipment that will help you stay connected.
Compatible with all US cell providers
Works with multiple devices
Able to detect signal quality around the building
The booster may struggle with weak signals
weBoost Home 4G Cell Phone Signal Booster
The second entry from weBoost has many of the same features and benefits as our last but is in a class all its own.
It is designed to help with multiple room enhancement of your cell phone service; the Home 4G is an excellent option for those families with multiple phones that simply want a little alone time.
weBoost Cell Phone Signal Booster Highlights
The tiny computers we all hold in our hands or keep in our pockets can be the answer to many of our questions, but only if they work.
That means finding a booster that is compatible with your service.
The Home 4G from weBoost amplifies 4G LTE and 3G signals allowing for a smoother browsing and less chance of issues with your service.
weBoost Cell Phone Signal Booster features and benefits
Service coverage enhancement (1500 sq. ft.)
Compatible with all US carriers
Works with multiple devices
Everything you need for set-up is included in the box
Improved connection of up to 32x the source signal
Built-in smart tech to sense signal conditions
Optimized signal gains up to 60 dB
weBoost Signal Booster ~ The Good
This weBoost model is fitted with some of the best technology.
They ensure that what you get is a piece of equipment itemized for the most range and best signal enhancement possible.
With the easy-to-setup and use of the system, you get an extended range that will allow boosted service in multiple rooms in your home.
This means that everyone can be in their own corners while having those private calls or as they browse the web trying to find a great gift for the ones they love.
weBoost Signal Booster ~ The Bad
Though this model has everything you want and then some, many feel that it is a bit more expensive compared to similar models from other brands.
This may make it a poor choice for those looking to work on a little tighter of a budget.
If the price is not a concern for you, then making this the booster you choose for your cell phone needs is a great choice.
It is a well-constructed optimized piece of equipment that will help you out if you are living that quiet rural life.
weBoost Home Signal Booster Pros
Enhanced high-grade signal boost
Easy to set up and use
Helps extend your cell phones battery life
Automatic reception improvement
Works with all carriers in the US
weBoost Home Signal Booster Cons
SureCall Fusion4Home Cell Phone Booster
Our next entry is a tremendous whole-home solution for anyone living a rural lifestyle.
The SureCall Fusion4Home is fitted with tons of great aspects that make this one of the best cell phone boosters available.
HiBoost 15K Smart Link Cell Phone Booster Highlights
When you want to boost your bars, this system from HiBoost is an excellent option.
Constructed with tons of features and benefits solely designed to create the optimal signal-boosting no matter where you live.
Features and benefits of the HiBoost 15K Smart Link Cell Phone Booster include
Multiple signals boosted (2G, 3G, & 4G LTE)
Works with all North American carriers
Downloadable app for easy install
Extended signal coverage (15,000 sq. ft.)
Fitted with an easy to read LCD
Built with a heat dissipation system
HiBoost 15K Smart Link Good
The installation using a downloadable app may be nothing new to some industries, but it is when it comes to signal boosters.
The fact that this system includes that capability as well as an easy to read LCD screen makes the HiBoost 15K Smart Link stand out above the rest.
Then when you think of the square footage of coverage, you soon realize that this is the perfect option for large homes or even offices and businesses that are rural but still want ultimate connectivity.
HiBoost 15K Smart Link Bad
Though it does cover a large area, it does have one minor flaw in its design.
This is that the more people that use this system at the same time, the slower the system will work.
If you are a small company or family, then this unit will be a fantastic option for you.
HiBoost 15K Smart Link Booster Pros
Installation is easy
Enhanced and optimized cell phone signal
Ability to be used by multiple devices
Works with all North American carriers
HiBoost 15K Smart Link Booster Cons
Speed may vary depending on how many are using it
Cel-Fi GO X Cell Phone Booster
Our last entry is from Cel-Fi and is an extensive coverage booster that is designed with the highest efficiency in mind.
Cel-Fi GO X Highlights
Built to be a single carrier booster with the capability to work with whatever carrier you use, this cell phone booster is created with the highest level of features and benefits that you can get.
Cel-Fi GO X features and benefits include:
Multiple carriers compatible with one carrier use
No wired internet connection required
The kit comes with everything you need for installation
Extended coverage up to 15,000 sq. Ft.
Cel-Fi GO X Pros
Another great choice for rural businesses or large floor plan homes the Cel-Fi GO X offers an elevated performance of multiple devices.
The enhanced signal allows for faster browsing and less cell phone interruptions when trying to get your work done.
Optimized enhancement of signal
Faster browsing speeds
Great customer service
Cel-Fi GO X Cons
Though the benefits of this unit are great, there are still some things that some recent buyers took issue with.
The first and biggest is the actual set-up.
Many feel that it is too complicated and may end in some serious manual adjustments needed to get the most out of the unit.
The last issue is that where it is compatible with multiple carriers, you will only be able to set it up for use with one.
Even with the complicated set-up, choosing this cell phone signal booster will leave you, and your cell phone needs more than covered.
Set up can be complicated
May need to adjust the setting for optimal use
Not able to use more than one carrier
Cell Phone Signal Booster Buyer’s Guide
Technology can be a great tool to help you with your daily lives and any hurdles you develop along the way.
But choosing how to do this and which piece will give you the best results can be quite tricky.
There are so many new concepts and features that, for most, seem confusing and foreign.
Even with the permeation of technology in our society, there can still be a little stage fright when you start reading all the complicated terminology and trying to dive in deep to make your decision.
That’s why we have carefully curated a list of some of the most essential features and factors that you, as the consumer, should keep in mind when considering which cell phone booster is right for you and your location needs.
Finding one that meets the requirements of your situation can be easily determined by paying close attention to the following:
Wireless vs. Cradle Cell Phone Signal Boosters
This feature comes into importance when you are looking at the ability to boost one or many cell phones.
The wireless models are, of course, wireless and use this signal to be able to provide a beefed-up signal to multiple devices all at the same time.
These models will tend to be more expensive, but if you are living in a house with more than one cell phone user, then that expense may be worth it in the long run.
The other option is a cradle model.
These, as the name infers, use a cradle as the boosting source and are only useful if you are intent on boosting only one cell phone.
They work well to amp the signal, but if you are a family or a small business in a rural area may not be the right choice for you.
Signal Booster Band Coverage
Cell phone bands need to be another consideration when looking at which cell phone booster will work for you.
This can be affected by your phone make as well (but we will talk about that in just a moment).
Typically, newer models go up to 4G, and some are even starting to do 5G.
Depending on your cell phone carrier you will have access to multiple bands all with different frequencies, and that means making sure that your booster works with the carrier’s band coverage is vitally important to get the most out of it.
Signal Booster Cell Phone Compatibility
Making sure that your cell phone model will be compatible with the booster is the first piece of this compatibility process.
Not all phones are created equal, and if you have a phone that isn’t supported by the above band coverage, then your cell phone booster won’t be able to interact and boost that cell signal.
The second part of the compatibility quandary is making sure that it works with your carrier.
Once again, every carrier has different frequencies and bands and choosing a cell phone booster that doesn’t coincide with their specs will render our choice useless and a waste of money.
Cell Phone Signal Strength
There are two main signal strengths when you are looking for your cell phone booster.
You can choose between high-gain and low-gain antennas.
Neither is worse than the other, rather better equipped for specific situations.
You will want to go with the high-gain option if you are in a rural area, not near any towers.
Try looking for one that has at the very minimum a 5dBi signal strength; this will increase your chance of uninterrupted service and make for a better all-around performing cell phone booster.
Now if you are rural, but not that rural, and live where there is a tower close, but there are a lot of buildings and obstructions like mountains, then trying a low-gain option would probably work best for you.
Home vs. Vehicle Cell Phone Signal Boosters
The last thing you need to consider is just where you will want to put this booster.
The most obvious is in your home.
If you are just doing it for downtime cell phone time or even if you work out of your home, this may be the perfect fit for you.
However, if you are on the move all the time in that rural community, for instance, you run a small farm and are continually needing to check the fields you may want to consider a cell phone booster for your vehicle.
If you are really in need of better service, then maybe one of each is a good idea.
Cell Phone Booster FAQs
The terminology you are unfamiliar with.
Concepts that you learned about in school but have never used since.
These are all things that you may run into when you are looking to purchase any new piece of technology.
That is why, as you begin your research, you may find yourself full of questions that you just know need to be answered before you make that final decision.
So, we have gathered together some of the most commonly asked questions and answered them below so that we can make this process as quick and painless as possible.
Without further ado, here are some FAQs that we think will help you out:
What is a Cell Phone Booster?
This piece of phone equipment is designed to take the already existing cell phone signal and amplify it.
It does this by using its three main elements: an outside antenna, an amplifier, and an inside antenna.
These three pieces combine to increase the gain and power of reception.
Do Cell Phone Boosters Work?
The answer is yes if you have a few things present.
The first is you must have some sort of signal already there for the unit to amplify.
The second is to make sure that you have purchased a cell phone booster that is compatible not only with your device but your carrier as well.
Then make sure to use the rest of our buyer’s guide to making sure you get the right one for your needs.
Are Cell Phone Boosters Worth it?
If you are anything like the rest of us, then yes there is a lot of great reasons to purchase a cell phone booster when you are living in a rural area.
The biggest and probably the most obvious is the uninterrupted service.
That means no more dropped calls or hard to understand calls that keep cutting in and out.
Plus, you will be able to live on that charge longer.
The enhancement of your signal will help your phone not have to eat so much battery up while roaming for service.
Plus, a cell phone booster is not only good for calls; it can help you be able to browse faster as well.
Then there is the important stuff like a boosted signal that will allow you to have access to emergency services if needed.
So, these simple to install and use tools are worth it if you want to stay connected as much as possible.
Are Cell Phone Signal Boosters Safe?
You may wonder if these little lifesavers are safe?
Do they emit some sort of radiation we should worry about?
Many people ask these questions, and the answer is there is a small amount, but no more than your cell phone emits on its own.
In fact, by using a cell phone booster, you may be decreasing that radiation as well.
You see a weak signal will cause your cell phone to use more power looking for that signal, and that means more radiation is present.
As a note the radiation emitted by your cell phone is less than 1 watt, and so it is not something that you should worry about.
So yes, a cell phone signal booster is perfectly safe.
How Does a Signal Booster Work?
Understanding how a signal booster works could help you determine where to house it and which one you should buy.
How a cell phone signal boosters works:
The outside antenna searches the airwaves for the band coverage from the carrier’s tower and brings it to the amplifier.
The amplifier then takes that signal and boosts it. This takes the signal from the tower and enhances your reception to your cell phone.
Through this boosted connection, your device can more smoothly interact with the signals being delivered via that cell phone tower that is so far away.
Why Do Signal Strength Weaken?
Three big culprits may be causing you to lose, or experience interrupted service.
The first is that you may be too far from a tower.
Though as the reliance on cell phones become more and more important, this becomes less likely as most carriers have built several and are continually building cell phone towers.
Still, some rural areas just aren’t serviced by every carrier (or any) yet.
The next reason for the weakened signal is the materials used to construct some buildings.
Depending on what materials are used, you may find certain buildings are better for your service than others.
Buildings made of thick concrete or heavy metals sometimes interfere with service.
The last of the three significant contributors to cell phone signal degradation is good old mother nature.
Certain natural structures can interfere with signals.
Most commonly mountains.
These have the same issue as the man-made structure, as radio signals cannot always penetrate them or follow those curving paths, we have crafted through them.
Best Cell Phone Booster for Rural Areas
In the end, having access to a strong signal is a crucial part of everyday life nowadays.
That is why even when you are living the quiet life out in those rural areas that you may want to invest in a cell phone booster.
Maintaining a good cell phone reception in rural areas is important so you can keep track of you kids, locate your kids and monitor your children’s online activities via an app like mSpy.
Hopefully, with the six different for best cell phone booster for rural areas options and information that we have taken the liberty of pulling together for you in this guide, you now feel better armed and ready to make a choice that will bring better reception and no more dropped calls into you, your family or your business’ life.
Most importantly, you can consider buying a rural property for your long-term goals.
This is caused by the continuous growth in urban and suburban populations every year.
You may invest in a very cheap rural property then sell it in a much higher value in the future.
If you are thinking of a property in Austin, Texas, you can take advantage of offers from Paradisa Homes and other real estate development teams to help you plan and construct the rural property of your dreams.
Disadvantages Of Investing In Rural Properties
Since the population is scarce in rural areas, you might not enjoy the same quality of public services that one might get in the metropolitan cities.
This means that there will be fewer hospitals, shopping centers, or federal offices near your location.
Also, investing in rural properties can be a risky move due to the small property market in the area.
The economic opportunities could also be very limited because of the fewer demand in these parts of the country.
In fact, you might have to think twice if you are planning to loan a huge amount to buy a property in the rural area.
This is because it is not advisable to have the property rented and depend on its revenue to pay for the loan.
In addition, rural areas have limited tourist attractions compared to bigger urban cities.
This could be a disadvantage for those who are planning to invest in a property in these areas.
These advantages and disadvantages will allow you to have an idea about what it is like to own a rural property.
It will also let you decide if you want to push through with the plan to own a property in the rural areas or not.
One of the benefits to rural living is seeing wildlife. When we set up our homestead in Tucson, Arizona, we didn’t expect to see desert wildlife on our property daily.
Mammals, reptiles, birds and amphibians are right outside our window. Once there was a lizard in our kitchen sink.
We’ve seen a mountain lion snatch a rabbit. Another time, we watched a Gila monster amble by.
In addition, we’ve seen a variety of snakes, javelinas, bobcats, coyotes, roadrunners, packrats, kangaroo rats, ground squirrels, raccoons, a variety of toads and lizards, quail families, hawks, roadrunners, rabbits, bats, and owls.
While Tucson is a thriving city, we live in an area of town very close to the base Mt. Lemmon. It’s northeast of downtown Tucson in an area called Tanque Verde.
There is abundant wildlife in this area of native desert habitat. We see fauna on our property, traveling through dry washes in search of prey, and when we are out driving or walking along the dirt roads and paved streets.
We will continue to update this is pictures and videos of wildlife.
Desert wildlife Tucson
Many types of wildlife thrive in the desert. Here is some of what we’ve seen.
Snakes in Tucson
We’ve had our fair share of snakes on our property, including several western diamondback rattlesnakes. There was even a rattlesnake in our pool which we relocated to outside our pool wall with a snake grabber.
No matter what, we keep a safe distance from all snakes. About half the time they’ve been western diamondback rattlesnakes. The other times they were the very similar-looking, non-venomous snakes.
A few times we’ve seen (non-venomous) Sonoran Mountain Kingsnakes on the road. They resemble the Sonoran Coralsnake which is venomous. There are many varieties of snakes in the Sonoran Desert.
Desert dwellers love having non-venomous snakes on their property. (More reptiles below.)
Mammals in the Sonoran Desert
Before moving to Tucson, we didn’t expect to see so many desert mammals. We see coyotes and bobcats regularly.
We see bobcats often, but there is one we see regularly taking the same path.
The bobcat comes out and walks under along the front of our shaded house to where we can no longer see it to hunt. We see it on his/her way back with something in its mouth.
We’re not sure if they are packrats, ground squirrels, kangaroo rats or other small mammals.
One time, we scrambled to video the baby bobcats when we saw a bobcat with her babies. They were so cute!
We see coyotes galore outside our front window and in our neighborhood.
Coyotes cross Catalina Highway, Tanque Verde Loop Road, and Soldier Trail at dusk.
We see them in the washes and often trotting down the street.
Once, when I was walking behind a residential neighborhood approximately two miles from my home, eight coyotes crossed the road.
They were half a block ahead of me — they just kept coming, one after the other! They didn’t pay me any attention, however, I turned and walked back from where I came from!
White tailed deer and mule deer
While we’ve seen deer within a mile radius of our home, this past spring and into early summer is the first time we saw them on our property. We saw them five different times.
Sometimes they were just passing through and other times, they stayed awhile to eat from the tops of the barrel cactus and from some bushes.
Twice we’ve seen mountain lions. Each time, there was just one of them.
While it was in different years, the mountain lion was in our property in June, before the monsoons.
Both times, at first we thought it was a very large bobcat. However, mountain lions stand taller and are larger. When we learned there were mountain lion sightings in the Tanque Verde area, we realized that’s what it was. There were several posts about mountain lions on the neighborhood NextDoor site.
We see javelinas often around dusk. Homeowners know to keep their garbage cans secure so the javelinas don’t tip them over.
Like with all wildlife, residents here know not to approach javelinas.
Other desert mammals we’ve seen around are black-tailed jackrabbits, a badger, Harris’ antelope squirrels (we thought they were chipmunks), pack rats, kangaroo rats, ground squirrels, a coati, bats, and raccoons.
We saw raccoons with a toad. My husband shined a light on them to see them better. A few minutes later, the raccoons came back, stood on their hind legs, and peered into our window. They wanted to see what the light was! It was incredible to see how smart they were.
So far we haven’t smelled or seen any skunks near our property though I did see one while camping at Molino Basin on Mt. Lemmon.
Arachnids in Tucson – Spiders in the Sonoran desert
Most of the spiders we’ve seen have been “good spiders.” These include wolf spiders and tarantulas. We leave these spiders alone — transport them outside — because they help with pest control.
We’ve had wolf spiders in our home — including our stove-top!
There are tarantulas as well. You will especially see them active at night.
So far we haven’t seen brown recluse spiders or black widows.
We learned the more residential the area, the greater chance scorpions will be inside your home.
The more rural your property, the less likely you will find them inside. This has been the case with us and our Tucson scorpion experience.
Our first home in Tucson was in a gated community — not very rural — and we had scorpions in our pool, out on our patio, and inside our home frequently. Now that we live in a rural setting, we’ve only had them a few times inside our home.
We’ve seen bark scorpions and whip-tailed scorpions since living here.
Reptiles in Tucson
We’ve already written about desert-dwelling snakes. In addition, we see various types of lizards daily.
We see them so regularly we don’t think to take a picture. Soon we will add some pics.
We’ve seen Gila monsters along the side of the road several times, in different locations in our local area.
In addition, we’ve had three sightings on our property in different places in two years.
Turtles and tortoises
When we visit Agua Caliente Park, we are sure to see turtles in the ponds.
In addition, many people are custodians of Sonoran Desert Tortoises outside their homes. The Sonoran-Desert Museum has a Tortoise Adoption Program and offers a lot of information.
Birds in the Sonoran Desert
Roadrunners, quail, hummingbirds, and hawks are a few of the birds we often see. We see cardinals, wrens, doves, and woodpeckers. There are other desert-loving birds as well.
We see woodpeckers on the high reaches of saguaro cactus. Hawks soar through the sky. At dusk, there are different bird species that swoop down by our pool.
Depending on the time of year, we see quail families — the adults quail shepherding their little baby quail. It’s common to see them crossing the road.
We see great horned owls also. Twice we’ve had mallard ducks in our pool.
Nearby Agua Caliente Park has many bird-watching opportunities. They have a board outside which lists all the bird species common to the Tucson area. It lists which birds are present year round, which are present in the winter and summer, and which are migratory. It also lists if the birds are common, uncommon, or rare.
Visitors and staff can mark off the birds they see in the park that month.
There are many bird species in Tucson.
Amphibians in the desert
Frogs and toads
We see tadpoles in the washes in the spring. In the summer, we see frogs and toads galore — some big, some small.
Some are outside our patio doors at night and some we find swimming in our pool during the day.
Common Sonoran desert toads include the Colorado river toad. We see them often. They are harmful to dogs. We don’t touch any toads (or any other living thing).
Insects in the desert
There are many types of insects in Tucson. What we see depends on the temperature, season and weather.
A lot also depends on how much rain we did or didn’t get. We’ve seen so many different insects living here.
After a rain, our pool will be filled with flying ants. When we turn on an outside light, we attract many different species, including many beetles.
There is always something interesting coming or going!
Desert wildlife in Tucson
There are many places to visit in Tucson to see wildlife.
If you enjoy seeing them in their desert habitats, you may get to see them when you visit Saguaro National Park, Sabino Canyon, or driving out to Redington Pass.
In addition, the Arizona-Sonoran Desert Museum is 21 acres of desert in which you can see animals in a desert setting. You can also see the pollinator gardens, walk through the aviary, and see other animals such as the Mexican gray wolf, Black bear, Bighorn sheep, javelinas, and more.
Taking a drive up Mount Lemmon will take you to additional eco-systems, depending how far up you go. Starting off, there are opportunities to see wildlife in a desert setting. The higher up you go — it reaches 9,157 feet — you will see different wildlife.
There is also the Reid Park Zoo.
Tucson desert wildlife
Our property feels very rural. Over time, we’ve set up solar, a water harvesting system, gardens, a woodworking area, hydroponics, and more.
Our two-acre homestead affords us privacy. However, everything we are doing to have a more rural experience we could do with much less land. We love seeing the wildlife and try to keep as much of the property native desert so we can encourage wildlife habitats.
It’s important to note, we don’t feed any wildlife. We don’t have bird feeders. Also, our garbage cans are in a secured area so javelinas can’t get to them.
In addition, we don’t have pets. So there isn’t a barking dog to scare away wildlife. Animals come and go — able to pass by undisturbed.
We had no idea there were so many species of mammals, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and insects native to Tucson. On any given day, we can see 10+ different types of animals and other wildlife. It’s really an incredible experience.
Desert fauna abounds here near the base of Mt. Lemmon. It’s truly the Sonoran desert wildlife experience.
What No One Tells You About Selling a Home – If you are about to sell your first home, you’re likely to be in for a surprise with the many unexpected preparations that need to be made.
Something no one seems to tell you it if you don’t do it right, is that it could linger on the market for quite a while.
What No One Tells You About Selling a Home
For example, houses for sale in Ottawa spend an average of 43 days, but in other places, it could be much longer – the ones that seem to sell the fastest usually do so because they’ve followed these important tips.
Curb appeal is no longer a potential buyer’s first impression, the Internet is.
How your home looks online can make a significant difference in how fast it sells.
In fact, analysis has shown that a home with professional real estate photography sells 32% faster.
If it doesn’t appeal online, those buyers will quickly move on.
Professional photos can show your home in the very best light to get those buyers through your door.
You Will Need Storage Space
Once those buyers start coming to take a look at your home, you don’t want to have any clutter or junk hanging around.
In fact, the fewer personal things in it the better which means you may need to pack quite a bit and find a place to store those items.
Closets will need to be mostly empty and bulky furniture, which may make your home feel smaller than it is, will need to be stored.
You’ll want to take down family photos and other personal mementos down and store those too.
And you shouldn’t just stick it all in the garage so you may need to rent a storage unit.
Show Ready at All Times
One of the hardest things about having your home up for sale is that your realtor will call you on a moment’s notice to tell you that a potential buyer would like to view your home.
That can mean that you have just an hour to clean up and leave the premises for the viewing so it will need to be in show-ready condition at all times, and ideally, you’ll need to be ready to leave so the buyer can feel comfortable thoroughly checking it out.
The bottom line is, plan on being flexible with your daily schedule and be extra diligent about keeping it clean.
Be Prepared to Negotiate Everything
Negotiations are usually part of the process – you’ll have to be ready to negotiate everything down to which appliances the buyer keeps to the closing costs.
Just because you’ve listed your home for a specific price, doesn’t mean that potential buyers won’t want to try to get it reduced.
They may want the refrigerator and other kitchen appliances, washer and dryer, and perhaps negotiate things like the inspection and other closing costs.
They might even ask you to throw a piece of furniture into the deal.
Anything and everything has a price but if you’re aware beforehand it will allow you to roll with the punches, be less stressed and more open for what might lie ahead.
The first features small parcels of land say 1-3 acres.
Most property lenders prefer loaning cash for residential homes.
If the size of a property features a large land, a farm, livestock, a barn, etc., one is advised to seek the loan to finance the purchase from a local bank that finances farms or an agricultural lender.
Alternatively, the extra areas which are not inclusive of the garage, home, and 5-10 acres are not made part of the mortgage loan to value calculations.
Laos has one of the smallest population mass in Asia and villages tend to be dispersed, secluded and isolated from fundamental services.
In Laos, each village tend to be a home to a distinct ethnic group. In towns, ethnic groups may exist side-by-side, but in the rural areas, they create new villages consisting of members of their own group, instead of joining a village inhabited by another ethnic group.
Ten to several hundreds of Lao families live in villages. Usually, the village houses crowd around each other, but in some cases they spread out in a rectangular or linear pattern along a principal road, river, stream or long thin piece of public land, with rice fields encircling the village. Only a minority of Lao villages have families from other ethnic groups.
Village Life In Laos
The economy of most Lao villages is sustained by paddy rice cultivation, and several village activities and daily life is connected to rice production. Gelatinous, or sticky rice is the staple food in Laos, and due to its high starch content, sticky rice must be cooked with steam rather than boiled. Villagers dip the rice in soup or a vegetable or a meat dish, and eat it with their fingers.
Nearly all Lao Loum villages are independent and can cater for themselves through rice production. However, the production rate of different households within a village varies. Household work focuses on paddy production right from when the rains begin in May, till December when all the rice has been harvested and brought gathered for storage. Majority of the work is done during transplanting and harvesting, and interdependent work groups are often set up among different families, to help get the work done within a short period of time.
Additionally, so many households in Laos have a small vegetable garden and a few fruit trees situated either in the house compound or close to a stream. They also grow cotton, tobacco, and sugarcane, but in very small quantities for personal use. Villagers also rear domestic animals like chickens, ducks, and pigs, as well as one buffalo or two for breaking the fields during cultivation and maybe two cows for pulling a cart.
Furthermore, hunting and fishing help in sustaining the household economy. However, the increased population and degraded wild areas has made accessing these resources difficult. Hunters use homemade rifles to chase small deer, wild pigs, and small game like squirrels and birds, while fishes are caught with nets and traps.
Traditional Lao houses are built with wood or bamboo and are erected on stilts above the ground. Villagers live on the first floor of houses erected on timber stilts. Most households keep animals, craft equipment, and food processing equipment like big wooden mortars and pestles beneath the house. As you advance into the highlands, the standard of housing changes. The villages in lowland Lao have better houses than those living in the highland.
Everyday Rural Life In Laos
In Laos, almost everyday, you’ll see women pounding rice with big mortar and pestles, men breaking logs into planks with their axe, women and children washing their clothes and bathing themselves in the river, and villagers formulating deep blue indigo dyes used in making traditional textiles.
In some places, children run away in fear when they see foreigners, while in other places, loud speakers awaken villagers and announce the activities for the day. A bulk of their diet includes forest products they gather, the crops they grow, and fish and wildlife they catch. The girls in the villages gather grubs for food and carry heaps of firewood. Hunters shoot birds with rifles and slingshots and capture wild animals with traps.
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Clever Ways to Extend the Space of Your Rural Home
From glass extensions to a dedicated cabin for guests or your home business, there are many ways to create contrasting yet complementary spaces that fit into the natural surrounds.
Let in the Light
Glass has been touted a ‘modern’ material since the 1970s, yet if this material has one appealing quality, it is its ability to complement any style – from art deco to traditional brick, and of course, simple minimalistic constructions.
If you have enough space on either side of your home, adding a sunroom with glazed glass and an insulated roof and wall will enable you to enjoy floods of natural light while staying warm.
For inspiration on how glass can be used to increase space, check out work by Koichi Takada Architects, who recently topped traditional brick archways in Sydney with a stunning round glass tower.
Extending Outdoor Space
Building an al fresco terrace with the help of a remote control pergola or constructing a permanent flat roof to cover your terraced space will enable you to create various additional spaces in your home.
One terrace can house three or more spaces, including a resting area, dining room, and TV area.
Ideally, this space should have glass sliding doors or moveable crystal walls, to keep you safe from the elements in cold or hot weather.
Terraces can be pushed further forward through the use of decking.
Cedar, pine, and wood are some of the most popular choices for wooden decks.
Investing in an Independent Log Cabin
Ample plots of lands can definitely benefit from a log cabin construction.
Depending on how you wish to use the space, your cabin can contain specific pictures that will enhance your working or living experience.
High ceilings add major style to living areas, increasing volume considerably and relaxing the mind by opening up available space.
If you have an attic, you can probably raise the ceiling in the space beneath it.
If you have a stick roof, you may have to remove the existing roof and build a completely new one.
You should also inquire about any building regulations, since a permit may be necessary before you create more vertical space.
Most people who own rural homes have one luxury that urban dwellers crave: space.
By either extending your home or building an entirely new space on your land, you can create your own home office or guests house without breaking the bank.
To whiz your home into the future, vertical height is definitely the way to go, since it will significantly increase volume and create the airy, elegant look that is gracing luxury homes featured in home style magazines across the globe.