Brandon Scott is a Sherwood Park & Edmonton based mortgage consultant and the author of a weekly column entitled Real Estate Solutions in the Sherwood Park News. This article was originally published on March 15, 2013

So you’ve decided you want to live on an acreage. If your use to living in the city there are a few things you’ll want to find out about the home you purchase in the country. These types of properties can usually range from one to five acreages (sometime more) and depending on how far they are located from the city you’ll want to inquire about the properties water and septic systems.

City supplied water will provide you with the most convenience but may not be available in all areas. As a result there are two alternatives one which is well water and the other is a cistern. A well would be drilled or bored and provide the home with the water trapped below the ground (known as ground water). Because the water can be polluted it is a good idea to have the water checked regularly to ensure that the water is safe for drinking. The cistern is a large storage tank or container that is located above or below the ground. You can arrange to fill the tank with water on your own or have the municipality deliver the water.

As there are different types of water system’s that could be used on rural properties there are also a wide variety of septic system’s too. This system will treat the household waste but may require on-going maintenance to ensure proper operation. Make sure you know what type of septic system the acreage uses and be sure to have it inspected so you know how to keep it performing adequately.

Also there are other items to consider as you may need a bigger lawn mower, a suitable snow plow, and a plan for trash removal which can be done privately or arranged through the county for a fee. Don’t let these additional items overwhelm you while searching for that dream acreage. Just make sure you have all the facts before jumping in whole-heartedly.

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