Finding the Best Property for Preppers

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For preppers, a home’s location is of utmost importance. Your home is your headquarters, your castle and sanctuary. It’s the one place you hope to feel in control when chaos breaks out.

Serious preppers are beginning to invest in purpose-built retreats that are off the grid and away from the fray. But make no mistakes about it. These retreats aren’t about relaxation and taking in a scenic view. The sole intent is to have a place that is made to stand on its own if humanity were to falter. In this article we will highlight 7 factors to consider if you are looking for the best property for preppers.

Determining Access to your property

Professional movers like North American have helped thousands of people move to urban areas and remote locations. One important piece of advice they give to preppers looking for a remote retreat is to always consider access. How will you and others access your retreat location?

Thinking about how you will control access to your retreat property is an important consideration.
Thinking about how you will control access to your retreat property is an important consideration.

For most people, it’s fairly easy to get vehicles and moving trucks to a new home. Preppers that live in non-traditional areas like a hillside may need to work out additional logistics to get a home setup or built. This can actually be a benefit since it will also be difficult for others to get on the property. However, be prepared to construct your own roads if you’re looking for raw land to build on. This could have major consequences on price.

If a property is heavily wooded there could be hidden access points. It’s important to walk the entire perimeter of the property looking for entry points and notating where fencing or barbwire will be needed to block access.

Must have sustainable Water Supply

A sustainable and abundant source of water is a must.
A sustainable and abundant source of water is a must.

Having a ready supply of clean water is the biggest priority during natural disasters, riots, war and every other emergency situation. Preppers understand that they need to have a long-term solution that goes beyond storing gallons of bottled water.

It may be difficult to find a piece of property along a stream, river or lake that isn’t already in a developed area. Flooding is also a concern in these locations. The better option is to have a well. Currently, about 15% of Americans have private water sources. However, you will want to check the local health department for information on water regulations and testing guidelines in the immediate area.

What are the Security Issues of your property?

Securing your property is necessary for protecting your people and supplies. Many preppers look for property that’s already fenced off with access controlled by a security gate. If the property has no perimeter barrier that will need to be factored in before deciding on an asking price. It’s also important to bear in mind that vegetation is no substitute for fencing. It can slow people and animals down, but it won’t keep them out.

Do you have adequate Storage for your supplies

Tiny Homes are catching on, but they don't have anywhere near the amount of storage you would need for your prepper property.
Tiny Homes are catching on, but they don’t have anywhere near the amount of storage you would need for your prepper property.

From food containers to firearms, preppers know the importance of stocking up on supplies. The problem is you need a place to store everything so your supplies aren’t compromised. Many prepper real estate consultants suggest that people consider properties with at least five acres in order to have enough space of living, farming and storage.

How you store food could have serious implications on survival, strength, health and morale. Properties that already have a storage shed or barn that can be secured will put you ahead of the curve. Dark, underground cellars offer good storage for canned goods, but you may need a climate-controlled space with low moisture levels for wheat, grains, legumes and fresh produce storage.

What is your Off the Grid Power Supply?

Mounting Solar panels on roofs or moveable panels allow for easy access for maintenance.
Mounting Solar panels on roofs or moveable frames allow for easy access for maintenance.

During a worst case scenario, the power grid will likely go down. People that have prepared in advance by putting together an independent power supply will have all of the modern day conveniences, including security systems and device chargers.

Homes that have already been outfitted with solar panels, wind turbines, thermal heating and gas-powered generators are essentially move-in ready. If power supplies aren’t in place you’ll have to assess the area to gauge its wind and solar power potential. Ideally, you’ll want a variety of power sources and ample power storage for times when the wind and sun aren’t in abundance.

Soil Conditions for crops

The soil quality will be a major factor in your ability to raise your own food.
The soil quality will be a major factor in your ability to raise your own food.

Like water, food is a necessity for sustaining life. You can go much longer without food (at least three weeks), but the fact remains that your rations won’t last forever. Eventually, your stock of food supplies will be depleted, and you’ll have to rely solely off the land.

Many people overlook the health of the soil on a property even though finding a spot that can support crop growth and has good drainage is critical. If the property already has fruit trees or a garden that’s a very good sign. Remember, your store bought food supply will only last so long. You have to stock up on seeds and consider how your land can produce sustenance.

Bonus – Underground Bunker

The ultimate property feature for preppers is an underground bunker. In the event there is a nuclear bombing or biological warfare a bunker is a last resort for surviving the fallout. Bunkers can be standalone structures or connected into the power grid. When connecting electrical and plumbing sources it’s important to ensure all the spaces around conduits and PVC pipes are thoroughly sealed with silicon caulking.

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Huples
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Huples

Proximity to urban centres, military installations, and train, power hubs is the first consideration. Use them to figure OT safe zones and then follow this advice 🙂

Bolofia
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Bolofia

Just an observation: The two house photos you selected for the article appear to be indefensible. Too many windows and entry points. Factor #8 should address the design of the structure itself, with some serious concentration on how to prevent a breech.

BobW
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BobW

I know i’m late to the game (seems the norm anymore), but honestly, if your perimeter is the outside wall of the house, you are screwed anyway. Better to have a fall-back or evac plan than a ‘die-in-place’ strategy. Once you are holed up, its only a matter of time.

Thomas Paine in the butt
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Thomas Paine in the butt

As much as we’d all like to build a remote retreat it’s beyond most of our means. There are also family and career considerations. For practical reasons the best most of us can do is the rural end of suburbia. In my recent relocation all the places I thought were perfect do did a lot of other people. If you’re trying to find a property from a distance have several backups and if the market is hot be prepared to move fast. In my case most properties where gone before my realtor could look and send me a video. The… Read more »

christopher
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christopher

Boy, you aren’t kidding about the windows being maxed out! From architect standpoint, it lets in a lot of light due to most mountain cabins are typically dark inside, but poor for security. I agree with others, remove at least half of the windows, especially on the first floor levels. I would clear back the trees in the first pic a few hundred yards if possible since that is the direction I would come from for attack since sun would be at your back (solar panels in N hemisphere typically face south direction.) These sites are better than living in… Read more »

Axel Mattson
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Axel Mattson

While an underground bunker may never be used, a root cellar is a definite plus. Not only is a good place to keep garden produce over the winter, it’s also a cool environment for food storage and in a worst-case scenario, serves as a fallout shelter as well. Speaking from experience, gardening is not just a matter of tossing some seeds in the ground. There is so much to learn and the learning curve is steep so if you have zero gardening experience, you’re probably better off eating the seeds rather than wasting them by planting them. Bottom line is,… Read more »

IMHO
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IMHO

“It’s also important to bear in mind that vegetation is no substitute for fencing. It can slow people and animals down, but it won’t keep them out.”
This is not the first time I have heard someone talk about fencing in this way. AND IT IS IGNORANT! No fence will keep people out and a barbed wire fence is absolutely no good at keeping people out.
Unless you have livestock you will be better served if you use your prepper dollars for other things besides fencing.

Roy Parker
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Roy Parker

It seems to me that some are overly focused on creating a combat outpost rather than a remote location to try to live post shtf. I’m a big fan of having enough weapons and ammo and defensive planning at your place, but no fixed position can be defended long term against a trained and equipped force that is determined to take or neutralize it. I try to balance livability with the ability to defend if needed. If your living quarters are your fighting position, your day to day life will be miserable and in the end, it will fall. Better… Read more »