Life, liberty and property are three of the most essential facets of life. The U.S. Constitution says every person is entitled to them, so take full advantage.
Property is the only tangible concept among the three and can be a lucrative investment. You’ll need to spend capital to acquire land, but the benefits outweigh the disadvantages.
With that in mind, here are five reasons why land is such a good investment for survivalists.
Do you have a go-to place to stay for a week if needed? What if you need to evacuate for a month? Heading to safety is standard procedure during hurricanes and other natural disasters. Still, you can significantly help yourself and your family by having a shelter ready to go in another location. Your bugout spot may be overseas or an hour from your residence. Regardless, owning property increases your chance of survival.
Due diligence is essential before purchasing a property for your bugout spot. First, consider your budget and your bills. Do you have enough money to buy this land without putting yourself in deep debt? Does it already have shelter, or will you need to construct one?
Preparing your finances should be your priority before deciding. You can use the land to supplement your income and ensure financial stability.
Owning land means you have more freedom to do what you want as long as you follow the law. You can landscape, build a barn, install a swimming pool and personalize the property.
Another customization you should consider when buying land is security. Survivalists prioritize safety more than the average person, so construct a comprehensive system for every square foot of your property.
Modern technology makes security easier than ever. Here are three recommendations for your newly acquired land:
Fencing: Fencing is the most critical security feature for a large piece of land. Barbed wire provides excellent protection but can be dangerous for children or pets. Consider getting sensors to detect activity anywhere around the property.
Smart security systems: Smart technology connects your phone to your security system, letting you watch camera feeds even if you’re away. Set up cameras around the property to protect your land.
Watchtower: You can construct a watchtower if your land is on a high elevation. This observation point gives you an expansive view of the surrounding terrain and lets you quickly identify threats. It’s also handy for spotting wildlife.
Your acquired land could be miles from the nearest grocery store or gas station. While you may prefer the remote setting, you must have ways to supply your family with food. Luckily, your land could be an excellent place for hunting grounds.
Hunting for food is a time-honored tradition for human beings. Research shows people have hunted animals for 2 million years for survival. Your land could be a terrific venue if you choose it correctly. Research what wildlife is native to your land and their hunting seasons. Ensure you have a license and follow local regulations.
4. Profiting From the Land
Owning land is great because you have safety and security. However, it’s hard not to think about the financial gains you can reap.
For example, your property could contain valuable minerals you can sell. American landowners exclusively own all the minerals beneath the surface, whereas other countries give the extracted materials to the state. You can develop, sell, keep or do nearly anything with what you find.
Wielding your land’s natural resources is excellent for long-term financial success. For example, you can use the ground to grow fruits and vegetables depending on your climate and soil quality.
Animals require care and maintenance but can be terrific for investing and self-sufficiency. Chickens are valuable for their meat and fresh eggs. Cows are best for milk and beef you can sell at local markets.
You also should consider the value of the land itself because it naturally appreciates. The world’s population keeps growing and there’s only a finite amount of habitable land, meaning your property can become a lucrative investment.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) says cropland increased by $630 per acre from 2021 to 2022 — a 14.3% rise. You can consider selling your land for a profit if you are ever in financial trouble.
Most land appreciates yearly, but you should still take measures to ensure its value increases. Maintaining the property is an excellent start, so remove the weeds, debris and other unseemly items. Add infrastructure like buildings, utilities and other valuables to make it more enticing to potential buyers.
5. Saving Property for Your Children
Survivalists will do anything to protect their families, including buying land. Your time on Earth is finite, so leaving your property and assets behind for your children is a way to help them financially as they increase their independence. Thinking about your mortality may be scary, but consider how you can benefit your kids. You can gift your home in a will, trust or other ways.
Benefiting From Buying Land
Think about everything you own in life. Of all your assets, land is one of the most beneficial for survivalists and their families. Your property sets up your safety by providing a place to bug out and allowing you to fortify it against the elements and bad actors.
Plus, it can become a lucrative investment with minerals and appreciating values. Land is an investment in yourself, your family, your safety and your future.
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