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Going Off The Grid? – Know the Facts

Looking for personal freedom, freedom from utility companies, or just an easier way of life? Then, going off the grid might be just what the doctor ordered. We have all heard the term “Off Grid”, and many have different definitions of the word. To me it just means supplying your own utilities. However, before you jump in to the trend know the facts.

Going Off The Grid Prep Work

If freedom is your main goal then starting with a clean slate is required; meaning be “DEBT FREE”. Before you purchase land, solar and your home structure; pay off all your existing debts. Going off the grid isn’t cheap. Having money set aside for your off grid plans is great, but it’s better not to carry over debt from your old life into your new lifestyle.

“I’m debt free now! However, I still have prep work left to do: Selling my existing home is a major step I have not completed yet.”

The money from the sale of my existing home will be used to: purchase land, install a septic system, get a well, build the new tiny house (not on wheels), and set-up solar. Therefore, I’m not creating any new debts because the proceeds from the house should cover the expenses listed above.

(note) My tiny house will be on a foundation. With all the new regulations being introduced prohibiting RV and Tiny House living; I think my plan gives me the best of both worlds. I have the Aliner for long extended vacationing and the tiny house on land as my home base.

If you noticed this article was published back in 2015. Although there are new HUD regulations being proposed; the hand writing was already on the wall. When I first began my research it was very clear that government agencies didn’t want people living in RV’s or Tiny Houses. If you’ve watched any of my Youtube videos, I explain how I arrived at the plan that I now have and why.

Off Grid Zoning in Delaware (Published back in 2014)

If you would like to my off grid journey from the beginning, use the link provided below:
Videos of my “Going off The Grid Story” from the beginning: Click Here

The next step for preparing to live off the grid is pricing out your home structure. Price out everything you can; this step will help ensure you don’t have any big surprises. That’s right, you need a budget. You can check out my budget, and use it to model your own CLICK HERE

Don’t forget to do your research. Many states have made living off the grid illegal. However, there are still places where it is perfectly okay. Don’t try to work against the system. Go to your local planning and zoning office and get the regulations — and follow them. Go through the entire permit process. Freedom is a state of mind, and that could be taken if you are always worried about the knock at the door from the law.

“I found out that in my state I’m allow to temporarily live in my RV on the land while the building process is underway. The regulations require that I have a porta-potty and a dumpster.” The temporary RV living can be up to six months.

Consider your work situation. I don’t know why people forget about this, or leave it as the last thing on the list; but you still need a way to generate income. Unless you work from home, or your job can be relocated to your new location; this is a major issue that should be addressed.

Most of my work is done remotely on the internet, so having an internet connection is essential. Currently, I have a hotspot, but I will have to install a satellite system once the house is completed.

So all the prep work is done, and now it’s time to start building. There are many structures to choose from: Shipping Containers, Pre Fab, Modular and so on. Research all the options and choose the one that fits your situation the best with respects to the rules in your area. Get multiple quotes from builders that can assist you. Even if you are planning to go DIY, you still may need help.

Stay tuned, as I find more “Off the Grid” information I will share it with you; right here :)