Five Resolutions to Start Making Your Cabin a Reality
I know that everyone can’t just sell their house, cash in and have a small cabin built for them by summer. Some need to take a slower path. But, if you want to make your cabin dream a reality, make these five resolutions for 2014.
#1.) Draw a picture of your cabin: It sounds silly, I know. It doesn’t have to be good, but drawing a picture and floor plan is the first step to turning an intangible idea into something tangible that you can hold in your hand. Make photo copies of it. Hang them up at home and at work as constant reminders of what you’re working for.
#2.) Figure how much you can spend each month and start saving it: For some setting an overall budget of how much you want to spend on the entire project is the preferred method. For others, figuring how much money you can set aside each month is the way to go. If you need to ditch some expenses (like cable TV) do it and roll that money into your cabin fund.
#3.) Start looking for land: Even if you don’t have the money to buy any, you need to start looking. Figure out what you need the land to be able to do, climate, water and price. Then start exploring your options in your area and other states or even countries.
#4.) Get some skills and tools: Do you know what it takes to live in a rural environment? Do you know how to grow a garden? Hunt? Identify trees? Identify bugs? Build something? Fix a fence? Start working on your knowledge base and picking up tools as you can find and afford them.
#5.) Understand your income: One of the biggest obstacles people face when moving to rural areas is income. (Secondly… entertainment) Let’s face it, most of the best paying jobs are in urban areas. So you’re going to have to either commute to the city for work, figure out how to make an income online or figure out a way to make money where your cabin sits.