One of the basic tenets of private property ownership is the right to exclude others. However, this right in and of itself does not guarantee people won’t bother you on your off-the-grid homestead. First, nearby neighbors or other people may be bothersome regardless of your legal rights. Second, the right to exclude has become eroded as the government has given itself and private entities (like utilities) easements or rights-of-way over private property. With this in mind, here are five tips to remember when looking for the perfect off-the-grid location.
Obviously, not having any neighbors nearby is ideal if you want to be left alone. If you can afford enough acreage or live far enough away from population centers, this may be possible. Otherwise, other people likely will be living nearby. So, then it becomes a question of what type of people live nearby. Are they hardworking homesteaders that respect your privacy? Or do they like to entertain and have loud parties every weekend? When first looking at a possible location, invest some time in determining what the neighbors are like. This may not be easy and you should take anything the current owner says with a grain of salt.