I still haven’t given up the idea of finding a farm with better farm ground then the one we currently have. I would love to get a farm that I could use the whole 40 acres as pasture and were I could cut my own hay. A farm with a house already on it that needs some work so I could fix it up the way we want it and I wouldn’t have to start from scratch like putting in septic system, water, electric, driveway and then build the house, like I have to do now with our current farm. All with in our budget so we wouldn’t have to go into much debt. When I came upon this listing I thought I had found just the place and we drove to Iowa to look at it.
On paper it had good pasture ground and a house with a big pole barn already on it. The whole 40 acres of the property was already fenced and all of it could be used as pasture with some areas for cutting hay. It also has a stocked pond on it to provide water for your livestock. It is in the area we want to live only about 5 miles from our current farm.
When we got there and pulled up into the drive we were not disappointed with the way the land and the house looked from the outside. The pole barn was much bigger then our barn and we were excited to see on the inside of the house.
But sadly my wife and I didn’t like the house on the inside and it had some major foundation issues that would have to be fixed. The house sits on a crawl space that didn’t use cement blocks on a poured footing. They used 2×6’s on the footings which would have been ok if the house wasn’t cut into the hillside as you can see from the photo above. Part of the crawl space framing was starting to rot which caused flooring to be unlevelled. All the floors were uneven. It can be fixed but we didn’t want to have to do all of that so we didn’t make an offer and for now, we will keep our current place. The price of this property is only 159,000.00 and has great picturesque views and the ground would make a great pasture based farm, so it is still a good deal for someone willing to do the work.