Take it from Michael, there’s a few things you need to think about when moving from the city to a lifestyle block, things you may not know you need to think about yet, like where your water supply is coming from and how to test the quality.

Other rural risks you should be on the lookout for include

Stock jumping the fence
Most new lifestylers take the opportunity to add a few animals to their block, but they have minds of their own. You could be liable if your animal escapes and causes accidental loss or damage to other people’s property.

Septic systems
Unlike the city, you’re not connected to main wastewater networks, so you need to be thinking about where your waste is ending up and how often you need to service your tanks to make sure they’re up to scratch.

Protecting crops from chemicals and sprays
It’s important to know who else is around you and how they’re using the land. If your neighbours are growing crops, you should find out if there are any chemicals or sprays you shouldn’t be using on your property.