Some of you may have noticed that I haven’t been writing for quite a while, at least I hope some of you have noticed… That’s because I recently moved to a new house and it took up most of my time and all of my energy. They say moving is one of the most stressful events in a person’s life and I would definitely have to agree.
Now that I’m getting settled in I thought it would be appropriate for my first post to be about what I think some of the most important characteristics a prepper should look for in a home. Now I’m not talking about a Bug-Out location, I’m talking about a person’s primary residence. That means that – for most of us anyway – remote locations with tons of acreage, stone walls and metal roofs are all out of the question. I had to go pretty mainstream but even then there were a lot of options for me to consider. Here are a few of them.
First off I was looking for the right location. I know it’s cliche; location location location, that’s what they always say in real estate. Well the same holds true in prepping. I was looking for a place that was low traffic and a little out of the way. A place that would be unlikely to be immediately affected by any type of civil unrest or targeted for burglary. To me that means not so close to any highway that the bad guys can come and go quickly and easily. If you take a look at crime patterns in what are generally considered safe suburban towns you’ll find that most of the burglaries and petty thefts happen in developments and businesses that are right off the exit of a freeway. Of course a truly professional burglar (think Pink Panther) could strike anywhere but a true professional would pass my house by as I really don’t have anything worth making the effort to steal.
Secondly I wanted a place that was really solidly built. I live in typical suburbia and while there are a lot of hastily constructed tract homes not everything around is McMansion crap that looks grand but could fall down at the first bad earthquake or serious storm. There are still older homes around that were built back when people really cared about the construction of their homes and not just the amenities. I found one that’s made from big solid wood beams and some of the thickest brick I’ve ever seen. Good bones, that’s what I look for.
Also on my wish list was privacy and security. These days neighborhoods can be so crowded that you can’t even walk into your own back yard without your neighbors waving at your from their kitchen windows. Single story homes with mature trees and lots of hedges tend to afford more privacy. As an added bonus thick hedges can sometimes afford more security than a wood fence. It’s not that tough to hop over a fence but try battling your way through a thick mature hedge full of thorns. Ouch. I’ll talk more about security in a future post as there are way to many considerations to cover here.
Finally in no particular order I was hoping to find a place with access to clean water, enough room for gardening, and enough storage space so my prepping supplies wouldn’t be taking up my wife’s entire pantry. The water and gardening are probably the toughest attribute to find. A clever prepper can usually find a way to add some storage space whether it be with the addition of a [pest proof] shed or by making some room in a basement or spare closet.
Overall I think I did pretty good but will be making improvements and writing about them as I go. If anyone has any suggestions for a prepper who’s just getting settled in a new home I’d love to hear them.