How Much Does it Cost to Move Off the Grid, buy Property and Become more Self-Reliant?

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If you want to make a big change towards a more self-sufficient life and maybe even start living off-grid, one of the main questions on your mind will be your budget. How much does it actually cost to move off the grid, buy a property that fits your goals, and start the life you’re dreaming about?

This is not a full post – it’s a recording of the live chat I had a while back on my Facebook page, Sunny Simple Living.

In this video, I show off the “roadmap to self-sufficiency” that DIY-man drew for me, and talk about all the financial hurdles on the way there.

  • Finding and buying a property
  • Getting permits and paying for related services (there are always surprises along the way)
  • Budgeting for infrastructure, tools and machinery, a garden (seeds, trees, soil, and other materials), animals,…
  • Your own costs of living (and travel?), if you need to build a house and live on the property or closeby during that time
  • All the small things that, together, amount to a lot

And much more…



For all my videos on off-grid living, self-sufficiency and the journey towards a simpler life, check out the Sunny Simple Living YouTube channel.

And if you’d like more inspiration to help you prepare for your new life off-grid, check out our post on 101 Things to do before you move to your off-grid property or download the checklist.

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Hi, I'm Sandrine!

I live off-grid on an olive and almond farm in Spain, with alpacas and chickens and dogs and all the things. We've got solar panels and water from a borehole, we aim to grow our own food and be more self-sufficient, and we also try to make more time for what's really important in life... Come and join the sunny simple living movement!

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