So chicken legalities aside, I keep seeing some potential houses with things I'm not familiar with. We're totally shopping based on where chickens are allowed. Some areas, you can have a typical sized urban lot and 5 hens. Other places, no chickens at all. I sold all but 5 hens, so that we meet the requirements for any of the areas we can look in. Can always add more later if we buy in one of the friendlier neighborhoods. What's the deal with septic systems? Never had to fool with one before. Up keep? Cost? Issues? I know when they go bad you need to shell out some major cash. Sump pumps... they just pump water away from the basement or what? Freaked me out the first time I saw a hole in the basement floor with a pump in it. Saw it in a super cheap foreclosure property, which had bigger issues than that. But what needs to be taken into consideration with those? Block foundation versus poured... poured is better? Block is typically on older homes and prone to leaking over time? Can't bother husband with my questions right now, he just had his wisdom teeth removed Friday so he's not... focused. Saw a way cute house on 2 acres, on a septic system. Need to know more about how that works! There's no sewer to attach to, never will be with the terrain the way it is, so it's septic forever. I'm finding a lot of houses in that area that also have septic. What are the things you don't normally think about when you're all excited about buying your first house? LOL Cost of utilities was one we came up with. The house we rent now, we spend more on electric than food.