Something you need to seriously consider before moving if you are do
jewelery and/or any other business or hobby activity at home, are
the effects of city zoning boards, county planning boards,
home-owners’ associations, and covenant deed restrictions.
They have the ability to pass regulations having the force of law.
Many of these are benign but many others are run for the personal
gain and/or egotism of the incumbents. Once entrenced they can become
extremely hard to challenge.
As an amateur radio operator I have run up against one or more of
these over the course of my lifetime, and by now I am more or less
giving up amateur radio because the ability to put up an antenna of
any kind has pretty much been regulated out of existence.
I had also considered raising pigeons for squabs only to find that my
town had just banned the ownership of anything other than cats or
dogs within the town limits, on the grounds that they wanted to
discourage “exotic pets”. That also includes my wife’s bunnies. This
has me really steamed, but I don’t have the funds to challenge a
I would offer the same caution to you, to determine very carefully
the effects of zoning, planning, HOA’s, and CC&R’s upon any property
you intend to buy or rent.
You may find that you cannot operate any type of at-home business.
It used to be that rural areas were fairly safe for doing what you
want, but now that these are being carved up almost overnight into
bedroom communities, you too may find yourself being regulated out of
existence due to nearby busybodies, cults of personality, and
tin-plated overbearing ego-tripping fascists.
Don’t say I didn’t warn you.
Andrew Jonathan Fine