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Re: Need some advice on buying land, septic, elect

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Posted by Dave on October 23, 2003 at 06:46:20 from (

In Reply to: Need some advice on buying land, septic, electric, posted by Dorothy509 on October 22, 2003 at 22:43:29:

First step is to relax. Cup of coffee. Second is to get a phone book for the area.

Call the septic people. Ask what it would cost for installation of a new septic system. Can the guy come out to the homested and make sure the quote is accurate? Where is the best place for it if the house is here or there or whatever. Will your plans work with this? What kind of septic systems can be installed and what are the differences? Ask the expert.

Call the electric company that supplies the area and ask them what it costs to wire 200A service. What is the cost with and with-out a new pole? How much for a light on the pole?

Ditto with the propane people. Install a new tank, lines to house. Ask the price to buy a tank (do they have any used?). If you own your own tank you can choose who to buy propane from (the price difference here ranges between $1 to $1.20 this year per gallon and I CAN and DO choose every year).

If there is a well get a water sample and look around (phone book) to see who tests it. If not who did the wells or services the local area. If there is a well get an expert to look it over. How deep is it, what kind of shape is it in, etc. Since there is no power to the area, I doubt there is. Ok. Call the well people and find out how much for a well.

Land survey people are also in the phone book. Ask them what would be required to make this plot of land yours.

Local electric company: how much to install a new 200A box to the pole. If you can do the rest great.

If you come up with answers for the above great. Now, call competition for the above (you will be stuck with the local electric company) and get a second set of prices.

Going to go for it, get written quotes. Remember stories of contractors going over ($$$) their estimate.

If there is a existing house on the property. Well, if you know what to see inspect it yourself. Get a free old handy man to do the same. Then hire an expert to do the same.

Make a list. Find a handy friend to go over the list to see what you missed.

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