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Old 20-09-2010, 10:29 AM   #1
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I'm considering buying a property, and wasn't sure of the extra costs involved. Such as connecting water and power. Has anyone recently had this done, roughly how much was it?
I'm not sure if I should get a property with more acreage and doesn't have water and power or pay the same amount and buy a property with power and water already connected, but it has less than half the acreage.
I will be talking about the pro's and con's with family and friends before I make a huge investment, but I thought my fellow stockies might like to help me.
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Old 20-09-2010, 03:17 PM   #2
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My place is rural so might be a bit different power was already next door and power lines across rd but due to new laws all power must go underground first quote was $40,000 managed to get it down to $17,000 but was alot of work head aches quoes and arguments. Friends in Nth Danadalup again rural paid $100,000.

I was in shoke each place is different so check where power is and inst in relation to your block
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It will all depend on how far you want the water and power run into the block. If its just inside the boundry its going to be alot cheaper than at the back of the block.

So were you position the house is going to be the biggest issue.
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It also depends on how far they have to bring the power down the street. It cost us about $24,000 10 years ago as we had to bring the power down the street from the end of the sub-division, then across our property to the electric pole, then underground to our house. if it already goes down the street and there is a pole near your property then it will be cheaper. Water was a little better as that ran down the street, just had to have a trench dug, meter fitted and then undergound up to the house. If you are clever you can get them run down the same trench. But it can be costly!
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So I don't swear, I will say wow! $40,000!!! I was thinking $10,000, gosh I was very wrong. I will only be putting horses, sheep, alpaca's and a few camels on there to start with (no house), so I will only need one tap near the fence for water and another tap for wash bays.

Will it be cheaper if I dug the trenches myself? Or wouldn't they allow that?
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THe price i gave you was soley what western power charge to put power just inside my fence line, everything else will be done by my wonderful stockies reccommended electrian.
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oh my lord!!!!!!!!!!!!!! $100k?!

Haha my mum is in for a suprise when she starts getting quotes for our place in Banjup
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When we bought our farm it had no electricity connected.
But an existing powerline runs up our side boundary.

Western Power quoted us $12,000, which we paid, to put in a transformer and run the wire down the pole to a green dome at the base of the power pole. (And the dimwits still managed to put the dome on the neighbours property )

The cost to run the electricity from the dome to your shed/house is a totally separate thing, done by any electrician.

Also be aware that Western Power only have to place the dome on the nearest point on the boundary of your property. They dont necessarily place it handy to where you will be putting your house - for eg if you have 100 acres, and the nearest point for them is is other end of your property, youve got a hell of a cost later on, to do the trench and the cost of the cable, to bring it to where you want it.

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Friends in Nth Danadalup again rural paid $100,000.
Why didnt they just go solar?
Gosh we even looked into going solar for the price of ours, for $15,000 you get a pretty kick ass system with the bonus of no electricity bills!
Or was it for a development or sub-division? That makes it much more expensive.
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Why didnt they just go solar?
Gosh we even looked into going solar for the price of ours, for $15,000 you get a pretty kick ass system with the bonus of no electricity bills!
Or was it for a development or sub-division? That makes it much more expensive.
Very true. But you will find most shires wont allow solar without having electricity as a back up. Sucks I reckon! Even a generator back up isnt alllowed in semi-rural areas.
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