If you’re purchasing property, you need to make sure you can get utilities on the land you’re considering. The first step is to ask the seller the important questions about utilities on the property. If the property doesn’t have any utilities already installed, you’ll need to add this cost to your budget.
Understanding the process of installing utilities can help you have a realistic expectation of the costs and timeline you will face. When it comes to water, you’ll need to ensure you’ll have a source that will fulfill your personal needs as well as the needs of your land. While wells can be an option for rural properties, public water is frequently less of a hassle to install if your property is located in a developed area.
The team at SRC Land has the information you need to ensure your property has adequate access to water.
How To Get Public Water to Your Land
Once it is confirmed that your property does not yet have access to water, you need to figure out how to get public water to your land. To do so, you’ll need to obtain the assessor’s parcel number and then find the local water company that is closest to your property.
With support from your local water company, you will need to locate the closest water main to your property. From there, you’ll be charged to run any lines to your property.
If your property doesn’t have a hookup nearby, it may be more cost-effective to install a hookup out of your own pocket. This investment may pay out in a higher value of your land if you decide to sell it later on.
How Much To Run Water To Land
The exact cost to run water to land will depend on the location of your property but, ultimately, it is an added expense. You’ll likely need to pay for assessments, permits, permissions, and other costs to get water to your land. This may be a few hundred if you’re lucky or into the thousands if your property will need more work to install water lines.
Adding a hookup to the local main line can push the price up by quite a bit. Between this and any other modifications that may be needed, you may be looking at a hefty investment on your lot.
Your municipal water company can give you an estimate of what you’ll need to pay in total.
You’ll also need to consider how much you may spend on your water bill over time. If you’re just building a home, you’ll likely need less water unless you plan to have a large garden and plenty of landscaping.
Understandably, if you intend on creating your dream farm, you’ll be looking at higher water bills. Whether this will be cheaper in the long term compared to digging a well will heavily depend on your location and needs.
It is important to note that Texas landowners don’t need to pay for separate water rights. If you buy the land, you own the water on the surface and below the ground.
Let SRC Land Help You Find the Perfect Land for You
If you’re ready to make the plunge into owning property, SRC Land is here for you. We have the local know-how to help you find the right property for your needs and budget. As a bonus, we also know properties that offer owner-financing. This means your desired plot may be within your budget even if you can’t secure a traditional mortgage loan.
Contact us today and we can help you find the right options for you!