In a perfect world, any vacant land you buy would already have utilities placed. Unfortunately, this isn’t always the case. Instead, you may only find a plot that has utilities “nearby.” This may seem reassuring at first, but the term nearby is somewhat vague. It could refer to utilities that are across the street, or it could refer to utilities that are more than a mile away from your property. For this reason, you must take the time to figure out where, exactly, the utilities are before you buy a property.
Once you know how far away utility lines are, you can get a better idea of the cost to have utilities run to your property. On average, the cost of having utilities run to vacant land can be $10,000 to $30,000. Some people can get utilities run to their property for less than that, but it’s better to budget for more rather than less.
There are also neighbor approvals that you have to consider. Before running any utilities to your property, you must talk to the people who own any property through which said lines have to go. Depending on their requests and the laws established by your local zoning board, you might have to resort to creative solutions for getting utilities to your property.