1. Driveways – When building in a rural location, you will likely need to add a driveway onto your budget, and if you’re on a farm property, that may be a long one – depending on where the house is going to be sited.
2. Septic System – Building out of town, you don’t have the same connections to sewage services that you would have in the city, so you will need to create your own and install a septic system of some sort to process your wastewater.
3. Earthworks – Soil can be substandard on some rural sites, and unsuitable for building, so you may need to do extra works to bring the site up to standard – whether that’s bringing in more material and compacting that; building deeper foundations; or something else.
4. Water Tanks – The number of water tanks you will need to service your property sufficiently depends on the size of the house, and your stormwater – but they will be needed. In some particularly isolated areas, there also needs to be enough water onsite for the Fire Service to fight a fire at your home – and depending on your location, this could mean you need to add additional water tanks (or a swimming pool) to the site.
5. Power – When it comes to powering your rural property, it’s a good idea to look into whether there’s a power box or nearby power lines you can connect to before purchasing your section. The further you have to run the power, the more expensive it can become, says Nigel.