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Old 10-26-2014, 06:04 PM
 
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Hi there... looking at land in Geiger Grade Virginia City area.... power pole is located less than 500feet from property.... Can anyone PLEASE tell me BALL PARK approximately what its going to cost to have these utilities put in?? I need to know BEFORE I buy land. Never done this before.... hubby and I want to buy land then move a mobile onto it and live there while we build our dream home log cabin. Anyone know what this going to run me?? I already know the price of the land. THANKS IN ADVANCE!!!!
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Old 10-26-2014, 08:46 PM
 
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I think you'll need to contact the utilities. Make sure property zoning allows a mobile home as well, there are many possible restrictions and a lot of land for sale that you can't build on at all. Sellers will try to hide that of course.
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Old 10-26-2014, 10:07 PM
 
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I would also ask them about the availability of potable water on the property and a perc test. There are lots of water issues up there in certain areas. We ended up buying at the bottom of the grade after looking at one too may lemons at the top. You will also have to negotiate the grade if you work in Reno or Carson. The snowy weather is certainly a challenge. And all year 'round we see Care Flight and hear sirens running up the hill for yet one more wreck. Property is cheap in VCH for a reason. Be sure you are familiar with all of them.
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Old 10-29-2014, 11:47 AM
 
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Thank you for the responses!! @utsci.......what other factors persuaded you to buy at the bottom rather than the cheap land at top????


I called a realtor to put me in touch with the utility companies.

Also, what do you like about living in the area, and what do you dislike??

Any info is appreciated!!! It is a huge decision and I can't afford a mistake!!
Thanks guys!!!
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Old 10-29-2014, 12:17 PM
 
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You're going to have to open up your wallet and spend time/money researching. Realtors have a HUGE conflict of interest in this regard and often are clueless anyway. People here can only offer general tips, each property has to be considered individually and before you buy either be willing to accept the risk that you can't build on it.. or spend the time and money up front to make 100% sure you can.
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Old 10-30-2014, 12:04 AM
 
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We called each utility to find the cost.

You'll need to know where the nearest power s to your property and if you can pull yours from it. 500 ft is still a chunk of change as I remember, and no guarantees that the particular line at that pole can handle your needs.

Water...does the current owner have any informaton about water on the property, how deep, is it potable, perc test

You will need to consider a propane tank for heat and possibly hot water unless you're going solar.

We ended up buying at the bottom of Geiger because of the multitude of problems building a house on raw land in VCH. That's why it's so cheap up there. I really didn't need 10-20 acres (there were a lot of large lots up there 30 years ago). The only way I would consider a house in VCH is to buy something already built with a known history for water availablity, perc, and they will already have electricity and propane. Unless someone is going to be the contractor for you, handle all the details, worry about major things like utilities, worry about how much/if they will have to blast rock to get a foundation placed...VCH is not for amateurs.

The lots at the bottom of Geiger are mostly 1/2 acre lots on the north side of the road and mixed sizes on the south side of Geiger. You just have to go looking. Homes that are 30-40 years old will be on larger lots. There are a few 5-40 acre lots up against the foothills on the north side of Geiger but I don't know of any for sale for quite a while, but check with a realtor if you are interested.
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