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Bringing in a new septic and moving the electric?  RSS feed

 
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Hi!
I am looking at getting a property and putting a manufactured home on it. Right now the property has a very old worn down home that will need to be torn down. I am waiting to hear all the details but here is what I know; water is spring fed, it has a septic but will most likely need a new one, the manufactured home will need to be put about 200-300 feet from where the existing house is now.
So my question is, how much does it cost to put in a new septic (leach lines etc)
And about how much would it cost to move the electric 200-300 feet?
I'm assuming I'd have to get the water source?.moved as well?
We are in Oregon, and this next week I will be making calls to ask about permits etc...for now I geuss I. Trying to get an idea of costs before I move forward, as if it is way out of my budget then I will need to rethink everything.
Thank you!
 
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Hi Emmalie, welcome to Permies!  Septic prices seem to vary a lot by location so getting a few quotes may be the best way to determine the price.

As for the electrical, I built a cabin near the site of a burnt down cabin that had electrical service.  To extend service to the new cabin (30' farther from the transformer at the road) would have cost over a thousand dollars.  But putting in a meter on a pedestal (often done around here for mobile homes or construction sites) was free to hook up as long as I put in the pedestal and meter.  So I put that pedestal where the wires ended and then ran new wire from there to the main panel in the new cabin.  At least here in WI I was able to run the service wire from the meter pedestal into the cabin myself.  So that only cost me the price of the wire.  

I had them power the pedestal early in the project so I had power to do construction with.  By the way, they make pedestals that have a main breaker in them for the cabin/house and a 220 breaker for a separate outlet at the pedestal.  That's what I used.  After the pedestal had power, I built the cabin and wired most of the cabin and the main panel and routed the service entry wire to the pedestal.  Than I had the utility come back out and disconnect power so I could hook up to the pedestal and then reenergize it.  All the utility work was free because I was reestablishing power to the site.

Hopefully this helps you save some coin

ps. I'm not an electrician but I was able to do all the wiring myself legally.  The inspector complimented me on the quality work my electrician did on the job.  He was even more impressed when I told him I did it.
 
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How locked into a mobile home are you?

The reason I ask is, like you, I almost knocked down an old home I owned, went looking at doublewides, and almost pulled the trigger on one. THEN I did some checking. There is a host of reasons why they are not such a great deal, from resale value, to depreciation, to bank financing (for the next buyer) ten years down the road.

But in the meantime I did some reconfiguring on the old house, and what we originally thought would cost $12,500 to rebuild, has actually only cost $1800. That was just a bonus.

Being an old house we are Grandfathered on everything, no permits needed here to replace what we need. As long as I am within the foundation of what used to be here, I am okay. That includes leach fields for the septic, an additional house site, a barn, a couple of sheds, etc. This is Maine, and yet it has saved me a lot of money. I can imagine in Oregon it would save you even more money.

BUT I have not seen the house either. Maybe it is a goner...not all houses can be saved. Some can though, but most builders today scoff at such a thing. How do you tell...look at the roofline. If it is sagging, the foundation and framing is rotted and the house is probably beyond repair. If it is straight, I might rethink knocking down the building and putting in a mobile home.

(To answer your question; here in maine a septic system is between $7000-$15,000 dollars. A new drilled well will be around $6500).
 
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Howdy, great answers so far.
We are in New Mexico, that being said it seems everything is cheaper, except modular home prices. Before I retired I did wireless Internet installations and got to talk to a lot of home owners. Apparently banks are only interested in financing new modular homes, and that bit several land owners trying to sell pretty hard.
I did everything when we went from an outhouse to a "modern" septic system five or six years ago. Yeah we roughed it up here in the mountains for a long time. One of the things I like a lot about Permies.com is the great level of DIY found here.
Friends and  I dug the 500' ditch for our water line completely by hand with most of that using a coal chisel and 2 pound sledge to break through the limestone we have here. I did the same on the line going down to the septic tank itself. For the actual septic hole I studied the bedrock where it came out of the ground as well as the many places I've dug around the house and found a spot that looked like there should be topsoil deep enough to try digging. I speculated  correctly as we got the neighbor to use his backhoe, it seems everyone around except us hippies has a backhoe. He dug the hole and a 75 foot long leach line for $100 as it took a couple hours, because I had found a place for both that didn't have bedrock. One of the things I truly love about permaculture is the all the digging. I filled in the septic tank hole with a shovel, after the inspector signed off on the leach line I had the neighbor come back for another $100 and cover the leach line with the backhoe. The concrete septic tank was delivered for ~$600.
I'm not saying that was easy peasy, it was a ton of work and most people couldn't fathom that I did so much by hand, well I did have friends and family to help with the five hundred foot water line, but yes I did a lot. My motto is "burn calories not fossil fuels."      
Good luck on the new property.
Brian
 
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