The utilities that you may be used to having when you live in a town or city may not be available in rural areas. Consider your must-haves and what kind of rural power is available to you at your future home.
- Cell Service could be non-existent in your area, or could be favored by one provider over another. Ask people living in the area how the cell service is and which carrier they recommend!
- Internet Service Has gotten much better over the last 5 years! Starlink is a game-changer for many folks who are in rural areas.
- Most Rural Homes will have a septic system. You’ll want to be well-informed about what that means for you, and how to maintain your system. Here’s a great link to some valuable information.
- Contact your local County Department of Environmental Health for More information.
- Natural gas service may not be available in the more rural areas of Montana. Check with the natural gas provider in your area. Propane is an excellent alternative and one many people use in rural Montana.
- Some of your utility service lines may have to cross properties owned by other people for service to be extended to your property. Make sure the proper legal easements are in place to allow lines to be installed on your property, this will be provided in your title report.
- Electric power may not be available in single-phase and three-phase service configurations. If you have special power requirements, check with the service provider to ensure that those can be provided.
- Power outages can occur in outlying areas more often than in more developed areas. Not only can these disrupt your Internet connection; you won’t be able to get water from your well. A backup system or generator is a must-have item for many rural landowners.
- Off-grid properties in Montana are common. Solar Energy has come a long way and often comes with good rebates.
Along with power, you want to consider your water sources!