For home buyers or new homeowners, having utilities such as water and electricity in a newly built house is an important consideration. A freshly built house means that it has no water and electric connections yet. It does not have running water, so toilets cannot be used and kitchens cannot be used to cook food, etc.
There usually isn’t any power either, thus refrigerators, etc cannot run on these properties until they are connected to the grid by the respective service providers. This article discusses the process of getting utility services for a freshly built house.
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Electricity needs to be connected to a freshly built house. Even though there is no formal transfer of property yet, it can still be made official by getting a ‘no objection certificate’ from the local municipality which will also have an electric connection associated with it as well as proper usage certificates, if required.
If this is not possible, then the builder himself might have a previous connection or an old connection may be used on a temporary basis before a new one is created for the home buyer/owner after all legal formalities are completed and possession of the house is accepted. This step takes about 2-3 days too.
Also, there are services that can connect you to a provider that can fulfill your connection needs. As the folks at Electricity Monster Connections explain, this means that you can get same-day service, at affordable costs. They can even help you find the best plans for your individual needs.
The Water Supply
If a house is newly built, before people can move in, they need to ensure that it is connected to a proper source of clean drinking as well as used water/wastewater. It needs to be checked if there are any bore wells or groundwater which can be tapped into for this purpose.
Another option available may be to use a local supplier or municipality for this purpose. However, one important thing which needs to be kept in mind is that if the house has not been formally handed over by the builder yet, accepting such services from third parties might not be easily accepted and so apart from these options, if there is an existing source nearby then that would also work. This step will take about 2-3 days.
Also, every home requires ‘sanitary‘ piping which is basically an internal water supply network that takes water to sinks, bathrooms, etc within a house. This is usually done by the builder, but it is advisable for one to check with their insurance company just in case if someone was hurt during its installation or there are any other issues later on due to this.
There may also be cases of leakage after these connections are made, so it is important to ensure that all precautions are taken to prevent such incidents from occurring since they could lead to bigger problems at a later stage.
After external walls have been built and floors have been laid, gas connections can be given to a newly built house. The connection for this purpose has to come from the nearest municipality usually, though people who build their own homes might want to create their own connections instead, which is fine as well. This step takes about 3-4 days.
The process for a gas connection is quite simple. Usually, a gas inspector is sent who after checking everything is connected within 24 hours or so. This works for those who have space in their building plans to create an ‘L’ shaped pipe which can attach from the street side of the house which leads out by connecting it with a larger pipeline if required also which runs through the municipality’s pipes.
Telephone & Internet Connections
Once your building plans are done (for indoor constructions) you will need to check with your ISP provider for telephone/internet/cable connections which can later be used by you to access the internet and make telephone calls.
The connections for this purpose need to be set up in such a way that it forms a chain from your room/building to an external point which can be connected to the nearest telephone/ISP line and then will later be operational for use after all legal formalities are completed. This step requires 1-2 days.
They usually need to run lines from an external source into your buildings, which can be done by drilling through certain walls, depending on the layout of your house/building plans.
In case there are no such points available for placement of these wires, then they may have to go back a little bit outside, so connecting them directly to the nearest line running through the municipality is possible in these cases also. For this, a team member has to climb a little bit high over roofs or take a lift in order to reach the required external sources from where they need to tap into in order to create the desired connection.
The process of getting utility services from a freshly built house might take a few days, but it has been seen that if done properly these can be completed in just a day or two, which is not much time anyway. In case there’s some reason why this cannot be achieved on time, then temporary solutions can also be adopted until everything else is done properly and legally.