farmassured wrote: »
Electricity: At the moment, obviously the electricity for the sheds runs out from the fuse board of their house. Getting a separate connection would probably be a good idea? How do I go about this and what kind of a bill am I looking at?
Water: At the moment the slatted shed and field troughs are fed off my parents private well which they also use for their own house. Is their a partnership arrangement we could enter into? Is sinking my own well feasible or necessary?
Septic tank: The septic tank for my parent house goes out some distance from the existing boundary fence into the field which I will have. It would be 0ver 30 years old and the percolation area was non existant. I was thinking it would be a good idea to extend their house site boundary by 20' or so and place a new precast septic tank and percolation area inside it as it wouldn't fit inside the house site boundary as it is.
Turf shed: My parents use a part of a hayshed in the farmyard to store their turf. Should I build them a new shed on the house site or just let them continue as is?
mike_ie wrote: »
Separate connection would make sense, if you want to keep the billing for the farm separate from the house, both now for your parents, and in the future when the house goes to one of your siblings who won't have a vested interest in the farm. The price can vary, easiest way to find out is to give the ESB a call.
Is the well sunk on the farm property or on the house property, i.e. who will have control over it should the house be sold on in the future. If the well is on farm property, then it makes sense to make some arrangement in terms of sharing the connection. Alternatively, you could drop your own pump down the well alongside theirs, and take responsibility for the electricity charges to run it, maintenance, and so on.
If the well is on the house property, then you can still share the connection, but night want to weigh up your options for the future should the house be sold on - connection to the main or sinking a well of your own are the two options.
Can't help you there - I'm guessing that's something you might need someone to come out and look at. A lot is going to depend on the site itself, planning regs, and so on.
Up to you really. If you don't need the space in the hayshed, then why not continue to let them use it. I realise that you are taking over the farm, but seeing as you are a close family, there doesn't seem to be a need for such a clean breakaway, if that makes sense.
One final thing you might want to be wary of though is talking all this through with them beforehand, and making them a part of it. I realise that you have all agreed to you taking over the farm, and that they are happy with this, however it's still somethign that's been part of their lives for a long time, and in your excitement, coming in and setting up a shiny new water connection, electricity connection, booting them out of the turf shed (if you decide to build them a shed of their own), they might read that as you taking over and pushing them out while they are still alive, healthy and kicking. A five minute chat keeping them in the loop goes a long way towards preventing hurt feelings.