Water, sewer, gas, electric, telephone and other services may be unavailable or may not operate at urban standards. Repairs can often take much longer than in town.
Electric power may not be available in two phase and three phase service configurations. If you have special power requirements, it is important to know what level of service can be provided to your property.
The cost of electric service is usually divided into a fee to connect to the system, and then a monthly charge for energy consumed. It is important to know both costs before making a decision to purchase a specific piece of property.
Power outages can occur in outlying areas with more frequency than in more developed areas. The duration of the loss of power is usually longer in a rural area than in town. A loss of electric power can also interrupt your supply of water from a well. You may also lose food in freezers or refrigerators. It is important to be able to survive for up to a week in severe cold with no utilities if you live in the country.
If you have access to a public water supply, i.e., rural water district, connection fees can be expensive. You may also find that your monthly cost of service can be more costly when compared to municipal systems.