Rural Living in Flathead County - Service Delivery

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with 406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty RRE-BRO-LIC-75443

Moving to a rural area is a decision that encompasses many factors. If you are thinking about living in rural areas of Flathead County, you will need to consider purchasing decisionsaccess issues, service delivery, agriculture and the right to farm, mother nature and wildlife. The first two posts can be accessed by clicking the links above. This third post about rural living in Flathead County covers potential service delivery issues.

 

Rural Living in Flathead County - Service DeliveryFlathead County Planning and Zoning prepared an excellent document for both natives and newcomers to the area. They've given me their thumbs up to share here. The third chapter deals with service delivery to your property. Also, just a note, this chapter refers to DVDs by mail - it was written a few years ago!

 

And I quote:

 

Service Delivery

 

Living in a rural area requires willingness to do without services city dwellers take for granted, like pizza delivery or a quick run to the video store. If you're seriously interested in rural living, this is likely no big deal. What's more important to remember are the vital things, like rapid emergency response or utility outages on a cold winter night. It's easy to take that 24-hour plumber for granted in the city. And while you may be able to get DVDs by mail, a backed up toilet waits for no one (or visa versa as the case may be):

 

  • No matter how well you maintain the road, it's a simple fact that if you live 25 miles from medical services, treatment will be delayed. This goes for you, your children, and your pets and livestock. You may have to go for help instead of waiting for it to come to you. This is an important consideration if any member of your family requires emergency treatment or ongoing care.

 

  • Mail, newspaper, standard parcel, and overnight package delivery is not available in all areas of the county. Confirm with service providers sooner rather than later.

 

  • Telephone communication may be an issue as many rural areas do not provide reliable cellular service.

 

  • You will likely be drilling a water well. The cost for drilling and pumping can be considerable.

 

  • Some portions of the county do not have sufficient water available for domestic purposes, no matter how deep you have the well drilled.

 

  • It is strongly advised you research the issue of water quantity and quality very carefully when considering the purchase or rural land. The Montana Department of Natural Resources Conservation is a good place to start.

 

  • Not all wells can be used for watering landscaping, pastures, or livestock. Water use may be restricted to domestic use, requiring you to locate an alternate source to maintain your property.

 

  • Public sewer service is generally available only in highly developed areas. Your septic system must be approved by Environmental Health Services. Soil type will be critical in determining the location, cost and function of this system.

 

  • Electric service is not available to all locations in Flathead County. It is important to determine proximity to electrical power, unless you intend to live off the grid. Extension of power lines can quickly turn that great deal into a cost-prohibitive undertaking.

 

  • It may be necessary to cross land owned by others to extend electrical service to your property in the most cost efficient manner. It is important to make sure proper easements are in place to ensure service to your property.

 

  • Power outages can occur in outlying areas with more frequency than in developed areas. A loss of electrical power also interrupts your well pressure tank, which means no water. It's important to be able to survive for a week in severe cold without utilities if you live in a rural area.

 

  • Solid waste management usually means taking your garbage to the closest "green box" site, which may be miles from your home. Creating your own dump is prohibited. Improper storage of solid waste will find you waking up to bears in your garbage cans. This is not considered a positive human-wildlife interaction.

 

Rural Living in Flathead County

As indicated by Flathead County Planning and Zoning, the above are important service factors to take into consideration if you are thinking of moving to any area outside of a town or city. As mentioned previously, my personal home is only a 15 minute drive from the center of the city of Kalispell. Here's how I am impacted by the above. Your situation may be different!

 

Cell service is available in my area, with a caveat. If we had built our home in our valley, we would not have been able to get service. Because we put our home on top of our mountain, the service is great. There is also capability to get regular phone service to our home, if we chose to do that. And most important to me, Internet is available to my home. If you require good Internet service, you'll need to check availability before you buy that parcel! Not all areas have access.

 

We also do get mail, newspaper and package delivery with another caveat. During the winter months, our deliveries are left with a neighbor. So if your driveway will not be easily accessible to USPS, UPS, Fedex and other delivery people, you'll need to make backup arrangements. We did have some trouble when getting a furniture delivery in the bad weather. After returning to their shop to get chains, the company was able to deliver our furniture, but it took quite a while. (We would definitely recommend this furniture company to everyone! They were amazing!)

 

Regarding water, septic and electric, we were able to drill a well, hit water with a good flow rate, install electricity and have a septic built with little trouble. That is not to say those items were inexpensive since our home is a distance from the public road, but they were all doable.

 

So if you are interested in purchasing land or an existing home in rural areas of the Flathead Valley, I'd be happy to make sure you have the information you need to select the property or home that works for you. The same is true if you want to move into a city or town. I'm available to assist with those properties as well. Just call me at 406-270-3667 or email me at kat@thehousekat.com.

 

Part four of this series will address agriculture and the right to farm. Until then, enjoy!

 

Click here for more information on the Kalispell or Bigfork areas.

 

Originally published at thehousekat.com.

 

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Kat Palmiotti, The House Kat

Licensed Broker, CBR®

 

Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp

P.O. Box 10458

Kalispell, MT 59904

 

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email: kat@thehousekat.com

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John Henry, Florida Architect
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WOW: that is very interesting.  My relatives moved to a similarly remote area in North Carolina and there are some striking parallels!!  How do YOU like living out there, Kat?  My in-laws say it is worth it as they are 'living the dream'.  The county closes all nature parks normally open to the public for 6 months.  They didn't realize it would rain or stay overcast for 6 months of the year as well.  Do you feel safe and are you going for 'provisions' on a set schedule to avoid running around too much?  Do you miss any conveniences you used to enjoy?  In other words: was it worth it?  Thanks!

Mar 08, 2020 10:22 AM #18
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Lots of great thoughts about moving to a rural community.  All good to contemplate before moving out to a beautiful, peaceful area in the country.  

Mar 08, 2020 10:24 AM #19
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Thank you Roy Kelley ! Enjoy your Sunday!

Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD - I was outside this morning doing some work on our property. It was very quiet, and then I heard the birds start singing. The horses next door neighed. I heard a turkey. Ahhhhh.

 

Mar 08, 2020 10:37 AM #20
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John Henry, Florida Architect - I love it here. We still have all the normal conveniences except newspaper delivery and garbage pickup. I'm disappointed about the paper because I really like having it in my hands every day but if that's my biggest problem, I have it made! I do tend to buy extra food when I go to the store because sometimes my road is pretty crappy and I may get stuck for a day or two... but so far so good! When I look out any window of my home, I see mountains, forest, animals, peace. So yes, it was worth it! 

Mar 08, 2020 10:41 AM #21
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Raymond Henson, SRES, GRI - Yes, it's good to know what to expect before moving!

Mar 08, 2020 10:41 AM #22
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Kat, I loved this post. Perhaps because I live in a nice town, but outside of town is somewhat rurral. These are definitely importat service factors to take into consideration if one is thinking of moving to any area outside of a town or city!

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Good afternoon, what a clever post.  Love this angle.

Mar 08, 2020 03:15 PM #24
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Thank you Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor® - it really is a bit of a different lifestyle, out of town!

Thank you Cindy Edwards = Nice to hear from you!

Mar 08, 2020 06:17 PM #25
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Great article / series, Kat!  Having just moved to rural Montana from San Diego County, California myself...want to know what was the hardest to wrap my head around?  That Amazon Prime now took 3 days! LOL  I love my local community and prefer to buy local on everyday items, but my guy and I are kind of techy and get silly ideas to do stuff that often involves needing some obscure item which we used to take for granted by just "Amazoning it"...oh and our special dog food that I have yet to find locally. I am not sooooo far out, but life just takes a little more planning here...and I am ok with that because the views and the people more than make up for it!♥

Mar 09, 2020 12:24 PM #26
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Christine Wade - Real Estate Virtual Assistant - Yay! I'm so happy to read your comment! Our Amazon/other deliveries seem to be about the same as they were in NY - the only issue is the delivery people won't come up my driveway in the winter, so they have to leave my stuff with the neighbor. You're "only" 4 1/2 hours from me - perhaps some day we will meet!

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I don't have that much snow here...sadly...I could use a touch more!  Our UPS and Fedex drivers just bomb in the driveway unless there are more than a few inches...and that only happened twice this year so far - and our UPS driver stopped at the bottom of the drive, honked to let me know he was here and then met me halfway with my Amazon order ;-)  I think you have a pending LinkedIn connection request from me so maybe someday we can grab coffee or something - your neck of the woods is definitely on my spring list of travels!

 
Mar 09, 2020 12:34 PM #28
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Christine Wade - Real Estate Virtual Assistant - I don't pay alot of attention to my LinkedIn emails (I know, I'm terrible) but I just found you and connected. Keep me posted on your travels!!!

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Sometimes you really do need a good service to get things done in this way. Good stuff. :)

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LinkedIn could be the next big move for business in the next year or so, I’ve been told. Kat Palmiotti

Mar 10, 2020 10:39 AM #31
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Laura Cerrano - Thank you for your comment, and LinkedIn is a popular and useful site!

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Loved this post, Kat. I always think I want to live away from everyone. My daughter just moved 25 miles outside of town and it's hard when your life is still in town. These are all things that go into making that decision. Thanks for sharing!

Mar 10, 2020 03:35 PM #33
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Mimi Foster - Good morning! Luckily I'm not too far from town myself, but I'm far enough to have peace, wildlife, views, ahhhhhh.

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You remind me of the many many reasons I have for being thankful I married a farm girl, Kat Palmiotti ... I always tell her because of her background of living rural, she knows how to stock up and plan ahead.  All great attributes to have when you marry a mortgage lender.  Thoroughly enjoyed the post ... 

Gene

Mar 13, 2020 03:28 PM #35
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Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi - Preparation is key! Have a fantastic day!

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You are the expert Kat in Flathead County.  All good topics of discussion for anyone moving to Kalispell and the surrounding area! 

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