If I wanted to locate a mini home on private land, how much will that cost?

The decision to locate a mini home on private land brings a lot of variables into the mix. Each variable can provide an advantage or could incur an added cost. Here is an example:

Approximate Costs for Developing a Parcel of Land for a Mini Home:

COST OF LAND:                                                 $20,000 – $40,000

TAXES:                                                                 1.5% of purchase price of land

LAND CLEARING & ENTRANCE ROAD:    $8,000 (up to 100ft of driveway, including culvert)

HOME SITE PAD PREPARATION:               $3,500

WATER SUPPLY (WELL):                               $5,000 – $8,000

SEPTIC FIELD:                                                  $15,000 – $20,000

ELECTRIC (POLE INSTALLATION):           (1st 125ft of line is free) additional poles can range from $800 –                                                                                      $1,500 each, pending site visit by NSP planner

LANDSCAPING:                                                $5,000

LEGAL FEES:                                                     $500 – $1,500

POTENTIAL REBATES? (GOV’T)                  up to $1,500 PST rebate + 36% GST rebate

OTHER FEES (MAY OR MAY NOT BE APPLICABLE):

SURVEYOR’S FEES                                     $1,000 – $2,000

APPRAISAL FEES                                        $250 – $350

PERMITS (blasting, occupancy, etc)         anywhere from $500 – $5,000

UTILITY SERVICE CONNECTIONS       $100 – $500

For the health and welfare of all customers and staff, our office is temporarily closed to the public. We are taking action to limit contact with the public, while still being there for you, our customers. New Home viewings are still available on an appointment only basis. All enquiries are to be made via our office phone voicemail system (902)835-8388 or by email:

If you have made an appointment with a home consultant, please confirm before coming in. Obviously, if you have been out of Nova Scotia and are in a self-isolation situation or have been in contact with someone who has recently been outside of Nova Scotia, please reschedule. If you have COVID-19 symptoms, please reschedule. We are closely monitoring the rapidly-evolving COVID-19 situation. We are committed to following the guidelines issued by all levels of Government.

Note: This information is current as of December 1st, 2020. As Governments continue to address the COVID-19 pandemic with additional responses, we will ensure our customers are kept informed.

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