Zillow Advice: Home Buying - Power line attached to house's roof http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Power-line-attached-to-house%27s-roof/453689/ Zillow Advice | Zillow Real Estate Overhead services were common ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Power-line-attached-to-house%27s-roof/453689/ Overhead services were common but people are not interested in seeing&nbsp;power lines, phone lines or cable lines&nbsp;any more so they have moves under ground. More than likely from the pole to the meter is the responsibility of the local power company. You could ask about putting the service under ground but it would more than likely required a larger wire and either replacing the&nbsp;electrical&nbsp;panel or finding some other way to make the change in wire direction work with your existing one. Sat, 04 Aug 2012 23:33:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Power-line-attached-to-house%27s-roof/453689/ 2012-08-04T23:33:00Z Interesting. I found this ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Power-line-attached-to-house%27s-roof/453689/ Interesting. I found this 1950s house that I like and my only issue is that there are 3 big wires coming from a pole near the house to the roof. After reading this thread, it seems like it's more of an eyesore than a danger if anything. I decided it's not that big a deal since people have been living like that for a long time. It's just something that is new to me. Thanks for the information. Sat, 04 Aug 2012 05:20:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Power-line-attached-to-house%27s-roof/453689/ 2012-08-04T05:20:00Z In addition to the trenching ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Power-line-attached-to-house%27s-roof/453689/ In addition to the trenching costs, and the conduit costs, and possibly going under a sidewalk or replacing a section of sidewalk... you will either need to replace the meter for underground service, or will need pull boxes next to the meter to continue to bring the main feeders in for the meter at the top of the existing panel.<br/><br/>Since it is not in an underground district, there are no underground pull boxes at the street right of way or utility company easement, so you will need to bring the conduit up at the pole.&nbsp; The rest of the conduit run up the pole to the transformers or 120/240 V utility distribution line will need to be installed by the utility company.&nbsp; The conductor would also need to be installed by the utility company.<br/><br/>You would need to file for a building permit for the work, as well as have the plans reviewed by the utility company.&nbsp; You would either do the preparation work yourself or hire an electrician.&nbsp; You will need to pay the utility company for their part of the work.<br/><br/>My "guess" is around $2k, but as Cindy mentioned, it does depend on the distance and some other factors.&nbsp; Some utility companies don't charge you for all of the material and labor, increasing your monthly utility bill instead.<br/> Fri, 03 Aug 2012 05:52:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Power-line-attached-to-house%27s-roof/453689/ 2012-08-03T05:52:00Z No.&nbsp; Don't pass on it ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Power-line-attached-to-house%27s-roof/453689/ No.&nbsp; Don't pass on it because of this building method.&nbsp; Do have your inspector check to be sure it is safe.&nbsp; Most likely you would have the local electric company come out and check it for you if you have questions.&nbsp; It can also be relocated underground in many situations.&nbsp; So before you pass on a house you like get all the facts about that one feature. Fri, 03 Aug 2012 03:54:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Power-line-attached-to-house%27s-roof/453689/ 2012-08-03T03:54:00Z Tap012,If the meter is located ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Power-line-attached-to-house%27s-roof/453689/ Tap012,<br/><br/>If the meter is located on the house or garage, you will probably have to get it done by the electric company or a contractor they have certified.&nbsp; You will still have to pay for the change over since it is primarily an aesthetic choice, the electric company usually owns and is responsible for the line to the meter (except if you damage it you pay for it then too).&nbsp; If the meter is located on a pole at the perimeter of the property, then as long as you take out the appropriate permits, you do it or hire whoever you want to convert it to underground service. Fri, 03 Aug 2012 03:50:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Power-line-attached-to-house%27s-roof/453689/ 2012-08-03T03:50:00Z I'm not sure what it would ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Power-line-attached-to-house%27s-roof/453689/ I'm not sure what it would cost. It would likely be a per foot charge, so it would be something that you could call an electrical contractor and find out the general charges for the change, per foot. And then when you look at a house that has the issue, you can step off the length and come up with an estimate for that house. <br/><br/>EVERYTHING used to have them in Oklahoma, but since our recent struggles with ice storms, we tend to bury them on new homes. I agree with Pasa that it would be rare to simply have one blown down. Comedian Ron White says that It's not the wind that is a problem, it's what is blowing around in the wind. Fri, 03 Aug 2012 02:48:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Power-line-attached-to-house%27s-roof/453689/ 2012-08-03T02:48:00Z It's glad to know that this ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Power-line-attached-to-house%27s-roof/453689/ It's glad to know that this is more an aesthetic issue then. I suppose I should not pass up a house just because of this issue. <br/><br/>Cindy, how much would something like this cost to put wires underground if I wanted to? Fri, 03 Aug 2012 01:46:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Power-line-attached-to-house%27s-roof/453689/ 2012-08-03T01:46:00Z There is a large U-bolt that ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Power-line-attached-to-house%27s-roof/453689/ There is a large U-bolt that attaches the insulators to the house, and a steel guy wire cable run between the pole and the insulators, and the wind is not going to pull that down.&nbsp; And the guy wire holds up the conductors.<br/><br/>Wind and rain will not blow it down, even at 130 MPH.&nbsp; Nor will 130 MPH wind blow most power poles down unless already hit by a truck and cracked.<br/><br/>A tree falling on the wires could bring the wires down; on the other hand, the guy wire might hold the tree up, depending on the weight of the tree, the damage to the root system of the tree, and the height of the tree.<br/><br/>It really is more an aesthetic issue than anything else.&nbsp; The majority of&nbsp; homes in the United states are not in underground districts. Thu, 02 Aug 2012 04:51:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Power-line-attached-to-house%27s-roof/453689/ 2012-08-02T04:51:00Z So basically if I make sure ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Power-line-attached-to-house%27s-roof/453689/ So basically if I make sure trees don't hit these lines, I'm ok? I was thinking about rain or wind being so strong they detach the lines from the house. Thu, 02 Aug 2012 04:34:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Power-line-attached-to-house%27s-roof/453689/ 2012-08-02T04:34:00Z Many times there is nothing ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Power-line-attached-to-house%27s-roof/453689/ Many times there is nothing to prohibit having a professional bury the cables underground....except the expense, of courses. Thu, 02 Aug 2012 02:39:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Power-line-attached-to-house%27s-roof/453689/ 2012-08-02T02:39:00Z