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Really looking for a WAG, but have no concept of whether it would be closer to $5K or $50K. Looking at buying a house with 2 family zoning but no separate utilities, so really can't call for an estimate since I don't own. Will be running the numbers on just the SFH but want to have a clue as to the potential.

Just because there is zoning for 2 family homes doesn't mean that it is a 2 family home. One reason that many 'duplexes' don't already have separate meters is that they weren't built as legal duplexes. Legal duplexes typically require separate metering. So, I would suggest that you confirm that it's actually a legal 2 family first. You also need to make sure that there are separate HVAC systems and separate electrical panels for the 2 units. Again, for buildings built as legal duplexes, these systems are typically separate, but for those that were permitted as SFHs, they generally aren't.

As JAFO said, if all you have to do is add more meters, it's going to be closer to the $5k - $10k range. If you have to do the permitting, add separate HVAC and separate panels, it's going to be a lot more.

AJ
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