Villa Facilities Guide
To live in a Bali Villas, tenants are usually loves to hire some staff for a comfortable stay and to maintain the villa in good conditions. Commonly, there would be a team consists of housekeeper, gardener, pool maintenance guy, and sometimes they would additionally hire a security, private driver, nanny or in some cases a villa manager. The staff is usually directly employed by the tenants, while some villa owner would have their own staff and would ask the tenants to keep their villa staff while renting out their Villa. The housekeeper, usually comes 5-6 days a week, either fulltime (8 hours per day) or part time (4 hours per day). Anyway, in some cases the employer can reduce the hours or days per week. The gardener and pool maintenance guy usually comes 2-3 times/week.
To get household water in Bali, there are two different ways. By connecting to government based PDAM (Regional Water Supply Company) or use the groundwater under the house by making water well (commonly 20-70m deep, depends on the area). Generally the water supplied by PDAM is cleaner than groundwater, but it may still polluted due to the distribution system. However, in some areas, it is not possible to connect to the local water supply due to lack of water pressure. Groundwater always has a risks to be polluted depends on the depth, well structure, and sometimes from badly constructed septic tank. But if it’s happened, a water treatment system can be rented or purchased. We suggest to checking the water pressure before renting or purchasing a villa in Bali.
There are two systems for Electrical Supply in Bali Villas. The first is Credit System where you are required to buy the credit by buying the electrical voucher. You can buy the credit (locals call it “Pulsa”) in most minimarket such as Indomaret, Alfamart, MiniMart, CircleK, etc. With this voucher, you can top up the electricity by input the numbers given to the electricity meter. Most of newly built villas are equipped with this electricity system. This system allows you to control your electricity costs. Some villas in Bali still use the second system which is Invoice System. The invoice is usually generated at the beginning of next month, and due before 20th each month. To pay, you can use the same channel as where to buy the Electricity Voucher. Just tell the shopkeeper the electricity meter id number and they will inform you the registrant name to confirm and how much your electricity costs. The electricity costs will depends on the usage mostly of Air conditioner, Kitchen Equipment, Pool Pumps, and water heater. Just to give you a picture, the electricity bills for standard 2-3 bedrooms villa will shows IDR 1.500.000 to IDR 2.500.000 per month.
Nowadays, there is no doubt that the Internet is become an important thing in daily life. Even though few years back, the internet connection in Bali is not very good enough, recently it is getting better and faster with Fiber Optic Connections available in many areas. Most villas in Bali have a basic internet connection installed. You may upgrade the service package to get faster speed. The basic connections installed in Bali Villas usually are 3 to 10 Mbps. It costs around IDR 500.000 to IDR 1.000.000 per month.
There are some Cable TV providers that you can choose to install a Cable TV connection in your Villa in Bali. Anyway, some Internet Providers also offer some packages which include a Cable TV Connection as well. So, it depends on your preference. Some basic channel is included in the packages while some channels are being offered as add-ons. The monthly subscription fee will obviously depends on your chosen package and add-ons selection.
Banjar is a Balinese traditional neighborhood system, an organization that supports all activities of the village administration. They also become adjudicators of adat, traditional law and to determine dates for religious event, collect money for ceremonies, allocate temple maintenance, and on occasion handout summary punishment to trouble makers. Every house in Bali is subject to money contributions to Banjar. The amount is varies depends on the locations and the size of the property. It’s ranging from about IDR 50.000 to IDR 300.000 per month
There is a Local Waste Collection usually arranged by Banjar. They charge around IDR 100.000 to IDR 200.000 per month to pick up your waste 2-3 times per week. The cost is depends on the location and the size of your villa. Sometimes, they will charge an additional for extra waste comes from garden big trimming. Please note that the pickup times and days might be irregular. There also another options to arrange you waste collection. Which is to use a service from a private owned company, such as Eco Bali.