A local home builder got in hot water part-way through the construction of a home for a family on their property, when someone discovered that the new house was several feet over the property line. I don’t know how this turned out. Even when our banker let slip that he was involved in lending the money to the home owners during this fiasco, he wouldn’t divulge any details. Some things are just better not being close enough to know everything.
So, here’s my plea and warning for you to take care of this crucial detail – be absolutely certain of the locations of the property lines and corners before you start. And I don’t mean maybe! I knew about where the four corner pins were on our lot, but couldn’t find them, even with my metal detector. So, Guthrie the land surveyor went to the lot and located the pins, for a small price ($275). How much is it worth to be sure you are building your home within the property lines?
Anyway, a few days ago, after the lot had been graded, Susan and I met Doug the concrete man there to locate the corners of the house. Using the corner pins, we measured back from the front property line the distance we felt was best (about 35 feet), which was well within the allowable building area at the 25 foot minimum setback required on the lot.
After setting the four basic corners of the house, we could visualize the view from the front porch and back patio. Nice trees!
Doug said he had to finish up a job and then come to ours by Wednesday (tomorrow). He will take care of getting the layout and footing materials delivered by the lumber supplier. Rained here and on the lot tonight. Hopefully tomorrow afternoon the weather will be good!
Last week we got David the electrician to install the temporary power pole, which is just a 4×4 treated post with a meter base, some circuit breakers and electrical receptacles. David does enough of these with the electric coop that I just asked all the questions about what needed to happen first, and then next and next. He called me later that day to say that the pole was in place. We established the account online with the electric coop, who will connect power to the pole and snap in the meter.
Susan also went to the water board office (must make a personal appearance) and paid the $560 fee to establish the account and get the meter installed in the box, which was in place when we bought the lot. The meter was put in the next day, as I discovered while we were meeting with Doug the concrete man. I called Bill the plumber, who said he would “send the boys” over soon to install the temporary water hydrant at the meter. Lots of phone calls!
Water and electricity – two construction site essentials. Not to mention the portable toilet, which is set to be delivered tomorrow, in time for the concrete crew (about $80 per month).
So, today’s lesson is to be certain of the locations of your property lines before laying out the house, and to get your utilities started just before the layout of the batterboards begins.
Thank you so much for reading.
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