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More To Consider Than You Think!

 

 

Are you considering building your own home? 

If so, please read this article - it may help you with some of the decisions you will have to make.

Home construction is a major effort and probably the single largest investment the average person will make during their lifetime. Because of this, it is not something you should begin without a full understanding of the effort involved.

When my husband and I decided to build our dream home a few years ago, we did so without previous experience. The project was enormous and our knowledge was obtained "on-the-job".

Here are a few questions you may want to ask yourself before you and your wife begin the project. You do realize that it will take both of you to complete the effort. Even if you do most of the manual work, she will want to be involved in the design, placement on the site, and interior finishing.

1. Have you and your spouse ever undertaken a joint project? (If so, were you able to complete it without disagreement or, if you did disagree on something, were you able to work it out to the satisfaction of both parties. The ability to communicate and resolve issues is critical to the enjoyment of building your own home. Don’t attempt it if this is not possible!)

2. Can you complete the task in the time allowed by your interim financing company? (Do you know what interim financing means?)

 3. Do you have the necessary construction skills to do the work yourself or do you plan to hire subcontractors to do the work? (If you hire others to do the work – are you knowledgeable enough to know if they are giving you "your money’s worth" and if the job is being completed according to "code"?

4. Can you look at the work and determine if the "quality of workmanship" is acceptable?

5. Do you have a job that will allow you to make frequent trips (daily) by the construction site to check on progress.)

If you believe you have the right answers to the above questions then let's go over the first step you need to complete

You could purchase land inside the city limits but that may make your project more difficult due to zoning codes, building codes, permits, and some cities require a General Contractor (that’s you) to have a special license.

If you have already decided to purchase land in the country, you will need to check for your County codes also. In our county, we are required to have a minimum of 2 acres in order to build a home.

Potable Water

Is there a Community Water System available? Most people think water is available nationwide now but that is not the case. In some rural areas, community water systems may not have memberships available due to their current loads. If your area does not have community water available then you will need to dig/drill a well. Be sure you check with the local residents to find out how deep you will have to go and what the quality of the water is in the area. You might want to try a sample so you know what to expect.

PLEASE DO NOT OVERLOOK THIS ISSUE – OUR WATER (AND IT IS FROM A COMMUNITY WATER SUPPLIER) IS REALLY NOT DRINKABLE. THE STATE HAS CERTIFIED IT AS SAFE FOR HUMAN CONSUMPTION – BUT, IT SPOILS THE TASTE OF COFFEE, TEA, AND JUST A PLAIN GLASS OF COLD WATER FOR DRINKING. WE BOUGHT BOTTLED WATER UNTIL A COUPLE OF YEARS AGO WHEN WE PURCHASED A COUNTER TOP DISTILLER (GREAT INVESTMENT). WE ONLY USE OUR TAP WATER FOR COOKING WHERE THE TASTE DOES NOT AFFECT THE FOOD.

Electricity

Rural electricity is available in all areas of the country but, it may not be available on the property you select. This could increase your cost if the local electric company requires you to pay for extending their power lines onto your land. Check with the service office to determine the company’s requirements.

Our electric supplier is a local Co-op and they will send a field engineer out to the property in question and give an estimate as to the amount of effort involved and the cost. This is also a MAJOR item to be considered. We are very happy with our company but we were just lucky as the power lines were already on our neighbors property when we purchased our land and he graciously granted the electric company a right of way through his land to run power to our property.

Sewer

Sewer Service is non-existent in the country. Residents rely on septic systems that are installed underground. This is a very important issue and you should research the subject fully before deciding on a particular system. In our adjoining county, only aerobic systems are allowed and there are some pretty strict regulations that must be followed. Most counties require septic systems conform to certain health requirements, and they must be inspected before they are completed. This is one item that really needs to be done by a professional. Putting in anything less than a county or state approved system can result in a violation of the Environmental Protection laws and large fines.

Telephone Service

Definitely a necessity in todays world. How else can you connect to the internet if you don’t have it? Be sure you know who is supplying service to your area. Contact the company and find out if they have an underground cable close to your property line. In most cases, there shouldn't be a problem but if you have selected a site that is isolated, you may not be so lucky. Also, if you select an area that is experiencing huge growth, you may also have a time delay in getting service.

Our next article will cover the Design of your home.


Article by: Ellen Mayo

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