WHAT DO I NEED TO THINK ABOUT BEFORE I DECIDE TO BUILD A NEW HOME

If you are thinking of building and don't have a piece of land, what are the steps I need to do to get to move in day.

1) Find a lot or track of land. In-town or rural ?  When looking, you need to think about power, sewer and water. If it is an in-town lot, is there sewer and water stubbed into site ? Are there power lines going by property?

If it is rural, are there power lines going by site ? Plan on a septic and well.

2) Zoning, setbacks, Town elevation building heights, Planning Board process, or Wet Land issues.

3) Design of house? How is this going to get done? Do I need an Architect, or is my builder going to draw it up. Structural considerations ? Ledge issues? Slope of land issues ?

4) Permits?  What do I need ? Building, plumbing, septic, electrical, shore-land zoning, driveway curb cut. Visit your Code Enforcement Officer and chat with he or she.

5) Time to select a builder if you don't have one.. Word of mouth, talk to contractor services at your local lumber yard.  Interview several if needed. Get references. Talk estimates, payment schedule, owner responsibilities Etc.

6)Many decisions to be made by owner. Be prepared from house siting to color of paint, flooring types to bathroom fixtures, light switch locations to heating systems, ceiling heights to code compliance issues.

So if you are ready, and you want a seasoned professional, call McCormick & Associates Builders in West Rockport. 207-236-8528, or visit our office at 655 West Street, West Rockport, or visit our web site at mccormickbuilders.com......Since 1974

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