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Spring Is Coming...Plans To Build That Energy Efficient Maine Home?

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You've had it with the old place...the one that needs so much and will nickel and dime you. Starting fresh..building new. You are thinking of buying a piece of land for your dream home. 

This next place will be on one floor, practically heat it with a match..and all brand new.  So about the land it sits on...no big deal right..any old piece of land will work? All land is the same? Noooo.  Considerations..slope of land..is there a goat like climbing up the hill behind the home site you are considering? Unless you put in drainage field around this home site with a french drain and tiles, you will become a good swimmer doing laps in the cellar where you rec room items will be floating one spring morning or during a three day summer rain.  Being at the bottom of the drainage is the pits. Put if you park the place on the top of Mount Everest, as you get older and during winter there is ice to deal with and difficulty getting in the sharp slope driveway. And when you are on top of an open field, you get hit hard with winds, snow drift. No bugs in the summer as strong breeze on this ridge top land, but hey..was that a shingle that just blew off? The soil type itself makes a major difference. You know where you see a pond? That has clay for a bottom to hold the water and keep it from draining.  You do not want this soil profile around your home as water will enter the dwelling cellar as no other place else to drain. For farmers, this type of soil profile is called "slow to warm up" in the spring. It will not drain fast..like a clogged sink.   Rich, fertile rusting soil that is orange color is super for gardens but you really want clean gravel around the foundation.  If you septic system out in the country is a raised bed variety, there is extra money in installation and you have to maintain a pump to life the waste to the leach field...you know it looks like a dead whale in your back yard.  No clay, but sometimes sand drains too fast. Check your soils.

So buying land to build on? Don't scrimp on these details or the new home fantasy will become a nightmare.  That's not what you want in the golden years right? In Maine in the country zoning is not usually an issue in rural parts of the maine real estate agent, realtor broker andrew mooers, houlton maine 04730state. But you need to check zoning, think about ledge considerations, how much to bring in power, get a soil test for septic and a well driller lined up. We are here to help with the check list and what to do first. Watch An Extreme Make Over Project Movie Below.

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Comment balloon 2 commentsAndrew Mooers | 207.532.6573 • February 01 2009 03:26PM

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For exercise, you could swim around the moat for the house in the photo!

Posted by Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital (RLAH Real Estate) over 11 years ago

Pat...put on your water wings...I'll make the Koolade and order in some chinese for the big pool party!

Posted by Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker (MOOERS REALTY) over 11 years ago

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