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07 December 2004 @ 03:54 pm
More on Nova Scotia  
This looks to have been written as late as 2002. It looks at Nova Scotia from a British rather than US perspective, but it's still got some good points, most notably checking on septic systems and road access. I'd add grid access to that as well, because if the land is rural enough, the power grid may not be extended that far. Generating our own power is a very nice idea, but I don't think it's practical.

So, items to think about when preparing to purchase land:

1. Is there grid access? How much will it cost us to run lines out and/or hook up each house? (Assuming we end up using it for houses and not just camping.)

2. Same as #1, but for water.

3. Is there sewer access, or would we need a septic tank?

4. Is there road access within the property? If not, how much will it cost to put roads in? Gravel, dirt, paved?

Looking at this, #4 seems to be the biggest concern. I am thinking that building roads costs lots of money. Possibly more than we would be able to afford.

Hmm. My dream may be dying a quick and simple death.
Tyellastyellas on December 7th, 2004 01:24 pm (UTC)
Building a driveway isn't so bad - I've seen friends do it themselves renting the equipment to grade the road and then using good ol' shovels to get the gravel out there. Basic roadage would probably get taken care of when houses are constructed. Besides, it sounds like the sort of propety where you'd need 4WD vehicles instead of just having them to show off.

Sewer access? -smiles- Septic tanks and wells/water tanks are in your future, I think.
Dana: no i said allo! (i_cracked)thirdsouthobbi on December 7th, 2004 01:57 pm (UTC)
My family owns a small patch of land in Wisconsin and my father built a dirt road when we first got it and then put gravel down a few years ago to make it easier to drive on. They're not too hard or expensive. Concrete would be, but dirt and gravel are relatively simple. I can talk to my dad if you want.

Gravel would probably be the easiest, but if there are small children running about, they could easily get hurt on the gravel. I hated my neighbor's driveway when I was little for precisely that reason. Dirt would be the easiest, I think, you'd probably just have to mow/weedwhack down to the dirt and then salt the earth so nothing will grow there. Gravel would be the same, just distributing gravel over it, I think.

Like I said, I can ask my father. He's a construction worker and knows about this kind of stuff.