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Planning to Buy or Build?

Living in the Country?

Getting a Good Start

Items to Consider- Community Features

Items to Consider- Soils

Items to Consider- Water Supply

Items to Consider- Sewage System

Items to Consider- Regulations, Legal Requirements, Local Assessments

Items to Consider- Natural Features & Drainage Characteristics

Agency and Office Information

Zoning Officials

Cities & Villages

Schools

Township Buildings

Post Offices

Utility Companies

Where to Obtain Specific Information

Publications About Home Building

 

 

 

Items to Consider

 

For Additional Information Contact:

Community Features

(See Key on Pg 2)

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What home utilities are available?

q electric       q water            q gas

q sewage   q telephone  q cable

Local Utility Co. HCRWSD RWSD

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Are sidewalks, curbs, and streets installed, or will they be added in the future for which property owners may have assessments?

HCPC

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Have you checked the surrounding area for industries (including farm livestock operations) that you may consider a nuisance to live near, or which may adversely affect the resale value of property?

Chamber of Commerce

HCPC, HD, SWCD, ZI

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Does parcel have or abut a public road for access? Is there a safe, convenient vehicle entrance and exit from public road?

CE, HCPC, ODOT

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What is distance from property location to place of employment?

Local Map

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What is street and traffic pattern?

CE

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Is there a snow removal program?

CE, TT

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Are quality schools within walking distance? Is school bus service provided for those beyond walking distance?

Local School System

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Are churches, banks, recreation centers, libraries swimming pools, etc., available in community?

Chamber of Commerce

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Where does the mail box go?

USPS

     
     

Soils

___ What kind of soils are found on property?

HD, SWCD, OSUE, NRCS

___ Have you checked on suitability of soils for building?

HD, SWCD, NRCS

Wetness

HD, SWCD, NRCS

Shrink and swell (evidence: cracking due to retracting/expanding action)

HD, SWCD, NRCS

Ponding

HD, SWCD, NRCS

Soil slope (percentage of slope)

HD, SWCD, NRCS

Sand or gravel pockets

HD, SWCD, NRCS

Depth to bedrock

HD, SWCD, NRCS

Permeability (internal water movement)

HD, SWCD, NRCS

River or stream level influence

CE, HD, SWCD, NRCS

Flooding Hazard

CE, HD,HCPC, SWCD, NRCS

___ Does lot surface seem to be free of rock formations that would adversely affect excavation for basement and foundation walls six (6) feet below surface?

HD, SWCD, NRCS

___ Will back filling with coarser material around foundations be necessary to reduce shrink-swell hazard?

SWCD, NRCS

___ During excavation, will topsoil be stockpiled for future use for lawns and final grading?

SWCD, NRCS

___ Is there enough topsoil to establish a good lawn and productive garden?

OSUE

___ Are outlets available for footer drains? (sump pump and/or gravity flow)

HD, HCPC, SWCD, NRCS

___ Will artificial drainage be necessary to handle excess soil wetness?

HD, SWCD, NRCS

 

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