The corner markers were obvious except for two. They had to go back to the courthouse to get maps of the adjacent properties so they could triangulate the azimuths for the southern and eastern sides of the lot. At the front right side of the lot, the fence along the northern edge is actually on the neighbors property. But I think since it has been the accepted property line for over 70 years that it doesn't matter. Either way, the neighbors wouldn't come on our side of the fence and we wouldn't go on their side (unless one invited the other). The two other fence lines on the northern side are pretty straightforward from corner marker to corner marker. The back side of the property is wooded and a power line easement shares a border with us. It is fenced inside the treeline so the right of way for Alabama Power is not obstructed.
The southern side of the property was a bear to survey. They couldn't find the corner marker so that's why they needed to go back to the courthouse for more maps. Once they had that info, they were able to find the marker. According to their calculations, it was off by about a foot so we gained some land with this survey. They set the new marker and shot an azimuth across the open field to the opposite southern corner. They then set several stakes across the field so we would know where to build our fence. A survey involves a lot of walking and having to deal with 6' tall weeds and extremely thick grass doesn't help. And let's not forget the briars and tree limbs in the wooded section.
The cost to build a carport, build a workshop, build the bridge, buy appliances and buy all the lighting for the inside of the house are not included in the construction cost of the house. All that will be a good chunk of change, especially since Cynthia has champagne taste. $4,500 for appliances, $2,500 for lighting, $ 1,500 for smart home gadgets, $1,500 for the washer and dryer, $1,500 for the carport, $2,500 for the workshop, $3,000 for concrete work... whew, it adds up quickly. All that totals $17,000! Ouch.
Two more weeks til closing and then the money will start flowing out like a dam burst. I hate writing those huge checks but it is all part of the process. And... we're trying not think about the house payments that start right away. Add that to the rent payment we are already making, so we will be hurrying the builder on as much as possible. Once we get the certificate of occupancy, we will refinance the loan through the VA for a much lower rate. All in due time... 5
The southern edge of the land did not have an identifiable border so we started building a fence along that edge. We drove the fence posts in a few inches inside the property line. We've a long way to go on the fencing and it won't be done for a long time. That's a lot of distance to cover and the dang fencing material ain't cheap! In addition that, we are not used to all this manual labor so we are a bit sore right now. Hopefully, we will get used to this and maybe even lose a few pounds along the way!
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