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Posted by Mary in PA on 10/26/2009

The house and site planning has certainly occupied center stage in our planning to date, but I have been trying to get a few other things going too. We don’t plan to start building the house until Spring of 2010, but we have a driveway scheduled to go in on Oct. 29th (yeah!) We’re still finalizing the site planning but I feel we’re good to go on the driveway. Its total length from the road to the house and outbuildings will be at least 900 ft., but we are putting in only 670 ft. next week. The remaining 200+ ft. won’t be put in until construction, to give us flexibility in finalizing building placement over the winter months.

 

Getting the driveway going provided me with a much needed round of practice in getting a permit and contacting, interviewing and selecting a contractor. I also had to prepare, deliver, and get the contractor's signature on the contract agreement and Stipulation Against Liens document (aka Stip). The doc prep took me a little bit of time, but should go faster next time. Getting the signature on the contract agreement was no problem. It reflected his proposal with some added items to be more clear on scope and expected quality - and didn’t have anything a self-respecting business person would have a problem with. But the Stip – well, that was a sticking point indeed. I knew it would be, as he had a negative opinion on signing one when I asked him about it during our initial discussion. After some discussion the doc was signed and I filed it at the courthouse the next day. Wasn’t sure how to do that, but in the end it only took about 45 seconds in the prothonotary’s office. I think we’re good to go on Oct. 29th.

 

When we planted our property for pasture grass, I remember watching the skies and hoping for rain. Now were ‘planting’ a driveway and I’m hoping for clear dry weather. Fickle girl!

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