Tips For Building A Private Road

Few things are more exciting than purchasing land and beginning construction of your dream home. Before you get too far in the planning process, though, you may need to first put in a private road to your home site. These roads generally wend their way from the nearest public road, which means you will have to consider some logistics before finalizing your home's site and final design. The following tips can help you avoid problems.

Tip #1: Perform a survey

It's always important to have a survey done before purchasing land, but it is especially important if you need to construct a road. The survey won't just show your property boundaries, but it will also show the best places for laying down a road along with possible home sites. With a survey you may be able to avoid crossing your neighbor's lands – which is vital if you want to avoid the need for an easement to place the road on their land. These easements can lead to legal hassles down the road, especially if your neighbor sells to someone that doesn't want to maintain the easement agreement.

Tip #2: Consider the utilities

If you have a couple of public roads to choose from when it comes to installing your private road, check into the utility options. In some cases it is easier or less expensive to run utilities from one of the roads as opposed to the other. As a general rule, you want to run utilities from the road when possible. Although a utility company can cut cross country to install power or water, it often costs more and your power is the last one to be serviced in the event of an outage since it is the hardest to access.

Tip #3: Determine your ongoing maintenance limits

Many private roads are dirt or gravel, but that doesn't mean that yours has to be made from these materials. Asphalt and concrete roads cost more, but they can also be easier to maintain. These roads make the most sense when they are connecting to a paved public road and you don't mind the initial investment. You can protect the investment by having the road sealcoated every few years and then repaired and repaved when cracks or damage becomes extensive. Dirt and gravel generally require yearly grading, and even so you will still have to deal with dirt, dust, and some washboarding of the surface.

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