I'll build to code for my family but I cannot afford to pay for permits or want to be forced to hire someone else to do all the costs that ties into the codes, trying to be debt free and a home owner/builder.Why would you want to do this? When you build, you always have to think about selling. Never say you'd never sell. One never knows what the future will bring. And if you do put it on the market in the future, it'll sell for less and take longer than a similar home that's built to code.
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I thought so too, but when we sold our place last summer we had no problems. It sold in two weeks. But..that was in Idaho. Where people dream of being. It comes with the territory in places like that and Alaska.Why would you want to do this? When you build, you always have to think about selling. Never say you'd never sell. One never knows what the future will bring. And if you do put it on the market in the future, it'll sell for less and take longer than a similar home that's built to code.
BTW: Welcome to the forum.
Yes. If thats all I can probably afford it, but would like to know fer sure before buying land and finding $50k attached to various permits.Do you have experience building houses? Hubs and I built our house in GA but he was in construction, knew what he was doing. The only permit we needed was a building permit and it was peanuts. Afterwards there was an electrical inspection that passed with flying colors.
I hired an electrician to install a power pole, meter, main breaker panel. The power company put our temp power in for no cost. (but you reminded we had to buy a transformer)I built the house we are living in now.
I bought the land and got a $50 permit.
I hired an electrician to install a power pole, meter, main breaker panel.
I hired a well driller to drill our well.
I hired a site-work contractor who put in a driveway and he opened the trenches for the foundation.
I hired a foundation contractor who built the foundation.
The rest was done by myself. I put up the walls, roof, floor, insulation, windows, wiring, plumbing.
My permit came with a 'certificate of completion and self-inspection', that I was to sign and send to the state.
After living in our home for twelve years, we decided that we wanted to get a mortgage on it. We were able to get home insurance and a mortgage.
It's what I'm trying to do. It's supprisingly difficult to find resource information, you'd think someone made one already to make it easier for people, or the poor, to find and build their own debt free home. Maybe I'll do it once I go through the process.I think that most places go by the national BOCA code and a permit is needed so that inspections can be done to verify the code has been met. Also, there are PA laws regarding septic systems if you don't build where there is town sewage.
Although I don't like excessive laws, I think most of the building codes are concerned with safety factors. My county has a COG (council of government) where several municipalities combine to meet the building/sewage rules, and hire a sewage enforcement officer and a codes enforcement officer.
But Pennsylvania varies from highly populated cities (specifically Philadelphia and Pittsburgh), to many suburban and rural areas, so it is hard to say what/where rules may be different.
You need to check each town/borough/county/city where you are considering buying land to do your off grid home. It will be a long and frustrating journey, but if you want it, you will persevere and get all your ducks in line so that you don't get a surprise while on your journey.
I am doing that now. I am also hoping that someone here on this forum already done it.You might write to each county...I think there are 67...and, of course, if you deal with a real estate person, ask a million questions and when something looks good, verify all the information with the local government entities...and also, of course, don't buy without seeing the land and the neighborhood. The sales pitch may not be fully/partially accurate.