As I said in yesterday’s blog, before we can proceed with our carport project, we have to have a survey done of our property. Here in Volusia County, Florida, in an area zoned residential like ours, you can only have 35% of your property covered with structure.
Looking at aerial views of our lot, it seems like we are probably over that already. When I talked to the people from Stevens Construction, they worried that I might be opening a can of worms because if we are already over the allowed percentage, it would mean that something built on our property did not have the proper permits or it would not have been allowed. This caused me some concern, but when I went to the county’s website and pulled up our lot description yesterday, I saw that everything that had been done before we purchased it had the proper permits. So at least that’s not going to be a problem. The only issue is that darn percentage we have to work with, if any.
As for finding a surveyor, they are apparently as scarce as teeth in West Virginia. You do know that the toothbrush was invented in West Virginia, right? Otherwise, it would have been called the teeth brush. I talked to four different local surveyors yesterday, and all of them were booked up until at least mid-December, and most of them into the new year. However, I did speak to one who does quite a bit of work with our contractor, and they said that since ours is going to be a pretty simple survey, they will do their best to get out here sometime in the next three to five weeks if they have somebody in the area who has the time after they finish another job.
After hearing from readers around the country, I’m beginning to think I’m in the wrong business. Readers from here in Florida, as well as Pennsylvania, Arizona, Montana, and Oregon, all wrote to tell me that they are facing the same delays in getting property surveys done. I guess the current building boom is giving them more work than they have time to do. I knew that home prices were sky high, but I didn’t realize there was actually a building boom going on. Did you? An article from last year that I read yesterday said that we could expect surveying job opportunities to increase by more than twenty percent in the next ten years.
At any rate, that’s what’s going on here. Someday we may get a survey done (or maybe not), and then someday we may actually get a building permit issued (or maybe not), and someday we may actually get our carport put up (or maybe not). As Gilda Radner’s hilarious character Roseann Rosannadanna used to say in her old Saturday Night Live skits, “It’s always something.”
And finally, here’s a chuckle to start your day from the collection of funny signs we see in our travels and that our readers share with us.
It’s Thursday, so it’s time for a new Free Drawing. This week’s prize is an RV camping journal donated by Barbara House. Barbara makes several variations of these, and they all have pages where you can list the date, weather, where you traveled to and from that day, beginning and ending mileage, campground information including amenities at RV sites, a place for campground reviews, room to record activities, people met along the way, reminders of places to see and things to do the next time you’re in the area, and a page for notes for each day. To enter, click on this Free Drawing link or the tab at the top of this page and enter your name (first and last) in the comments section at the bottom of that page (not this one). Only one entry per person per drawing please, and you must enter with your real name. To prevent spam or multiple entries, the names of cartoon or movie characters are not allowed. The winner will be drawn Sunday evening. Note: Due to the high shipping cost of printed books and Amazon restrictions on e-books to foreign countries, only entries with US addresses and e-mail addresses are allowed.
Thought For The Day – I keep getting run over by the same bike every day. It’s a vicious cycle.