We met the excavator who was extremely familiar with the area. He could not find the septic tank. We were delivered two bits of recorded information about the septic tank and they had discrepancies. The excavator said he could make it work if we decided to go with a crawl space and Paul wouldn’t budge with his desire to have a basement (he forgave the pig farm down the road for this one.) Another option would be to build the basement up from the ground and bring in fill dirt and lose a bunch of trees. Approximate price for dirt was $30K and that was just the dirt, not the equipment to move the dirt. Price tag for losing trees was priceless.
We started looking at a couple of other lots the day before. It was a delicious heavily wooded 6 acre parcel high on a ridge, overlooking 3 private ponds, the Kalamazoo river and Allegan lake. Plenty of suitable building spots. Utilities could get costly. It has been on the market for 539 days, same price, so we KNOW we will have NO competition.
We had our agent throw in an offer then Paul was off to do his brother Pete’s home inpection. I had Carol and Greg drive me to a nearby subdivision so I could check out some two acre parcels for “backup” “just in case.”
To my delight, this subdivision housed “Craftsman” homes JUST LIKE the one we want to build. I couldn’t wait for Paul to get back so we could go back out and he could see this lot!
When Paul came back, we drove back out and looked at the lot. He wanted to hate it but he loved it! Our agent called us and told us there were multiple offers on the “ridge lot” (of course, you know, the one that had been on the market 539 days!) We told her to put another offer on the other lot in the subdivision with the craftsman homes. She thought we were crazy but we were nothing short of desperate.