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LOT IMPROVEMENT CHECKLIST

Sample Lot
Improvement Checklist

PERMITS EXPLANATION OR DESCRIPTION OF NEED
Special Engineering
Engineering requirements may vary per municipality. A civil engineer will be needed to complete grading plans and septic designs if not already completed.
Building Permits
Costs may vary per township and third party inspection agency.
Water Tap in Fees/ Well Permit
Lot owners should verify with the local water authority to confirm additional costs if public water is available to subject lot. Septic permits may also be required per municipality, costs may vary.
Sewer Tap in Fees/ Septic System
Lot owners should verify with the local sewer authority to confirm additional costs if public sewer is available to subject lot. Sep- tic permits may also be required per municipality, costs may vary.
Impact Fees
Verify Impact Fees with local municipality. Impact fees are typically paid by the developer or the owner of the lot prior to the subdivision
Grading Plan Review, Site Plan Review, Septic Design
Municipalities use third party companies for inspections and reviews, costs typically vary.
Electric Connection Fees
Connection fees may vary, depending on location of the electrical supply and distance to the subject home from the connection point.
POTENTIAL SITE IMPROVEMENTS EXPLANATION OR DESCRIPTION OF NEED
Fill in/Fill Out
Fill in or fill out costs will very from site to site depending on the topography of the lot.
Soil Erosion Controls
Silt fencing is required to prevent any runoff during the construction period and is required to be installed as per the approved soil and erosion plan.
Tree Removal
Depending on the lot and placement of the home additional cost may occur, a permit may be needed depending on the munici- pality.
Rock Removal & Substandard Soil Conditions
Rock removal and substandard soil conditions could be unforeseen items and may have additional costs.
Trenching
Trenching is required to install utilities to the home. Costs will vary depending on the distance of the home and setback from the road.
Infiltration Systems/ Storm Water Man- agement
Infiltration systems may be required for the home site and costs vary per municipality, verification is also necessary.
Well
In the event public water is not available a well must be installed, costs may vary depending on the depth of the well and gallons per minute.
Public Water
A cost will be associated with installing water lines from the water access point to the home. Depending on location of the water line, street cutting fees may apply as well as additional municipality fees.
Septic System
In the event public sewer is not available a septic system must be installed, costs will vary depending on the type of system.
POTENTIAL SITE IMPROVEMENTS EXPLANATION OR DESCRIPTION OF NEED
Grinder Pump
In the event the sewer lines are not gravity fed a grinder pump may be required at an additional cost.
Public Sewer
A cost will be associated with installing sewer lines from the sewer access point to the home. Depending on location of the sewer line, street cutting fees may apply as well as additional municipality fees.
Driveway
Driveway costs vary depending on width and length.
Driveway Stone Only
Stone driveway is required to gain access to the home from the street during the construction period.
ADDITIONAL SITE IMPROVEMENTS EXPLANATION OR DESCRIPTION OF NEED
Service Walks
Depending on the local municipality service walks may be required. Service walks to the front door may be concrete, paver style or stone. Materials may vary based on municipality requirements and home owner choices.
Public Walks
Depending on the municipality public walks may need to be installed. Owner should verify with locality.
Curb Cuts
A curb cut may be required when an existing curb is already installed and access must be gained to the home site.
Final Grading
Final grading is required prior to seeding. Final grade is completed to prepare the lot for seeding. Swales and other lot specifics may be required per plan. Additional top soil may be hauled in for added cost.
Seeding
Most municipalities now require seeding to be completed prior to closing. A hydro seed is Spectrum’s preferred method but additional options are available. Costs will vary depending upon the amount to be seeded and application type.
Landscaping
Landscaping allowances are determined by the lot owner. Community deed restrictions may require certain landscaping to be installed within a specific period of time, once the home is completed. Review deed restrictions for verification.