What is an Easement? It can be a utility pipe underground, electrical line overhead, or a road. According to Webster’s Dictionary: an interest in land owned by another that entitles its holder to a specific limited use or enjoyment. What does this mean to you?
If you are building or buying land with an easement, you need to be aware that the utility companies might need to access their areas for maintenance. You always need to check to make sure there are no utility lines prior to digging or building. If you have overhead electrical lines, the utility truck might come through to trim tree limbs. Easements can also depreciate property value. So if you are buying property ask your Agent about this.
If you have road easement, this is a whole other issue. They can be good, and they can be bad. First off, you need to understand how they will be maintained, how will it be used, and how many people will be using it. There are several scenarios to consider too.
If you are building a new home, or even performing any construction, and you live down an easement road, always take into account your neighbors. Yes, they will have to put up with additional trucks and traffic. One of the rules of thumb to remember: you are tearing the road up, so it should be up to you to repair it. Don’t ask your fellow neighbors to help with this expense. They should help with expense only with normal wear and tear. Make sure the road is not littered during construction. Once construction is completed, fix the road.
Normal wear and tear on an easement road means everyone needs to chip in. If you live at the front, your expenses should be less than those living at the end. If you have a gate, everyone should be responsible for chipping in on the repairs for that too. If a gate is put up to only handle minimum cars, and you build for a family of 8 and everyone drives a car, this gate might not hold up with all the traffic. So again, should you make everyone pay for your adjustments? Just some things to take into account.
My final comment and tip: You should take into consideration your neighbors with an easement road whether it involves construction or pure recreation. If your family is constantly using the road for recreation, think about the wear and tear, noise, and more. Most people move to the Hill Country to get away from the city. They sure don’t want the city moving in next door. Plus, you should be more responsible for maintenance and how others will feel. The latter tip is being felt more and more in the Hill Country. I hear it as a builder and as a real estate agent.
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