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New Construction, Maine Land Needing Something On It.

New Construction, Maine Land Needing Something On It.

The neighbor fired up a skill saw this morning and it hit me as something special.

New construction or fixing up anything already built is industrious, shows care and respect. And belief in the future in a small Maine community. New construction on Maine land is not the long and drawn out process folks from out of state fear either.

So many share horror stories about building, remodeling, new home construction projects where they are coming from and still have night sweats over the expensive, drawn out nightmare.

In Maine there are not the layers of players and life is simpler.

Shoreland zoning, building around a natural resource is more restrictive but for good reason.

Maine is all about keep it clean, pure, all natural.

To protect the environment and using common sense, methods to avoid or stop soil erosion or anything leaching into the crystal clean waterways in Maine.

Kinda think like a fish… they would holler or gurgle if they could talk about how much they hate lawns, weed and feed, pressure treated arsenic floats and docks.

So how does it work when reaching for power tools and measuring, slicing up boards? Unfolding the blue prints and putting a rock on each corner at the work site.

Doing the ground work. Building from the dreaming about the place in your head and how to wake up with it on the Maine land. The easiest, cost efficient way possible for new construction on the land in Maine.

If you are in a small Maine town which most of these burgs are, the town office is usually only open a number of hours, just a few days a week. Not a bunch of municipal cars parked outside a town office and folks coming and going, shuffling paperwork either.

No, it is a one town manager, part or full time, and other folks with full time jobs holding down the stint on the animal control, fire warden, zoning and planning boards all in one in small Maine villages.

Often six people wearing all the hats in a small Maine town. And when you get off one job after decades of service in that role, hokey pokey jump back into this one. Cross training happening so everyone knows what the rest of the tight knit family is doing. They had the same rotation of job last term in the small town elections won by a landslide margin.

Only so many folks to do the day to day in small Maine towns.

It cuts through the paperwork and you are dealing with local control. The person that is the building inspector, the town tax assessor is up close and personal. One of your neighbors and not a hired gun from away and locally employed the bulk of the time somewhere away from the Maine town office.

But volunteering for  many posts from school board to fire department in the small Maine town. Being of service, more involved. Because not a enough money in the property tax base to do it any other way. Home grown not store bought.

 So building permit if there is one for the structure construction can also first require a septic system HHE 200 plan . To make sure a three foot hole is dug. A soil test to be performed. To make sure the Maine land is buildable for new construction.

That’s for starters and then to make sure the well for drinking water and other uses is at least a 100′ feet from the septic system sewer disposal leach field. And anyone else’s septic system, disposal system that might be too close for comfort on a neighboring Maine land parcel. maineinsidehomephoto

On a Maine lake, river, the elbow room is way way less. The waterfront pretty special and very popular.

And the shoreland zoning regulations of 250′ back from the high water mark takes over.

That section of waterfront protection kicks into gear as the extra template, beefed up scrutiny lowered down from up overhead.

The set backs from the shoreline of 100′ and the sidelines all have to fit into place. for the new construction project. 

Or more Maine land needs to be purchased if nothing grandfathered in for a little slack in the regulations.

Because you are improving an existing situation done back before regulations specified the new stronger set of requirements to conform with local rules in construction development on the town, city, platation or unorganize territory Maine land.

So thinking of building something new, fresh and worried about lots of red tape?

It is not like out of state here in Maine. You are not in Kansas any more Toto. Folks in Maine want to help, will give you quidance and direction. Expect the same courtesy back from your direction the other way.

The people who get madder than a wet hen did not ask a few questions first and have themselves to blame for not knowing how the local turf rock and rolls with new construction permitting.

There is something special about a lumber truck bringing in and dropping off building materials to a job site. To a just cleared building site for ready for the next phase of new constructon. And to see local craftsman tackling new construction projects like ants at a picnic. Hearing the beep beep beep backing up delivery and cement trucks.

Seeing something going up quickly as the frame takes shape. And  the slower finish work from siding, heating, flooring, window trim and everything inside that gets whipped into shape with pride, respect, love. I can smell the new saw dust, the finish on the wainscoting and fresh paint now.

Like I said, all it takes is the sound of a table or skill saw and a person wants to be knee deep in a building project of their own.

Building on Maine land, new construction projects on the piece of dirt you buy and call your future home sweet home. Or second vacation home or camp, cottage. Here to help as a resource to point  out the steps to take to do it right. If you are going to put something on the Maine land you spy with your little eye and buy and it calls for new construction.

I’m Maine REALTOR Andrew Mooers, ME Broker

207.532.6573 | [email protected] |

MOOERS REALTY 69 North Street Houlton Maine 04730



Andrew Mooers

Welcome to our Maine real estate website. I am the father of four grown children, have listed, marketed, sold properties for over forty years. Lots of changes in the real estate industry over that many decades and daily we re-invent our job. I grew up on a Maine farm that I bought from by three older brothers. My youngest son continues in the tradition on that same Maine farm. Here to help with property searches for homes, farms, land, waterfront, multi housing rentals, small mom and pop business listings.

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