You reached the conclusion that a shipping container home is just what you need on your property? Then you’re probably interested in how to get started. It’s true that you’ll need time and patience to make it happen, but don’t fret.
There are a number of rules to be respected, but it’s nothing too difficult or impossible to achieve. You just need to pay attention and gather all the information before starting any project.
This will save you from headaches and disappointments later and will keep you from unnecessary spending. To give you a helping hand, here are a number of valuable tips that will help you get started easier and faster.
Start with the restrictions
If you skipped the part in which we mentioned deed restrictions, you should know that there might be some regarding your property or the one you are about to purchase. Usually, deed restrictions are unveiled when a property is purchased. But if you disregarded this aspect, it’s time to find out what the deed restrictions for your property are.
1. Find a Title Company – they will help you find the information you need
Title Companies can help you find out deed restrictions for your property, in case you don’t have them. Hiring such a company will save you from the trouble of looking for it yourself. You should find the restrictions before you invest anything in the property. Make sure that the restrictions don’t interfere with your home-building plans.
2. Contact Local Government Institutions
If your property is within city limits, you will have to go to the city government. If the property is located outside a city, the county government is a suitable authority in this case. You could find the info you’re looking for online, for sure, but visiting the institution in person could provide answers to questions you may have.
The reason you have to visit such offices is to find out the codes applicable in your case. As you may already know, you cannot build something without respecting the codes of a certain area. Because these codes are set at a local level, a zoning office and building permitting office must be visited when in the city, and building permitting office when outside the city
Ask the right questions
Are you nervous that you won’t get the permit once they hear you want a shipping container home? Well, authorities have no reason to reject such a request right from the start.
The local authorities don’t have too many connections with building regulations. So, as long as the local zoning and codes are respected, they won’t have anything against a shipping container home.
Coming up with a project that is within the accepted standards and codes is the way to go. In other words, don’t just go in there saying that you want to build a container home. Ask about the zoning, codes, and what should be respected in the case of a container home.
Such requests are usually denied in case the home is below the admitted size, has metal walls obvious on the exterior, or the project presents other features that are not accepted. Doing proper research and going to the local authorities well prepared will certainly give you an advantage. If you can provide sufficient information and arguments, even if the authorities are not too familiar with the situation, it will be hard for them to say no. And even if you do get a “no”, don’t give up. Find people and solutions that will get you to the desired goal.