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Old 01-21-2018, 05:15 PM
 
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Problem with crawl space is mold and mildew. It's hard to control. You can seal the space, dehumidify it etc but all that is expensive with on going maintenance. With a slab and top down construction, all those issues go away.
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Old 01-24-2018, 08:25 AM
 
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We have a raised slab Savvy home in Pender county and have had zero issues with cracking, flooding, moisture. It's all about how well it was installed. Moisture creep in poorly installed slabs can be a real issue but can be abated by laying tile. So far, after 2 hurricanes (we are 3 miles from the beach) and this recent horrendous cold snap, we experienced lows in the single digits for consecutive nights, we had no issues at all, no frozen pipes. I would echo the propane / natural gas heat if you can. Heat pumps are useless under constant 32 and below temps and very expensive to operate in such circumstance. The bills in our subdivision were roughly $400 for the month of the cold snap,these are bills that are usually in the $90-$110 range.
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Old 01-24-2018, 10:56 AM
 
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Yes, we would definitely prefer propane / natural gas, but as one person mentioned they didn't think natural gas is available in Wilmington - is this true?
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Old 01-24-2018, 11:04 AM
 
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Yes, we would definitely prefer propane / natural gas, but as one person mentioned they didn't think natural gas is available in Wilmington - is this true?
Natural gas exists in Wilmington. No idea how widely available it is. You might want to call Piedmont Natural Gas and ask. Of course, propane is available anywhere.
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Old 01-24-2018, 04:37 PM
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Yes, we would definitely prefer propane / natural gas, but as one person mentioned they didn't think natural gas is available in Wilmington - is this true?
In a lot of these places, you have a tank out behind the house, and the gas truck comes and keeps it full. My mother in law, on Oak Island does this.

I strongly second the NO HEAT PUMP advice. They are good for probably 340 days a year, but when that sucker is blowing out COLD energy, they are awful.
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Old 01-25-2018, 05:45 AM
 
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Our plan involves Propane for Heat and also a Wood burning Insert.....when the time comes
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Old 01-30-2018, 07:04 PM
 
Location: Mid-Atlantic
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In a lot of these places, you have a tank out behind the house, and the gas truck comes and keeps it full. My mother in law, on Oak Island does this.

I strongly second the NO HEAT PUMP advice. They are good for probably 340 days a year, but when that sucker is blowing out COLD energy, they are awful.
Why? No backup?
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