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Old 06-21-2020, 11:48 PM
 
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Hi,

I have a new house building in Irving and as per the lot plan I was supposed to get 19 ft 1 inch in the backyard. The lot plan clearly shows that. The house currently is in framing and to my surprise when I measured my backyard today, it shows only 18 feet. I am going to ask my builder how can they make such mistake. I paid premium for the lot and was expecting them to follow the specifications. I am looking for suggestions on how to deal with this situation. Obviously, they cannot move the house. I would like to know if such mistakes are even allowed.

Thanks
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Old 06-22-2020, 12:12 AM
 
Location: WA
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Is there a fence?

Maybe the house is in the right spot and the fence was put in 1 ft inside your property line. That also sometimes happens.
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Old 06-22-2020, 12:21 AM
 
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Nope. There is not fence yet and I measure to the point where the fence is supposed to come. There are other houses in the neighborhood so I am pretty sure my measurement was correct.
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Old 06-22-2020, 12:48 AM
 
Location: WA
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Nope. There is not fence yet and I measure to the point where the fence is supposed to come. There are other houses in the neighborhood so I am pretty sure my measurement was correct.
The standard is that fences are set back from the property line so that they are entirely on the fence-owners property and not exactly on the property line. I think 6" is the typical setback but it might be different in your jurisdiction.

Maybe also you are getting a bigger house than you thought you were getting.
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Old 06-22-2020, 04:38 AM
 
Location: DFW - Coppell / Las Colinas
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There is probably a good explanation for this. Talk to your Builder and let him explain.

It may have to do with the setback requirements of the house.

Or what you received was Preliminary and just an estimate on the footage.
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Old 06-22-2020, 04:44 AM
 
Location: Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas
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Depending on the builder, it could be covered in the contract that the measurements of the lot could possibly change if they made changes to the plan or the house. Usually a betterment. Did you have a lot fit? It could be because of setback, easement or how the permit was submitted. At the end of the day, you need to decide if you can live with a lot that doesn't include 13 inches you expected.

Naima
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Old 06-22-2020, 11:28 AM
 
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How did you "measure your backyard"?


Unless you found the surveyor's pins, you're guessing.
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Old 06-22-2020, 11:56 AM
 
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How did you "measure your backyard"?


Unless you found the surveyor's pins, you're guessing.
This.

The statement "I am pretty sure my measurement was correct." to me implies you are guessing in regard to where you are actually measuring to/from.

Certainly bring the concern up to the builder and let them explain. But go into it with an open mind and NOT under the assumption that your quick self measurement is accurate and that they are already wrong before the conversation starts.
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Old 06-22-2020, 12:49 PM
 
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how did you "measure your backyard"?


Unless you found the surveyor's pins, you're guessing.
+1.
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Old 06-23-2020, 10:54 PM
 
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So I found the surveyor pins. My lot is at a elevation and the lot behind me is at lower level. There is a retaining wall separating my lot from his lot. The fence will go on the retaining wall. The surveyor pin is 1 feet inside, in the lot behind me. So the lot behind my lot has one feet more and I lost a feet.
The lot plan given to me, when I signed up for the lot, says that from the fence my backyard length should be 19 feet but now the distance from the pins is 19 feet and from the fence only 18 feet.
I essentially lost 50 ft of the backyard and I paid premium price for this lot.

It sounds absurd to me but before I go talk to the builder I am trying to get every ones opinion and whether I have a case to talk to the builder.
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