12/06/09 - Check and Re-Check
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We had a little setback in regards to the city services. The client did his due diligence and contacted (gas, hydro and water) before construction began and was told that because the services are already in place (because of the old house before us) there would be no to minimal cost for the install of the new lines. When the contractor went to the city to get the permits for water/sewer he was told that a new lines had to be installed regardless of the site and condition of the existing lines. The other thing to make note of is the digging / install has to be done by licenced city workers at a cost of 10k (this varies with each project). This is a huge costs considering the house is only 15' away from the main water lines (tax grab?). The city is passing the buck on to the owners in anyway they can so I would check and double check on all costs for, city development charges, city fees and costs to install the basic services (water, hydro, gas, sewer) as this costs can vary and in some cases could cause huge budget problems. With this project are are still OK as we did allow for an emergency / contingency allowance (everyone should allow for a 10% allowance on top of their project budget for unexpected costs).