Charlotte NC Real Estate Blog by Ashley Hannah, Realtor

Public vs Private Roads and What that means for your Home

Why Roads Matter When Buying or Selling Your Home

In counties across North Carolina, the absence of private road maintenance agreements have cost individual property owners thousands of dollars to make their roads passable not only for private vehicles but also for school buses and emergency vehicles.  Imagine having a life threatening event and the ambulance cannot drive down the road to transport you or a loved one. This is a real problem throughout the state that many property owners must address.

What Can Happen in New Developments

“A common problem that occurs is when a developer has filed a plat to start a new development, and the plat shows the roads are to be public roads.  Just because a land owner has dedicated the road for public use does not mean the state or municipality is going to accept the road into the public system.  The road must meet the required standards before being brought into the public system. For example, if a developer has not built the road to standard and does not complete the subdivision or doesn’t do anything to bring the road to standard, then the road remains a private road.  Since there is a plat dedication that says the roads of the subdivision are to be public right of ways, there is a good chance there is not a private road maintenance agreement in place. Even if there is a recorded document that states the developer is responsible for the road maintenance, if the developer goes out of business then the developer’s letter isn’t worth the fee it cost to record it.  The cost of maintenance and repair would fall back on the subdivision property owners. Now a municipality may agree to repair the road and bring it into the public road system, but at a cost divided among the homeowners to be paid back.”

Published by Christopher T. Salyer on December 1, 2016. Hutchens Law Firm

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Tips to Save Energy and Add Value

When it comes to energy efficiency, look for smart features and expertise to help you save energy and money and add value to your home.

1. Begin with a Right-Sized Home.

If the home you buy is simply too large for you or your family’s needs or plans, you stand a good chance of wasting energy through excessive heating and cooling costs. If it’s too small, you’ll feel cramped and uncomfortable. It’s a big investment, so seek balance and buy it “right” from the outset. 

2. Purchase Energy Star Appliances Such as Your TV, Dishwasher, Washer and Dryer, and Microwave.

And especially the refrigerator, as it alone contributes about 10 percent of the energy use in a home. Also, unplug electronics not in use or turn off power strips to avoid phantom charges. 

3. Install Efficient Lighting Such as Compact Fluorescent (CLF) or LED Bulbs in Every Fixture.

Lighting accounts for about 6 percent of an energy bill each year.

4. Get an Energy Audit and Have Tests Performed to Identify Ways of Improving Your Efficiency.

You can always upgrade your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system as well as your thermal envelope, which includes insulation, windows, and doors  and the seals or weather stripping around them. Visit for more tips.