A carport is a good investment for your home—and your life. Carports offer an inexpensive way to protect your vehicle, and can be used in a variety of other ways as well. Even people who already have a garage can still find a lot of value in a carport.
While carport installation in Phoenix, AZ is a smart decision, there are some things you need to consider before you buy. Too often we’ve heard horror stories from people who spent hundreds of dollars either building their own or purchasing carports from another company, only to find that their carport had to be removed because it was either unsafe or didn’t meet local regulations. If you are considering installing a carport, here are five things you should consider first!
Permits and zoning laws
Before you can install a carport, you will need a permit and have to check local zoning laws. Most communities have a community building code or a homeowners association (HOA) that will likely have regulations regarding carports and garages. Zoning ordinances and other regulations let you know how large your carport can be, distancing requirements and any safety measures you must meet.
To get your permit, you will need to put together a site plan, which shows your proposed carport, including its size, setbacks from property lines and access. Hiring a licensed contractor to help put together a site plan is recommended. Having a detailed and well-thought-out site plan can help expedite the permitting process.
Surface and utility access
When putting together your plan for a carport, you will also need to take into consideration surface and utility access. Installing your carport where it could potentially prevent utility companies from accessing underground water, sewer, gas, phone or electric lines could result in hefty fines. It’s also a requirement that a call be made to 811, which is a federal designated call center that helps you avoid causing damage to underground lines or harming yourself or others when digging.
Soil testing is often required for building permits. Certain expansive soils can cause problems with the soundness and durability of your structure. A soil report can help you come up with a strategy to resolve any poor soil conditions before you build, saving you time, money and frustration.
Finally, it’s important that you check your property lines before you build. Many homeowners are often surprised to find that their property lines are not where they thought they were. If you make such a discovery after you’ve installed a carport, you may find that you need to move or completely eliminate your carport because it is too close to (or even over) a property line.
There’s a lot to think about when planning for carport installation in Phoenix, AZ, so why not let the professionals do the thinking for you? At Diamondback Carports, we have over 30 years of experience in carport installation. When you work with us, you know that the job will be done right!
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