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Manuel Figue…, Home Buyer in Houston, TX

Power line polls, transformer box, and multiple poll tension lines found in backyard of new build after land was cleared. What can I do?

Asked by Manuel Figueroa, Houston, TX Sat Sep 15, 2012

As the title describes; is there anything I can do about moving a power poll with tension lines attached to it, and a transformer box that has appeared on my lot after the builder has cleared it? I'd pay pretty much anything to get these items moved to the outside of my backyard fence, and not the inside where my kids will be playing.

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Joe Stone - Realtor (R)’s answer
Are the items you speak of in the Utility Easement? If so I doubt you will have any success in having them removed since that's the whole purpose of the easement. It sounds like moving the fence is going to be your solution if the power company stuff really is in the easement.

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0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Sep 16, 2012
Is part of your back yard in the power company's right of way? if so, there isn't much you can do I wouldn't think. I would definatly contact them and be the squeaky wheel so to say and see if you can get it resolved to your satisfaction. Also, possibly speak to a local real estate attorney. I am surprised that you could have bought property and not been informed about the lines/right of way.
Best of luck!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Sep 15, 2012
The lines are obvious from the street. There's no way I couldn't have known about the lines crossing behind the houses. From what I could see though the pole seemed to be on the other side of the fence and not running directly into our backyard (too many tree's and bushes to really get the whole picture). When the lot was cleared and the survey stakes were down, you could visibly see that the pole was in the yard (on the far left) with 2 anchor points coming down at approx a 45-50 degree angle to the middle of my backyard (I'm assuming this direction was to zero out the resultant force due to the other 2 lines). This is when it really caught my eye. I wonder how much it costs to push the poll back 8-9 feet to the other side of the fence since there are only lines on it and plenty of slack (transformer is on the ground).
Flag Sat Sep 15, 2012
You should call Centerpoint Energy Co. and see if they will help you. It will reduce the value of any home you have built to have that in your yard.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Sep 15, 2012
I'm aware of that Catherine, that is why I'm asking if anyone knows if someone has moved their utility pole before, and the general cost.
Flag Sat Sep 15, 2012
Are the poles and transformer close to the back fence? If so, just move your fence. it will be way cheaper than moving the power poles!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Sep 15, 2012
I just found out that the one (1) point pole & transformer are on a Centerpoint easement in our backyard. Our back fence is actually a brick/stone fence that extends along the border of our neighborhood. In other words, it is not our fence, so it would be impossible to move.
Flag Sat Sep 15, 2012
Hi, I would also call the town and see what they can do to help as well.

0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Sep 15, 2012
What do you mean by call "the town"?
Flag Sat Sep 15, 2012
I would call the power company and ask them if there is anything that you can do.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Sep 15, 2012
They are closed on the weekends, so I will call them on monday. What I really wanted to know if you heard if this kind of work has ever been done, at what cost, and if I will have to pay it.
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