Working for a homebuilder for the last 13 years and now handling the sales side, the responses below are pretty accurate. I would like to add that while yes, a homebuilder offers this item as an option it is due largely to the additional costs and engineering that are impounded with this item. When installing an access door to thje exterior of the home, there is additional work that needs to be done for the protection of the structure of the house. Normally where the placement of this door is installed there is what we call a Sheer Wall which helps the strength of the home structure and any change to that wall can cause a weakness, so there needs to be a revision to the design of that wall so that the integrity of the structure will stay intact.
I hope this information was helpful and if at any time I can be of any assistance to any questions relating to any real estate in general. please do not hesitate to contact me.
Maria L. Morales, Realtor
Keller William Realty Southern Nevada
Here in Mesquite NV they call it a 'man door' - most new homes offer it as an upgrade for about $700 which includes a small square of cement outside the door. It will cost you more to add it later, if you are buying a new home, be sure to ask about it - don't assume it comes standard just because you see it in the model.
Some HOAs may not approve of this modification on an existing home - be sure to have your agent check on that for you before you purchase a new or resale home.
In Summerlin the HOA does not like you to store the trash cans on the side of the house if they can be seen from the street. The trash cans need to be hidden from sight unless it is trash day.
Valerie Edwards, REALTOR
RRG, SRS, SFR, SRES, RSPS, ABR, GREEN, ATHOM
Premier Real Estate
Yes it would be great for the builders to include that option especially for accessing the garbage bins. From what I know when I put in one a long time ago, the licensed contractor had to pull a permit and in addition, I had to submit plans to the home owner's association for their approval.
It's a paid "option" for the buyer thru the builder. You are right though there is many homes that were purchased during that time frame. It's an easy fix though!
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