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Newhome, Home Buyer in Pittsburgh, PA

I'm planning to build a house 60 Ft away from 138KV power line. Do you think it is a wise idea? Are there any?

Asked by Newhome, Pittsburgh, PA Mon Mar 9, 2009

health hazards associated with this?

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If you didn't buy that land yet ... consider NOT buying it. IT will be a big turnoff when you go to sell the place. So unless the land is super cheap and you are saving a ton of money building it since you are a contractor, etc - then this place will be tough to sell and won't sell for as much as it should.

A lot of people won't buy a house where they can so much as SEE a power line or tower - much less be "on top of one". Also ... and you may or may not care - taxes on new construction are a lot higher. Are you sure there isn't a house out there that you'd like to be in?

I love Pittsburgh - the Sharp Edge is about my favorite bar in all of PA. Good luck!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Mar 9, 2009
Thanks for your question. 2 years ago, I was assigned the task of selling a home with a power tower (not just the lines) as a next door neighbor. We eventually sold it, took around 8 months and we priced it right. There were strong opinions regarding "health hazards" for and against and a lot of people did not submit an offer because of it.

I think you have to ask yourself it you ever plan on moving? If you could avoid it, I would because of the negative stigmatisim.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Mar 9, 2009
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