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Inspired by another blog on the subject, I thought it would be helpful to others considering this adventure to detail a running tally of the expenses we’ve incurred on the land so far. Obviously every situation will be different, but it should help the newly initiated get an idea of what they’re getting themselves into. Many of our costs could have been significantly reduced if our home site was closer to the main road. However, our plans for the land are pretty extensive, and a home site in that location would not have served us well. Here goes: Continue Reading…

This entry is part 1 of 3 in the series Alabama Power

I have to admit up front, I’m not a fan of government-sanctioned monopolies. Part of the reason we chose to move to an unincorporated area outside of Ashville was to get away from as much government interference as possible. Unfortunately, it’s impossible to escape the nonsense entirely. So far things have gone pretty well. Getting city water has been reasonably straight forward and getting an address was a breeze. For the most part the county, state and federal government have left me alone, and I’ve been just fine. That is until I started the process of getting grid power to the property.

Getting Power

It’s ironic that a company dedicated to the generation and distribution of power can make its own customers feel so incredibly… powerless. For the record, Alabama Power has been a complete thorn in my side from the very beginning, and I can’t wait to be done with this process.

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