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Building on the Outer Banks: A Few Challenges to Know

Real Estate Agent with Sun Realty NC

A busy and stressful September 2018 has come to a close! I had 9 properties "under contract" as  Hurricane Florence approached our North Carolina coast and now I am happy to state that they have all successfully closed! I am truly grateful that Hurricane Florence spared us in the Outer Banks, NC.  Since hurricane season is upon us, it reminds me that we are lucky to be held to such strict building codes. When I think back to the construction of my own home and some extra expenses that were more “annoying” at the time of building like extra loads of fill dirt to raise our elevation and upgraded windows. Clearly, these additions may be no match for a category 5, but it does offer some peace-of-mind should another storm head our way. The Outer Banks has different building codes designed specifically for high-wind areas. These are twofold. One is securing the house and roof to the foundation, and the other is to limit the damage to the structure from wind-borne debris. Chances are that sometime in its lifespan an Outer Banks house will bear the brunt of a hurricane or two. Those considering building here should feel confident that both the government and local builders insist on many building standards that significantly reduce the chances of damage to their property by wind or water. I am reminded of these building codes and strict inspections as I do a closing walk-thru this morning, and find myself thankful for excellent, quality builders on our little beach.

Kevin (Courtesy of Flying Pan Tower)

Every one of us have challenges in our life! We all have storms that we need to get through, this is a reminder to stay courageous,stand tall, and stay firm…think of "Old Glory" flag flying at Frying Pan Tower light station standing strong in the face of Florence's high winds off the North Carolina coast that recently became a social media hero. Fans online nicknamed the flag “Kevin” and rooted for its safety. After the storm, Richard Neal — partial owner of the decommissioned Coast Guard light station about 32 miles from Bald Head Island — decided to auction the tattered flag on eBay and donate the money to the American Red Cross for hurricane relief.

As recovery continues, please consider a donation, if possible.

Salvation Army

American Red Cross

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Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

I was looking for your current posts. I hope all is going well for you.

Jun 10, 2020 07:36 AM