I should mention right from the start that the location of the utilities was a bit of an unknown right up until digging day. It was actually a major concern of ours when purchasing the lot, so we made it a contingency and did some research. We were assured that when the road was put in, utility taps were run to every available lot on the street, and that the city was about 95% sure that the taps would be available and intact without requiring us to dig up the road. The only problem was, we couldn't find out for sure without digging, and of course we couldn't do that without ownership and a permit. So, we took a leap of faith and said a lot of prayers, especially after being informed on several occasions that if we did have to dig up the road it would run us about $10k extra! Yikes! So, on digging day we bit our nails, said some more prayers, and passed by the lot about five times, watching this process unfold:
anyone see how close to the road we are? And still not finding
everything? Yeah, I was starting to freak out. But, at the end of the
day we received an e-mail from our contractor. All utilities (water,
sewer, and gas) had been found, and we were tied in and backfilled.
Hooray! Official sighs of relief all around; we are SO happy to know we
won't be starting this project 10k over budget!