Washington, DC

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“Dear PoPville,

I live in a row house, and the little old lady who lived next door recently sold her house and moved out. The rumors that it was being flipped appear to be true, as I just received a notice that it will be getting renovated in the near future. The notice of construction I received indicates 1) Work along the property line; 2) Addition of structure along party line; 3) Work affecting party wall; 4) Underpinning of foundation; 5) Addition of structure on party wall.

I’m happy to see the work done, but I’m a unsure what to expect. I’m sure plenty of folks in PoPville have experienced this sort of thing in the past, and I’d love some advice: Aside from the obvious construction noise, what sort of things should I be prepared for? Are there any pitfalls I should avoid? Is it worth hiring an engineer to double-check their plans with respect to my property?

Any advice or thoughts are greatly appreciated!”


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