Should we allow an easement?
Got a phone call today from the electrical co-op for our vacation property. They wanted to know if we would agree to an easement on our property so that they can run electricity to the new house being built on the adjacent property.
As described to me, the line would zig-zag along the property line, with some trees having limbs removed to allow their machine to get through and dig. If they did it this way, they would have to cut down fewer trees. Our lot is partially cleared already. If they put the line totally on the neighbors, they will have to cut a lot of trees on that property, which will cost the co-op more.
The caller stated that this woud be of benefit to us if we ever decided to add on to our place. I'm not sure how. I am concerned that an easement might affect future sale value. We have no plans to sell, but might need to go to a retirement community at some point.
As it happens, we are going to the house this weekend, and will be able to see the proposed path of the trench, and will contact the co-op afterwards, to give permission, ask further questions, or refuse. I did ask what would happen if we refused, and was told the co-op "would just have to find some other way to get electricity to them". that doesn't sound like there would be adverse consequences for us.
Any suggestions for questions we should ask, things we should consider?