Definition of "Grade"

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Keller Williams Vero Beach

Grades have various definitions related to real estate and surveying land. Let’s have a look at the most common meanings of grades you’ll encounter in everyday life!

Grades signifying ground elevation

The most common grade explanation is the ground elevation at a building site. Explicitly, the term ‘above grade’ refers to the portion of a building structure over the grade. In other words, the grade coins a construction works’ altitude higher than the natural ground level. At the same time, the foundation or any underground portions of a building is termed below grade. 

Ensuring adequate grading around your property is also essential. The very definition of house grade or grading refers to the ground level. Proper or positive grading will channel stormwater in the right direction, namely away from your foundation. However, a negative grading will direct water to your home’s foundation, exposing it to long-term damages. 

You can turn to local real estate agents to double-check the significance of adequate house grading. They will confirm that negative grading can affect your home inspection too.

Builder grade in construction

The meaning of grade often conveys a method of classifying building materials. For instance, grades of lumber are crucial when choosing the most suitable building materials. Imagine a board with a refined aspect and tight knots! You will encounter different grades: premium, finish, regular, and industrial categories. 

You might also consider using ‘builder grades when you intend to renovate your house. Builder grade typically describes inexpensive and mass-produced building materials. On the downside, they are not sturdy or long-lasting. However, you can save a considerable amount of money, especially if you’re handy at DIY projects

Using grades to improve your property’s condition

From the quality-price perspective, the grades hierarchy comes as quality grade, custom grade, and the ultimate custom grade. Use builder grades to refurbish your home’s windows, roofing, sidings, cabinets, doors, and gutters. At the same time, you can also increase your real estate value! 

Grades at highways

Grades and grading play a vital role in road infrastructure too. In this perspective, the meaning of grade defines a roadway's rising or falling rate. The grade of a highway is typically expressed as feet per 100 ft. or as meters per kilometer. The ascending grade is expressed in positive numbers, while negative numbers represent a descending grade. Consequently, grades are significant when it comes to land and construction surveys.

Comments for Grade

Linda Linda said:

According to my HOA CC&R I am not allowed to build anything that is more than 3 ft above not allowed. Does grade refer to the ground or the three foot walls alreadt placed.

Oct 17, 2023  23:26:58

Real Estate Agent

Hello Linda! Thank you for reaching out to us!

The phrase CC&R (Covenants, Conditions, and Restrictions) refers to the rules and restrictions of a planned community. These guidelines specify what you are and are not permitted to do with your property. In the Homeowners Association (HOA) CC&R context, "grade" typically refers to the level or elevation of a piece of land or a structure. It is a term typically used in zoning and land use regulations to define the height, slope, or level of a property or building relative to a reference point, often the street or a designated benchmark.
For example, there are regulations regarding the grade of a property, which include rules about how much the land can be altered or how high a structure can be built above a particular grade level. This is often done to keep a uniform appearance and to ensure that properties are developed in a way that doesn't negatively impact the aesthetics or functionality of the neighborhood.
Specific regulations related to grade can vary widely depending on your particular HOA and its CC&R documents. Thus, studying the specific guidelines outlined in your community's CC&R documents for precise details is essential.

Oct 23, 2023  11:39:16
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