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How to Build a Billboard the Correct Way
There is a right way and a wrong way to build a billboard. The cost of not building a billboard the right way can be crushing, ranging from $10,000 to move the sign to total loss of your investment if property damage leads to expensive litigation.
Find proper placement
The first step in building a billboard is to gather information and decide the billboard placement. You need to know everything that will determine sign placement, including :
• the front and side setback regulations (both city and state)
• the exact dimensions of the structure (from the blueprints),
• the distance that the light fixtures stick out from the catwalks.
With all this information in hand, decide exactly where the center of the billboard column should be before the driller arrives to drill the foundation. One of the best methods is to mark where the corners of the sign will be with wooden stakes. This will help you to visualize all of the setbacks and their relation to the real sign.
Once you have determined exactly where the center of the column should go, give yourself some leeway and increase the front and side setback by an extra foot or two. I learned this from experience, since you never really know 100 percent where the property lines are. If there is ever a dispute on the property boundary, you will have to hire a surveyor to find the exact property line, and it may be a foot or so different than where you assumed it is. Even if the property owner tells you with great authority exactly where their property begins, don’t count on it: I once had a land owner show me where the easements and underground pipes on his property were, and then I dug down and hit an 18” water main. Nobody will ever notice a 2’ additional setback. It’s a simple case of risk vs. reward.
Clear any obstructions
Remove any possible obstructions that you can before building the sign. If you have permission from the neighboring landowner to trim a tree, then trim it before the sign goes in. It is best to do your trimming and removing before the sign calls attention to what you are doing. The neighbors may change their mind once it is finished.
Prepare for construction
Prior to the arrival of the heavy equipment and steel, it is important to obtain complete permission and cooperation from the landowner (and tenant) for the dislocation that will occur at the property on the day of construction. You should be 100 percent sure that you have all of the necessary permits and that none have expired. Remember that in some cities, you must commence construction within so many days of the permit issuance, or it terminates. You cannot take the risk of building a sign that has no legal permit. You should also scout out access to the site for the big trucks. Hopefully, your sign erector will have walked the site with you.
Constructing the billboard
It’s construction day! The sign ...