Nearly all of Florida's residential exteriors are constructed using one of two structural procedures. 1 method is engineered frame timber structure and another procedure is concrete block structure or CMU structure (short for concrete masonry unit)

The Building Process.

Throughout the plan of getting your house built it will come across a series of measures which will change before your eyes. Below is a simplified step procedure.

Building bulk prep and foundation

Tough HVAC, electrical and plumbing

Install insulation

Drywall and painting interior

Stucco, painting and concrete drives out

Install floors, countertops and cabinets

End trimming, plumbing, light

Why New Construction?

Many homeowners' dream of a recently constructed home constructed by a local house builder due to all of the wonderful choices that it provides. To off your new building home could be designed exactly the way you need it. This permits you to select the floor plan and space design including sizes to match precisely how you would like to call home. When finished you'll get that new house feel in which you are the very first person to hang an image or the odor of freshly developed home construction materials. There are many more reasons to construct a new building home particularly when the cost is very similar to an older residence.

In today's modern time of development and manufacturing you will become improved low maintenance construction materials that may endure for a lifetime. You then have the security element of the new structure using more innovative engineered and layout procedures. Below is a Brief list of exactly many related items Which You Can read in detail about within our Construction Resource library.

  • Maintenance Free Building Products
  • Homeownership Price Savings with new building
  • Decrease Your Insurance statements
  • Decrease Your utility bills
  • Zero Energy Homes
  • New Construction Better Floor plan Designs

And a Whole Lot More!

How much time does it take to construct a house?

Generally discussing the procedure to construct never begins until the construction permit is issued. This means that the house builder is now able to proceed. This really is a two part issue, Pre-construction and real construction.

Pre-Construction record of things and projected time frames which the builder has no management of:

  • Selecting a Home plan. 15 Times
  • Times. 30 Times.
  • Bank / optimally reviewing finished strategy and approving loan. 45 Times.

Actual Construction job is recorded below in the Construction Process department but the total time period often can vary from 12 weeks to 18 weeks. Based on climate, house design and construction systems it's likely to compete a well-built house in 6 to 9 weeks. Among the greatest reasons for longer period lines is the construction inspection procedure; unlike many nations Florida has a rather in depth inspection list. This can be to your gains as in certain countries they may have just four testimonials for your comprehensive house which could allow inferior workmanship never to be viewed. In Florida it is not unusual to get twenty five or more testimonials. The lengthen time period comes when a contractor needs to pack up his occupation and wait to return to complete following the local construction contractor has an opportunity to reassess his tight work. Only 1 example may be the drywaller should get a twist inspection before beginning to mud the drywall joints.

Designing your ideal new construction home.

When you are designing your dream house a house builder might provide you a choice to sit with an builder or decide on a stock home plan. Regardless of your decision you pay for this. When sitting together with the architect you may often observe the general home price increase three million or more to pay only this procedure. What's more, the architect's most important aim is building you exactly what you need not keeping you . Since architects aren't house builder they have no idea the precise price of all of the things you request this in no time that your construction cost could greatly improve. For instance shifting an exterior wall " outside so that you may repair your idea bedroom dimensions can cost you ten million or longer because timber is sold in 2 feet and that 4" only beyond another sized timber. A builder can perform anything on paper but if you'd like a valued engineered strategy leave this up to the house builder to work right with the architect in order that they can discuss structural problem together and make a value engineered layout.

In case your new building home layout takes you down a stock home plan route no worries you will still have hundreds of options to make. Matters like forms of interior and exterior finishes, system updates, enlarging square footage of dwelling and a lot more.

Selling Fear

I’m not a marketing expert and unless you appreciate technical truth, I’m not a very good salesman either. Heck, I don’t even “clean up” that well. There is always the telltale sign of a guy who “works for a living,” no matter how fresh the clothes are. While the intent of this blog is to […]

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I’m not a marketing expert and unless you appreciate technical truth, I’m not a very good salesman either. Heck, I don’t even “clean up” that well. There is always the telltale sign of a guy who “works for a living,” no matter how fresh the clothes are. While the intent of this blog is to […]

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I’m not a marketing expert and unless you appreciate technical truth, I’m not a very good salesman either. Heck, I don’t even “clean up” that well. There is always the telltale sign of a guy who “works for a living,” no matter how fresh the clothes are. While the intent of this blog is to alert you to the fear tactics used by “termite salesmen”, it begins with my complete bewilderment regarding the effect “fear” has on people. It works and it works very well. It is depressing and fascinating at the same time. Termite salesmen are trained by slick, smart, marketing people to prey on your insecurities to sell you something that 1). you probably don’t need; 2). doesn’t really solve an existing problem; but, 3). solves your inner fear. One advertiser wrote, “sex gets your attention but fear drives sales.”

Think about the products/services/illnesses based on fear…

In the 1920’s, Listerine turned a marginal, mouthwash with $115,000 in annual sales into a billion dollar product by inventing “halitosis”; a condition that made you a social pariah with no possibility of companionship or marriage. Hummer sales soared following the Twin Towers attack because if we are going to defend ourselves against giant airliners crashing into buildings, we better have a vehicle that gets 8 mpg, is subject to rollovers and takes a football field to stop. Hand sanitizer sales soared in the 1990’s over fear of SARS, anthrax and deadly pet slobber. Lysol sales soared (it was originally promoted as a feminine hygiene product – really) over fear of indoor mold and Legionnaires Disease. None of these products “cure or resolve” any of these conditions but they resolved our “fear” of these conditions.

Fear, uncertainty and doubt

If you research most any “concern” on the internet, you will immediately be schooled by a number of companies who can solve your worry, for a fee. Each will tell you that 1). you are absolutely correct to be worried, 2). your health, your home, your finances, your children and your social status are all in jeopardy, and, 3). they can solve your problem. FUD (fear, uncertainty and doubt) is perpetuated in advertising and sales by termite companies; especially, those who sell fumigation. Yes, fumigation is sometimes necessary to treat drywood termites. The activity may be located in areas which are inaccessible for treatment or the activity may be so widespread, it is simply the most economical treatment. But, having evidence of prior activity, with no evidence of current/live activity, does not necessitate the need to fumigate nor does fumigation provide you with any more “guarantee” than other, more conventional and less costly, treatment options. Many salesmen of fumigation services do not actually perform the fumigation – they subcontract the work to a company who does. In return for selling the service to you, the salesman takes a mark-up (generally 20-30% or more) and sells you a “bond” which is free money to him because he gets a “guarantee” from the fumigator to offset his potential for liability. Read the fine print…(fumigation performed by a Third Party…we do not accept any liability for the performance of third party vendors…). The “salesman” is not really selling termite treatment – he is selling a cure for FUD. When the termite salesman quotes his service package, think about those TV commercials for drugs… “some users of xxxxxx may experience internal bleeding, cardiac arrest, and even death but if you are not one of them, this drug will make you feel better because you have a $3000/month co-pay”

Let’s talk termites

The Termite Infestation Probability Map shows Florida is one of the highest ranked states for termites. While there are no reliable statistics on termite infestation, the industry hints at a 1:9 probability your home will receive some level of termite activity (11%) but 70% of homeowners have a fear of termite destruction. That relates to an 11% chance your home will be attacked by termites against a 70% chance you will at least consider having your home treated. It is further estimated that about 40% of Florida homeowners order termite protection services. Further, industry statistics show that about 3% of homes which have some form of termite protection experience infestation or damage (that is based on a claims percentage). To recap: Based on probability, 11% of Florida homes will suffer some level of termite damage Based on marketing, 70% of Florida homeowners believe they need termite protection Of the 40% who do order termite protection, 3% will still suffer damage Florida is most concerned with subterranean and drywood termites although we also have dampwood, wood boring beetles and wood destroying organisms such as brown or white fungi. A newer subterranean is also of concern – the Formosan termite which is a voracious eater. Most conventional treatment/protection measures are provided as protection against subterranean termites. Very few homes are pre-treated against drywood termites even though they should be, in my opinion. Many homes are “protected” by use of in-ground, monitoring stations which mostly provides a means to “monitor” for termites. When termites are detected on the “annual” inspection, a bait is then placed in the station to kill the termites. At this point, there is probably some level of damage to framing but it would not generally be considered a structural threat or compensable to the homeowner. Monitoring stations are the least costly “treatment” method and therefore it is popular with homeowners who are really paying to treat FUD rather than termites.

So, what should you do?

First, relax a bit. Now, take a good look at your home.
  • Do you have overgrown landscaping? Your landscape bushes should have at least an 18″ clearance between them and the foundation.
  • Are your sprinklers in good condition? Do you have overspray on the home? You should try to keep sprinklers from hitting the foundation/walls.
  • Is your home tight? Do you have rotted wood on the soffits/fascia? How is the caulking on the windows?
  • When or was the home ever treated for termite prevention? Look for any stickers/labels on the electrical panel or in the attic. How long ago was it treated? Most professionals recommend a termite booster every five years.
  • Do you have a current termite guarantee? If so, what type do you have – retreatment only or repair and retreatment? What is the aggregate limit of the policy?
  • When was the last time the home was really inspected for termites? Don’t rely upon the casual, annual, “bond” renewal inspection – they are often sorely lacking in detail. Further, if your “bond” only covers subterranean termites, they are probably not looking in the attic for drywood termites!

Your best protection against termites is a thorough annual inspection.

That inspection should include the FDACS 13645 report. That report is really your only defense against a shoddy inspection. It is the only report which the inspector can be held legally liable to defend. The state form requires the inspector to check for ALL wood destroying organisms to include subterranean and drywood termites, beetles and wood destroying fungi. Don’t be fooled by sales tactics. Insist on receiving the WDO report (Form FDACS-13645). If the salesman/inspector says, “we don’t issue those”, close the door and call someone who will. A thorough inspection will take between 45 minutes to 3 hours depending upon the age/size/type of construction. You should expect to pay for the inspection if you truly want an independent assessment of your home. You can take the “free” inspection if you want but rest assured, they are trying to sell you a service. Do you really think anything is “free”? If your home is clear of termites or conducive conditions, you should expect to receive a lower price on termite protection. If you are a responsible homeowner who maintains your home, you should be rewarded but, you should know, most companies do not. In fact, they rely upon you to cover their losses on the homes where their incompetence or greed resulted in claims. You are the “young and healthy” who we rely upon to cover the medical costs for the “aged and impacted”. To me, it just should not work that way for termite protection. Do not let FUD dominate your decision process. Yes, termites can do considerable damage to your home, and yes, they can reduce the value of your home in a resale. But, you should make an informed decision on the type/level of treatment or protection you need. You will rarely get that from the pest control salesman – they work on commission and often, they have a limited education or credentials in entomology. They are taught to sell rather than inspect.

Your best defense against termites is a quality inspection

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