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  • How long does it take to build a home?

    Posted Under: Home Buying in Fort Myers, Remodel & Renovate in Fort Myers, Property Q&A in Fort Myers  |  March 15, 2014 6:47 AM  |  401 views  |  No comments

    How long does it take to build a home? 

     
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    August 23, 2013 02:30 PM

     

     

    Generally speaking, the home building process in Southwest Florida is about 4-6 months. There are many factors that can affect the time frame for building a home. From the size of your home to the size of your building crew, to the potential issues that may arise throughout the process, it can be hard to estimate an exact time frame. However, below are the phases that you can typically anticipate as you progress through the process. Most phases are about a week, but some may be 2-3 weeks, while others may be only a few days.

    This is the last tip in What’s New in New Construction: 12 Tips for Building a Home in Southwest Florida Today, a free eBook.

    Preparation: Layout/Stake-out
    Engineers carefully plan the community layout and site each home for maximum aesthetics. The home-site is cleared and staked out.

    Week 1: Excavation
    The site is excavated by large machines, grading the land to promote proper drainage.

    Phase 1: Footing
    The “footer” is a concrete base below the frost-line, upon which the foundation sits.

    Phase 2: Foundation
    Load-bearing walls of masonry or concrete create one of two types of Florida foundations: crawl space or slab. The foundation then needs to be inspected.

    Phase 3: Framing

    The floor, wall, and roof framing forms the “skeleton” of the home. After the framing inspection, exterior finishes are applied.

    Phase 4: Mechanicals
    This includes installation of the heating and cooling system, the plumbing lines, and the electrical system.

    Phase 5: Insulation
    Insulation is installed in your home’s walls and attic, with an insulating ability that is appropriate for the local climate.

    Phase 6: Drywall

    Interior walls and ceilings are finished with drywall (sometimes called “gypsum board”), then sanded, primed, and painted with a first coat.

    Phase 7: Trim
    During this phase, doors, cabinets, and molding are installed.

    Phase 8: Paint
    After putting up trim and drywall, interior surfaces are painted

    Phase 9: Final Trades
    Electrical and plumbing professionals install plugs, light fixtures, faucets, toilets, and appliances. Systems are checked and started.

    Phase 10: Flooring
    Your choice of flooring is installed according to specifications. (Sometimes for vinyl or tile flooring, this phase takes place earlier in the process.)

    Phase 11: Cleaning and Third-Party Inspection
    Your home is almost ready for you to move in! First, it is thoroughly cleaned, and an appraisal is scheduled.

    Phase 12: Pre-Settlement Demonstration
    When your home is complete, you should return just before settlement for a thorough review, which should include an orientation on all systems and features. Before you move in, your builder should address all of your questions to ensure you are comfortable before closing on your new home.

    Congratulations! You’re ready to begin your homebuilding adventure. If you have questions, let us know. Good luck!

    - See more at: http://www.capecoralrealestateinformation.com/12-how-long-does-it-take-to-build-a-house/#sthash.wz7YBOgm.dpuf

     

  • How to Save Money When Building a Home

    Posted Under: Home Buying in Cape Coral, Remodel & Renovate in Cape Coral, Home Ownership in Cape Coral  |  June 13, 2013 5:40 AM  |  1,485 views  |  No comments
    07 575 file7611264126318 copy 7. How to Save Money When Building a Home

    Existing homes are usually less expensive per square foot than newly-built homes. This is often the result of escalating land costs in new subdivisions. However, as you are probably aware, the home values in Southwest Florida have significantly decreased from where they were 7-10 years ago, so this is not always the case. Depending on size and location, building a new home may actually end up saving you money.

    This is the seventh tip in What’s New in New Construction: 12 Tips for Building a Home in Southwest Florida Today, a free eBook.

    When you build new, ownership costs are considered more predictable. This is not the case when considering the cost of a upgrading or remodeling of a vintage home. The hidden costs that you start to run into as the project progresses can often add up to more than you would have spent if you started from scratch. Also, beware of unseen costs from homeowner associations. Mandatory fees and other assessments, as well as architectural controls, may surface if you plan on remodeling or expanding an existing home.

    The cost of remodeling versus building also depends on the location of the home. If you remodel a home in a community with high property tax rates, this could mean a much higher annual tax bill. However, building a new home gives you the choice of neighborhoods, making it possible to buy in a low-tax community. You can also buy inexpensive land in an area where home values are currently low but likely to increase.

    Existing homes are usually less expensive per square foot than newly-built homes. This is often the result of escalating land costs in new subdivisions. However, as you are probably aware, the home values in Southwest Florida have significantly decreased from where they were 7-10 years ago, so this is not always the case. Depending on size and location, building a new home may actually end up saving you money.

    This is the seventh tip in What’s New in New Construction: 12 Tips for Building a Home in Southwest Florida Today, a free eBook.

    When you build new, ownership costs are considered more predictable. This is not the case when considering the cost of a upgrading or remodeling of a vintage home. The hidden costs that you start to run into as the project progresses can often add up to more than you would have spent if you started from scratch. Also, beware of unseen costs from homeowner associations. Mandatory fees and other assessments, as well as architectural controls, may surface if you plan on remodeling or expanding an existing home.

    The cost of remodeling versus building also depends on the location of the home. If you remodel a home in a community with high property tax rates, this could mean a much higher annual tax bill. However, building a new home gives you the choice of neighborhoods, making it possible to buy in a low-tax community. You can also buy inexpensive land in an area where home values are currently low but likely to increase.

    - See more at: http://www.capecoralrealestateinformation.com/7-how-to-save-money-when-building-a-home/#more-52This is the seventh tip in What’s New in New Construction: 12 Tips for Building a Home in Southwest Florida Today, a free eBook.

    When you build new, ownership costs are considered more predictable. This is not the case when considering the cost of a upgrading or remodeling of a vintage home. The hidden costs that you start to run into as the project progresses can often add up to more than you would have spent if you started from scratch. Also, beware of unseen costs from homeowner associations. Mandatory fees and other assessments, as well as architectural controls, may surface if you plan on remodeling or expanding an existing home.

    The cost of remodeling versus building also depends on the location of the home. If you remodel a home in a community with high property tax rates, this could mean a much higher annual tax bill. However, building a new home gives you the choice of neighborhoods, making it possible to buy in a low-tax community. You can also buy inexpensive land in an area where home values are currently low but likely to increase.

    - See more at: http://www.capecoralrealestateinformation.com/7-how-to-save-money-when-building-a-home/#more-528

    07 575 file7611264126318 copy 7. How to Save Money When Building a Home

    Existing homes are usually less expensive per square foot than newly-built homes. This is often the result of escalating land costs in new subdivisions. However, as you are probably aware, the home values in Southwest Florida have significantly decreased from where they were 7-10 years ago, so this is not always the case. Depending on size and location, building a new home may actually end up saving you money.

    This is the seventh tip in What’s New in New Construction: 12 Tips for Building a Home in Southwest Florida Today, a free eBook.

    When you build new, ownership costs are considered more predictable. This is not the case when considering the cost of a upgrading or remodeling of a vintage home. The hidden costs that you start to run into as the project progresses can often add up to more than you would have spent if you started from scratch. Also, beware of unseen costs from homeowner associations. Mandatory fees and other assessments, as well as architectural controls, may surface if you plan on remodeling or expanding an existing home.

    The cost of remodeling versus building also depends on the location of the home. If you remodel a home in a community with high property tax rates, this could mean a much higher annual tax bill. However, building a new home gives you the choice of neighborhoods, making it possible to buy in a low-tax community. You can also buy inexpensive land in an area where home values are currently low but likely to increase.

    - See more at: http://www.capecoralrealestateinformation.com/7-how-to-save-money-when-building-a-home/#more-528

    07 575 file7611264126318 copy 7. How to Save Money When Building a Home

    Existing homes are usually less expensive per square foot than newly-built homes. This is often the result of escalating land costs in new subdivisions. However, as you are probably aware, the home values in Southwest Florida have significantly decreased from where they were 7-10 years ago, so this is not always the case. Depending on size and location, building a new home may actually end up saving you money.

    This is the seventh tip in What’s New in New Construction: 12 Tips for Building a Home in Southwest Florida Today, a free eBook.

    When you build new, ownership costs are considered more predictable. This is not the case when considering the cost of a upgrading or remodeling of a vintage home. The hidden costs that you start to run into as the project progresses can often add up to more than you would have spent if you started from scratch. Also, beware of unseen costs from homeowner associations. Mandatory fees and other assessments, as well as architectural controls, may surface if you plan on remodeling or expanding an existing home.

    The cost of remodeling versus building also depends on the location of the home. If you remodel a home in a community with high property tax rates, this could mean a much higher annual tax bill. However, building a new home gives you the choice of neighborhoods, making it possible to buy in a low-tax community. You can also buy inexpensive land in an area where home values are currently low but likely to increase.

    - See more at: http://www.capecoralrealestateinformation.com/7-how-to-save-money-when-building-a-home/#more-528
  • Doing any work around the house?

    Posted Under: Home Selling in Cape Coral, Remodel & Renovate in Cape Coral, Property Q&A in Cape Coral  |  July 24, 2012 5:06 AM  |  1,333 views  |  1 comment
    Are you planning to remodel your home? If so, make sure you hire a licensed contractor and secure the proper permits. Although it might be tempting to use unlicensed contractors because
    they usually charge less, the cost to repair the work or the exposure to liability can be overwhelming.

    Here are some of the dangers of hiring unlicensed contractors:

    *Work is done without the required permit(s), which means no inspection to ensure compliance with state and local building codes.

    *Poor workmanship.

    *The property owner becomes liable for injuries of workers.

    *No recourse to recover lost funds or damages.

    *No warranties.

    When considering hiring a contractor, here are some tips to protect you
    from these risks:

    *Ask to see the contractor’s license – licensed contractors will be proud to show their license as they worked hard for it.

    *Make sure you see a license number on ALL of the contractor’s forms and
    paperwork, including advertising as this is a requirement.

    *Never pay upfront.

    *Call Cape Coral’s Licensing Section (574-0726), State Department of Business and Professional Regulation or the Citizen’s Action Center (574-0425) to check the license before hiring a contractor.

    *Always be wary of a deal that sounds too good to be true.

    *Obtain more than two estimates.

    *Do not give in to high pressure sales as it is your home and hard-earned money.

    *Be careful of door-to-door sales people. They need a peddler’s license, so ask to see it.

    *If you notice anything suspicious call Code Compliance at 574-0613.

    Good Luck with the remodeling! Have a Beautiful Day!

    A.J. Ackerman
    Century 21 Sunbelt Realty
    Your Cape Coral Real Estate Expert
    www.ackermanswfl.com
  • Free tips to help sell your home! =)

    Posted Under: Home Selling in Cape Coral, Remodel & Renovate in Cape Coral, Design & Decor in Cape Coral  |  June 22, 2012 4:11 AM  |  2,025 views  |  No comments

    Houses 4 sale on the market today…

    HorseshoeDrivewaySm Tip 2: Houses 4 Sale. Let’s sell your home.

    This is the second tip in our series: “12 Tips for Buying Real Estate in Southwest Florida” which is also available as a free eBook at www.AckermanSWFL.com/ebooks/.

    …are usually great deals (if not steals) for buyers. But what if you’re on the other end of the transaction? Read on for tips for sellers!

    For many, part of the buying process means selling a home as well, unless of course you are a first time home buyer. At first, you may be inclined to go to the local newspaper and immediately list your home in the houses 4 sale section of the classifieds. But selling a home can be a time consuming, frustrating and draining process if it is not approached in the right way. Here a are a few helpful tips.

    Prepare your home.
    Selling your home in it’s current condition may not be the best way to get the maximum offer. At minimal expense, light touch ups here and there will make selling your home much easier!

    The biggest mistake most sellers make when selling a home is not staging it properly. Your home has to look like a clean slate that every buyer can picture themselves living in:

    • De-clutter: Put excess furniture and belongings in storage, consider having a garage sale. Cluttered homes do not show well.
    • Minimize personal items: Photos and knick knacks show that it is someone else’s home. Buyers cannot picture themselves in your home when you’re pictured all over the place.
    • Touch up paint: Cover small blemishes within your home or on your home’s exterior. These small, easy fixes if left unattended, can turn off potential buyers.
    • Curb appeal is key: Making a positive first impression on prospective buyers is imperative. Excellent curb appeal = an excellent first impression.
    • Keep your home free of odors and clutter: Prospective buyers don’t want to see or smell cat urine, pet hair, pet stains, and dusty/dirty or cluttered homes.

    For 3 more hints on how to make selling your home a breeze, download our ebook: 12 Tips for Buying Real Estate in Southwest Florida.

    Contact us to properly list your home. Listing your home in the local newspaper’s houses 4 sale section isn’t a bad idea. But we will also list your home in the local Multiple Listing Service (MLS) which will gain your home listing a tremendous amount of exposure.

    -A.J.

  • Tip 2: Houses 4 Sale. Let's sell your home.

    Posted Under: Home Selling in Fort Myers, Remodel & Renovate in Fort Myers, Property Q&A in Fort Myers  |  January 21, 2012 3:52 AM  |  2,521 views  |  No comments

    Houses 4 sale on the market today…

    HorseshoeDrivewaySm Tip 2: Houses 4 Sale. Let’s sell your home.

    This is the second tip in our series: “12 Tips for Buying Real Estate in Southwest Florida” which is also available as a free eBook at www.AckermanSWFL.com/ebooks/.

    …are usually great deals (if not steals) for buyers. But what if you’re on the other end of the transaction? Read on for tips for sellers!

    For many, part of the buying process means selling a home as well, unless of course you are a first time home buyer. At first, you may be inclined to go to the local newspaper and immediately list your home in the houses 4 sale section of the classifieds. But selling a home can be a time consuming, frustrating and draining process if it is not approached in the right way. Here a are a few helpful tips.

    Prepare your home.
    Selling your home in it’s current condition may not be the best way to get the maximum offer. At minimal expense, light touch ups here and there will make selling your home much easier!

    The biggest mistake most sellers make when selling a home is not staging it properly. Your home has to look like a clean slate that every buyer can picture themselves living in:

    • De-clutter: Put excess furniture and belongings in storage, consider having a garage sale. Cluttered homes do not show well.
    • Minimize personal items: Photos and knick knacks show that it is someone else’s home. Buyers cannot picture themselves in your home when you’re pictured all over the place.
    • Touch up paint: Cover small blemishes within your home or on your home’s exterior. These small, easy fixes if left unattended, can turn off potential buyers.
    • Curb appeal is key: Making a positive first impression on prospective buyers is imperative. Excellent curb appeal = an excellent first impression.
    • Keep your home free of odors and clutter: Prospective buyers don’t want to see or smell cat urine, pet hair, pet stains, and dusty/dirty or cluttered homes.

    For 3 more hints on how to make selling your home a breeze, download our ebook: 12 Tips for Buying Real Estate in Southwest Florida.

    Contact us to properly list your home. Listing your home in the local newspaper’s houses 4 sale section isn’t a bad idea. But we will also list your home in the local Multiple Listing Service (MLS) which will gain your home listing a tremendous amount of exposure.

    -A.J.

  • Want to add value to your home?

    Posted Under: Home Selling in Cape Coral, Remodel & Renovate in Cape Coral, Property Q&A in Cape Coral  |  October 15, 2011 4:30 AM  |  2,726 views  |  3 comments

    When you are ready to sell your home.  It is important to know how to sell it for Top Dollar!  Here are some tips I give my clients before we put a home on the market.  It is crucial in this market to be prepared.  =)


    *Clean, organize, and neutralize your space: Unclutter your house to make it look bigger and cleaner. Buyers need to be able to envision their own belongings in the home; so, avoid using bright colors and too many personal effects.


    *Keep Your Lawn Green: Get your lawn in shape. A patchy lawn takes away from the home's overall appearance. Your local hardware store has supplies to re-seed those unhealthy areas.


    *Add insulation to save energy: The most inexpensive way to increase your home's energy is to add insulation, which can reduce heating and cooling costs by more than 25%.


    *Update kitchen appliances: The kitchen is often the room that buyers gravitate towards first, and an updated kitchen can help sell your home. You don't have to remodel your kitchen to give it a new look. Updating your appliances to the current standard and replacing cabinet doors and hardware can make a big impact at a relatively low cost.


    *Update bathroom fixtures: A little change can go a long way when it comes to the look of your bathroom. Updating simple fixtures such as your sink and faucet can give any outdated bathroom style.


    *Build a fence: If you're trying to sell a house, the appearance of a fence adds value to the home overall. Buyers with children or pets will appreciate the privacy and security of an enclosed backyard.


    *Repair the gutter: Ensuring that your gutter is clean is crucial in protecting your home against water damage.


    *Light up the outside: An easy and inexpensive way to increase your home's outdoor space is to add lighting. It makes it more appealing and safer.


    *Store and organize: Ample storage space is a plus, especially when it comes to garages and closets. Efficient closet structures can help keep your clothes organized and can save space.


    *Polish off the basement: Rather than adding an additional room, it is more cost-efficient to remodel your basement. This adds value and usable space.

    Feel free to call or email me with questions.  =)  Good Luck!

    A.J. Ackerman
    Century 21 Sunbelt Realty
    Your Cape Coral Real Estate Expert
    www.ackermanswfl.com

  • Doing any work around the house?

    Are you planning to remodel your home? If so, make sure you hire a licensed contractor and secure the proper permits. Although it might be tempting to use unlicensed contractors because
    they usually charge less, the cost to repair the work or the exposure to liability can be overwhelming.

    Here are some of the dangers of hiring unlicensed contractors:

    *Work is done without the required permit(s), which means no inspection to ensure compliance with state and local building codes.

    *Poor workmanship.

    *The property owner becomes liable for injuries of workers.

    *No recourse to recover lost funds or damages.

    *No warranties.

    When considering hiring a contractor, here are some tips to protect you
    from these risks:

    *Ask to see the contractor’s license – licensed contractors will be proud to show their license as they worked hard for it.

    *Make sure you see a license number on ALL of the contractor’s forms and
    paperwork, including advertising as this is a requirement.

    *Never pay upfront.

    *Call Cape Coral’s Licensing Section (574-0726), State Department of Business and Professional Regulation or the Citizen’s Action Center (574-0425) to check the license before hiring a contractor.

    *Always be wary of a deal that sounds too good to be true.

    *Obtain more than two estimates.

    *Do not give in to high pressure sales as it is your home and hard-earned money.

    *Be careful of door-to-door sales people. They need a peddler’s license, so ask to see it.

    *If you notice anything suspicious call Code Compliance at 574-0613.

    Good Luck with the remodeling!  Have a Beautiful Day!

    A.J. Ackerman
    Century 21 Sunbelt Realty
    Your Cape Coral Real Estate Expert
    www.ackermanswfl.com
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