New Home Construction in Southwest Florida
Having spent 13 years with the nation’s largest homebuilder, I have been fortunate to acquire an extensive knowledge and expertise in New Home Construction. One of my goals, as a Real Estate Professional in Southwest Florida covering Naples, Bonita Springs, Fort Myers, and Estero, is to assist and guide people through the new home construction process. During my time with this new home builder we ranked highest in customer satisfaction, and had the lowest incidence of warranty claims in the new construction industry. There are certain things that you must excel at in order to achieve such outstanding results. My job as a real estate professional in Naples, Bonita Springs, Fort Myers, and Estero is to provide guidance and expertise for my clients in this area. So, what should you be looking for when choosing a home builder and community in Southwest Florida?
· Know the type of construction. Southwest Florida building practices are unique compared to most areas of the country. We use, or should use, very little wood in the construction process. The primary material that is used in new construction in Southwest Florida is concrete and concrete block. This is quite different that most parts of the country which deal in stick frame construction. We use concrete as the main component for its strength, but also because of the high humidity that we experience in Southwest Florida including Naples, Bonita Springs, Fort Myers, and Estero. Your builder should also use metal interior studs except in areas which are load bearing. This greatly reduces the amount of settlement that the home will experience i.e. nail pops etc. because there is much less movement that takes place with metal studs.
· Has the floor plan that you like been structurally engineered? What I mean by this is did the plan go to an engineer or engineering firm for their seal of approval that the design is structurally sound? Has the home also been engineered from an HVAC prospective? Is the size of the air handler and condenser proper for the square footage of the house, and is the air flow and return vents in the correct places for adequate heating and cooling of the home? Naples, Bonita Springs, Fort Myers, and Estero Florida have a myriad of reputable home builders, and national builders serving these areas of Southwest Florida, who know the importance of this aspect.
· What kinds of tests have been done on the land which the builder is going to build your house? Many builders require that a phase I environmental study be performed on the land before they will build on it. Soil density and compaction tests are a couple of the areas that a reputable builder will be well aware of. They want to know what they are about to build on as their reputation and success is at stake. This is especially important in the Naples, Fort Myers, Bonita Springs, and Estero Real Estate markets.
There is so much more that I can share and would be happy to do so. Topics such as warranties and warranty processes, CDDs or community development districts, Home Owners Associations and Condo Associations, etc. I look forward to the opportunity of providing the professional guidance that you expect in searching for your Naples, Bonita Springs, Fort Myers, or Estero Florida Home as well as surrounding areas of Southwest Florida.