The largest investment most people will ever make is their home, and there is no better advocate for homeowners in regard to affordability, building standards and consumer protection than the Home Builders Association of Lake-Sumter.
With heavy rainstorms so prevalent this time of year, many owners of manufactured homes, businesses, homes with metal roofing, campers and flat roofs battle endlessly against roof leaks. Unlike roofs with conventional three-tab or architectural fiberglass asphalt shingles, in which roof penetrations are typically easier to see, these other roofs can develop leaks anywhere. Finding a leak in a manufactured home, flat roof or camper is virtually impossible in some cases.
Bill and Cyndi Bryan, local business owners and members of Brookside Church in Minneola, have started a new ministry there called Reels on Wheels.
It’s summertime in Central Florida, and in a matter of minutes the weather can go from hot and sunny to stormy with the temperature dropping 25 degrees. Extreme weather changes are rough on your roof and, according to Mike Curry of Curry’s Roofing, most homeowner’s have no idea until it’s too late.
Patience is a virtue, but when it comes to painting it is a necessity. A successful paint job starts long before the first tint is added or bucket is opened; it begins with thorough preparation of the surface. Slapping a coat of paint on an unprepared surface is like applying makeup to a dirty face — it just won’t look right.
Many homeowners who start remodeling projects, which require room additions, are stunned with sticker-shock by the hidden costs of this type of project. Most of them think, and rightly so, adding a room to a house should be really simple and not too expensive. However, that is not the case in Lake County or the state of Florida.
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With the base price of most new homes anywhere from $80-$120 per square foot, savvy homeowners understand the necessity of utilizing every available space.
Hurricane season began June 1 and lasts until November 30. For many residents who live by themselves, in a mobile home or in unstable housing, the thought of a hurricane making landfall is very frighten ing.
Floridians have learned to keep a wary eye on the tropics during hurricane season, which kicks off June 1 and runs through November 30. The official 2014 hurricane forecast from Colorado State University and Dr. William Gray calls for a less-than-average year with a total of nine named tropical storm systems and three becoming hurricanes and one reaching major hurricane status of Category 3 or higher.
On March 21, President Obama signed the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act of 2014 into law. This legislation repeals and delays certain aspects of the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012, which was put in place to eliminate the federal subsidizing of rates for homeowners and businesses in known flood areas.
Lost Lake Elementary School students got a treat on Multicultural Day last week when Jim Sawgrass, a member of the Florida Muskogee Creek Tribe, showed up in native dress with Indian artifacts.
A few weeks ago, Dave Black realized his cow had given birth on the family’s farm on Old Highway 50 in Clermont, a working farm dating back to 1899.
New technology in residential electrical boxes and breakers has made homes safer, but these products have created some unintended problems for homeowners according to Kelly Lenhart, owner of Lenhart Electric Company in Wildwood.
The American and local economies heavily depend on a robust housing market because a house is the one true product manufactured in America. In addition, it is the best catalyst for a household formation.
In 2008, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) developed a Lead Reno vation, Repair and Painting Rule (RRP Rule), which was implemented in 2010 and regulates how renovations can be completed on residential homes, apartments and child-occupied facilities such as schools and daycares.
Congratulations to John Claypool, son of Shirley Claypool, recently selected as the Good Citizen of his Class of 1987 at Groveland High School.
An air conditioner breaking down in the midst of summer is the worst time for a homeowner not to know anything about their cooling and heating system.