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With some highly targeted remodeling and a some creative searching, you can save substantial amounts on your home-owners
insurance, even in Florida’s Gulf-Of-Mexico-bounded counties.

Cheap homeowners insurance in South Florida. You may think such a thing doesn’t exist in this state that has been regularly
battered by hurricanes in the last few years. But with a little remodeling and a little comparison shopping, you can find
cheap homeowners insurance in South Florida.

Prepare Your Home

One of the keys to cheap homeowners insurance in South Florida is to take advantage of all the insurance discounts that are
available to you. For example, you can get discounts for installing:

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    It feels hard to look beyond the current sluggish economy for another Florida housing boom, but booms have followed every recession in th Tampa Bay area.So the time to invest in your home is when?

    Neal urged real estate agents to look beyond economics, while citing statistics and demographics. “Homes are a consumer product. They are the place we live. They should be sold on the emotion of home ownership, not the economic value,” said Neal.

    Judy Green said, “Neal has changed to the market and that’s something the Realtors need to do too.” She stated that she’s still cautiously optimistic and sees signs of hope in various areas. Green reminded the real estate agents, “We got through the challenges of the late 90s and that recession. After every recession there’s a housing boom. So, I’m very optimistic about the future.”

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    There are no shortage of home builders and remodelers in the Pinellas, Hillsborough and Manatee County areas. So how should you go about choosing the right new home builder in Florida? This article gives an overview of the process of selecting the best home building contractor in Florida, but the same criteria could be used to select a remodeling contractor as well.

    The Florida home builders with the highest quality homes to offer tend to follow a general set of guidelines in their construction procedures. Each builder is different, of course, but high-quality builders have certain things in common.

    First, they use the highest quality materials and usually build their homes with solid, poured concrete. It’s even better if they use steel-reinforced concrete that is designed to withstand a powerful hurricane. When purchasing a home in Florida, hurricane safety must be a consideration. The highest quality home builders pride themselves on building homes that are above hurricane code. Ask about features such as impact resistant windows and a greater number of roof truss straps.

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    Tankless water heaters cost more initially in new construction, and can be a nightmare to retrofit in a remodeling project. But in many use cases they save energy costs dramatically. This article gives some guidelines for evaluating what’s right for you, whether your project is an addition or a new home construction in the Tampa Bay area.

    Cost could be a factor for the low penetration in the U.S. market–tankless heaters cost significantly more than a conventional system. But it also could be a matter of educating the American market about the product. In recent years, manufacturers say awareness has grown significantly, and so has usage, which has seen double-digit increases. The driving force? Consumers. They are “mainly the ones driving this demand for tankless water heaters more than builders,” Aikens says.

    Does that mean that every builder and remodeler should install tankless in their projects? Maybe, maybe not. While tankless technology can reduce a home’s energy costs by as much as 25% annually compared to a standard 40-gallon tank heater, there are other considerations. Standard storage tanks now qualify for Energy Star certification. And tankless systems may have other issues that negate its energy performance and lower operating costs.

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    The mortgage interest deduction has been a reliable fact of American home ownership for a long time. Best not to mess with it.

    Any politicos who have their eye on eliminating the mortgage interest deduction had better take a look at this: The National Association of Home Builders reports that a poll it commissioned earlier this month shows nearly 80% of U.S. voters will support the mortgage interest deduction–at the expense of politicians who do not.

    According to the poll, 79% of all respondents, both owners and renters, believe the federal government should provide tax incentives to promote homeownership. Even when told that eliminating the mortgage interest deduction would help ease the federal budget deficit, 72% said they opposed any proposal to abolish it. Among that group, 76% of Republicans, 75% of independents, and 64% of Democrats oppose eliminating the deduction. Meanwhile, 75% of homeowners and 55% of renters also oppose doing away with the home mortgage interest deduction.

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    White reflects light and heat, right? Well, yes, but it is not that simple– not yet anyway. Can a white roof be attractive? They look pretty good down here in the Pinellas/Manatee county area of Florida’s subtropics– maybe not so suitable for Wisconsin, though. But it needn’t be white to be reflective… really!

    U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu’s off-beat idea of painting roofs white all across America is an initiative he has been promoting eagerly, the Voice of AmericaNews.com reported Sept. 21. Now he wants white roofs all over the world. That won’t be easy in countries with thatched roofs. Chu is President Obama’s Nobel prize-winning green guru. So, what’s with the white fetish?

    A coat of white paint on a roof can lower both carbon emissions and cost, Chu has contended. The concept he espouses is this: as sunlight beams down on us, roughly half the energy shines as light. The light heats our rooftops. If the roof is white, the sunlight will reflect off the roof instead of heating the roof’s surface. By reducing the need for energy that cools our homes and offices, tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions could be saved, slowing global warming.

    … Chu doesn’t mention is the fact that a high-tech roofing product—now several years after being developed–has revolutionized the building industry, according to a report from the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. It consists of reflective pigments that make a dark roof reflect almost like a white roof. “To homeowners, dark roofs simply look better than…white roofs,” and the “aesthetically pleasing dark roof can be made to reflect like a white roof in the near infrared spectrum,” assured the 2004 report.

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    Florida is one of the few states in which few insurance companies compete for your home insurance policy. This really changes the online insurance selection game.

    Outside of Florida in states where there are hundreds of companies to choose from for homeowners insurance, these quote generator websites are usually helpful. They do your research and you’ll have a lot of low cost options to consider.

    Getting quotes for Florida home insurance presents a totally different situation when it comes to using these websites.

    To begin with, unlike in other states, Florida has a lot fewer companies to choose from since only about 40 home insurance companies are writing new business. In addition, you should know that these Florida home insurance companies pay the quote generator websites for each lead that is provided to them. In reality what is happening is that the Florida insurance companies are paying the quote generator websites for the higher search engine rankings their sites have in order to reach more customers.

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    Remodeling or making an addition to your home can be as stressful on your marriage as relocating or engaging in new construction. In fact, the lack of clear division between what is old and what is essentially a  can cause some emotional problems- briefly. This video, not surprisingly, advocates for preparation and frequent communication between spouses. Don’t let the Joy of remodeling be suppressed by the stress of upgrading! Call Us– we’re the experts in The Tampa bay/Pinellas area!

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    There may be better reasons for investing in new construction in Florida than some other regions– current building materials and techniques are lightyears beyond what they were even twenty years ago, which is even more important in Florida’s demanding climate than it might be in more temperate zones. The following is an excerpt from an article which makes a pretty strong case for new construction down here in Florida.

    Older homes may have smaller kitchens that contain old, outdated appliances. Cracked linoleum or tile flooring may need replacement, fixtures may be old and stained, and cabinetry that is either deteriorating due to age or inferior quality will need to be replaced. If you build a new Florida home, your kitchen will be luxuriously appointed with all of the latest appliances, cabinetry and fixtures. Appliances are brand new and top of the line.

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    Here is a quick and painless video presentation outlining a few considerations regarding your choice between remodeling your house or constructing a new one.

    2) Location, location, location
    Are you tied to your current location? Does a specific school district keep you planted in place? Do you have a great lake lot? If the answer is yes, then your home is a candidate for remodeling. If not, getting exactly what you want can be achieved through building a custom home.

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    ROOM ADDITION IDEAS

    American Housing Remodeling, Inc. has been Remodeling in the Pinellas County are for many years, are members of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI), and specializes in building one and two story Room Additions.

    Many homeowners are always looking for ways to enhance their home either by remodeling their home or by adding a room addition.  A great site for gathering information on room additions is roomadditions.us. It talks about how a “well-planned room addition can enhance the style of your home as well as provide newfound space, comfort and livability.” It talks about how “adding on to your existing home can be disruptive to your life, but also how the design and construction process can be exciting and gratifying as you see your plans come to fruition!”

    You can also find “step-by-step guidelines for adding space to your home, including design options and planning considerations as well as building permit requirements, budgeting, and project management.”

    This is a very informative site and warrants taking a looking for Room Addition ides for your home. For more information on Remodeling your home or adding on a one or two story Room Addition, call American Housing Remodeling at 727-546-6611.

    Click here to visit RoomAdditions.us online.

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