If you are thinking about buying property or building a structure in Lake County, the very first stop you should make before pulling your financial trigger is to the Planning and Zoning Department to see if there are any restrictions on the property, which limit its use and functionality. Unlike many rural counties throughout America, Lake County has a 2030 Comprehensive Plan, which was approved in 2010, and regulates what and where you can build on certain properties. The purpose of the Lake County Planning and Zoning Department is to protect the interest of its citizens by controlling what is built where.
There is no doubt, the current coronavirus crisis will not be the last of its kind. Unfortunately, homeowners and commercial property owners will be dealing with viruses, germs, flus, and other outbreaks continuously. Sick structures through poor construction methods and design exist. Although there are construction methods, which can help make a structure resistant, they cannot make them free from biohazards. Humans are too good at carrying viruses, germs, and disease.
Springtime is upon us, and for many people the thought of moving or building a new home is on their mind. Spring is the traditional time of the year in which families make a home buying decision as the end of the school year approaches and other life decisions like retirement come into focus. It is also the time of the year wherein home builders associations host their parade of homes along with open houses by Realtors to entice prospective buyers who have the new home itch but are not sure if they want to scratch it or not.
Throughout Central Florida, the recent number of arrests of contractors doing business without a license has been vast. Unscrupulous contractors who disregard the law combined with homeowners who only focus on the lowest price is a bad combination, which typically ends terribly. In the state of Florida, it is illegal to operate as a contractor without a license. It is also illegal to knowingly hire an unlicensed contractor.
When I first started in the building supply business 35 years ago, one of my first great customers was a wonderful Catholic pipefitter who had nine children. As you can imagine, money was tight in a family that size. The main reason I remember this customer so vividly is that every time he entered the lumberyard he would ask, “What deals do you have today?” He understood that it was not uncommon for builders and homeowners to make mistakes when ordering doors, windows, and building supplies. Many times, these products would end up in the bargain bins of the store. It took several years, but this customer eventually built a beautiful home that housed his wonderful family for about a third of the cost of a new home.