As a new home specialist, I help many buyers with the process of finding the right community and home that fit their lifestyle and budget.
There are some issues to think about as we tour these homes that may help speed up your decision process. We're in an active market, and you'll need every advantage to get the right property.
1) Stairs: Some condos don't have elevators. Are you OK with lugging groceries up a set of exterior stairs?
2) Parking: Do you need a 2 car garage versus a 1 car or carport? Do you anticipate needing a lot of storage space? Remember, we don't have basements here in FL.
3) Lanai: Homes and villas can have extended lanais, with or without a cage (screen). If you like to grill, and want to take advantage of our gorgeous weather, the lanai can make or break your selection. Tip: You can have your new home piped and plumbed for an outdoor kitchen. If the builder installs the grill, sink, and countertops, you can plan on an additional cost of $12,000 to $15,000.
4) View: New homes that back onto neighbors will be less expensive, and should have a privacy wall. Otherwise, your choices will be lake or preserve (green space) views. Lake views for new homes come at a higher premium than a preserve view. However, preserve views can give you a lot more privacy than homes situated around a lake.
5) Exposure: Do you want afternoon sun on your lanai (and possible pool), or do you prefer an easterly exposure that gives your lanai or patio morning sun?
If you have more questions about buying a new home in Lakewood Ranch, give me a call or email me.