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Old 05-30-2007, 10:58 PM
 
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My husband's looking into a job in Orlando. We've never lived in Florida. I've vacationed there, but the husban'ds never been.

If we move, what do we need to know about Orlando and florida that we might not expect coming form NY state?

Do the hurricanes hit Orlando frequently and if so what do you do (just evacuate and pray?)?

I've never seen snakes and crocodiles in the Orlando area, but I've heard that they are frequent visitors. Is that true? or just something meant to scare the tourists? lol

does not having a swiming pool hurt the resale value of homes in florida? asking because if i move there, I'm not sure if I'd want a pool since my daughter's young. but wouldn't want to later have trouble selling because of that.

anything else I should know?
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Old 05-30-2007, 11:07 PM
 
Location: Jax
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Default Pool not necessary....even here in FL

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does not having a swiming pool hurt the resale value of homes in florida? asking because if i move there, I'm not sure if I'd want a pool since my daughter's young. but wouldn't want to later have trouble selling because of that.
I'll leave the Orlando Q's to the Orlandians (is that a word ?), as for the swimming pools, if you don't want one, don't bother.

Resale can actually be tougher with a pool - many people don't want them, even here in Florida. There's the upkeep to consider, the liability and insurance issues, and as you pointed out - the safety issues.

Also, dollar for dollar, you usually lose on a pool when it comes time to sell a house - you only want to put one in if it's for your own enjoyment.
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Old 05-31-2007, 04:29 AM
 
Location: Central FL
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Do the hurricanes hit Orlando frequently and if so what do you do (just evacuate and pray?)?

I've lived in Orlando for 23 years and 2004 was the ONLY year we had any damage from hurricanes. Hurricane damage is rare in Orlando. No one needed to evacuate even in 2004 unless they lived in a mobile home.

I've never seen snakes and crocodiles in the Orlando area, but I've heard that they are frequent visitors. Is that true? or just something meant to scare the tourists? lol

Perhaps you meant snakes and alligators, crocodiles are not native to Florida. And yes, there are plenty of snakes and alligators. BUT you rarely have to worry about gators unless you live on a lake and even then they're not usually a problem. Snakes can be found anywhere, but unless you live in the woods it would be rare to see one. My home is adjacent and surrounded by protected woodlands in east Orange County and I've seen two snakes the entire time I've lived here.


does not having a swiming pool hurt the resale value of homes in florida? asking because if i move there, I'm not sure if I'd want a pool since my daughter's young. but wouldn't want to later have trouble selling because of that.


I think the pool issue is a draw. Our previous home did not have a pool. Two potential buyers loved the home, but would not buy because they specifically wanted a pool. However, the person that bought it did not want a pool. So you just have to find the right buyer...some do, some don't. If you want a pool it would be cheaper to buy a home with a pool already - as you will not recoup the cost of installing one.

Good luck!
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Old 05-31-2007, 06:39 AM
 
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thank you.

yeah I meant alligators. I think of them and crocs as the same thing. but then to me they are both something in a zoo or tarzan movie. lol
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