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Old 05-15-2008, 04:53 AM
 
Location: FLORIDA!!!!
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whats the scoop on a frame house? i know concrete is best but why are there frame homes and are they still being built? this frame house i saw was built 1996.
just wondering if frame is ok or an absolute no no.
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Old 05-15-2008, 05:42 AM
 
Location: Palm Island and North Port
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Many times you can find a concrete home for close to the price of a frame home. The problem with frame homes is that they are more susceptible to termites, which is a big problem in Florida. I would not search out frame homes if there's something in the area close in price that is block.

If you get an absolute steal, I may consider it.
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Old 05-15-2008, 05:50 AM
 
Location: FLORIDA!!!!
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thanx!! i wonder why people even bother with frame. lol.
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Old 05-15-2008, 06:43 AM
 
Location: Parrish, FL
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Default Consider this...

Ask an insurance agent the difference in insuring a frame house and a concrete block house in Florida (regardless of the year built). That may give you your answer right there. I would never again own a frame house in Florida.
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Old 05-15-2008, 10:12 AM
 
Location: Where the sun always shines..
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I would never own a frame house here! Termites and hurricanes, the insurance has got to be insane for hurricane coverage. It's not worth it no matter what..
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Old 05-15-2008, 10:14 AM
 
Location: downtown Sarasota
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whats the scoop on a frame house? i know concrete is best but why are there frame homes and are they still being built? this frame house i saw was built 1996.
just wondering if frame is ok or an absolute no no.
It is not an absolute no no and no concrete block house is without frame somewhere....guess what holds up the roof?

Many of Florida's old (from the 20's) "cracker" homes are built better than today's CB homes...

Your home is only as strong as it's weakest point.
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Old 05-15-2008, 10:28 AM
 
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I would not want to own a newer frame house in Florida - the wood they use now is too soft, and the homes are cheaply built, however; I currently live in a 1920's bungalow and the house is built with the old heart pine and cedar which over time becomes harder than stone. Our previous home was also built of the same wood, and contractors were practically burning up their saws on that wood. And guess what -NO termites, either! They just can hardly eat that wood, and also I guess they just don't like it.

But once again, stay away from newer frame. By the way, if you have a two-story newer home, the top floor will be frame.
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Old 05-18-2008, 05:39 AM
 
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Default Frame or Concrete block homes

There is really no difference in the sales price of these two construction types as the market does not seem to place a premium on block. I would not worry about it either way. Best Wishes!
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Old 05-18-2008, 08:53 AM
 
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Just like with any home you are interested in buying, make sure you have a great home inspection done before you purchase.

I know of a couple who's house is for sale. It is a frame (wood) home which never had a termite company or pest control company do annual maintenance. Before they put it on the market they put new aluminum siding over rotting wood and put a new roof shingles on without replacing the tar paper.

As always, pay the extra money for a great inspection.
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Old 05-18-2008, 11:10 AM
 
Location: Palm Island and North Port
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This is a pretty good thread. Many people are making some good points. Gypsychic--You're right, I have seen many homes from the early 1900's made of heart of pine that are tough as nails. The boards are like steel. Good point. I actually prefer older 1900's homes to newer homes. I think they have more character than many of the newer homes. The only draw back, in many cases, is insurance.

That's right, Carbondated, when you buy a home, even a new one I would recommend a home inspection as well as a termite inspection. There are usually a few companies in town that will do a free termite inspection for Realtors. I know Hughs pest control in Port Charlotte will do one free for Realtors. Many of the mortgage companies require a termite inspection.
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