Lower Your Insurance Cost

Source: Inside & Out Property Inspectors INC.

A Wind Mitigation Inspection checks your homes wind resistant features. The inspector will be checking how your roof is sealed from water, how strong the structure is, and the door or window casings. Having this inspection done can help save a substantial amount on your Florida homeowners insurance.

This inspection helps insurance companies tell if you’re roof is capable of handing hurricanes, or strong winds. The stronger and safer your roof is, the lower risk you are to the insurance company which may lower your premiums.

The inspection can only lower your premiums, even if the inspection gets a low rating your homeowner’s insurance can’t go up. Depending on where you live, and the size of your home depends on how much you’re capable of saving. While the cost of the inspection is around $100 the savings on your homeowner’s insurance can be a few hundred up to a few thousand.

There are key features the inspector will look for; these seven indicators will tell if your home is capable of withstanding strong winds and water:

  • Building code
  • Roof covering
  • Roof-deck attachment
  • Roof-to-wall attachment
  • Roof geometry
  • Secondary water resistance
  • Opening protection

Some of those key features can’t be added easily or are harder to change, here’s a list of the main features Florida homeowner’s insurance companies look for to save the most:

  • Roofing material that meets Florida building codes
  • Secondary water resistance under the roof sheathing
  • Impact- resistant coverings verified for cyclic pressure and large missiles over all glass openings
  • Roof-deck attachment with plywood
  • Roof-to-wall attachment that uses double wraps
  • A hip roof

Wind mitigation inspections are good for five years in Florida. You pay for the inspection once and save on your homeowners insurance premium for the next five years.

Retail, eateries planned near CR 484 industrial park west of I-75

Source: Ocala Star Banner

Back in the 1960s, before Marion Oaks was even platted, an airline pilot purchased two square miles of land on County Road 484 about two miles west of Interstate 75. It would become The McGinley Farm, which produced corn and peanuts for decades.

By 2017, rumblings around town were that Richard McGinley was ready to turn the agricultural land into one of the largest industrial centers in Florida.

It was about four years ago when plans of transforming the 1,280-acre farm into Florida Crossroads Industrial Park were first unveiled. In the years since the property is being developed at breakneck speed.

The property is split into two sections by CR 484. About 75% of the acreage is on the south side of CR 484 and is home to Dollar Tree, a 1.9 million-square-foot distribution center and the centerpiece of the south portion.

McGinley is working with an investment group to plan out the north side. Along the north side of CR 484 there will be commercial, retail, and restaurants to “support a lot of people that will be working on the south side,” he said.

North of that commercial section, McGinley said there could end up being multi-family complexes, and/or single-family homes.

Southside master plan
The commission voted unanimously to allow for changes for the southern portion of the development fronting CR 484.

Mary Elizabeth Burgess, director of Marion County Growth Services, told commissioners that the new plan calls for 40 1.14-acre lots near CR 484.

The original concept was to put some uses, like a gas station and other things, and some type of restaurant, on the south side of CR 484. McGinley said the smaller lots will be commercial for possibly smaller warehouses.