Whether you've always dreamed of a house overlooking the Bay in St. Petersburg or overlooking the Gulf in northern Pinellas County, the right builder can give you the new construction of your dreams.


New Construction

But you’ll never be able to find the right builder unless you take advantage of these 3 tips:

Building a New Home in the Tampa Bay Area?  Follow These Tips!

1.  Look for a builder who doesn't take on too many new construction projects at once

Just because you’re building a house by the beach doesn't mean that constructing it is a day at the beach!  Because of its tendency to fall victim to severe weather, Florida comes with some pretty strict building codes.  Plus, if you’re going to live in Pinellas County – a county that sticks out into the Gulf of Mexico like an “elbow” of sorts – you need to make sure that your future home is well-equipped to deal with anything that Mother Nature throws at it.

That means you need a builder who’s paying close attention to every single detail.  

However, if your construction team is trying to build 25 houses at once, they’re going to be so overwhelmed that they may overlook something.  

Bottom line – before you sign on the dotted line, make sure the focus is on quality, instead of quantity.


2.  Make sure your builder views your new construction as a team effort

Pinellas County is a great place to build your dream home.  After all, it’s close to the beach, and it’s only a short drive to the hustle and bustle of Downtown Tampa.

But the only way you’re REALLY going to get your dream home is if you have some say in what goes into it!

While your builder may be the construction expert, you’re the expert on what you like.  So, unless the two of you work together every step of the way, you’re never going to wind up with a finished product that you’re truly satisfied with.  That’s why it’s so important to find a builder that thinks communication is very important.


3.  See how your builder works with his suppliers

Everything that goes into your new construction has to come from somewhere.  For example, your appliances are going to come from a manufacturer.  The same goes for everything from your flooring to your roof tiles.

Unless you want to spend an arm and a leg on every detail, you need a builder that has solid relationships with his suppliers.

After all, the more your builder has to spend for all of those things, the more you’re going to have to spend on them!  But if your builder can get great deals, he’ll be able to pass his savings onto you.  So, the better his working relationships are, the less your house is going to cost!

What to look for in a Building Contractor

Take care to verify that your contractor is licensed, bonded and insured.

Here’s what that means:

  • Licensed - In most states, including Florida, one must have a license to legally do construction for others. You can make sure a company is licensed by checking here; www.myfloridalicense.com
  • Bonded - Bonded refers to a company having a “surety bond”. This guarantees the contractor will complete a project as specified in the contract documents. If the contractor fails to complete the project, the bond company pays another contractor to finish it. Anyone can SAY they have such a bond. To be safe, you need to ask the contractor what the name and number is for their bond company, then call them to verify it.
  • Insured - A contractor should have both “Worker’s Compensation” insurance and “Liability Insurance”. The minimum amounts required for general liability insurance are:
    • $300,000 bodily injury
    • $50,000 property damage

Contractors are required to show you a certificate of their insurance. You may also want to check with the insurance company to verify the policy is active.

Stalba Construction is the contractor you can trust for your next project.

Call us today at (727) 363-1400 for a FREE QUOTE.