Many new home buyers will experience the first hurricane season at SWFL
Many cities in Southwest Florida are experiencing strong growth.
Construction crews are building thousands of new homes in Cape Coral, but that means a lot of people are facing their first hurricane season.
If you remember what happened to toilet paper early in the pandemic, first responders told us the same was happening to many supplies you need to stock up on in the days leading up to a big storm.
It is therefore important to stock up on food, water, and even medicine for everyone in your household well in advance.
The Town of Cape Coral says more new homes are being built now than we’ve seen in over a decade.
“It’s a big spike,” said Matthew Groff, vice president of Groff Building Contractors.
Groff says the difference between this real estate boom and the previous ones is that more people are choosing to live in the area rather than just seeing it as an investment.
“When you buy existing homes and the inventory is minimal, the prices go up,” Groff said. “So basically the builders build them for less than what you buy on the open market. “
This is the kind of growth that Councilor Dan Sheppard says the city was ready for.
“We wanted better growth than in the past, growth that adds tremendous value, sustainable growth,” said Sheppard. “And I think we’re doing it right now.”
But houses can’t be built fast enough.
“That’s the big deal we’re all in, getting materials on a timely basis right now,” Sheppard said.
It’s the same problem many people in Southwest Florida face who have never experienced a hurricane season before.
“Especially the way the wood is right now, if you expect to suddenly get shutters, wooden shutters to protect the house, that’s something that won’t be readily available,” Amy Bollen said, Director of Public Relations with South Quartier Fire and Rescue Trails.
Bollen says that long before a possible storm threatens, it’s time to get what you need.
“It sounds so redundant, and we say it so many times, but if everyone was prepared, we wouldn’t have empty store shelves when a storm hit,” Bollen said.
Bollen also told us that difficulty finding supplies now, especially to protect your home, could also mean it’s harder to make repairs quickly after a storm.