Moving to Florida

Home Shopping in “JAX?” Here’s Where to Build One With Us


Headed for Jacksonville, Florida and in the market for a new home? We’ve got you covered. Not only are we one of the state’s largest homebuilders, we’ve been doing our thing for more than four decades, and “JAX” is one of our longtime stomping grounds.

Jacksonville is a vibrant, growing metropolitan area. It serves as Florida’s northeastern gateway and is home to a major U.S. Navy base, one of the eastern seaboard’s busiest ports and gorgeous Atlantic Ocean beaches.

There are many great reasons to relocate, retire or move here. So, allow us to introduce you to the communities where […]

Interested in a Daytona Beach Home? Here’s Where We Can Build It


Ready for a new custom Florida home in the Daytona Beach area? Come on over! It’s our hometown and we at ICI Homes are happy to guide you through the communities where we do our thing.

Although we’ve built all over the state for almost four decades, we’re always excited about growth in our own backyard. And we heartily recommend the Daytona Beach area as a cool place to live, work or retire.

Hopefully you’ve downloaded our handy brochure about the communities where we’re active. It’s quick and helpful look at each’s communities features. If you haven’t grabbed it using […]

Answers to Why on Earth You’d Want to Move to Florida

Florida Misconceptions: Or, Answers to Silly Reasons Not to Move Here


The problem with moving to Florida is that inevitably, some folks will think that’s not a good idea. And they have no compunction about telling you.

Never mind if you must move to Florida because (A) your boss says so, (B) your in-laws or parents have promised to babysit every day if you’ll live within driving distance, or (C) you have family or personal concerns that aren’t our business, but require no explanation to anyone.

While we at ICI Homes are happy to claim Florida as our home state, we know […]

Seeking a New Custom Florida Home? We’re Building in Orlando


If you’re Orlando-bound in your search for a new custom Florida home, we at ICI Homes offer two excellent choices.

Both are our communities, and located on the desirable south side of the City Beautiful, near convenient traffic corridors, Orlando International Airport, and, of course, those world-renowned Florida attractions (because we bet you’ll have visitors to entertain after you move).

Why Orlando’s south side? Because nearby highways can whisk you anywhere you need to go in Orlando proper. Because you’ll escape the ensconced congestion and built-out neighborhoods on the north side. And, because you’ll enjoy new shopping enclaves, dining and […]

Summer: The Optimal Time to Move

Oops! You wanted to go to the beach, didn’t you? Perhaps to theme parks, or camping with the family. No one wants to pack moving boxes, haul clutter to donation centers and orchestrate all the maddening minutia that comes with changing addresses during what’s supposed to be a vacation period.

“That’s not quite what I had on my calendar,” you say.

We get it. It’s more fun to consider your move through the excitement of a job promotion, or the realization you’ll finally live near grandparents eager to babysit your kids. But we promise summer is the best season to trek […]

Moving Van In Your Future? How To Sell Your Current Home First

A new custom Florida home is on your radar, but, oops — you must first lose the old one. Hold that excitement. Most folks aren’t liquid enough to place the current abode on the market, then head south to buy the new home at the same time. You can’t either? No worries. We’re here with helpful tips for selling your current home faster that you might think.
Don’t set an unreasonable price
You likely had a parent warn, “moderation in all things,” at some point when you were a kid, right? The same principal applies here. You may think your current […]

Make the Most of Your Model Home Visit

Is it time to find your new Florida home? One of the best tactics is visiting model homes. Builders use model homes as finished real-life examples of what’s being offered in a new community. Once you’re there, on-site sales representatives can answer questions and walk you through options. Visit enough model homes, and you’ll soon compile helpful lists of personal likes and dislikes. But regardless of whether you know exactly what you want in a new Florida home, or you’re only seeking inspiration.  Here’s a guide to making the most of any model-home visit.
Visit Community Websites
Start your campaign by […]

How to Meet Your New Neighborhood

In the market for a new custom Florida home? That means you’re also in the market for a new neighborhood. No matter why you’re making the move — for a new job, impending retirement or family reasons — acclimating to a new community takes time, even if you only move across town. New neighbors often = new friends, so it’s totally worth investing time to explore your new environment. Read on for tips on how to settle into your new world.
Be Approachable and Available
This is Common Sense and Manners 101, but it never hurts to be reminded. Moving takes […]

Going Gated? Visit Magnolia Preserve at Julington Creek

Targeting a new custom Florida home? Do you have the freedom to pick your location? If so, focus on Florida’s northeast corner, where Jacksonville and its surrounding communities offer a great selection of urban, suburban and quieter neighborhoods. Magnolia Preserve at Julington Creek Plantation is a spectacular, gated community we think will surprise and delight you.
The Metro Jacksonville Location Is BIG
Jacksonville is Florida’s booming, northeast gateway. Recent financial and real-estate reports have rated it as a top place to move to, and as a great market for real estate investors. It sits at the intersection of two major interstates — […]

Ease the Transition of Moving With Kids

Whether you’re relocating across countries and continents, or within your current city limits, doing so with children complicates the process. A move can be stressful even if everyone’s excited about it. When they’re not excited, the experience can become an ordeal. While adults tend to stiff-upper-lip their stress, kids are more vulnerable and transparent. Here are suggestions for helping your family’s smallest members have a happy move.
Share Your Adult Feelings
Kids make great radar dishes. Many can sense adults’ feelings without knowing much about what’s happening, so make time to sit and talk with your kids about how you feel about […]