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Hello Sandsters –
Hope you are well and moving along with your project. I wish you a Happy Summer, which started a few days ago. It’s been busy lately and I haven’t blogged as I should have, but here we go…
Today, we have a few summer tips, for construction and health. We review our last seminar on June 14th and let you know about our next one on August 16th (see page 3 below for more info). We talk about planning for fall, warn you about dealing with anyone who is “losing money on your job”, and caution you again to know who you are dealing with. We advise you on how to (inexpensively) correct those flood vent drafts in the winter. Finally, we welcome another new Dream Homes team member as well as 4 new clients.
Heat exhaustion and sunburn can be very dangerous but with a few simple precautions, we can avoid unpleasant issues. Here are a few simple reminders for good health. 1) Stay hydrated – drink lots of water. Coffee, beer, and soda don’t help – they actually dry you out. If you are well hydrated, your skin is moister (avoiding sunburn) and you are less subject to heat exhaustion 2) Don’t forget sunscreen – even if it doesn’t feel hot. One of the easiest mistakes to correct is to use sunscreen even when it is windy and you don’t feel hot. It’s common (especially at the beach) to have a nice breeze, which makes you feel cool, but meanwhile your body is cooking away. If you are out in the sun, use sunscreen. 3) If you are feeling dizzy, light headed or disoriented, get in the shade and sit down. We regularly warn our crews about the effects of heat which can be very dangerous if ignored. 4) Do realize that you are losing a lot of water if you’re working outside in the summer. We advise drinking at least a small bottle of water every hour just to keep your body stable. Finally, if you do burn, use aloe vera topically, as well as drinking aloe juice to heal your burns.
Flood Vents – Comment & Inexpensive Draft Solution: Generally, you can choose between solid vents and vents that allow air flow, although some townships have disallowed the solid vents because of lack of air flow. Vented vents are much better at allowing a crawl space to breathe and avoid dampness, but unfortunately allow cold air in during the winter. Solid vents are fine if your lower level is full height (or close) and has windows, doors and garages, since these items offer plenty of air circulation.
There is a simple, inexpensive solution if your town doesn’t allow solid vents and you are concerned with cold air infiltration in the winter. Buy a piece of 2” thick Styrofoam at Home Depot or Loews and cut it to fit in the flood vent opening, which will block most of cold air from coming in. Just remember – if there is a flood, make sure you remove the Styrofoam before you leave the house, so the flood vents can work as they are intended.
Know Who You’re Dealing With…😊
As a reminder, Dream Homes & Development Corp. (OTCOB: Ticker DREM) is a publicly traded, fully reporting (audited financials) company. (Note that over 95% of the companies trading on the OTC market are not audited, but merely compiled financials. Those are the “pink sheets” companies, and are usually trading at some percentage or multiple of a penny). To my knowledge, we’re the only public company doing home elevation work in New Jersey. Please check us out online – we would love to have you as shareholders! For more information and an information package, contact Matt Chipman, our investor relations person. Matt can be reached at (818)923-5302, (310) 709-5646 or matt@GreenChipIR.com. You can also review our financials at any time at www.sec.gov.
Welcome to 4 new clients in the last 2 weeks – Thanks for trusting us with your homes! Welcome to Christine from Waretown (new home), Annie from Little Egg (demo and new home), Marie from Monmouth Beach (elevation (rescue) and Nancy & Rich from Waretown (demo and new home). We are honored that you’ve trusted us with your homes!
New Dream Homes Team Member & VP of Business Development – Welcome to Joe Pascucci
We have a new team member and VP of Business Development at Dream Homes who we’ve brought on to help us streamline our homeowner intakes and estimates, as well as address many of our clients’ needs throughout Ocean county. Joe brings many years of sales management and real estate development experience to Dream, and we’re lucky to have him. I’d like to formally welcome Joe to the Dream Homes family and really look forward to working together with him. Joe is a Manahawkin resident for over 20 years and has successfully completed over $8 million worth of projects over a 3-year period with his former company. Not only does Joe have an MBA from Fordham University, but he also has a wealth of experience in new homes and elevation construction, as well as significant sales management and marketing experience. Again, we’re glad to have him aboard. If you come to our next Rebuilding Seminar on August 16th, you can meet Joe or if you call for an estimate, you can meet him at your home.
2017 Scheduling & Priority projects – If you are stuck in a stalled project for whatever reason (contractor in jail or indicted, bankrupt, lazy, inept, no money, etc.) we can help you with a prompt evaluation of your situation. We do initial consultation and estimates immediately for projects that are stuck. It doesn’t change what happened to you in the past, but at least you’ll know how to get back on track, without chasing someone for a month to get an initial meeting and written estimate.
It’s Time to move on Fall 2017 Starts: Now is the time to start submitting for a September or October 2017 start. At this point, you should have agreements signed, engineering and design scope complete (or close), and be preparing plot plans and architecturals to submit to zoning & building for review. There’s no reason you can’t have an approved plan set of plans waiting at the township in July, August or September, awaiting receipt of your utility disconnect letters. Good planning doesn’t cost you any additional money, and the value to you is priceless. This is the type of service that you receive from us, and what you should expect from a good builder.
Seminar Review and our next Seminar: We had a great seminar on the 14th of June, and for the first time we streamed live on Facebook. We were joined by Jason Devooght (Devooght House Lifters), Kathleen Dotoli, Esquire and Dan Wheaton from Dan Wheaton Architects, and each gave an excellent presentation. As always, their attendance and input were appreciated by all and I thank them for their time. We had great attendance at the seminar with 7 groups of people attending (in addition to our speakers) for a total of over 20 people present, as well as another 30 or so on Facebook Live. There was a lot of great discussion about elevations, new homes and the details of determining the best route to take. As always, we’re glad we can help so many people with their construction and rebuilding issues.
Nearly Famous Rebuilding Seminar – Wednesday August 16th, 2017 – On Facebook Live!
Our next Rebuilding Seminar will be held Wednesday August 16th, 2017 from 6 pm at the Tuscan Bar and Grill on Hooper Avenue in Toms River, across from the Ocean County Mall. We’ll also be streaming it on Facebook Live and be online if you want to email questions or comments while the seminar is under way. We had over 30 people join us on Facebook and were able to take questions from people who couldn’t make it to the seminar.
If you are planning a project, whether a new home, elevation or renovation, make sure you attend for tons of great information from our excellent speakers. It will really help you get started on the right track. We try to focus on Sandsters that are early in the process, and have not completed design work, or chosen a builder or architect.
Topics covered will include architectural and engineering planning, construction technique, RREM guidance, help with choosing the right builder and consumer safety cautions when dealing with him, advice on financing your project, comments and tips about home elevation and finally advice on how to buy a new home or sell your existing one. We also talk about RREM issues, (the lunacy of) managing your own project, the money builders really make on your project and ways to avoid delays and going over budget.
Mark the date and call to reserve – Wednesday, August 16th at 6:00 pm at the Tuscan Bistro 1250 Hooper Ave. in Toms River, across Hooper from the OC Mall. Please call 732 300 5619 to reserve your space if you want to attend. Refreshments will be served and space is limited.
Warning: Don’t Deal with Anyone Who Looks You in the Eye and Tells You They’re Not Making Money on your Job!
A very smart person told me about 30 years ago, “Be very careful of anyone who tells you they are not making a profit, or are “losing money on your job”. I’ll never deal with someone who tells me that up front – and won’t keep dealing with a person or company who tells me that in the middle of their job. That’s some of the best advice I’ve ever received and it’s one of the rules we operate under at Dream. Other than profit, the only other motivation for a company to provide goods and services to another company or individual is altruism or love of humanity. With a little thought, we can demonstrate that true altruism may be the most selfish of activities (why else would you do something wonderful for nothing other than for the incredible feeling it gives you?), but that’s a topic for another day.
Suffice to say, we won’t deal with anyone who can’t demonstrate that they’re making a fair profit on our business. It’s foolish. If they’re not making money, who’s answering the phone when you call? You should heed this advice – if it’s too good to be true, it probably is and if it’s “free” it might wind up being very costly.
Communications – What Works, What Doesn’t and How to Improve – Repeat
We’ve spoken often about this topic but I can’t really focus on this enough. It is a crucial subject for any complex undertaking, whether it is construction or otherwise. Today we’ll focus on 2 aspects – written communication and field discussions.
I’m a reasonably intelligent person, but no one has ever nominated me for a Nobel prize in anything and I doubt anyone ever will. I’ve won hundreds of wars and thousands of battles from diligence, persistence, good communication and organization and precisely none due to brilliance or a perfect memory. I mention this because organization and written lists are vitally important. No one can remember everything.
Ben Franklin said, “The faintest pencil is better than the sharpest memory.”
If you don’t write things down, they effectively don’t exist. If one doesn’t commit thoughts and agreements to paper or email, they may as well not have occurred.
No matter how smart you are, unless you have total recall (some people do – I am not one of them), you must write things down for them to be completed.
For the rest of this Communication article, see the 5/26/17 Rebuilding Blog
New Dream Homes Team Member – Welcome to Lou A. Obsuth, Owner of Jersey Proud Modular
We have a new team member at Dream Homes who we’ve brought on to help us develop our modular home business as well as address many of our clients’ needs in northern Ocean county. We’ve been speaking with Lou for the last 2 years and he finally decided to fold his remaining construction operations into Dream Homes and come with us full time. Again, I’d like to welcome Lou to the Dream Homes family and really look forward to working together with him. Lou is a Point Pleasant resident for over 20 years and has successfully run Jersey Proud Modular with an office on Bridge Avenue for the last 8. He has a wealth of experience in modular and elevation construction, as well as sales and marketing and we’re glad to have him aboard. If you come to our next Rebuilding Seminar on August 16th, you can meet Lou or just stop by our new modular office & showroom at 2109 Bridge Avenue in Point Pleasant.
General Resource – Consumer Protection: Kathleen Dotoli, Esquire is a workers’ compensation and disability attorney in Toms River and speaks regularly at our Rebuilding Seminar. Kathy gives an excellent presentation about consumer protection which is filled with great information to save you money and grief. (Next one is this Wednesday, June 14th, 2017). Email Kathy at firstname.lastname@example.org or call her office at 732 228 7534 for a copy of her seminar presentation.
Mission Statement and Comment: AT Dream Homes, we’ll help you when no one else will. We regularly handle the messiest, most unpleasant, real estate, construction and renovation situations. We do the projects that few other people can do, and help people finish their projects and get back in their homes. If you’re stuck and can’t figure out how to proceed, call us and we’ll do our best to help you.
At Dream Homes, we believe that taking on difficult unpopular projects is part of the social contract we have with the community and the Jersey Shore. We’ve never abandoned a client or failed to finish a project – we feel very strongly that it is our obligation to help Sandsters and others in need.
Video & Past Seminars
Photos & Videos – Click on the link below
Future Homes & Townhomes for Sale: We’re actively working on the development approvals for several properties in Bayville and Forked River.
Dream Homes at Tallwoods: We’ll be offering 13 beautiful new 3 and 4 bedroom single-family homes for sale in the mid $200,000 range in late 2017 / early 2018.
Dream Homes at the Pines: 58 new 2-3 bedroom townhomes, with garages. Anticipated opening in spring / summer 2018.
If you’re looking for new homes this year or early next year, give us a call and we’ll get you information.
There’s Real…and then there’s Memorex…What an Estimate and Scope of Work is Supposed to Look Like…
Click on the link above or call us and we’ll send you a blank scope of work for your reference.
Yeah, We Do That for You… This was an excellent (if I do say so myself) article from the 1/8/17 blog, which received much positive response from many people. If you missed it, go back and read it now at
Definitions & Important Considerations That Can Delay Your Project: Click on the link below
References & Testimonials – Click on the link below
Remember – if you have a specific question, send me an email or a text. Don’t wait for a seminar or a site visit to clarify a point. Whether you are Dream Homes/Atlantic Northeast Construction client or not, I’ll always try and help you or guide you in the right direction. If you’ve sent an email or left a voice mail and haven’t received a response, try and contact me again. Messages are lost occasionally.
Note to Sandsters: Though I write this blog and hold the seminars to help guide Sandsters and others through the maze that is any reconstruction project, Dream Homes actually does what I write about. Dream Homes & Development Corp. and Atlantic Northeast Construction LLC are new home builders and general contractors who are actively renovating and reconstructing projects up and down the shore. We supervise and manage elevation projects & house moves, demolish and build new homes, and develop and build entire new neighborhoods. In the past 23 years, we’ve completed over 1500 new homes, 190 elevation projects and 500,000 square feet of commercial buildings. 28 of our elevation projects have been rescue projects, where we came in to save a homeowner when someone else left. Dream builds new homes, demolishes existing damaged homes, elevates and move homes, complete additions and renovations and rescues homeowners when their other builder abandons them. We work with private clients as well as Path B clients in the RREM program. Call, text or email to set up an appointment for a free estimate on your rebuilding project.
That’s all for today Sandsters. I hope my words helps you move forward. As always, call or write with any questions.
Dream Homes & Development Corp. (OTCQB: DREM)
Dream Building LLC
Atlantic Northeast Construction LLC
New Home Builder #045894
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Office: 314 S. Main Street
Mailing: PO Box 627
Forked River, NJ 08731
Office: 609 693 8881 F: 609 693 3802 Cell: 732 300 5619