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Nearly Famous Rebuilding, Renovation, and Elevation Blog
Hello all –
Hopefully today finds you well and enjoying the early Fall weather. It’s time to make concrete plans to get going on your project so you can start before January and be finished before late Spring.
Today, we remind you again about common-sense preparations to make for the next hurricane, with a link to the FEMA guide, “How to Prepare for a Hurricane.” We again recommend the excellent book, “Lights Out”, written by Ted Koppel which touches on what happens to society when power is lost for an extended time. We offer a useful link from Builder Magazine about home solar systems – and how they don’t work when the grid goes down (unbelievably). We remind you again about why we are elevating our homes and rebuilding to greater heights. We mention our plans to open an office in southwest Florida to help with the rebuilding efforts that will be ongoing for years.
Most importantly, we send our thoughts and prayers (again) to the people in Puerto Rico still suffering without power and water after the Hurricane Maria. Again, we send our strength, prayers and donations out to those less fortunate than we are.
On another note, we remind you about our next Rebuilding Seminar which is Wednesday, October 11th, live at Tuscan Bistro and streamed on the internet on Facebook Live. We talk about the Toms River Home Show on October 28 & 29th at the Pine Belt Arena in Toms River, where we’ll be exhibiting. We’ll also be at the NJEA Convention in Atlantic City on November 8th & 9th.
Hurricane Preparation – FEMA Hurricane Prep, Common Sense Reminders & Sobering Statistics: Thanks to Joe Pascucci, our VP of Business Development, for forwarding this FEMA Hurricane link with his comments. I’ve included it here because it is so useful. Entitled “FEMA’s guide on How to Prepare for a Hurricane”, it includes tips on what to do before, during and after the storm to protect yourself and your property.
It’s been almost five years since Storm Sandy hit New Jersey and although we hope to never experience another storm like that, with each passing year the storms are becoming more frequent and more intense. Print this guide out for your reference – if the power goes out, you won’t be able to access the internet.
Keeping your Project Moving – RREM, cash flow and payment to your new home builder or home improvement contractor: This note is for those who are in an otherwise positive relationship with their builder, but are having a temporary cash flow issue. Many people who are working with RREM or ICC grants, or insurance proceeds that are being held by mortgage companies may find themselves in a situation where their project could be delayed for non-payment. As a general rule, you should assume that invoices for completed inspected work in place should be paid within 10 days. If you don’t pay your professional, they will probably temporarily stop working on your job.
Assuming again that your relationship is solid with your builder (all work is done and paid for, all invoices to date have been paid in a timely manner) if the project is delayed temporarily that means little other than your builder must be paid to continue working, or he cannot pay for supplies, payroll and overhead. An important practice is to communicate clearly if an issue arises and there will be a delay in payment.
You are also an important part of keeping your RREM or mortgage company submissions current, so you won’t cause a delay in your project. If you’ve submitted payment, ask for a date when payment will be made to you. Be proactive with your project and it will save you time.
Hurricane Prep from Vince – Continued and partial repeat: For a repeat of my partial list of what to do in preparation for a hurricane or tropical storm, visit the 9/16/17 blog. Note that I focus strongly on what is needed when there is no power, which (other than structural failure) is the most pressing concern after a storm. Note that my list is not as comprehensive as the FEMA guide, but oddly I include items they don’t really touch on.
As a reminder, being affected by another storm or hurricane is why people all over the world are elevating their homes. It’s not a question of if a storm will happen, but when it will occur. More people at the shore are realizing the need to retain a home improvement contractor registered in NJ or a new home builder licensed in NJ to elevate or rebuild their homes. One of the most sobering recent statistics is that for the first time in history 2 separate Category 5 hurricanes hit the US mainland within one year. To ignore this trend is foolish. One must accept that the fundamental choice is to move inland, away from the most probable path of hurricanes (which didn’t work out too well for the folks in Houston anyway) or to address the need to elevate your house at least 3’ above the base flood level in your area.
Solar Power at Home – Shouldn’t it work when the grid goes down?? One would certainly think so, but one would generally be wrong. I’ve included a link to a short article in Builder Magazine, but the summary is that the inverter and the entire solar array are run by power from the grid, and when the power stops, your solar array won’t continue to generate energy.
So, for it to actually work when the power goes out, you will need a battery backup system, which will run the inverter when there’s no power from the grid. Note: The inverter converts the direct current (DC) which comes from the sun into alternating current (which is what everything in the house runs on). No battery – no inverter – no solar power generation. This is not a tidbit of info you want to discover when the power is out and you’re expecting your home solar system to keep right on making electricity only to find out that it won’t. See the article here
Nearly Famous Rebuilding Seminar –Wednesday October 11th, 2017 – See us in person and or watch us on Facebook Live!
Our next Rebuilding Seminar will be held Wednesday October 11th, 2017 from 6 pm at the Tuscan Bar and Grill on Hooper Avenue in Toms River, across from the Ocean County Mall. We’ll be joined by Kathleen Dotoli, Esquire, Jason Devooght (Devooght House Lifters) and one of our architects or engineers. 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 50 people join us on Facebook at the last seminar and took questions from people who couldn’t make it to the seminar, which was an excellent addition to our program.
If you are planning a project, whether a new home, elevation or renovation, and you haven’t already attended one of our seminars, come for helpful information from our excellent speakers that will get you started on the right track. We focus on homeowners early in the rebuilding process, who haven’t completed design work, or chosen a builder or architect.
We talk about architectural and engineering planning, construction technique, RREM guidance, help with choosing the right builder and consumer safety cautions when dealing with him (or her), financing your project, comments and tips about home elevation in general. We also talk about RREM issues, (the lunacy of) managing your own project, and ways to avoid delays and going over budget. So, mark the date and call 609 693 8881 or 732 300 5619 to reserve your space if you want to attend. Refreshments will be served and space is limited.
Getting Started for late Fall/early Winter starts – If you haven’t submitted your plans for a late fall start, well, stop reading this blog (as absolutely fascinating as it may be) call your licensed New Jersey builder or registered home improvement contractor and instruct him to prepare and submit your permit package right now. Though not completely necessary in NJ, it is much better to start your project prior to the first week of January, when difficult weather can become a factor in the schedule. This way you can also expect to be back in by late spring. Remember: Zoning and Building are separate functions and offices. You can (and should) submit your zoning package while you’re assembling your permit package, so you can save time and received your approved permit more quickly.
Toms River Home Show – October 29th & 30th Home Show at the Pine Belt Center in Toms River: Come out and meet our team members at the end of October and get answers to any questions you have. We’ll be covering elevation and renovation projects, new modular and site construction and any questions you may have about the construction process.
Dream Homes & Development Corporation – who we are: As you may know, Dream Homes & Development Corp. (OTCOB: Ticker DREM) is a publicly traded, fully reporting (audited) company, and we’ve just released our 2nd quarter financials. I’m proud to report that sales, earnings and contracts have all increased significantly. Dream is the region’s most trusted new home builder and home improvement contractor. Dream is growing, improving our operations and service and adding new members to our team to better serve you. You can view financials on our web site at www.dreamhomesltd.com. Click on the SEC tab at the bottom of the page for information.
Dream Homes has a main office in Forked River and a Modular Design Center in Point Pleasant, and we’re the only public company doing home elevation work in New Jersey. You can view all the information about us online and if you like us and believe in what we’re doing, 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 view our operational results and financials at any time on our website at www.dreamhomesltd.com or at www.sec.gov.
Mission Statement and Comment: At Dream Homes, we’re the region’s most trusted builder and we’ll help you when no one else will. We regularly handle messy and unpleasant real estate, construction and renovation situations. We do the elevation, renovation and new home projects that few other people can do, and help people finish 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.
Repeat: Wind, water and storm surge: What do they mean and what’s more of a risk? We sometimes forget that water is much, much denser than air. In NJ, though we build to a 120 mile per hour wind rating, we rarely see winds like that. In Sandy, most of the damage was done from water. If your home was built in the last 10 years, it is strongly protected from wind damage. However, there is only so much that can be done to protect from water.
Water, because it is so much heavier and denser than air, causes most of damage in most storms in our area. That is why we install flood vents and breakaway walls in our elevated homes and have our furnaces and essential mechanicals located above the flood elevation. Water does not go away immediately and after the damage from the destructive force of a surge, rots, destroys and mildews everything it touches.
Permit fees, Design & Hiring Your Own Architect: Generally, permit fees are paid by the homeowner, since they can’t usually be determined at the start of a project. Design & architectural fees are usually itemized separately and are (for us) a pass-through cost. In other words, we oversee the entire design process and it costs our clients the same amount (usually much less) of money than if the homeowner deals with the architect directly. This also results in significant savings in both construction design and redesign fees. Remember – the person who is going to build the project should be involved in the design from inception, so practical best practices can be designed in from the start.
Recommend Reading – Repeat – “Lights Out”: For those of you who like to read (books, not news), pick up the book “Lights Out” by Ted Koppel. It’s a fascinating look at what would happen in the event all or a good portion of our electrical grid was destroyed or rendered inoperable from an EMP (electromagnetic pulse) caused by a nuclear detonation in our low-earth atmosphere.
Regardless of your belief in whether such an event could occur (it most definitely could), the reality is that flooding and hurricane force winds can do as much damage to our very fragile, interconnected electrical grid. The book is fairly short (I read it in an hour or so), extremely well written and documented and will make you realize just how fragile and dependent upon electricity our society has become. It’s well worth your time to read.
On another note, please visit our new Dream Homes Jersey Proud Design Center at 2109 Bridge Avenue in Point Pleasant, where you can see modular home plans, kitchens, baths, flooring and tons of fixtures. You’re invited to visit us and see what we have – hours are Monday through Saturday from 9 – 2, closed on Tuesday, with other hours by appointment.
Siding, Trim and other Exterior Finishes: See the last blog of 8/26/17 for useful information on choices for siding, trim and other finishes.
Decks, more decks and railing…Decks are one of the more popular improvements and one of the easiest ways to add value to your home. Decks fall into 3 main categories – pressure treated, composite and fiberglass. Railings can be pressure treated, vinyl rail or glass.
New Beach Bungalow on your lot from $89,800!! See last 2 blogs for more detail. Note: This model is perfect for many small lots in the shore area including Ocean Beach, Lavallette, Ortley and South Seaside Park.
Seaview and Bayview Models: From $149,000 including demolition. These homes are 2-3 bedrooms and 2 baths and suitable for 40-60 foot wide lots. Call 609 693 8881 for details.
Most home improvement contractors and new home builders are unwilling to provide turn-key elevation/renovation projects. It’s messy, requires diverse skill sets and deep administrative support and places all responsibility for everything directly on the builder’s shoulders. Dream Homes regularly perform turn-key renovation and design build projects and will remain as one of the best, solid companies in the years to come.
Why does this matter to you? If a company isn’t committed to being in the line of work for which you are contracting, they will not support it correctly during and after the project. That means less resources (personnel and otherwise) devoted to your project. Currently at Dream Homes, we’ve been actively hiring carpenters, helpers, marketing and support staff for 2 years. We’re committed to the elevation /renovation business and improve every single day – our commitment to provide additional, better resources to our clients is ongoing.
Moral of the story: Try and avoid working with any company not committed to the type of project you are undertaking. Ask to see current projects in process or being started.
Need to Phone a Friend? Need a Rescue? 2017 Scheduling & Priority projects – If you’re stuck in a stalled project for whatever reason (contractor in jail or indicted, bankrupt, lazy, inept, no money, etc.) we’ll help you with a prompt evaluation of your situation. We do 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. As a note, often we’re the only company willing to finish projects that have been abandoned.
New Dream Homes Modular Division – Design, Kitchen & Bath Studio –
Come see our Dream Homes Jersey Proud Custom Modular design studio at 2109 Bridge Avenue in Point, with complete kitchen, flooring & modular home design studio. See Lou Obsuth, who has a wealth of experience in modular construction as well as kitchen and bath design. Call 609 693 8881 to schedule an appointment or just stop by.
Kathleen M. Dotoli, Esquire – Consumer Protection: Kathleen 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 that will save you money and grief. (Next one is Wednesday, October 11th, 2017). Email Kathy at firstname.lastname@example.org or call her office at 732 228 7534 for a copy of her seminar presentation.
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, in a private wooded setting. 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 article from the 1/8/17 blog, which received 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 https://blog.dreamhomesltd.com/definitions/
References & Testimonials – Click on the link below https://blog.dreamhomesltd.com/references/
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 a Dream Homes 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 homeowners through the maze that is any reconstruction project, Dream Homes does what I write about. Dream Homes & Development Corp. and Dream Building 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 contractors abandon 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
Home Improvement Contractor #13VH09325600
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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