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Dream Homes Rebuilding Blog – 7-15-17 – New Township Nonsense – IndieGogo campaign – Rebuilding Seminar 8/16/17 – Make Sure Your Builder is Staying in the Business – New Design Center in Point – Deck Advice – RREM Payments

Dream Homes and Development Corp.

Dream Building LLC.

Atlantic Northeast Construction LLC

Nearly Famous Rebuilding Blog –

7-15-17

Hello Sandsters & other neighbors at the Shore –

Hello and I hope that today finds you well and moving along with your project. 4th of July has come and gone and we are immersed in the humid days of a Jersey summer. Notwithstanding the heat and humidity, I can never quite figure why people leave the Jersey shore on vacation in the summer, when the summer is the reason we live here and put up with the high taxes, traffic and governmental nonsense in the first place. “Tis a mystery to me, truly it is…

Today, we have a number of thoughts for you. We let you know about our next Rebuilding Seminar on August 16th, being held live at Tuscan Bistro and streamed on Facebook Live. We mention our new IndieGogo campaign which we just launched to develop a waterfront property at the shore. We talk about planning for fall starts, and advise you to make sure you know if your contractor or builder wants to be in the elevation business any longer. We talk about new stupid process being inflicted upon us from the Big Four townships at the shore. We discuss our new Design Center at 2109 Bridge Avenue in Point Pleasant, where you can see modular home plans, kitchens, baths, flooring and tons of fixtures. We mention communication and organization notes to keep your project moving smoothly.

New Nonsense from the Big Four Townships (Brick, Toms River, Manahawkin & Little Egg): In a never-ending effort to complicate procedure and keep township employees gainfully (somewhat), inefficiently (most definitely) employed, the Big Four have now introduced yet another permit to the confusing mix that must be navigated to finish (or even start) a project. We now have a Mechanical Permit, and no one is quite sure of the reason for its existence. I’ve built about a zillion homes and renovations (really about 1900 or so) and until now, Mechanical fell under plumbing or building. Now we have a separate permit for furnaces, duct layout, venting, etc. Why? There’s no reason at all. We’re already submitting riser diagrams and duct layouts. The above requirements were quite adequately covered for decades under plumbing, building, electrical & fire, but now we have more paperwork, more frission (friction), more cost, and more delay and inspections, all for no purpose or gain. Abominable process. If we designed subdivisions along those practices the sewer, drainage and roads wouldn’t work.

Any procedure or ordinance that a township implements and arbitrarily inflicts upon the citizenry should be put to the same acid-test as any other policy change in a for-profit business. What is the cost? What is the benefit? What is the potential risk if nothing is done? Few township ordinances pass this test.

While we’re on a soapbox, and before we trip on the way down….

Soils Conservation permits are not required for elevation projects in any town other than Brick Township. Brick Township (who holds firmly to the belief that they operate ex cathedra outside of the same laws that we’re all stuck with) continues to insist that you spend $150 for an exemption letter stating that Soils approval isn’t needed. They’re the only ones. Completely bizarre. Thanks, Brick. Talk about a love/hate relationship.

About Dream Homes & our new IndieGogo Campaign

Dream Homes just launched a new IndieGogo campaign to develop a waterfront property in Bayville. Becoming a contributor to the campaign offers a way to help rebuild the shore and make money while investing with our company. I did an interesting 3 minute video that describes the campaign. (You can also purchase our stock and become an investor in our company if you wish). Click on this link for more information. https://igg.me/at/rebuildnewjersey

Detailed information and a proforma is also on a tab on the front page of this blog under IndieGogo Campaign.

As a reminder, Dream Homes & Development Corp. (OTCOB: Ticker DREM) is a publicly traded, fully reporting (audited) company. To my knowledge, we’re the only public company doing home elevation work in New Jersey. Please view us online – 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 also review our financials at any time at www.sec.gov.

Nearly Famous Rebuilding Seminar Wednesday August 16th, 2017 – In person and 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 be joined by Kathleen Dotoli, Esquire, Jason Devooght (Devooght House Lifters) and one of our architects or engineers, and all give very informative presentations. 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 at the last seminar and were able to take 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, make sure you attend for helpful information from our excellent speakers. It will really help you get started on the right track. We try to focus on homeowners that are early in the rebuilding process, and have not completed design work, or chosen a builder or architect. We find that is where we can offer the most assistance.

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.

Key Questions of the Day to ask your prospective Builder or GC: Are you getting out of the elevation and renovation business? How committed are you to improving and developing better ways to complete renovation projects? Recently, we’re noticing a trend among some of our decent size competitors towards (quietly) moving away from the elevation and renovation business. Many companies have several lines of business and diversity (to an extent) is a healthy practice. Dream Homes has 3 divisions – elevation/renovation, new home development, speculative spot lot development (new) and kitchen & bath renovation. All are obviously related but distinctly different in many ways. All require field, technical, financial and administrative support.

While I am personally delighted when any of our competitors exit any portion of our business, I know why they’ve chosen to do so, and why they don’t volunteer that information to prospective clients. To address the second case first, no company, regardless of their preference, wants to turn away work. So even though the elevation/renovation portion of their business might be completely altered internally, they won’t share that fact with prospective clients. In other words, “We won’t pursue the work, but if it walks in the door, we’ll take it.”

As far as why companies are getting out of the elevation/renovation business? That’s simple. It’s difficult, unpredictable, time and resource consuming, complicated, fraught with change orders, and unknown, unforeseen circumstances. On top of all that it requires a greater amount of personnel than any other line of construction. One is essentially building custom homes one after another with blue prints that are being written as you move forward, filled with jack-in-the-box surprises. Few companies want to do it anymore – new residential and commercial construction is immensely easier. I predicted this occurrence 4 years ago – and now that it’s more difficult to steal money from panic stricken homeowners, you are left with real companies making measured decisions whether to engage in a line of business. Many are opting out due to the reasons I’ve outlined above.

In addition, most general contractors and 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 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. In the last month alone, we’ve seen no less than 11 project managers and 8 support staff let go from several companies, because the companies are leaving the elevation/renovation business. 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 (it seems like) 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 being started.

Notes – 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 (usually much less) amount 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.

Decks and an important note: Crowning your deck boards: If you are building a pressure treated deck, make sure all the deck boards are “crowned” correctly, with the arc of the grain facing down. If you don’t do this, when the board fully dries, it will cup and form a gentle arc with water pooling on the deck board instead of draining away. Look at the end of the board to make sure the arc of the grain is facing down. Any boards not installed correctly should be removed and replaced in the right way.

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.

It’s Time to move on Fall 2017 Starts: Submit your permits now 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 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.

New Dream Homes Modular Division – Design, Kitchen & Bath Studio –

We have a beautiful new Dream Homes office at 2109 Bridge Avenue in Point, with a complete design studio. Again, I’d like to welcome Lou A. Obsuth to our team – he manages the Point office and runs our Modular and Kitchen & Bath remodeling divisions. Lou has a wealth of experience in modular construction as well as kitchen and bath design, 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 Kitchen & Bath Design Studio at 2109 Bridge Avenue in Point Pleasant.

Communications – What Works, What Doesn’t and How to Improve – Modified Repeat from 5/23 & 6/25

How to Keep track of your project, change orders and agreements while in process:

If you don’t write things down, they 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 somehow for them to be completed.

For the rest of this Communication article, see the 5/26/17 & 6/25/17 Rebuilding Blogs.

Ben Franklin said, “The faintest pencil is better than the sharpest memory.”

New Dream Homes Team Member & VP of Business Development – Welcome to Joe Pascucci

As I mentioned in the last blog, we have a new team member and VP of Business Development at Dream Homes. We’ve brought Joe Pascucci 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 again welcome Joe to the Dream Homes family and I 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.

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 Wednesday, August 16th, 2017). Email Kathy at kmdotoli611@aol.com 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 messy and unpleasant real estate, construction and renovation situations. We do the 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.

Video & Past Seminars

Photos & Videos – Click on the link below

https://blog.dreamhomesltd.com/video-photo/

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…  

https://blog.dreamhomesltd.com/2017/01/28/dream-homes-rebuilding-blog-1-27-17-shore-house-lifters-indicted-a-real-scope-of-work-rebuilding-seminar-hometown-hero-rrem/

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

https://blog.dreamhomesltd.com/2017/01/08/dream-homes-nearly-famous-rebuilding-blog-1-8-17-why-use-dream-homes-yeah-we-do-that-for-you-hometown-hero-award-in-brick-rebuilding-seminar-1-18-16/

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 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.

Regards,

Vince Simonelli

Dream Homes & Development Corp. (OTCQB: DREM)

Dream Building LLC

Atlantic Northeast Construction LLC

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Dream Homes Rebuilding Blog – 6-26-17 – Stop Flood Vent Drafts – August 16th Rebuilding Seminar – Welcome Joe Pascucci to the Dream Team – Summer Health – Planning for Fall Starts – Caution when offered a Great Deal – RREM Update

Dream Homes & Development Corp.

Dream Building LLC.

Atlantic Northeast Construction LLC

Nearly Famous Rebuilding Blog –

6-25-17

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 kmdotoli611@aol.com 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

https://blog.dreamhomesltd.com/video-photo/

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…  

https://blog.dreamhomesltd.com/2017/01/28/dream-homes-rebuilding-blog-1-27-17-shore-house-lifters-indicted-a-real-scope-of-work-rebuilding-seminar-hometown-hero-rrem/

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

https://blog.dreamhomesltd.com/2017/01/08/dream-homes-nearly-famous-rebuilding-blog-1-8-17-why-use-dream-homes-yeah-we-do-that-for-you-hometown-hero-award-in-brick-rebuilding-seminar-1-18-16/

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 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.

Regards,

Vince Simonelli

Dream Homes & Development Corp. (OTCQB: DREM)

Dream Building LLC

Atlantic Northeast Construction LLC

New Home Builder #045894

Home Improvement Contractor #13VH09325600

Home Improvement Contractor #13VH07489000

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

Email: vince@dreamhomesltd.com

Website: www.dreamhomesltd.com

Blog: http://blog.dreamhomesltd.com

Twitter: #foxbuilder

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3 Exciting Developments for you today!

  1. We’ll be streaming our 6/14 Rebuilding Seminar on Facebook Live so if you can’t make it in person, call in or text with questions and comments.
  2. Check out our live interview with Wall Street Analyzer—the link is below.
  3. Read about all the great new people we’ve added to the Dream Team!

 Just a quick reminder, our next “Nearly Famous” Rebuilding Seminar will be held on Wednesday, June 14th. Join us for pizza and wine! It will be held again at the Tuscan Bistro in Toms River at 6 pm.  Topics covered will include architectural and engineering planning, construction technique, consumer safety cautions when dealing with a builder, advice on financing your project, and comments and tips about home elevation. 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.

        Please call to reserve your spot as space is limited and refreshments will be served.  609-693-8881 or 732-300-5619.

FB Seminar posting

On another note,  in the last 2 weeks, we’ve added 4 more new projects, 2 of which are rescues.  We’re proud and honored that 4 more homeowners trust us with their projects. It’s a great feeling helping Sandsters get back into their homes!

More great people on the Dream Team!                                                                                   Dream Homes & Development Corporation (OTCQB: DREM) is happy to announce the addition of key personnel and a new division to its Company.  We’re adding great people so we can better serve our clients.

Dream Homes has hired Joe Pascucci as its VP of Business Development.  Joe has extensive sales, marketing, and management experience in the renovation and new construction field.  Joe developed and led the elevation, renovation and new home division for a competitor over the last four years and was responsible for $8 million in sales during that time. Joe is a graduate of Fordham University in New York and holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration. Prior to his career in construction, Joe was a computer science and math professor at Richard Stockton College of NJ.

We also hired Lou Obsuth as our  VP of Sales.  Lou has been successfully running a modular company, Jersey Shore Modular, for a number of years. Lou will now head our new modular division from our new showroom in Point Pleasant.   Dream has acquired four ongoing projects from Lou as well as an extensive existing prospect and client base. Lou is also a licensed electrician.

The new office and showroom in Point Pleasant will allow Dream Homes to better serve the northern Ocean / southern Monmouth region of New Jersey, and will complement the main office in Forked River.  The showroom offers a complete kitchen, bath, flooring and finish design center.

For more detail, I just did an audio interview yesterday with Wall Street Analyzer that can be heard at:                                                               http://wallstreetanalyzer.com/2017/05/31/dream-homes-and-development-corp-otcqb-drem-ceo-interview/

Construction Personnel Overview:

Dream Homes is led by its Chairman & CEO Vincent C. Simonelli, who has been directly involved in the development, construction and sale of over 2000 home and commercial projects since 1993 in New Jersey.  In addition to developing and building over 1600 single and multi-family units, Vince developed an additional 1000 units which were sold to other national builders.

In addition to Vince Simonelli, Dream Homes has three regional project managers, who manage construction projects in each of its three building regions.

Tim Tennis has over 30 years’ experience in both commercial and residential applications. In addition, Tim is or was licensed in all 3 mechanical trades (plumbing, electric and HVAC) and brings a wealth of structural experience to the table. Tim oversees and runs the busiest Dream region, which is the northern Ocean region and has directly overseen over 80 elevation and new home construction projects for Dream.

Jorge Sandoval has been with Dream Homes for four years and has extensive experience in residential renovations. Jorge has managed over 75 elevation and new home construction projects for the Company.

Michael Boccino is a recent addition to our construction management team and has over 35 years’ experience in both residential and commercial projects.  Michael also has extensive experience in management and construction of new home developments and will be overseeing one or more of the projects Dream Homes has in the pipeline.

Additionally, Dream Homes has three separate framing crews, its own plumbing crew, its own dedicated HVAC crew and a licensed electrician on staff.

Have a great day and happy building!

Vince Simonelli                                                                                                                             Dream Homes & Development Corp. (OTCQB: DREM)                                                                   Dream Building LLC.                                                                                                                             Atlantic Northeast Construction LLC                                                                                             New Home Builder #045894                                                                                                                 Home Improvement Contractor #13VH07489000                                                                  Main 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                                                                Email: vince@dreamhomesltd.com                                                                                                   Website: www.dreamhomesltd.com                                                Blog: http://blog.dreamhomesltd.com

Please refer us to anyone you think we might be able to help. We hold a Rebuilding Seminar every other month and write a helpful Rebuilding Blog. Ask about our referral program.

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Dream Homes Rebuilding Blog – 5-22-17 – How Much Money is Your Builder Making on your Job? Communications – Rebuilding Seminar 6-14-17

Dream Homes and Development Corp.

Dream Building LLC.

Atlantic Northeast Construction LLC

Nearly Famous Rebuilding Blog –

5-23-17

Hello Sandsters –

Hope you are well and moving along with your project. Today I am writing a short blog about profit, and what builders really earn on your project.

Often people are under misconceptions about the amount of money which is earned on a construction project. Today, I’ll get into a little more detail to help you understand the financial aspects of a new home or renovation project.

The short new home version is this: new home builders earn between 8% – 12% EBIT (earnings before interest taxes). That’s it and yes, really. That’s about $20,000 on a $200,000 sale. It’s NOT $35,000, $50,000, $75,000 or $100,000 like many people think. Believe me – I’ve built and sold over 1600 new homes in the last 24 years. Those are real numbers.

The short renovation/elevation project version is this: general contractors, remodelers, and renovation providers earn between 10% – 18% EBIT (earnings before interest & taxes). That’s about $14,000 on a $100,000 renovation project. It’s NOT $25,000, $35,000 or $50,000. Again, we’ve completed over 160 renovation projects since Storm Sandy so I have real data to draw from.

For background, and so you can gauge the accuracy of what I am revealing here, I’ve owned and operated a construction and development company since 1993 and have been working with audited financial statements for the last 15 years.

Audited statements are the highest level of financial reporting available, and enable one to see accurate profit & loss, assets and liabilities and equity. I bring up this point, because there are 2 other (lesser) levels of financial reporting, which cannot be relied upon to give an accurate picture of a companies’ financial condition.

These forms are Compiled (fairly worthless – you say whatever you want to say to your accountant and he puts in in proper form) and Reviewed (you provide your accountant with some documentation and he reviews it for reasonableness and proves some of your larger items like payroll, overhead, etc). Reviewed financial are slightly more useful than compiled, but any serious company uses audited financials.

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).

So, what I’m telling you today is reality, not make-believe. Like many other myths on social media, the myth of half (50%) of the price of a construction job is profit is just that – a fairy tale.

Let’s dig deeper now and provide some answers to some popular questions.

Question 1: Why was Shore House Lifters able to charge $30,000 – $50,000 less than everyone else for the same job? How did Price Home Group (PHG) sell 1600 square foot houses for $159,900?

Answer 1: Duh. Do you believe people still ask me that question? Shore wasn’t able to actually charge those prices. They were ripping people off from the beginning. PHG didn’t have a clue what they were doing. They priced their jobs at or below actual material and labor costs, so they lost money on each job. They believed they would make it up in volume.

However, idiocy multiplied does not create intelligence. 124 Wrongs don’t make a Right. And, a Ponzi scheme by any other name is still a Ponzi scheme.

Lesson: If you receive an estimate that’s too good to be true, you’re probably about to get robbed. Don’t be the person standing up when the music stops. Your estimate should be reasonable, in the mid-range of an active, honest market and provide for a fair profit.

Question 2: Why should I pay someone to build for me if I can save $10,000, $15,000 or even $20,000 by doing it myself? Answer 2: Ladies and gents, that’s a complete sucker bet. 98% of the time paying a professional to perform a complex multiple month function will be the best money you ever spend. Depending on the level of error, if you make one mistake you could easily cost yourself as much or more than you would spend hiring a professional. If you make 2 mistakes, you’re usually past the $10,000 point in actual costs and that ignores the cost of your time and the increased project duration. In addition, unless you are some type of construction professional, you’re probably not capable of effectively managing a complex construction project correctly.

Question 3: Why should I let anyone make a profit on me? I can’t afford to spend $1 more than I should. Why shouldn’t I keep shopping until I get the price I want for the scope of work I want?

Answer 3: This is a bit more complex and touches on common sense as well as philosophy. Starting with the answer to the second part of the question, see Question 1 above.

If you look hard enough, you can always find someone who will tell you what you want to hear, (usually) in exchange for a large upfront deposit, for which you’ll be given a “special price”. Sandsters, construction is a commodity business (food, clothing, shelter). There are no special prices.

(Remember- a fool and his money are soon parted. PT Barnum said, “There’s a sucker born every minute”. Don’t be either of those.)

There are legitimate variables (which we’ll cover in a minute) but they are minor, provable and quantifiable. There are no variables that allow one company to charge 30% – 40% less than another company and still be able to complete the job.

Why should you allow a company to make a profit on your project? Folks, thank God we live in a laissez-faire capitalist society. You want the company you’re dealing with to make a profit, so they can finish your project correctly and be in business to provide service to you in the future. You have a very small chance of being the last client serviced correctly if you are dealing with a company who is taking deposits from the next person to pay to finish your job. It’s like trying to time the stock market and attempting to sell at the very top, or buy at the bottom.

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 you’re not making money, who’s answering the phone when I call? What if there is a problem that needs to be addressed?

The lesson is that the amount of money your builder is attempting (hoping) to earn from your project is modest compared to the amount of risk and work that will be done. It’s truly money well spent and probably one of the more judicious expenditures you’ll make in your life.

Hopefully this clarifies some concerns about overpaying for your project, and thinking that your builder is retiring on the money he’s making from your project.

Nearly Famous Rebuilding Seminar Wednesday June 14th, 2017 – On Facebook Live!!

Our next Rebuilding Seminar will be held Wednesday June 14th, 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.

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, June 14th 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.

Dream Homes and Development Corporation (DREM) A publicly traded OTCQB company

On March 14th, our name change was finally approved and we are now trading as Dream Homes & Development Corp., with the ticker symbol of DREM. We’re one of very few companies trading on the OTC which is a fully reporting audited company and 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

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.

So, please remember the following two thoughts, which will serve you well.

Point 1: If you have discussions with anyone in the field (project manager, owner, salesperson, mechanic, inspector) and review several items, someone should be taking notes. If no one writes anything down or enters it into a tablet, assume that over 50% of what is discussed will be forgotten, remembered incorrectly, or misunderstood upon later reflection.

Point 2: Stop texting novels and long lists of worries, thoughts and ideas. If it takes more than 140 characters in a normal text message, don’t text.

Use email like an adult, or type your thoughts into a document and fax it if you don’t like email. If neither of those methods works for you, write your concerns and thoughts in longhand with pencil and paper and send it snail mail.

Teenagers, college students and immature people rely on texting as their primary method of communication. This does not work in real life. The founding fathers didn’t text their thoughts at the Constitutional Convention in 1776, and neither should you about your project in 2017.

Lesson: If you care about your project, reduce your thoughts to writing and email or fax them to your builder so they can be addressed correctly

Remember – if you don’t write it down, it doesn’t exist.

If you do write it down, and present it to your professional for comment, it will be taken in, categorized, disseminated through the organization to the proper people and (most importantly), followed up upon.

Summary: If you have concerns, questions or comments, write them in a 1-2 page email and send them to your builder to address.

Telling a project manager in the field a list of concerns serves little purpose. You are focused only on your 5 items. They are focused on the 1000 items needed to complete your project and others. If you don’t see him or her commit your conversation to paper, assume it didn’t occur and don’t expect that your items will be addressed.

New Dream Homes Team Member – Welcome to Lou 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 June 14th, you can meet him.

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 kmdotoli611@aol.com or call her office at 732 228 7534 for a copy of her seminar presentation.

New Blog Development – Easier for you to read and use for reference –

We added some specific Pages on the main page, including References, Definitions, About Dream and Photos/Videos. Result: blogs can be shorter and more focused and refer you to specific pages. Hopefully it will help you use the blog more easily.

Grand Opening – New Office Glen Kelly Real Estate branch office – 2818 Bridge AvenuePoint PleasantGlen Kelly Real Estate is sharing an office with Dream Homes and handling all Dream Homes inquiries for elevations, renovations, new homes as well as the rest of your real estate buying and selling needs. Stop by with your real estate and construction needs.

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

https://blog.dreamhomesltd.com/video-photo/

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.

2017 Scheduling & Priority projects – Critical dates to remember: If you are stuck in a stalled project for whatever reason (contractor in jail or indicted, bankrupt, lazy, inept, no money, etc.) at least we can help you with a prompt evaluation of your situation. As an additional service to our neighbors in the Jersey Shore community, we do initial consultation and estimates immediately for projects that are stuck in the poop. It doesn’t change what happened to you, but at least you’ll know what’s happening and how to get back on track, without chasing someone for a month to get an initial meeting and then a written estimate.

Timing for permits: Up and down the shore, we’re running 4-6 weeks to get through building and zoning Save time – submit zoning as soon as you have the footprint and the stair/entries done even if you’re still working on finalizing your architectural plans. Zoning and Building Departments are separate functions in each municipality. They work together, but can be pursued separately.

Perfect Time for Fall 2017: It is however, the perfect time to start working on a September or October 2017 start. Get agreements signed, engineering and design scope started, and get plot plans and architecturals submitted to zoning for review. There’s no reason you can’t have an approved plan set of plans waiting at the township in July or August, awaiting receipt of your utility disconnect letters. 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.

There’s Real…and then there’s Memorex…What an Estimate and Scope of Work is Supposed to Look Like…  

https://blog.dreamhomesltd.com/2017/01/28/dream-homes-rebuilding-blog-1-27-17-shore-house-lifters-indicted-a-real-scope-of-work-rebuilding-seminar-hometown-hero-rrem/

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

https://blog.dreamhomesltd.com/2017/01/08/dream-homes-nearly-famous-rebuilding-blog-1-8-17-why-use-dream-homes-yeah-we-do-that-for-you-hometown-hero-award-in-brick-rebuilding-seminar-1-18-16/

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 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.

Regards,

Vince Simonelli

Dream Homes & Development Corp. (OTCQB: DREM)

Dream Building LLC

Atlantic Northeast Construction LLC

New Home Builder #045894

Home Improvement Contractor #13VH07489000

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

Email: vince@dreamhomesltd.com

Website: www.dreamhomesltd.com

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Dream Homes – April 16th Rebuilding Blog – Rebuilding Seminar this Wednesday with 7 Speakers – Win $100,000 Being Your Own Builder – Pier & Cement Board Foundations – New Dream Homes Team Member & Clients!

Dream Homes and Development Corp.

Atlantic Northeast Construction LLC

Nearly Famous Rebuilding Blog –

April 16, 2016

Hello Sandsters –

Hope all is well with you on this beautiful holiday Sunday, and I wish you a peaceful Easter and Passover season.

Well, it’s going to be 90 degrees and sunny today, so you know you’re in New Jersey. The other day it was in the high 30’s. I love warm weather…😊

Today, we’ll kick off with a way you can make $100,000 right away in our Dream Homes – “So You Think You Can Save Money On Your Project Contest”. We’re calling all Sandsters with brave aspirations to be builders to let them know they can win big!! That’ll be fun and give you a laugh, I promise. The real lesson is not only a clear statement of what builders and general contractors earn, but the monetary effect of making mistakes in a construction project. We talk again about planning fall project starts, and share (remind) you of an alternate foundation system that could save you some money. We talk again about our mission statement, why Dream Homes completes some of the hardest projects in the community and list 5 facts about us you might not know. Finally, we’ll talk about April events, our next Nearly Famous Rebuilding Seminar, which is scheduled for this Wednesday, April 19th, 2017.

Nearly Famous Rebuilding SeminarThis Wednesday April 19th, 2017

Our next Rebuilding Seminar will be held this Wednesday April 19th, 2017 from 6 pm at the Tuscan Bar and Grill on Hooper Avenue in Toms River, across from the Ocean County Mall.

This will be one of our best and most informative in 4 years. If you are planning a project, whether a new home, elevation or renovation, make sure you are these to get tons of great information from our 7 excellent speakers. It will really help you get started on the right track.

We have moved from the Fire Room in the front where we usually are, to one of the meeting rooms in the back, which are much larger and can accommodate more people. We anticipate 20 – 30 people and have a list of speakers that will cover the widest range of topics we’ve ever presented at one of our seminars.

Topics covered will include architectural and engineering planning, construction technique, consumer safety cautions when dealing with a builder, 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. Among many other items, we’ll 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.

Guest speakers at the seminar will include:

Scott Lepley – Architect – Design & planning considerations

Sue Marticek – Ocean County Long Term Recovery Group (not confirmed)

Jason Devooght – Devooght House Lifters – Elevation technique and consideration Kathleen Dotoli – Workers’ Compensation Attorney, consumer protection

Camille Marotta – AnnieMac Home Mortgage, finance options

Tim Tennis – Dream Homes Project Manager, timing and change orders

Jamie Stevers, Glen Kelly Real Estate, buying or selling your home

Vincent Simonelli, Dream Homes – Putting it all together for you

Mark the date and call to reserve – Wednesday, April 19th 6:00 pm at the Tuscan Bistro 1250 Hooper Ave. in Toms River, across Hooper from the OC Mall.

We’ll focus on Sandsters that are early in the process, and have not completed design work, or chosen a builder or architect. We offer engineering & architectural design advice, RREM guidance at the initial stages, and help with choosing the right builder or contractor. Please call 732 300 5619 to reserve your space if you want to attend. Refreshments will be served and space is limited.

New Blog Development – Easier for you to read and use for reference –

We added some specific Pages on the main page, including References, Definitions, About Dream and Photos/Videos. Result: blogs can be shorter and more focused and refer you to specific pages. Hopefully it will help you use the blog more easily.

New Dream Homes Team Member – Welcome to the Jungle, Larry!

We have a new team member at Dream Homes who we’ve brought on to help us improve our building times and communication with our (currently 24) active clients. I’d like to welcome Larry Schmieder to the Dream Homes family and really look forward to working together with him. Larry has a wealth of experience in construction and management (40+ years) and we’re glad to have him aboard. If you come to the Rebuilding Seminar this Wednesday, you can meet him.

New Client Welcome !!

We’d like to welcome a few more new clients—Joe from Manahawkin, Lou from Bayville and Joe & Alice from Forked River. 1 of these folks is another rescue project where another builder disappeared. Thank you to all of you for trusting Dream Homes with getting you back in your homes!

Repeat: Link – The Asbury Park Press Article about Shore House Lifters and How RREM Dropped the Ball

Here’s the link to the APP article, which was in the paper 3 weeks ago.

http://www.app.com/story/news/investigations/watchdog/2017/03/24/rrem-nj-hurricane-sandy-shore-house-lifters/98843294/

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, April 19th). Email Kathy at kmdotoli611@aol.com or call her office at 732 228 7534 for a copy of her seminar presentation.

Grand Opening – New Office Glen Kelly Real Estate branch office – 2818 Bridge AvenuePoint PleasantGlen Kelly Real Estate is sharing an office with Dream Homes and handling all Dream Homes inquiries for elevations, renovations, new homes as well as the rest of your real estate buying and selling needs. Stop by with your real estate and construction needs.

Foundations, Foundations, Foundations – Part 2 Cement Piers and Cement Board Surrounds

The foundation is one the most important aspect of your construction, the category that costs the most and is easily the most complex. Today we’ll talk about reinforced concrete piers built on individual concrete footings or continuous footings or grade beams.

With this method, there are monetary savings since you’re not building a full block wall, but instead building a breakaway or cement board skirt wall surround. If you want a finished solution, the cement board over pressure treated lumber in various colors works well. If you frame the wall with wood sheathing, it is ready for siding to be run down as far as you wish.

It’s not a bad option and works especially well when the lift is not full height. Without the added wind shear consideration, you can construct 24” x 24” x 12” reinforced footings under each pier and avoid the expense of pouring continuous footings.

You can expect up to a 20% – 35% savings on your overall foundation, depending on your ultimate interior and exterior finish choices.

Facts about Dream Homes – Attention Ocean & Monmouth County Sandsters

Some Dream Homes facts for consideration:

  1. We’ve never left a project unfinished and have helped over 168 people move home since Sandy.
  2. We have excellent personnel strength and experience, including all licensed mechanical trades as well as full carpentry and masonry crews. We are actively running 24 projects from Little Egg Harbor and can bring tremendous resources where and when they are needed. Projects range in scale from a building a deck and finishing sheetrock to help someone finish their project, to full turn key design and construction of projects for homes and townhomes.
  3. Our team has built over 1600 new homes in over 200 subdivisions since 1993, in addition to the 190 Sandy elevation and renovation projects we’ve completed.
  4. We’re based in NJ with 2 offices and we’re actively engaged in building new homes, moving and elevating homes, and completing all types of renovations, from the simplest to the most complex.
  5. We’ve become a RREM specialist and helped hundreds of Sandsters work through RREM, LMI and ICC claims with their insurance companies.
  6. We’re the only publicly trading company (OTCQB: VRTR) doing this type of work in New Jersey. Our financials are audited and online for your review so you know who you’re dealing with.

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

https://blog.dreamhomesltd.com/video-photo/

Future Homes & Townshomes 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.

2017 Scheduling & Priority projects – Critical dates to remember: If you are stuck in a stalled project for whatever reason (contractor in jail or indicted, bankrupt, lazy, inept, no money, etc.) at least we can help you with a prompt evaluation of your situation. As an additional service to our neighbors in the Jersey Shore community, we do initial consultation and estimates immediately for projects that are stuck in the poop. It doesn’t change what happened to you, but at least you’ll know what’s happening and how to get back on track, without chasing someone for a month to get an initial meeting and then a written estimate.

Timing for permits: Up and down the shore, we’re running 4-6 weeks to get through building and zoning Save time – submit zoning as soon as you have the footprint and the stair/entries done even if you’re still working on finalizing your architectural plans. Zoning and Building Departments are separate functions in each municipality. They work together, but can be pursued separately.

Perfect Time for Fall 2017: It is however, the perfect time to start working on a September or October 2017 start. Get agreements signed, engineering and design scope started, and get plot plans and architecturals submitted to zoning for review. There’s no reason you can’t have an approved plan set of plans waiting at the township in July or August, awaiting receipt of your utility disconnect letters. Planning ahead 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.

There’s Real…and then there’s Memorex…What an Estimate and Scope of Work is Supposed to Look Like…  

https://blog.dreamhomesltd.com/2017/01/28/dream-homes-rebuilding-blog-1-27-17-shore-house-lifters-indicted-a-real-scope-of-work-rebuilding-seminar-hometown-hero-rrem/

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

https://blog.dreamhomesltd.com/2017/01/08/dream-homes-nearly-famous-rebuilding-blog-1-8-17-why-use-dream-homes-yeah-we-do-that-for-you-hometown-hero-award-in-brick-rebuilding-seminar-1-18-16/

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 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 and I hope to see you at the seminar this Wednesday. As always, call or write with any questions.

Regards,

Vince Simonelli

Dream Homes & Development Corp. (OTCQB: VRTR)

Dream Building LLC

Atlantic Northeast Construction LLC

New Home Builder #045894

Home Improvement Contractor #13VH07489000

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

Email: vince@dreamhomesltd.com

Website: www.dreamhomesltd.com

Blog: http://blog.dreamhomesltd.com

Twitter: #foxbuilder

Contractor Fraud · Disability · Dream Homes Nearly Famous Rebuilding Blog · Foundation systems · House raising and Moving · Kathleen Dotoli, Esq. · Monmouth & Atlantic County · Nearly Famous Rebuilding Seminar · New Homes & Rebuilds in Ocean, Monmouth & Atlantic County · New homes and elevations in Monmouth County · New Homes and elevations in Ocean County · Pilings · Pilings - Helical versus timber · Rebuilding · Rebuilding, House raising and Moving, Pilings, Renovations · Renovations · RREM Path B · RREM Seminars · Worker's Compensation

Dream Homes – 3-26-17 Rebuilding Blog – RREM Dropped the Ball With Shore – Asbury Park Press link – Foundation Hybrid – April RREM Seminars and Events – Dream Mission Statement – Fall 2017 Schedule

Dream Homes and Development Corp.
Atlantic Northeast Construction LLC
Nearly Famous Rebuilding Blog –
3-25-17

Hi Sandsters –
Hope all is well with you today.
Well, Spring 2017 is happening is here and is very welcome. We made it through another winter, and we were pretty lucky. It could have been much colder, wetter, snowier and more miserable. Thank God for small favors.

Today, we’ll kick off with a link to an Asbury Park Press article in today’s paper, giving more sordid details about the Shore House Lifter debacle. I’m quoted twice, so click on it below to read the entire article. We talk about planning your fall project start, and share (remind) you of an alternate foundation system that could save you some money. We talk again about our mission statement, why Dream Homes completes some of the hardest projects in the community and list 5 facts about us you might not know. Finally, we’ll talk about April events, including the Ocean Home Recovery Workshop on Saturday April 1st and our next Nearly Famous Rebuilding Seminar, which is scheduled for Wednesday, April 19th, 2017.

New Blog Development – Easier for you to read and use for reference –
We added some specific Pages on the main page, including References, Definitions, About Dream and Photos/Videos. Now I can keep the blogs shorter and more focused and refer you to specific pages. Never mind that this simple addition took us 3 years to accomplish, but nevertheless it is done and hopefully it will help you use the blog more easily.

 

April Events – Join Us!
Ocean Home Recovery Workshop – Saturday April 1, 2017 10 am – 4 pm
Join us and Glen Kelly Real Estate for a day of valuable information at their Ocean Home Recovery Workshop at the Glen Kelly Real Estate office on Route 9 in Beachwood. It will be on Saturday April 1st from 10am to 4pm – live with B98.5 FM radio and Thunder 106 fm radio at Glen Kelly Real Estate, 100 Longboat Avenue and corner of Route 9, Beachwood, NJ 08722

As you’ve recently read, we’ve been working with Jamie Stever from Glen Kelly Real Estate for several recent land and property acquisitions and have formed a trade partnership with Glen Kelly to work together on various real estate ventures.
Glen Kelly runs an excellent organization with great agents and brokers and is opening a new office with Dream Homes in Point Pleasant to be able to further assist homeowners in that area.
To celebrate the new office and help homeowners needing to move, rebuild, remodel or buy a new home, Glen is sponsoring this event, which will include Camille Marotta, a lender from Annie Mac Mortgage, Rich Ramirez, Engineer, David Feldman, architect and Rich Kittrick, attorney. I’ll also be in attendance to answer questions about general construction and home elevations.
Come and get help with your real estate, construction, legal, architecture and funding questions. Call to reserve a space, or just show up. There will be presentations and refreshments all day.
April 2 – Grand Opening –

Glen Kelly Real Estate branch office – 2818 Bridge Avenue – Point Pleasant – Glen Kelly will be sharing an office with Dream Homes and handling all Dream Homes inquiries for elevations, renovations, new homes as well as the rest of your real estate buying and selling needs.
The Grand Opening for the new office is Monday April 3rd at 9 am. Glen Kelly Real Estate will have a ribbon cutting ceremony with the Point Pleasant Chamber of Commerce and the Point Pleasant Mayor and Dream Homes at 2818 Bridge Avenue in Point Pleasant NJ.
Come down and say hello and bring your questions!
Nearly Famous Rebuilding Seminar –Wednesday April 19th, 2017
Our next Rebuilding Seminar will be held on Wednesday April 19th, 2017 from 6 pm at the Tuscan Bar and Grill on Hooper Avenue in Toms River, across from the Ocean County Mall.
Speakers: At this point, we know we’ll have Kathleen Dotoli, with her consumer protection discussion, Camille Marotta from Annie Mac Mortgage with financing options, and Scott Lepley, architect. We’ll have one of our project managers Tim Tennis there, and I’ll be answering questions about construction and the process.
We’ll focus on Sandsters that are early in the process, and have not completed design work, or chosen a builder or architect. We offer engineering & architectural design advice, RREM guidance at the initial stages, and help with choosing the right builder or contractor. Please call 732 300 5619 to reserve your space if you want to attend. Refreshments will be served and space is limited.
For Shame – Another Article about Shore House Lifters and How RREM Dropped the Ball!
In today’s Asbury Park Press, Jean Mikle & Russ Zimmer wrote a very good article about Sandy victims who’ve been ripped off by contractors. The article is well written and focuses on Shore House Lifters, how they’ve defrauded numerous people and why it took RREM so long to stop them from doing additional business in NJ. I had a nice conversation with Jean several days ago where we discussed what could have been done to prevent this type of thing, and steps consumers can take to avoid it happening to them. There are several quotes of mine in the article. I urge you (and urged Jean to tell her readers) to visit the Nearly Famous Rebuilding Blog ( http://blog.dreamhomesltd.com ) for tips and cautions to take before signing a real estate or renovation contract. Another item to remember is to attend a Rebuilding Seminar where Kathleen Dotoli, Esquire, a workers’ compensation attorney in Toms River, gives an excellent presentation about consumer protection. Email Kathy at kmdotoli611@aol.com or call her office at 732 228 7534 for a copy of the handout.
Here’s the link to the APP article, which was in today’s paper.

http://www.app.com/story/news/investigations/watchdog/2017/03/24/rrem-nj-hurricane-sandy-shore-house-lifters/98843294/

Foundations, Foundations, Foundations!!
The foundation is the most important aspect of your construction or renovation project, the single category that costs the most and easily the most complex. Correctly evaluating foundation options requires years of experience in architecture, engineering, construction science and actual completed projects. It’s where we bring the most value to the table.
I’ve written the most over the years about various foundation techniques and today I’ll touch again on one that is commonly overlooked.
It’s the concept of a frame wall being built on top of a block foundation. With this method, there are monetary savings from using a frame wall instead of block, as well as less weight on the footing, which may (in some cases) enable one to use a spread concrete footing instead of pilings. There is also the added consideration of having the wall ready for siding running down to the top of the concrete block, without framing out the concrete wall and preparing it for vinyl siding.
It’s a hybrid design that many builders won’t use because it’s a little more complex, and many architects and engineers won’t specify, for much the same reason. It has its place in the Rebuilding Toolbox and should be considered, particularly if your exterior finish of choice is vinyl siding running down to 2’-4’ above grade.

Facts about Dream Homes – Attention Ocean & Monmouth County Sandsters

Recently, several of our clients spoke to us and suggested we write about all we’ve done for Sandsters since Sandy, and how many people we’ve helped bring home. I thought that was a good idea, so I wrote a few words.
At Dream Homes, one of the many things that sets us apart is that we’re Sandsters too and everyone in our company was affected by Storm Sandy. All of us had to rebuild to some extent, most had to move for a period of time and we all know exactly what it’s like to have our lives altered by an event like Sandy.
What does that mean? Well, with 188 clients moved back in their homes since Sandy, we’ve helped many people rebuild their lives. That’s only clients we’ve helped directly. When you consider the positive effects of the seminars and this blog, we’ve easily helped three times as many people.
Out of our total number of clients, 32 have been Sandster Rescues, where our clients were abandoned by Shore House Lifters, JN Construction, Price Home Group or others and left with unfinished projects and (usually) much emptier pockets.
Some interesting facts to remember about Dream Homes:
1. We’ve never left a project unfinished and have helped over 162 people move home since Sandy.
2. Our team has built over 1600 new homes in over 200 subdivisions since 1993, in addition to the 190 Sandy elevation and renovation projects we’ve completed.
3. We’re based in NJ with 2 offices and we’re actively engaged in building new homes, moving and elevating homes, and completing all types of renovations, from the simplest to the most complex.
4. We’ve become a RREM specialist and helped hundreds of Sandsters work through RREM, LMI and ICC claims with their insurance companies.
5. We’re the only publicly trading company (OTCQB: VRTR) doing this type of work in New Jersey. Our financials are audited and online for your review so you know who you’re dealing with.

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
https://blog.dreamhomesltd.com/video-photo/

Future Homes for Sale: We’re working on the development approvals for a property in Bayville and we’ll be offering 13 beautiful new homes for sale in the mid $200,000 range in late 2017 / early 2018. If you’re looking for a new home this year or early next year, give us a call and we’ll get you information.
Thanks to Jamie from Glen Kelly who brought us this property.

2017 Scheduling: Critical dates to remember: If you want to get your project completed this year before the summer, you must have plans in hand now and either submitted or about to be submitted to your town. Up and down the shore, we’re running 4-6 weeks to get through building and zoning (Hint from previous blogs – submit zoning as soon as you have the footprint and the stair/entries done even if you’re still working on finalizing your architectural plans.

Perfect Time for Fall 2017: It is however, the perfect time to start working on a September or October 2017 start. Get agreements signed, engineering and design scope started, and get plot plans and architecturals submitted to zoning for review. There’s no reason you can’t have an approved plan set of plans waiting at the township in July or August, awaiting receipt of your utility disconnect letters. Planning ahead doesn’t cost you any additional money, and the value to you is priceless.

There’s Real…and then there’s Memorex…What an Estimate and Scope of Work is Supposed to Look Like…
https://blog.dreamhomesltd.com/2017/01/28/dream-homes-rebuilding-blog-1-27-17-shore-house-lifters-indicted-a-real-scope-of-work-rebuilding-seminar-hometown-hero-rrem/
Click on the link above or call us and we’ll send you a blank scope of work for your reference.

If you were Ripped Off – Reminder: If you’ve been ripped off by any dishonest contractor and are stuck, call us and we’ll help you. You may qualify for a $2000 credit towards your project.

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

https://blog.dreamhomesltd.com/2017/01/08/dream-homes-nearly-famous-rebuilding-blog-1-8-17-why-use-dream-homes-yeah-we-do-that-for-you-hometown-hero-award-in-brick-rebuilding-seminar-1-18-16/

Definitions & Important Considerations That Can Delay Your Project: Click on the link below
https://blog.dreamhomesltd.com/definitions/

References – 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 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. 26 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 and I hope to see you at the seminar on April 19th. As always, call or write with any questions.

Regards,
Vince Simonelli
Dream Homes & Development Corp. (OTCQB: VRTR)
Dream Building LLC
Atlantic Northeast Construction LLC
New Home Builder #045894
Home Improvement Contractor #13VH07489000
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
Email: vince@dreamhomesltd.com
Website: http://www.dreamhomesltd.com
Blog: http://blog.dreamhomesltd.com
Twitter: #foxbuilder

Contractor Fraud · Disability · Dream Homes Nearly Famous Rebuilding Blog · Foundation systems · House raising and Moving · Kathleen Dotoli, Esq. · Monmouth & Atlantic County · Nearly Famous Rebuilding Seminar · New Homes & Rebuilds in Ocean · New Homes & Rebuilds in Ocean, Monmouth & Atlantic County · New homes and elevations in Monmouth County · New Homes and elevations in Ocean County · Pilings · Pilings - Helical versus timber · Rebuilding · Rebuilding, House raising and Moving, Pilings, Renovations · Renovations · RREM Path B · RREM Seminars · Worker's Compensation

Dream Homes Rebuilding Blog – 3-19-17 – April Seminars and events – Dream Mission Statement – Videos – Foundation Ideas – Fall Scheduling

Dream Homes and Development Corp.

Atlantic Northeast Construction LLC

Nearly Famous Rebuilding Blog –

3-19-17

Hi Sandsters –

Hope all is well with you today.

Spring 2017 is happening in 2 days, and not a moment too soon. We made it through another storm, and we dodged a major bullet with that blizzard on Tuesday. Happy St. Patrick’s Day to all the Irish Sandsters out there.

Today, we’ll talk about planning your fall project start, and share (remind) you of an alternate foundation system that could save you some money. There’s a link below to some recent seminar videos we’ve done, with some interesting investing advice for you. We talk about our mission statement, why Dream Homes completes some of the hardest projects in the community and list 5 facts about us you might not know. Finally, we’ll talk about April events, including the Ocean Home Recovery Workshop on Saturday April 1st and our next Nearly Famous Rebuilding Seminar, which is scheduled for Wednesday, April 19th, 2017.

New Blog Development – Easier for you to read and use for reference –

We (finally, finally!!) added Pages on the main page, including References, Definitions, About Dream and Photos/Videos. Now I can keep the blogs shorter and more focused and refer you to specific pages. (Never mind that this simple addition took us 3 years to accomplish, but nevertheless it is done and hopefully it will help improve using the blog).

April Events – Join Us!

Ocean Home Recovery Workshop – Saturday April 1, 2017 10 am – 4 pm

Join us and Glen Kelly Real Estate for a day of valuable information at their Ocean Home Recovery Workshop at the Glen Kelly Real Estate office on Route 9 in Beachwood. It will be on Saturday 4/1/17 from 10 am – 4 pm.

As you’ve recently read, we’ve been working with Jamie Stever from Glen Kelly Real Estate for several recent land and property acquisitions and have formed a trade partnership with Glen Kelly to work together on various real estate ventures.

Glen Kelly runs an excellent organization with great agents and brokers and is opening a new office in Little Egg Harbor to be able to further assist homeowners in that area.

To celebrate the new office and help homeowners needing to move, rebuild, remodel or buy a new home, Glen is sponsoring this event, which will include Camille Marotta, a lender from Annie Mac Mortgage, Rich Ramirez, Engineer, David Feldman, architect and Rich Kittrick, attorney. I’ll also be in attendance to answer questions about general construction and home elevations.

Come and get help with your real estate, construction, legal, architecture and funding questions. Call to reserve a space, or just show up. There will be presentations and refreshments all day.

Nearly Famous Rebuilding SeminarWednesday April 19th, 2017

Our next Rebuilding Seminar will be held on Wednesday April 19th, 2017 from 6 pm at the Tuscan Bar and Grill on Hooper Avenue in Toms River, across from the Ocean County Mall.

Speakers: At this point, we know we’ll have Kathleen Dotoli, with her consumer protection discussion, Camille Marotta from Annie Mac Mortgage with financing options, and Scott Lepley, architect. We’ll have one of our project managers Tim Tennis there, and I’ll be answering questions about construction and the process.

We’ll focus on Sandsters that are early in the process, and have not completed design work, or chosen a builder or architect. We offer engineering & architectural design advice, RREM guidance at the initial stages, and help with choosing the right builder or contractor. Please call 732 300 5619 to reserve your space if you want to attend. Refreshments will be served and space is limited.

Facts about Dream Homes – Attention Ocean & Monmouth County Sandsters

Recently, several of our clients spoke to us and suggested we write about all we’ve done for Sandsters since Sandy, and how many people we’ve helped bring home. I thought that was a good idea.

At Dream Homes, one of the many things that sets us apart is that we’re Sandsters too and everyone in our company was affected by Storm Sandy. All of us had to rebuild to some extent, most had to move for a period of time and we all know exactly what it’s like to have our lives altered by an event like Sandy.

What does that mean? Well, with 188 clients moved back in their homes since Sandy, we’ve helped many people rebuild their lives. That’s only clients we’ve helped directly. When you consider the positive effects of the seminars and this blog, we’ve easily helped three times as many people.

Out of our total number of clients, 32 have been Sandster Rescues, where our clients were abandoned by Shore House Lifters, JN Construction, Price Home Group or others and left with unfinished projects and (usually) much emptier pockets.

Some interesting facts to remember about Dream Homes:

  1. We’ve never left a project unfinished and have helped over 162 people move home since Sandy.
  2. Our team has built over 1600 homes in over 200 subdivisions since 1993.
  3. We’re based in NJ and actively engaged in building new homes, moving and elevating homes, and completing all types of renovations, from the simplest to the most complex.
  4. We’ve become a RREM specialist and helped hundreds of Sandsters work through RREM, LMI and ICC claims with their insurance companies.
  5. We’re the only publicly trading company (OTCQB: VRTR) doing this type of work in New Jersey. Our financials are audited and online for your review.

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

See the 1/27/17 blog for 6 other videos…the link is below

https://blog.dreamhomesltd.com/2017/01/28/dream-homes-rebuilding-blog-1-27-17-shore-house-lifters-indicted-a-real-scope-of-work-rebuilding-seminar-hometown-hero-rrem/

Future Homes for Sale: Were working on the development approvals for a property in Bayville and we’ll be offering 13 beautiful new homes for sale in the mid $200,000 range in late 2017 / early 2018. If you’re looking for a new home this year or early next year, give us a call and we’ll get you information.

Thanks to Jamie from Glen Kelly who brought us this piece.

2017 Scheduling: Critical dates to remember: If you want to get your project completed this year before the summer, you must have plans in hand now and either submitted or about to be submitted to your town. Up and down the shore, we’re running 4-6 weeks to get through building and zoning (Hint from previous blogs – submit zoning as soon as you have the footprint and the stair/entries done even if you’re still working on finalizing your architectural plans.

Perfect Time for Fall 2017: It is however, the perfect time to start working on a September or October 2017 start. Get agreements signed, engineering and design scope started, and get plot plans and architecturals submitted to zoning for review. There’s no reason you can’t have an approved plan set of plans waiting at the township in July or August, awaiting receipt of your utility disconnect letters. Planning ahead doesn’t cost you any additional money, and the value to you is priceless.

There’s Real…and then there’s Memorex…What an Estimate and Scope of Work is Supposed to Look Like…  

https://blog.dreamhomesltd.com/2017/01/28/dream-homes-rebuilding-blog-1-27-17-shore-house-lifters-indicted-a-real-scope-of-work-rebuilding-seminar-hometown-hero-rrem/

Click on the link above or call us and we’ll send you a blank scope of work for your reference.

If you were Ripped Off – Reminder: If you’ve been ripped off by any dishonest contractor and are stuck, call us and we’ll help you. You may qualify for a $2000 credit towards your project.

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

https://blog.dreamhomesltd.com/2017/01/08/dream-homes-nearly-famous-rebuilding-blog-1-8-17-why-use-dream-homes-yeah-we-do-that-for-you-hometown-hero-award-in-brick-rebuilding-seminar-1-18-16/

Definitions & Important Considerations That Can Delay Your Project: Click on the link below

https://blog.dreamhomesltd.com/definitions/

References – 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 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. 26 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 and I hope to see you at the seminar on March 15th. As always, call or write with any questions.

Regards,

Vince Simonelli

Dream Homes & Development Corp. (OTCQB: VRTR)

Dream Building LLC

Atlantic Northeast Construction LLC

New Home Builder #045894

Home Improvement Contractor #13VH07489000

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

Email: vince@dreamhomesltd.com

Website: www.dreamhomesltd.com

Blog: http://blog.dreamhomesltd.com

Twitter: #foxbuilder

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Dream Homes 3/11/17 Rebuilding Blog – Free Seminar Wednesday – Be Nice & Get It Done – Planning for Spring & Fall starts – Foundations

Dream Homes and Development Corp.
Atlantic Northeast Construction LLC
Nearly Famous Rebuilding Blog –
3-11-17

Hi Sandsters –

Hope all is well with you today.

It’s been too long since I last blogged, and as always, there is much to write about.
For one thing, Spring 2017 is happening in 9 days, which is a lovely thing. We made it through another winter, although we are getting a blizzard on Tuesday. Today we set our clocks ahead an hour (Spring ahead, Fall back), so if you haven’t done that already, you should.

Today, we’ll talk about this Wednesday’s Nearly Famous Rebuilding Seminar, planning your fall project start, remind you to be nice to your fellow man, and share (remind) you of an alternate foundation system that could save you some money. There’s a link below to a video of part of the last seminar at Glen Kelly Real Estate, with some interesting investing advice for you. We talk about why Dream Homes completes some of the hardest projects in the community, though they’re not usually the most glamorous (or profitable).
Nearly Famous Rebuilding Seminar – This Wednesday – Weather Permitting
It will be held this Wednesday March 15th, 2017 (the Ides of March) from 6 pm at the Tuscan Bar and Grill on Hooper Avenue in Toms River, across from the Ocean County Mall.
Speakers: At this point, we know we’ll have Kathleen Dotoli, with her consumer protection discussion, Camille Marotta from Annie Mace with financing options, and either Scott Lepley or Dan Wheaton, architects. We’ll have one of our project managers Tim Tennis there, and I’ll be answering questions about construction and the process.
We’ll focus on Sandsters that are early in the process, and have not completed design work, or chosen a builder or architect. We offer engineering & architectural design advice, RREM guidance at the initial stages, and help with choosing the right builder or contractor. Please call 732 300 5619 to reserve your space if you want to attend. Refreshments will be served and space is limited.

Video & Past Seminars
See the 1/24/17 blog for 6 other videos…here’s a new one from the 2/8/17 Glen Kelly Real Estate seminar: https://youtu.be/2tYAII5lMAw
The video is pretty long and not cut or edited but we covered a ton of information that night.
It was a great seminar with everyone learning new helpful information. Glen Kelly runs an excellent organization with many fantastic agents and brokers and the questions and interaction were very lively. We discussed many aspects of evaluating homes for elevation, and the cost benefit equation (is this improvement really worth it?). Camille Marotta, a super lender from Annie Mac and Gary Migliazza from City Title were also in attendance.
As a note, we’ve recently entered into a contract to purchase 13 lots in Bayville from a client that Glen Kelly represents. Jamie Stever was the outstanding agent who brought that opportunity to my attention. Now we’ll be offering 13 beautiful new homes for sale in the mid $200,000 range in the 2017 / 2018. If you’re looking for a new home this year or early next year, give us a call and we’ll get you information.
Great job Jamie!
You get more with Honey than you do with Vinegar…. Reminder:

I’ve written about this subject many times in the past, but it bears repeating.
In any endeavor, it usually makes most sense to try and be nice. You get much better results from life with much less stress. If you’re negative and nasty, most people are reluctant to deal with you. In addition, you cause yourself unnecessary stress, which causes heart attacks, strokes and indigestion. All projects have moments of strife, but common decency gets us through most of them quite adequately.

Remember: the objective is to finish your project and get back in your house. It is not to argue over every point in your project scope. Once you are working on a project with a builder you’ve essentially entered a 4 – 8 month relationship. In any relationship, it’s usually better to be pleasant than not.

Common courtesy and calm communication are the solution 99% of the time. A few deep breaths and conversation will resolve most issues.

2017 Scheduling: Critical dates to remember: If you want to get your project completed this year before the summer, you must have plans in hand now and either submitted or about to be submitted to your town. Up and down the shore, we’re running 4-6 weeks to get through building and zoning (Hint from previous blogs – submit zoning as soon as you have the footprint and the stair/entries done even if you’re still working on finalizing your architectural plans.

Perfect Time for Fall 2017: It is however, the perfect time to start working on a September or October 2017 start. Get agreements signed, engineering and design scope started, and get plot plans and architecturals submitted to zoning for review.

There’s no reason you can’t have an approved plan set of plans waiting at the township in July or August, awaiting receipt of your utility disconnect letters. Planning ahead doesn’t cost you any additional money, and the value to you is priceless.

Mission Statement and Comment: We’re here to 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 the 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.

There’s Real…and then there’s Memorex…What an Estimate and Scope of Work is Supposed to Look Like…Refer to the January 24th blog or call us and we’ll send you a blank scope of work for your reference.

Reminder: If you’ve been ripped off by any dishonest contractor and are stuck, call us and we’ll help you. You may qualify for a $2000 credit towards your project.

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 http://blog.dreamhomesltd.com

Definitions & Important Considerations That Can Delay Your Project: See previous blogs

Questions? 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. 26 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 and I hope to see you at the seminar on March 15th. As always, call or write with any questions.
Regards,

Vince Simonelli
Dream Homes & Development Corp. (OTCQB: VRTR)
Dream Building LLC
Atlantic Northeast Construction LLC
New Home Builder #045894
Home Improvement Contractor #13VH07489000
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
Email: vince@dreamhomesltd.com
Website: http://www.dreamhomesltd.com
Blog: http://blog.dreamhomesltd.com
Twitter: #foxbuilder

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Dream Homes Rebuilding Blog – 1-27-17 Shore House Lifters Indicted ! A Real Scope of Work -Rebuilding seminar – Hometown Hero – RREM

Dream Homes Ltd.

Atlantic Northeast Construction LLC

Nearly Famous Rebuilding Blog –

1-27-17

Hi Sandsters –

Hope all is well with you today.

Today I’ve got a ton of stuff for you. I have a recap of the last week, which was filled with seminars, awards, social engagements and events. (Quite a bit more activity than I am used to, but now that I have my Golden Hometown Hero Cape, I am bearing up under the pressure.) We bring back the Hall Of Shame and feature the Shore House Lifting Miscreants (Thanks Bill Gephardt for great comments on Facebook about how to pick an established contractor). There’s a whole bunch of interesting items for your consideration today.

***One of the more interesting items I include is a copy of one of our Estimate / Scope of Work, which shows you what a proper scope of work should look like, and the minimum standard that you should accept. If you are considering purchasing anything more complex than an 8’ x 16’ deck, you need to look at this and revise your expectations accordingly. It adds a few pages to this week’s blog, but if it helps you, it’s definitely worth the read.

We’ll talk about last week’s Nearly Famous Rebuilding Seminar, we’ll congratulate Kathy Dotoli, Esq. for her Top Ten in NJ Award for Customer Satisfaction, we’ll talk about our Hometown Hero Award from Brick, and we’ll mention the 2 Caravans where I spoke, which were sponsored by Gary Migliazza from City Abstract.

Finally, with absolutely no finesse or sense of style, we present lots of videos for your viewing pleasure. I’ve been trying to pay for someone to create landing pages in WordPress so I could group all our video together, but that seems to be beyond our capacity for some reason. (We manage multiple complex systems with 1000 steps and 50 simultaneous moving parts in each project, but unless I learn how to fix our blog page, we can’t seem to get it in order. Sigh. Help me, please.)

Anyway, here we go….to a galaxy far, far away….you can see me yakking away below if you didn’t get to the last seminar.

A Whole Bunch of Videos….Some fun, some helpful, some enlightening, some educational…

Here are 2 wonderful testimonials from two of our clients, who spoke at the Rebuilding seminar last week.

https://youtu.be/Wlq32ccpmrY      Pat Daly

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NRp22IiCw-U         Al Gashler

Thank you both – I’m honored that we’ve could help you!

Videos from the 1/18/17 Rebuilding Seminar – From Vince

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gWX162QRlAs&t=6s    Vince Simonelli – Change orders and Hometown Hero!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HDEoyrqhV6Y         Vince Simonelli – Being your own General Contractor – Elevations, flood insurance time frames, the cost / benefit equation

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6cAMXlXHq8s        Vince Simonelli – Communication with your Builder & ICC funds

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KVwDlrfqxf0           Vince Simonelli – Why We are Raise Our Homes!

Here’s a video of Dan Wheaton, Architect, who we work with on several our projects…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8KWmN3eq4BM    Dan Wheaton, Architect

Thieves and Lowlifes – The Hall of Shame

Breaking News!!!  

Shore House Lifters FINALLY Charged by the Division of Consumer Fraud! Bye Bye Paul & Paul !!

(Unfortunately it’s a civil charge, and not criminal, which is a real shame. These guys did the same thing, over and over and over again…)

These guys deserve all they get and more for the pain and aggravation & loss they’ve caused so many people. They knew what they were doing. Assholes.

$1.2 million in theft – I’ve been warning people about this for 2 years.

http://www.app.com/story/news/local/brick-point-pleasant/point-pleasant-beach/2017/01/26/sandy-fraud-alleged-against-pt-pleasant-contractor/97086052/

Price Home Group – Interesting article – Another Interesting Group of Thieves –

Paraphrase: Do you guys really need to take $20,000 – $30,000 a month each in salary immediately, when you opened the company with $10,000?

http://www.app.com/story/news/local/ocean-county/sandy-recovery/2016/09/30/price-home-group-sandy-contractors-rrem/90125590/

Nearly Famous Rebuilding Seminar –Wednesday a week and a half ago on January 18th, 2017 we held our last Rebuilding Seminar, which was a great success. Since then we’ve taken on 2 new clients, one of whom we are rescuing from the infamous J&N Contracting. We also had 2 of our current clients attend and give us wonderful testimonials, which was a fantastic experience. Those videos are above if you want to view them. The seminar continues to be the most effective method for people who are just starting their projects, or who have been abandoned by other contractors to get answers and chart a path going forward. We’ve been holding them for 4 years now, we’re the only ones who make the effort and it is well worth it based on the number of people we’ve helped.

Our next Nearly Famous Rebuilding Seminar will be held on the Ides of March, which is Wednesday March 15th, 2017 from 6 pm at the Tuscan Bar and Grill on Hooper Avenue in Toms River, across from the Ocean County Mall. We’ll focus on Sandsters that are early in the process, and have not completed design work, or chosen a builder or architect. We offer engineering & architectural design advice, RREM guidance at the initial stages, and help with choosing the right builder or contractor. Please call to reserve a space if you would like to attend since refreshments will be served and space is limited.

Congratulations again to Kathy!  We’d like to offer a special congratulation to Kathleen Dotoli, a worker’s compensation and disability attorney in Toms River. Kathy regularly gives an excellent consumer protection presentation at our Rebuilding Seminars Kathy was recognized with a very prestigious award – she was voted one of the Top Ten Attorneys in NJ for Client Satisfaction in the area of Disability Law. Way to go Kathy – much deserved!!

You can find out more about Kathy Dotoli and her legal practice at  https://www.facebook.com/TomsRiverWorkersCompLawyer/

Dream Homes Team and Vince Simonelli – Hometown Hero Award in Brick Township!

The Hometown Hero ceremony was last Friday, January 20th at 7 pm at Brick High School. I received a Golden Hometown Hero Cape (which I wearing 24 hours a day since then.) You’ll be able to recognize me on the street since I’ll probably be the only guy walking around with a Golden Cape and sandals.

I gave a short speech, thanking our great Dream Homes team, Bob Steimle for nominating us and the teachers and administration in Brick Township for holding such a great program.

Needless to say, we’re quite proud of the nomination! This award is given in Bricktown to people and companies who do nice things to help people in need. Our great team has helped an unfortunate Sandster – a good guy named Bob Steimle. Thanks for the kind words and recommendation Bob! I’m happy we could help.

Dream Homes is very honored to receive the Hometown Hero award. It represents the spirit of who we are and we hope to embody that spirit every day going forward.

Mission Statement and Comment: We’re here to 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 no one else 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.

There’s Real…and then there’s Memorex…(am I dating myself again??)

Sandsters, here’s What an Estimate and Scope of Work is Supposed to Look Like…

(Forgive the formatting mistakes, I just grabbed a spreadsheet and copied it in to the blog. If they make you crazy, email me and I’ll send you a spreadsheet with a sample scope of work.)

Estimates for custom or semi- custom new homes should be 3-5 detailed pages, as well as a standard features list. Elevation projects should have scopes of work between 4 – 8 pages, and they should be extremely detailed. If they are not detailed, the person who did them does not know your project well enough to build it.

Atlantic Northeast Construction LLC

A wholly owned subsidiary of Dream Homes Ltd.                                       

314 S. Main Street, Forked River, NJ 08731

Mailing: PO Box 627, Forked River, NJ 08731

1/25/2017                              Office: 609 693 8881 Fax: 609 693 3802 Cell: 732 300 5619

Estimate              Scope of work            Happy Homeowner

123 Satisfied Street, All Over, NJ

Description: This elevation project shall include completing the helical pile foundation and installing a new grade beam, as per plan. Concrete block will be installed and a new floor system will be constructed.

The house will be lowered onto the new floor, and all necessary bolts, straps and connections will be made.

Reinstall the existing furnace & boiler and new hot water heater in their old locations on the new floor system.

Install new hot water baseboard in new bedroom and repair hot water baseboard in cedar room.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

We will install engineered wood flooring in the entire house, except sun & utility room, which will be ceramic tile.

A new bathroom with shower will be built and the existing kitchen will be reinstalled.

A new composite 38′ x 8′ wraparound deck w/vinyl rail will be built in the rear with stairs built to grade.

A new composite 4’x6′ composite deck w/vinyl rail will be built in the front, with stairs built to grade.

The existing electrical service will be elevated to > BF +1, as required.

All utilities will be reconnected from the street, and all electric, gas, water and sewer will be reconnected at the house.

Most importantly, at the end of your project, you will be our 1592nd satisfied homeowner since 1993.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

Detail             SCOPE OF WORK

Preparation, Mobilization & Elevation, as appropriate

Submit plans, surveys, plot plan, building & zoning permits, as needed

Mobilize equipment and machinery, prepare site

Disconnect/cut and cap water/sewer

Lower house onto new foundation.

Demo & Removal

Demo / saw cut existing slab as needed, to install new pilings and footings for piers

Foundation – Pilings

Install and certify 8″ steel helical piles, up to 15′ in depth, up to 3 piles

Foundation – Concrete

Exterior concrete block 8″x16″, new, < 15 courses

Install Smart Vent or equivalent flood vents, up to 8 vents

Bolts, rebar, strapping, all necessary hardware

Install concrete lintels over foundation openings, as required

Apply smooth mortar parge coat to all exterior concrete block

Engineered fill, to elevate crawl to outside grade (per cubic yard), 1 load, 20 cubic yards

16″x16″ concrete block piers, pilasters or steel lolly columns, < 3 pcs.

8″x16″ CMU block piers/pilasters, < 6 pcs.

Footings for piers, 24″x 24″ x 18″ dig, form, rebar, concrete, < 3 pcs

Footing/grade beam, 24″x18″, form, rebar, concrete

12″ concrete sonotube footings for exterior platform & stairs, < 14 pcs

4″ concrete slab under house, patch as needed, < 400 SF

Install 2 x 2 patio blocks at bottom of stairs/entries, 4′ x 4′ or as needed, front & rear

Framing & general carpentry

Repair/replace sill plate – 2″ x 6″ treated lumber

Install H 2.5 hurricane clips from girders to new floor/ceiling joists, roof rafter, for code

Install triple 2″ x 8″ girders/joists, for girders, as per plan

Install triple 2″ x 10″ joists under house, create girder, as per plan

Remove door to exterior in utility room, patch in sheathing, sheetrock & siding.                                                                                                                                                                               

Pin in closet, left rear of house, insulate, repair siding and sheathing                                                                                                                                                              

Floor System & Platforms

Build / raise AC platform / brackets, exterior, 2 pcs or wider                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

Elevated 2″ x 8″ floor system, with 3/4″ t&g sub floor, < 960 sq ft

Elevated 2″ x 10″ floor system, with 3/4″ t&g sub floor, < 250 sq ft

Windows

Install new Silverline double hung 36″ x 46″ window, lower level, 4 pcs

Material allowance: $200 per window

Garage Doors

Install 1/2 HP garage door opener, 1 pc(s).

Install new 8′ x 7′ Clopay or Haas garage door, vinyl, insulated, allowance $900 per door

Doors

Install new exterior 36″ door(s), from garage & basement, 2 pcs

Install new 72″ Silverline or American Craftsman sliding glass door, 1st floor, 1 pc(s)

Material allowance: $800 per door

Siding, Gutters & Leaders, Cultured Stone, Trim Board

Repair and replace siding, match existing as closely as possible

Note: Cedar Impressions in front, and standard vinyl siding in rear and sides

Extend / install new, gutter downspouts and leaders, <  80 LF

Install new Certainteed siding, below existing, < 900 sq ft                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

Includes corners, starter strip, J channel, faschia                                  

Install new Cedar Impression siding in front of house, < 200 square feet                                                                                                                                                                       

Extend down to 2′ from grade                                    

Roofing

Not included in the scope of this estimate – to be estimated separately as needed

Insulation

Install faced R19 Insulation, in floor, as needed, < 1220 sq ft

Sheetrock & cement board

Repair sheetrock cracks, as needed, ready for paint

Install 2 layers 5/8″ sheetrock, garage ceiling

Install 1 layer 1/2″ sheetrock for walls, lower 4′ throughout house

Interior – General

Reinstall existing kitchen, sink, appliances, counters

Install new vanity, sink, faucet, toilet, shower valve & diverters

Tile surround with tile bed

Tile allowance is $2 per sq ft (floor & wall)

Fixture allowance for vanity, sink & faucet: $400

Install floor drain w/overflow pan for washer, new laundry room (if required)

Supply and Install baseboard molding, as needed, < 220 LF

Install chair rail in sunroom, as needed, < 55 LF

Carpet & Flooring

Install 3/4 oak hardwood throughout house, < 1000 sq ft

Note: Homeowner to supply engineered hardwood flooring                                               

Install tile in sun & utility room, $2.00 psf material allowance, up to 340 sq ft.                                                                                                                                                                               

Install underlayment – 1/4″ plywood for bath

Paint

Paint new sheetrock 2 coats, lower walls where repaired

Stain sunroom in rear, walls, < 500 sq ft

Plumbing, HVAC & other mechanical                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

Repair baseboard heat as needed, sunroom

Install new baseboard heat in garage/MBR, to existing boiler, < 40 linear feet

Lower and reconnect outdoor shower, plumbing only – leave structure at grade

Insulate pipes w/foam under floor, as needed

Reconnect washer & dryer – in new laundry room

Lower hose bib(s), 1 pc.

Install hose bibs, 1 rear left, 1 front garage, 1 covered porch

Add washer and dryer location to new laundry, addition

Reroute all water lines into floor joists

Reconnect / reset furnace on new floor

Reconnect boiler

Install new 50-gallon hot water heater

Electrical: Install exterior waterproof outlet box, front & rear stairs, needed for code, 2 pcs

Install wiring and ceiling lights in basement, 4 pcs.

Install switches as per new plan, < 2 pcs

Install exterior lights, front and rear, homeowner to provide fixture, 2 pcs.

Junction box for garage door openers

Install smoke detector(s) / CO2, basement, < 1 pc(s)

Lower & reconnect electrical meter and service as required

Platforms, Entries, Stairs & Rails, Elevators & Lifts

New 38′ x 4′ wraparound Trex composite deck, vinyl rail & stairs to grade, 13 steps, < 220 SF                          New 4′ x 6′ platform & stairs w/vinyl rail to grade, front,

Install additional 4′ x 17′ section, rear, including pilings or footings, < 180 SF

Note: Stairs to be from platform at hot tub end of deck towards house, 12 steps

 Install additional 4′ x 20′ section, left rear, including pilings or footings, < 80 SF

Trex composite decking, revise plan, 12 steps towards right

Lead Remediation

Not included in the scope of this estimate – to be estimated separately as needed

Asbestos Remediation

Not included in the scope of this estimate – to be estimated separately, as needed                

Landscaping, Fencing & Pavers

Not included in the scope of this estimate – to be estimated separately as needed       

Miscellaneous & Finish

Repair exterior sheathing after lift, < 100 sq ft                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

Reconnect electric, plumbing & gas to house

Reconnect water and sewer to house after elevation

Final cleaning – construction & site

Jobsite dumpster, or remove debris – one 30 yard

Temporary toilet

Insurance: general liability, worker’s compensation

esign / Survey stage – In addition to Scope of Work (By Dream Building or others)

Engineering & architectural design – foundation, footing and piers, entries

Survey work – foundation as-built, final survey & final flood elevation certificate

Design stage – In addition to Scope of Work

Elevation,  foundation, and all items as per the scope of work above:

Design/Survey  stage

Total – entire project – all items as per scope of work above

Notes & Comments – General                                                                                                              

  1. This estimate is based on installation of new grade beam and concrete block, as per plan.
  2. This estimate is based on plans and engineered drawings dated 11/7/13 and may change if plans change.

2a. This estimate based on raising the house to approximate finished floor elevation 12.85 from previous FF elevation 4.3 (NAVD 88)

  1. This estimate is valid for 30 days, after which prices may fluctuate based on market conditions.
  2. This estimate does not include township zoning or building permits, which are estimated to be < $1500

4a. This estimate includes 1 dumpster. Additional dumpsters billed at $675 each.

4b. If permits are issued between October 1st and February 28th, an additional cost of $400 will be added to winterize plumbing in house.

  1. This estimate does not include landscape, sprinkler repair, or fence, yard, driveway or sidewalk restoration, except as noted.
  2. This estimate does not include paver/driveway removal/replacement, except as noted.
  3. Fill (in addition to 1 load included) that is needed to elevate crawl or grade will be billed at $24 per C/Y, or $480 per load.
  4. All decking & stairs in front & rear to be Trex Select composite with white trim, and vinyl railing.
  5. Additional flood vents shall be billed at $185 per vent, if required by township.
  6. This estimate does not include movement of utility poles or electric, cable or phone wires at the street.
  7. Contractor is not responsible for structural defects in the fireplaces or chimneys. Repairs shall be estimated as needed.
  8. Contractor is not responsible for plumbing leaks caused by poor winterization. Repairs shall be estimated as needed.
  9. Though care will be taken when removing and resetting hard surface counters, contractor is not responsible for damage to same.

Homeowner Signature: _________________________________________

Contractors Signature :  _________________________________________                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Date

Atlantic Northeast Construction LLC

Terms and Conditions                                                                     

Licensed Building company: Atlantic Northeast Construction LLC

License information: New Home Builder License #: 045894   Home Improvement Contractor Registration #:13VH07489000

Project start and duration: This project is estimated to take no longer than 150 days from receipt of building permit and will start                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

upon receipt of building permit from township. Receipt of certificate of occupancy shall constitute completion of project.

Any items remaining on a punch list shall be completed within 30 days.

Deposit & Cancellation: From the date of the signing of this agreement, the homeowner may cancel within 3 days for any reason.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

Notice of cancellation should be signed and in writing and either fax or email notification is acceptable.

Should this agreement be properly cancelled, any deposit money shall be returned in full within 30 days

Deposit upon signing shall be 5% of contract, with payments to be made as per our payment schedule.

Legal, billing & changes: Homeowner agrees that any dispute which they may choose to pursue arising from this agreement shall be                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

settled by arbitration or under any applicable new home warranty. Any necessary arbitration shall occur in Ocean County, NJ.

Invoices are due upon receipt and shall be based on the pricing above in each category.

Balances over 30 days may be subject to legal and collection fees and interest at 1.0% per month.

Invoices past due may cause your project to be delayed. Contractor reserves the right to stop working until payments are current.

Payment to contractor shall not be contingent upon receipt of funds from any outside source.

Changes to the scope of work must be in writing and may incur a $250 charge per change order.

Homeowner agrees that images of the project may be used in various advertising venues, including print, internet and mailing.

Items cannot be removed from the scope of work without written agreement from both parties. Homeowner shall not work on or have any

contractors work on the project without written consent from Atlantic Northeast Construction LLC.

Entry on property during construction: Homeowner agrees that for insurance reasons, Client will not enter project site during construction

without a representative from Atlantic Northeast Construction LLC

By signing this estimate, I Vincent Simonelli, Member, affirm that the information within is true and accurate, that I’m an authorized representative

of Atlantic Northeast Construction LLC and can bind the entity to this estimate. I have visited and examined the project site and have examined

any existent plans & specifications, and will execute this contract and perform all its items and conditions and will provide, furnish and deliver.

Reminder: If you’ve been ripped off by any dishonest contractor and are stuck, call us and we’ll help you. You may qualify for a $2000 credit towards your project.

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 http://blog.dreamhomesltd.com

Definitions & Important Considerations That Can Delay Your Project: See previous blogs

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 to help guide Sandsters and others through the maze that is any reconstruction project, we actually do what I write about.  Dream Homes Ltd. 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, 150 elevation projects and 500,000 square feet of commercial buildings. 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 and I hope to see you at the seminar later tonight. As always, call or write with any questions.

Regards,

Vince Simonelli

Dream Homes Ltd.

Virtual Learning Company Inc. (Nasdaq VRTR)

Atlantic Northeast Construction LLC

New Home Builder #045894

Home Improvement Contractor #13VH07489000

PO Box 627

Forked River, NJ 08731

Office: 609 693 8881 F: 609 693 3802 Cell: 732 300 5619

Email: vince@dreamhomesltd.com

Website: www.dreamhomesltd.com

Blog: http://blog.dreamhomesltd.com

Twitter: #foxbuilder

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Nearly Famous Rebuilding Blog –

1-15-17

Good morning and Happy Sunday to all of you, Sandsters and others!

Today the weather is much nicer than a week ago, when we were sitting with back to back snow storms…today should be a high of 47, which is pretty good.

More importantly, since December 21st (the Winter Solstice), we have added 26 minutes of daylight to each of our days!! That is so encouraging…more daylight makes everything in life more palatable.

Today, we have a passel of things for you. We talk about the latest RREM Rip-off, the Clawback Nightmare and how to avoid this whole (potentially costly) situation. We touch on being your own GC, which I continue to feel is similar to amputating your own appendage or performing your own root canal. For a repeat, I’ve been nominated a Home Town Hero in Brick Township for nice things our great team has done for an unfortunate Sandster, a good guy named Bob Steimle. The ceremony is this Friday January 20th. We also remind you about our next Rebuilding Seminar, which is this Wednesday January 18th. I also brought the Definitions section back at the end of the blog, for your convenience.

Congratulations!! We’d like to offer a special congratulations to Kathleen Dotoli, a worker’s compensation and disability attorney in Toms River. Kathy regularly gives an excellent consumer protection presentation at our Rebuilding Seminars (you can hear her again this Wednesday, 1/18/17). Kathy was recognized with a very prestigious award – she was voted one of the Top Ten Attorneys in NJ for Client Satisfaction in the area of Disability Law. Kathy’s been a great help to many Sandsters and we’re proud to have her as part of our professional family. Way to go Kathy – this award is much deserved!!

You can find out more about Kathy Dotoli and her legal practice at  https://www.facebook.com/TomsRiverWorkersCompLawyer/

Repeat: I mention another repeat, which was in last week’s blog, called “Yeah we do that for you”. If you didn’t catch it last week, it’s worth reading.

Being Your Own General Contractor …Is that Wise?   See Details below for more info…

January (1/18/17) Dream Homes Nearly Famous Rebuilding Seminar – Rain or Shine – Hot or Cold

Nearly Famous Rebuilding Seminar – This Wednesday January 18th, 2017 – 6 PM – Tuscan Bistro in Toms River.   Provenance & History : We’ve been holding this seminar for 4 years and counting; we are the only company actually bothering to tell you how to intelligently complete an improvement or renovation.

Our next Nearly Famous Rebuilding Seminar will be held this Wednesday January 18th, 2017 from 6 pm at the Tuscan Bar and Grill on Hooper Avenue in Toms River, across from the Ocean County Mall. We’ll focus on Sandsters that are early in the process, and have not completed design work, or chosen a builder or architect. We offer engineering & architectural design advice, RREM guidance at the initial stages, and help with choosing the right builder or contractor. Please call to reserve a space if you would like to attend since refreshments will be served and space is limited.

Dream Homes and Vince Simonelli have been nominated as one of the recipients of the Hometown Hero Award in Brick Township! Thanks to all the people (clients, competitors and trade partners) who have called us to congratulate us and wish us well – your kind words are appreciated.

(There’s more information in last week’s blog, so if you missed that one, go back and read it…)

Needless to say, we’re quite proud of the nomination! This award is given in Bricktown to people and companies who do nice things to help people in need. Our great team has helped an unfortunate Sandster – a really good guy named Bob Steimle. Thanks for the kind words and recommendation Bob! I’m happy we were able to help.

The Hometown Hero ceremony is January 20th at 7 pm at Brick High School. I originally thought I would receive a Golden Cape (which I was planning to (modestly) wear 24 hours a day for the next 8 years, other than during times of disaster or civil emergency (or rather, for certain during those dark times) And yes, that is perfectly normal behavior.) but it turns out that it is an ordinary colored cape. That’s ok – I’ll probably still wear it 24/7 so – have no fear – you’ll be able to recognize me on the street since I’ll be the middle age guy with the cape and sandals.

I will also get to give a lengthy, in depth speech (of approximately 30 seconds), which I promise will enthrall the multitudes gathered that evening. Do not miss it! If you do, it will probably be enshrined in the Smithsonian, so don’t worry…

So please join us on the 20th of January at Brick High School. Go to the Brick web site and sign up for a ticket or just show up!!

All kidding aside, Dream Homes is very honored to receive the Hometown Hero award. It represents the spirit of who we are and we hope to embody that spirit every day going forward.

Mission Statement and Comment: We’re here to 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 no one else 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.

Reminder: If you’ve been ripped off by any dishonest contractor and are stuck, call us and we’ll help you. You may qualify for a $2000 credit towards your project.

Yeah, We Do That for You… This was an excellent (if I do say so myself) article from last week’s 1/8/17 blog, which received much positive response from many people. If you missed it, go back and read it now at http://blog.dreamhomesltd.com

RREM Rip Off – Clawback Madness: Ok, we’re back to needing to call or write Kim Guadagno…or the people that spoke to us last time we wrote a letter. Of course, nothing much has happened yet, but hope springs eternal and the wheels of RREM progress grind slooooooowwwwlllyy, so we’ll be patient about waiting for homeowner fraud to be fixed, the RREM payment and closeout schedules to be sped up and the repeat fraud issue from contractors to be improved.

The Clawback issue is a whole other issue, which is rapidly turning into a full-blown disaster. George Kasimos from Stop Fema Now has been on this issue for couple of years and it’s now starting to come to a head. It will be the Next Great RREM Debacle, Major Issue #4.

Here’s the Important Point to Remember: The short version is that if you don’t do all the items on your RREM scope of work/ECR, your program manager at the final walk through will identify any missing items and Claw Back the money from you.

There is little or no common sense in this process, since CBI and Gilbane (thought 2 of the largest construction management companies in the country) do not generally have construction personnel working as program managers, but accounting clerks and paper pushers. That means that if you don’t fix the interior door to a closet that you don’t really need or care about, some idiot is going to not it on your sheet and ask for the $114 back.

Before we discuss the idiocy and lack of thought inherent in this business model, let’s talk about how to avoid it entirely. You can avoid this issue by giving your builder or contractor the RREM scope of work in the beginning when your project is first being estimated, and specifically asking for an estimate based on all of the RREM scope. Important Note: There is absolutely nothing wrong with doing minor finish items yourself – simply don’t include them in your builder’s major scope of work (what I call the heavy rigging – elevation, foundation, pilings, borings, floor systems, strapping and bolting, utility reconnection, etc.).

Just be aware that someone must complete these items – or the amounts shown on the non-redacted scopes of work – are the amounts that RREM has allowed for these items – and the amounts that will be deducted if these items aren’t completed.

Minor finish items include paint, trim, general clean up, hanging ceiling fans, light sheetrock, reconnecting some appliances, final clean up, etc. Again, you can do these items yourself to save money.

Note: You must ask your RREM program manager for the ECR/Scope of work with the pricing. They do not simply give it to you with your original package (Insane RREM Practice #684). If RREM is paying you more for that item than you are paying, obviously you will have your builder complete those items.

The lunacy inherent in this entire process can be described simply – Instead of awarding a lump sum of money and requiring only that the critical, life-safety and code compliance issues are completed without worrying about aesthetic and finish items, RREM very specifically goes through each and every item and asks for money back if items are not completed.

That’s not how your insurance company does it. If you accept an insurance award, if you return your house to a livable condition with a certificate of occupancy, they don’t give a fig is you change the doorknob in bedroom #3.

IE: Let’s inject a little common sense into the final RREM scope evaluations and grant closeouts.

The only items that matter are as follows: 1) Bringing the elevation of the home into compliance with the new flood codes 2) Obtaining a certificate of occupancy after passing all mechanical, building and engineering inspections 3) Providing a new survey and flood elevation certificate showing the house and all mechanicals are safely out of the flood plain.

In other moronic, insane developments, the RREM Scopes of Work are sometimes changing in midstream, without the Sandster being informed until the end. The solution to this is ironically easier – you must file suit against the DCA (or realistically join a class action suit currently in process), in the same way you would sue a dishonest contractor who changed the terms of the contract in the middle of the project.

Solution to avoiding RREM Claw back: Have a very clear idea what you are obligated to do for your RREM grant, and who on your team is doing each item.

Acting as Your Own General Contractor….

Many Sandsters have read my numerous articles on this subject. In deference to the well- meaning Sandsters on Facebook on the Stop Fema Now Thread, acting as your own general contractor is not a good idea about 95% of the time. You may notice that I specify general contractor, as opposed to any work at all.

I’ve said repeatedly in the past, and state again 5 paragraphs above, that there is nothing wrong with doing your own finish work (a good list is above) in your house to save money. It doesn’t matter if it’s a new home or a renovation, that’s a good rule of thumb.

However, doing your own general contracting, unless you are literally living on the street and have no other alternative (in which case you probably won’t be able to finish your job anyway), you should retain a professional to manage your project.

In much the same way you wouldn’t perform your own root canal or other medical procedure, act as your own attorney, do your own electrical, HVAC or plumbing work, repair your own car, or do your own taxes or financial planning, you definitely shouldn’t run the major aspects of your own project.

Currently, we have 28 active projects (6 new homes and 22 moves/renovations/elevations) and 8 of them are projects that we call Rescues. Rescue Projects are where the builder is in jail, took off with money, can’t finish, or completed such poor work that the job was stopped by the township.

Home elevations and new home construction are not items you want to undertake yourself unless you meet at least 5 of the following 5 conditions:

1) you are already planning a divorce or don’t speak to your spouse much, since when the project doesn’t work out it will be your fault or

2) you have some type of architectural, mechanical, engineering or construction background and have done this type of work before and

3) you plan to devote your attention to the project on a full-time basis and

4) you are flexible, calm, organized, a fantastic communicator and have a demented twisted sense of humor. It helps if you are familiar with Chaos and Game Theory.

5) you have money in reserve so if (when) you screw something up, you can afford to pay to fix it.

Really, truly I speak the truth unto you Sandsters. Don’t try this at home. If you try and fix your car, do your own taxes or perform your own root canal and they don’t work out, you can fix these items fairly easily. If you get in the middle of a home elevation with your house up in the air and run out of money, patience, ideas or the ability to continue, you’re in a bad pickle.

Do the finish work to save money – leave the heavier work to the professionals.

Besides all that, you will rarely save money and it will most definitely take much longer.

Definitions & Important Considerations That Can Delay Your Project:

RREM Program Manager: RREM Program Managers DO NOT supervise the construction of your project. You do, as you should, since it is you that is responsible for how the money is spent. RREM Program Managers manage the paper flow for your project, authorize payment disbursements and (try to) lead you through the confusing RREM maze. That’s it. Nothing further.

They do not consult with you on construction process, give legal advice or comment on who you should choose as your builder, or advise if they are competent and stable.

You are the only person responsible to oversee the professionals you hire. A sobering truth, but one worth remembering.

Lowest adjacent grade (LAG): This is an important elevation since the lowest point in your crawl space must be even or above the LAG. That is important because even if you don’t want your crawl filled that much (so you have more storage space) you will not pass final zoning / final building if this condition is not met. LAG is defined as the lowest grade immediately next to your house. There can easily be a foot or more difference between one side and the other, or back to front, so if you wish to use the least amount of fill (maximizing room in the crawl) make sure you find the lowest adjacent elevation.

Elevation: Elevation refers to “height above sea level” and not the height above grade at the house or distance the house is being elevated. The numbers on your Flood Elevation Certificate indicate how high in vertical feet your crawl, finished floor and grade are above the sea level at the ocean beach. It’s easy to make a mistake with these descriptions and it causes much confusion. Example: If you are raising your home to elevation 11, your finished floor is 6 and your grade is 4.5, you are raising your house 5’ to elevation 11, or 6.5’ above grade. When you use the expression “elevating my home 5 feet” that means you are lifting it 5’ from where it is now. The expression “building or raising the home to elevation 11” refers to the height above sea level, not the distance you are lifting.

Footprint: A building “footprint” is defined as the disturbed area of the lowest level including the garage.

Ex: a 1200 square foot ranch with a 240 square foot deck has a footprint of 1440 square feet.

Survey: An exact depiction of what exists on your lot, from a top view.

Plot plan: A top view of what you are proposing to build, including new heights, stairs, entries, decks, etc.

These two items are not the same and you will need both for your project.

HVAC Elevation height in crawl space: This must be considered when planning your lift. This is the elevation of the lowest duct, furnace or air handler in your crawl space. Most townships require a minimum elevation of base flood, some townships have no restriction, and some are at minimum BF + 1 to the bottom.

Design scope: These costs are defined as architectural and engineering fees, all survey costs (survey, plot plan, foundation as built, flood elevation certificate and final survey), soil boring & geotechnical costs, cribbing diagrams, permit fees, soil conservation design, and wind load calculations.

Please note – you do not get $15,000 in cash to spend on your design scope. You get up to $15,000, depending on what your actual costs are.   So, if your design costs are $9,200 you get $9,200. If they are $14,000, you get $14,000. If they are $16,600, you get $15,000. The balance of any remaining money in the $15,000 design scope budget does not go back into your grant and you don’t get to keep the extra cash.

If you signed your grant prior to October 1, 2014, you are not eligible for the extra $15,000 in design scope funding. Note: I have seen a number of clients kick, scream & please enough to have the $15,000 added to their grant, even though they had signed before 10/1/14, but that is not the policy.

Contingency costs: This item is part of your grant package and is designed to provide for unforeseen events or conditions that must be corrected in order to obtain a Certificate of Occupancy (CO) and finish your project.

These are not mistakes, omissions or errors on your part, your builder’s part or the design professional that did the plans. Rather they are items that are not knowable or evident in the actual structure until it is elevated, or the result of one of the shore townships deciding arbitrarily to change, invent or augment the existing building code. These items include (but are definitely not limited to) rotten or termite infested sheathing, wall studs or sill plates, twisted, broken or rotten girders, site conditions or changes needed to comply with current codes which were not in place when the house is built, upgrades to water pits or valves required by the MUA, installation of hard wired smoke & CO2 detectors, installation of condensate lines to the exterior from the dryer, and many other items that we’ve encountered. These items should be itemized by your builder in a separate sheet and submitted to RREM. 95% of the time you will be reimbursed.

There is not a monetary limit to this contingency, although it is generally 5% – 10% of the grant amount. The contingency does not come out of your grant award.

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 to help guide Sandsters and others through the maze that is any reconstruction project, we actually do what I write about. Dream Homes Ltd. 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, 150 elevation projects and 500,000 square feet of commercial buildings. 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 and I hope to see you at the seminar on the 18th. As always, call or write with any questions.

Regards,

Vince

Dream Homes Ltd.

Virtual Learning Company Inc.

Atlantic Northeast Construction LLC

New Home Builder #045894

Home Improvement Contractor #13VH07489000

PO Box 627

Forked River, NJ 08731

Office: 609 693 8881 F: 609 693 3802

Cell: 732 300 5619

Email: vince@dreamhomesltd.com

Website: www.dreamhomesltd.com

Blog: http://blog.dreamhomesltd.com

Twitter: #foxbuilder