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Nearly Famous Rebuilding, Renovation, and Elevation Blog
9-3-17 – Labor Day
Hello Sandsters & all other rebuilders reading this blog today –
Hopefully you are enjoying your Labor Day weekend, despite the weather. Console yourself with the thought that we only got about 5% as much rain as Houston, and tomorrow is supposed to be nicer.
Today we send our prayers and donations (American Red Cross) to all those affected by Harvey. To everyone affected in Texas, we know how much you’re suffering and can truly empathize. Hopefully FEMA and the other agencies of state and federal government react much more quickly than in NJ, NY and Louisiana and you quickly get the help you need.
New Storm Video: For those in NJ who are still wondering why to elevate your house, we did a simple video about moving forward to remind you that storm risk is real and a constant in your life. Flood insurance increases is immediate and constant and storm risk can occur at any time – but both are very real. Click here and forward to anyone you know who needs help rebuilding.
Important: Don’t away from $150k – RREM final extensions and deadlines are now happening. See below for more information.
Now that we’re into September, remember to register for our next Rebuilding Seminar which is Wednesday, October 11th, live at Tuscan Bistro and streamed on the internet on Facebook Live. We talk about the Toms River Home Show on October 28 & 29th at the Pine Belt Arena in Toms River, where we’ll be exhibiting.
Visit our new Dream Homes Jersey Proud Design Center at 2109 Bridge Avenue in Point Pleasant, where you can see modular home plans, kitchens, baths, flooring and tons of fixtures. You’re invited to visit us and see what we have – hours are Monday through Saturday from 9 – 2, closed on Tuesday, with other hours by appointment.
RREM Extensions and Deadlines: If you have signed a grant and haven’t started your project, you are in the last 10%-15% of the Sandsters lucky enough to still be working with funding from a RREM grant. RREM has been fairly decent about granting extensions, and we have some clients that have extended 3 and 4 times over a 2-year period.
That being said, RREM has been tightening up recently and insisting that you either begin your project, or relinquish your grant so it can be awarded to someone else. This tightening is due to deadlines from the portion of the grant that occurred after the initial RREM grants were awarded (there were 3 additional funding rounds, and each one must be 75% utilized within a certain time or New Jersey must return the money to the federal government.) So, there is pressure at the state level to get the “use it or lose it” message to people, since NJ (via the DCA and the RREM program) is facing the same pressure and requirements from the feds.
If you are still on the fence, don’t risk losing your RREM grant through inaction. $150,000 is too much money to throw away. At the very least, you must sign a contract with a builder, and/or start soils, engineering & architectural design to qualify for any additional extensions. You also must start your project within a short time, which means filing for (and receiving) a building permit.
If you need help getting started, give us a call at 609 693 8881 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nearly Famous Rebuilding Seminar –Wednesday October 11th, 2017 – See us in person and or watch us on Facebook Live!
Our next Rebuilding Seminar will be held Wednesday October 11th, 2017 from 6 pm at the Tuscan Bar and Grill on Hooper Avenue in Toms River, across from the Ocean County Mall. We’ll be joined by Kathleen Dotoli, Esquire, Jason Devooght (Devooght House Lifters) and one of our architects or engineers. We’ll also be streaming it on Facebook Live and be online if you want to email questions or comments while the seminar is under way. We had over 50 people join us on Facebook at the last seminar and took questions from people who couldn’t make it to the seminar, which was an excellent addition to our program.
If you are planning a project, whether a new home, elevation or renovation, and you haven’t already attended one of our seminars, make sure you attend for helpful information from our excellent speakers. It will help you get started on the right track. We focus on homeowners that are early in the rebuilding process, and haven’t completed design work, or chosen a builder or architect.
We’ll talk about architectural and engineering planning, construction technique, RREM guidance, help with choosing the right builder and consumer safety cautions when dealing with him (or her), financing your project, comments and tips about home elevation in general. We also talk about RREM issues, (the lunacy of) managing your own project, and ways to avoid delays and going over budget. So, mark the date and call 609 693 8881 or 732 300 5619 to reserve your space if you want to attend. Refreshments will be served and space is limited.
Dream Homes – who we are: As you may know, Dream Homes & Development Corp. (OTCOB: Ticker DREM) is a publicly traded, fully reporting (audited) company, and we’ve just released our 2nd quarter financials. I’m proud to report that sales, earnings and contracts have all increased significantly. Dream is growing, improving our operations and service and adding new members to our team to better serve you. You can view financials on our web site at www.dreamhomesltd.com. Click on the SEC tab at the bottom of the page for information.
Dream Homes has a main office in Forked River and a Modular Design Center in Point Pleasant, and we’re the only public company doing home elevation work in New Jersey. You can view all the information about us online – if you like us and believe in what we’re doing, we would love to have you as shareholders. For more information and an information package, contact Matt Chipman, our investor relations person. Matt can be reached at (818) 923-5302, (310) 709-5646 or matt@GreenChipIR.com. You can view our operational results and financials at any time on our website at www.dreamhomesltd.com or at www.sec.gov.
Repeat – Reference – Change Orders & Additions to your Scope): Check the 8/11/17 and 8/24/17 blogs for good information about change orders and the resulting inevitable delays.
Turn Key Projects – Inception – Design – Build: 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 Homes regularly perform turn-key renovation and design build projects and is one of the best, most trustworthy companies you can choose.
Why does this matter to you? If a company isn’t committed to being in the line of work for which you are contracting, they will not support it correctly during and after the project. That means less resources (personnel and otherwise) devoted to your project. Currently at Dream Homes, we’ve been actively hiring carpenters, helpers, marketing and support staff for 2 years. We’re committed to the elevation /renovation business and improve every single day – our commitment to provide better service and resources to our clients is ongoing.
Moral of the story: Try and avoid working with any company not committed to the type of project you are undertaking. Ask to see current projects in process or being started.
Decks, more decks and railing…Decks are one of the more popular improvements and one of the easiest ways to add value to your home. Decks fall into 3 main categories – pressure treated, composite and fiberglass. Railings can be pressure treated, vinyl rail or glass. See the 8/4/17 & 8/11/17 blogs for the full story.
Siding, Trim and other Exterior Finishes: Siding and exterior finishes are a very important part of any construction project, and with elevated homes (whether new or renovation) there are a greater number of options than with many normal construction projects. See the 8/24/17 blog for the full article on this topic.
Welcome to our new Project Coordinator, Theresa Nichols: We’ve recently created a new position at Dream and brought Theresa Nichols in to help coordinate communication between our clients and our construction team. Theresa was with Dream a few years ago, brings a wealth of experience to the Dream Team and we’re delighted to have her back. Theresa was formerly a regional manager for Bed, Bath & Beyond and supervised over 30 locations throughout New Jersey. She’s now bringing her skills and positive personality to better coordinate construction scheduling and client contact during projects. As a client of Dream Homes, you’ll deal with Theresa directly while your project is under construction. Welcome back Theresa!
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.
Need to Phone a Friend? Need a Rescue? 2017 Scheduling & Priority projects – If you’re stuck in a stalled project for whatever reason (contractor in jail or indicted, bankrupt, lazy, inept, no money, etc.) we’ll help you with a prompt evaluation of your situation. We do consultation and estimates immediately for projects that are stuck. It doesn’t change what happened to you in the past, but at least you’ll know how to get back on track, without chasing someone for a month to get an initial meeting and written estimate. As a note, often we’re the only company willing to finish projects that have been abandoned.
New Dream Homes Modular Division – Design, Kitchen & Bath Studio –
Come see our Dream Homes Jersey Proud Custom Modular design studio at 2109 Bridge Avenue in Point, with complete kitchen, flooring & modular home design studio. See Lou Obsuth, who has a wealth of experience in modular construction as well as kitchen and bath design.
Kathleen M. Dotoli, Esquire – Consumer Protection: Kathleen is a workers’ compensation and disability attorney in Toms River and speaks regularly at our Rebuilding Seminar. Kathy gives an excellent presentation about consumer protection that will save you money and grief. (Next one is Wednesday, October 11th, 2017). Email Kathy at email@example.com or call her office at 732 228 7534 for a copy of her seminar presentation.
Mission Statement and Comment: At Dream Homes, we’re proud to be one of New Jersey’s most respected builders. 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
Future Homes & Townhomes for Sale: We’re actively working on the development approvals for several properties in Bayville and Forked River.
Dream Homes at Tallwoods: We’ll be offering 13 beautiful new 3 and 4-bedroom single-family homes for sale in the mid $200,000 range in late 2017 / early 2018.
Dream Homes at the Pines: 58 new 2-3 bedroom townhomes, with garages, in a private wooded setting. Anticipated opening in spring / summer 2018.
If you’re looking for new homes this year or early next year, give us a call and we’ll get you information.
There’s Real…and then there’s Memorex…What an Estimate and Scope of Work is Supposed to Look Like…
Click on the link above or call us and we’ll send you a blank scope of work for your reference.
Yeah, We Do That for You… This was an excellent article from the 1/8/17 blog, which received positive response from many people. If you missed it, go back and read it now at 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
Remember – if you have a specific question, send me an email or a text. Don’t wait for a seminar or a site visit to clarify a point. Whether you are a Dream Homes client or not, I’ll always try and help you or guide you in the right direction. If you’ve sent an email or left a voice mail and haven’t received a response, try and contact me again. Messages are missed occasionally.
Note to Sandsters: Though I write this blog and hold the seminars to help guide homeowners through the maze that is any reconstruction project, Dream Homes does what I write about. Dream Homes & Development Corp. and Dream Building LLC are new home builders and general contractors who are actively renovating and reconstructing projects up and down the shore. We supervise and manage elevation projects & house moves, demolish and build new homes, and develop and build entire new neighborhoods. In the past 23 years, we’ve completed over 1500 new homes, 190 elevation projects and 500,000 square feet of commercial buildings. 28 of our elevation projects have been rescue projects, where we came in to save a homeowner when someone else left. Dream builds new homes, demolishes existing damaged homes, elevates and move homes, complete additions and renovations and rescues homeowners when their other contractors abandon them. We work with private clients as well as Path B clients in the RREM program. Call, text or email to set up an appointment for a free estimate on your rebuilding project.
That’s all for today Sandsters. I hope my words helps you move forward. As always, call or write with any questions.
Dream Homes & Development Corp. (OTCQB: DREM)
Dream Building LLC
Atlantic Northeast Construction LLC
New Home Builder #045894
Home Improvement Contractor #13VH09325600
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