New Homes & Rebuilds in Ocean, Monmouth & Atlantic County

Dream Homes Nearly Famous Rebuilding Blog – Rebuilding Seminar tomorrow in Egg Harbor, Notes and retractions about Realtors, 2 Great Construction tips, RREM Path B & C,

Dream Homes Ltd. Nearly Famous Rebuilding Blog –

Atlantic Northeast Construction LLC

4 – 23 -14

Hello Sandsters and I hope this good weather finds you well and your project is moving along faster than fleeting snails…or RREM Path C…:):)

Today we’ll try once again (have you heard this before?) to be brief, but make no promises. It’s the middle of the day and I am forced to be focused, so we’ll see.

Items we’ll be talking about today include our Nearly Famous Rebuilding Seminar tomorrow in Egg Harbor Township, an important clarification about Realtors, more on scheduling inspections and delays, a You Tube link to our last seminar, and RREM Path B & C comments.

Nearly Famous Rebuilding Seminar Schedule: Our next seminar is tomorrow, Thursday, April 24th, at the Egg Harbor township branch of the Atlantic County Library from 5-8. The library is located at 1 Swift Avenue, which is on the corner of Swift and Ocean Heights Avenue (Rt. 559) in Egg Harbor. The library is located next to the Board of Education.

We’ll host Andrew Baumgardner from Baumgardner House Lifting, Kathleen Dotoli, attorney and Evan Hill PE from Dewberry Engineering. We will also have Steve Brasslett from Ivy First Hope Bank back on our schedule with great financing ideas for you.

If you haven’t signed up for tomorrow’s seminar, give me a call or an email since I hate to run out of cookies (and seminar brochures). 

Sandsters from AC, Brigantine, Margate, Ventnor and Egg Harbor Township – this is our first seminar in Atlantic County, so try and attend if possible. Remember to bring your surveys, flood elevation certificates and any other documents if you have them and haven’t already sent them to me.

Clarification and retraction from a previous blog, about Realtors:  I try to be very fair in my writing, presenting both the positive and negative aspects of the topics I write about. Several blogs ago I offered some cautionary advice regarding dealing with real estate realtors and brokers. Several Sandsters called me, (nicely) lowered a house on my head and informed me that though my intent may have been good, the blog actually presented realtors in a poor light.

I reread the blog, and they were right. Sometimes I’m under the gun and don’t reread the blogs enough before I publish them. I apologize to all the decent realtors out there working to put people in new homes or sell their old ones. I work with a number of realtors up and down the shore and clients are referred both ways between us. My intention was not to disparage realtors as a group, but to warn against unscrupulous practice by a very few people.

That being said, my caution was borne from trying to protect a client that I am currently working with who is elderly, and who was represented very poorly and completely taken advantage of by a broker on the Seaside barrier island. The broker had the client signed a dual agency agreement, did not put the property on the MLS, did no advertising and charged a full price 6% commission. To make matters worse the new waterfront house was listed at $700,000 and the broker brought one buyer at $620,000 and told the seller they were lucky to get that amount,  that other properties were not selling for anywhere close to this amount and pressured them into signing a contract. All of their statements were untrue and their behavior was unscrupulous. I was incensed (still am!) and was motivated to write about it.

I know that any Sandster reading this blog would not have dealt with a client in this manner and that is something I should have clarified. My sincere apologies to all the decent realtors out there – many of whom I work with regularly. I know it would have bothered you also. I truly meant no offense to the profession.

Anyway, 90% of the professionals practicing any trade are decent and make the effort to be competent. 10% are not. In fairness, there are most probably a greater number of unscrupulous builders than there are realtors. Contractors have come from all over and become instant “Licensed NJ builders” and there is definitely incompetence and predatory practice. I regularly warn Sandsters about being careful selecting a builder. It is actually much easier to find a good realtor…:):)

Construction tip for the day: Be on site for your critical inspections, no matter how inconvenient it is. We failed a footing inspection because some dirt had fallen in to the exposed footing from 6 pm the night before when I had checked it. If someone was there to talk to the inspector, they could have taken the 4.5 minutes necessary to use a teaspoon and clean it up, and we could have been pouring concrete. The moral of the story? If it is a critical path item (you can’t proceed without passing go and collecting $200), make sure someone is there with Wawa breakfast sandwiches for the inspector…:)

Construction tip for the day: Repeat: Many towns are encouraging us to schedule inspections in anticipation of work being done by a certain date, as opposed to requiring that work be complete prior to calling in an inspection. This is a really helpful tool to use to manage a construction schedule and is good for both builders and inspectors. Important note: If you are not ready for your inspection, make sure you call and reschedule it so the inspector doesn’t waste a trip.

May Seminar Schedule: We have a busy schedule for May, starting with a special seminar on Wednesday May 14th at the Riviera Bay Beach Club at 203 Bay Stream Drive in Toms River. It starts at 6 pm and I am looking forward to meeting a bunch of nice people and helping clarify the rebuilding process. Call or email to reserve a spot. 

You Tube Link to the last Nearly Famous Rebuilding Seminar: A little late to the game, but if you’ve missed our seminars and can’t easily attend, here is a link https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVI69KoM8DRXqoEblHd94xg

It is not edited and is about 2 hours so feel free to fast forward and skip around to watch what you like and need to know.

Searching the Rebuilding Blog: One of the (few) nice things about WordPress is the Search function. You don’t need to read every blog to find what you want – simply enter a key word and it will take you to blogs where the subject you are interested in is discussed.(Private Note to Sandsters who are WordPress experts: I find WP very difficult to navigate and only use about 2% of the functionality. Any helpful tips would be greatly appreciated and will earn you a discount on your rebuilding project! JJ)

Time frame – repeat: Our complete elevation projects are consistently running in the 5-8 week range. This is because of careful scheduling and planning and is not accidental. I told someone recently that when the building permit is picked up, it’s like flipping a switch and suddenly moving at 100 miles an hour until the project is complete. There is no downtime and if you slow down or stop, it is not a good thing at all.

Reminder – Sad but True: The design stage (surveying, soil boring and geotechnical analysis, foundation inspection and design, architectural design, utility disconnects and plan submission and approval) takes as long or longer than the actual construction stage, so get started on design as soon as possible and be ready to start construction when you want to.

Rule of Thumb: An average, realistic time estimate for your entire elevation project from contract signing to certificate of occupancy is about 4 months – 2 months for design and permitting and 2 months to finish the project. For new homes including demolition, figure an extra month or so.

Reminder – you can switch from Path C (RREM manages the project) to Path B (you manage your contractor and project), but once you switch, you cannot switch back to C. I am averaging one new client a week who is fed up with Path C and switching to Path B.

Important Note worth repeating:  If anyone tells you they are 100% certain what type of foundation you will need without a soil boring and/or geotechnical analysis, they are lying or misinformed. It is reasonable to have several options for a foundation system presented in an initial estimate (I use my experience and give my best evaluation when I see each home, and am right about 80% of the time)…but the final foundation design and cost will be determined by your soil boring.

Remember – if you have a specific question, send me an email or a text. You don’t need to wait for a seminar or a site visit to clarify a point or two. The same goes for those of you under construction. Whether or not you are Dream Homes/Atlantic Northeast Construction client or not, I will always try and help you or guide you in the right direction.

If you’ve sent me email or left a voice mail and have not received a response within a day or so, please try and contact me again.

Note to Sandsters: Though I began and continue to write this blog primarily to help as many Sandsters as possible, Dream Homes Ltd. is a new home builder and general contractor who actively does renovation and reconstruction projects up and down the shore. We actually are doing all of the work that I talk about in the blog. We work with private clients and Path B and C in the RREM program. Call, text or email to set up an appointment for an estimate on your rebuilding project.

Hope this helps. As always, call or write with any questions.

Stay well Sandsters.

Regards,

Vince

Dream Homes Ltd.

Atlantic Northeast Construction LLC

Licensed NJ New Home Builder License# 045894

Licensed NJ Home Improvement Contractor License# 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://www.dreamhomesltd.com

Twitter: foxbuilder

New Homes & Rebuilds in Ocean, Monmouth & Atlantic County

Dream Homes Ltd. / Atlantic Northeast Construction – Nearly Famous Rebuilding Blog – Easter 4-20-14 – RREM Path B & C, Project Scheduling & Time Frames, HMGP Mystery, Nearly Famous Rebuilding Seminar Schedule

Dream Homes Ltd. Nearly Famous Rebuilding Blog –

Atlantic Northeast Construction LLC

4 – 20 -14

Happy Easter to all the Sandsters and I hope your holiday is filled with good health, family and great food.  

Greetings to all and apologies from your favorite, not-prolific-enough blogger for not writing more often. I could actually write about building and rebuilding full time, but then wouldn’t have much time to build anything, so writing gets squeezed in like a guilty pleasure.

Lots to talk about today, as usual. Updated seminar schedules (Hello Riviera Beach Sandsters in Toms River!), scheduling inspections and delays, a You Tube link to our last seminar, recent changes to RREM Path B and some comments about the seminar held by the Toms River building and zoning department and attended by Bayville and Bricktown construction folks. .

We’ll talk time frames, the emotional unpleasantness of elevation and give some construction tips and hints.

Though obviously not in the best circumstances, I’ve met some wonderful people over the last year or so, many of whom have become clients and friends. A warm welcome to some of our newest clients – Matt & Claudia, Terry, Kitty & Ed, Chris & Ann – and thank you for your business.

Construction tip for the day: It is getting very busy out there in the world of building and rebuilding and we are running into delays up and down the shore. Each town is different, but most are legitimately quite busy and running behind on inspections and permit review. This is despite the fact that there are laws dictating maximum times for inspections and plan review.

Many towns (Brick, Toms River, Berkeley) are encouraging us to schedule inspections in anticipation of work being done by a certain date, as opposed to requiring that work be complete prior to calling in an inspection.

This is a new really helpful tool to use to manage a construction schedule and is good for both builders and inspectors. Important note: If you are not ready for your inspection, make sure you call and reschedule it so the inspector doesn’t waste a trip. If you don’t extend this courtesy to the inspectors, you will find that your inspection requests won’t receive the same priority, or you won’t be allowed to call in inspections ahead of time.

Nearly Famous Rebuilding Seminar Schedule: Our next seminar is this Thursday, April 24th at the Egg Harbor township branch of the Atlantic County Library from 5-8. We’ll host Andrew Baumgardner from Baumgardner House Lifting, Kathleen Dotoli, attorney and Evan Hill PE from Dewberry Engineering. We will also have Steve Brasslett from Ivy First Hope Bank back on our schedule with some great financing ideas for you. We’ve had great response bringing a professional team to our seminars and we help a lot of people clarify their thinking and direction. If you haven’t signed up for this Thursday’ seminar, give me a call or an email since space is limited.  

Note to Sandsters from AC, Brigantine, Margate, Ventnor and Egg Harbor Township – this is our first seminar in Atlantic County, so plan on attending if possible. Remember everyone to bring your surveys, flood elevation certificates and any other documents if you have them.

May Seminar Schedule: We have a busy schedule for May, starting with a special seminar on Wednesday May 14th at the Riviera Bay Beach Club at 203 Bay Stream Drive in Toms River. It starts at 6 pm and I am looking forward to meeting a bunch of nice people and helping clarify the rebuilding process. Thanks to the RBBC Board for having us and a special thanks to Margaret Q. for helping to set everything up.

Call or email to reserve a spot.  In May we’ll also be in Shrewsbury up in Monmouth County. 

You Tube Link to the last Nearly Famous Rebuilding Seminar: A little late to the game, but if you’ve missed our seminars and can’t easily attend, here is a link https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVI69KoM8DRXqoEblHd94xg

It is not edited and is about 2 hours so feel free to fast forward and skip around to watch what you like and need to know.

Searching the Rebuilding Blog: One of the (few) nice things about WordPress is the Search function. You don’t need to read every blog to find what you want – simply enter a key word and it will take you to blogs where the subject you are interested in is discussed.

(Private Note to Sandsters who are WordPress experts: I find WP very difficult to navigate and only use about 2% of the functionality. Any helpful tips would be greatly appreciated and will earn you a discount on your rebuilding project! :):))

HMGP Mystery – Where is the HMGP funding? Many are wait listed for both grants (RREM and HMGP) or have been approved for one and wait listed for the other. I don’t really understand what has held up the process with HMGP, which started as a welcome addition to bridge the gap between ICC funds and the actual costs of lifting the average house. Run by the DEP (not the DCA) it has turned into a confusing quagmire of delay (I know – you’re shocked).

Anyway, here’s a helpful hint: If you have completed the inside of your home and have only to elevate it, you probably won’t get approved for RREM. If you do, once all other funds you received have been subtracted from your grant award (ICC, insurance, etc), you may be left with an amount close to the $30,000 HMGP grant. HMGP is much easier to navigate and deal with than RREM, but it is a reimbursement program so you will have to spend the money (or work with a builder who can work with your budget needs) and then get it back from HMGP. Like RREM Path B, with HMGP you are in control of the process, unlike RREM Path C where you are not in control at all.

Progress at the shore:  We have 2 houses up in the air right now and we’re busily constructing foundations under them. No matter how often I’ve done it, each time I see an elevated house, it strikes me as a most unnatural process. Houses just weren’t meant to be picked up from their foundations, where they were comfortably, happily resting. For the first couple of weeks on any lift, it is a messy, chaotic, intensely choreographed process.

Hint to Sandsters: If you can be travelling someplace warm while your lift is happening, you will be a much less stressed Sandster. Some folks like to watch every moment of the process, but even the most ardent interested people generally say “enough!” after a few days and wait until the dust settles before diving in again. It’s just not much fun seeing your house up in the air almost begging to be resettled once again.

Latest house lift: 1 day short of 5 weeks to have John & Helen back in their home, with all utilities reconnected and outside work almost complete. They are at 204 Catherine Lane in the Coves section of Manahawkin and some of the nicest people I’ve ever met. Their elevated home looks great. Of particular note is the glass railing in the rear overlooking the water, which is something we try and put on all of our waterfront homes. Glass rail costs an extra $250 or so per section, so there is an additional expense, but it doesn’t have to be done everywhere. You can do the rear of your deck with glass rail and the sides and stairs with vinyl or pressure treated and still get the great effect for only slightly more money.

Our complete elevation projects are consistently running in the 5-8 week range. This is because of intense, insistent scheduling and planning and is not accidental. I told someone recently that when the building permit is picked up, it’s like flipping a switch and you’re suddenly moving at 100 miles an hour until the project is complete. There is no downtime and if you slow down or stop, it is not a good thing at all.

RREM happenings – Many Path B Sandster clients have gotten large checks in the mail from the program and this has caused a lot of excitement. The summary is you can now get up to 50% of your grant in order to start your project. You then request the balance of your grant in up to 2 additional draw requests. I wrote in more detail about this a few blogs ago.

Reminder – Sad but True: The design stage (surveying, soil boring and geotechnical analysis, foundation inspection and design, architectural design, utility disconnects and plan submission and approval) takes as long or longer than the actual construction stage, so get started on design as soon as possible and be ready to start construction when you want to.

Rule of Thumb: An average, realistic time estimate for your entire elevation project from contract signing to certificate of occupancy is about 4 months – 2 months for design and permitting and 2 months to finish the project. For new homes including demolition, figure an extra month or so.

REPEAT: RREM – Contingency fund Comment, Path C & Switching Paths (repeat): When you sit with your program manager to sign your grant documents, you’ll most probably be asked to contribute funds towards the contingency fund for your project. That may not be possible for you. You may need to choose Path B and modify your project to bring it in line with your budget.

Remember – you can switch from Path C (RREM manages the project) to Path B (you manage your contractor and project), but once you switch, you cannot switch back to C. I am averaging one new client a week who is fed up with Path C and switching to Path B.

Important Note worth repeating: Work with a builder who knows what they don’t know, and tells you that. If anyone tells you they are 100% certain what type of foundation you will need without a soil boring and/or geotechnical analysis, they are lying or misinformed. The reason the RREM program won’t commit to picking a foundation system before the design stage is completed is because no one knows for certain what you need prior to that study being done.  It is reasonable to have several options for a foundation system presented in an initial estimate (I use my experience and give my best evaluation when I see each home, and am right about 80% of the time)…but the final foundation design and cost will be determined by your soil boring.

Remember – if you have a specific question, send me an email or a text. You don’t need to wait for a seminar or a site visit to clarify a point or two. The same goes for those of you under construction. Whether or not you are Dream Homes/Atlantic Northeast Construction client or not, I will always try and help you or guide you in the right direction.

Reminder: if you’ve sent me email or left a voice mail and have not received a response within a day or so, please try and contact me again. I do miss messages here and there.

Note to Sandsters: Though I began and continue to write this blog primarily to help as many Sandsters as possible, Dream Homes Ltd. is a new home builder and general contractor who actively does renovation and reconstruction projects up and down the shore. We actually are doing all of the work that I talk about in the blog. We work with private clients and Path B and C in the RREM program. Call, text or email to set up an appointment for an estimate on your rebuilding project.

Hope this helps. As always, call or write with any questions.

Stay well Sandsters.

Regards,

Vince

Dream Homes Ltd.

Atlantic Northeast Construction LLC

Licensed NJ New Home Builder License# 045894

Licensed NJ Home Improvement Contractor License# 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://www.dreamhomesltd.com

Twitter: foxbuilder

New Homes & Rebuilds in Ocean, Monmouth & Atlantic County

Dream Homes Ltd / Atlantic Northeast Construction LLC – Nearly Famous Rebuilding Blog – RREM Path B windfall, AC Builder’s show, Foundation systems and estimating, Scheduling your Rehabilitation or Reconstruction Project

Dream Homes Ltd. Nearly Famous Rebuilding Blog –

Atlantic Northeast Construction LLC

4-6 -14

Hello Sandsters and I hope this post finds everyone doing well –

Well the sun is shining and we’re finally into spring, which is good news. I’ve been remiss in my blog scribbles for no good reason other than trying to fit 120 hours of work into a 75 hour work week. If you’ve ever read either of Tim Ferris’ books (The 4-hour Workweek & The 4-hour body…www.fourhourworkweek.com) you know I’m not quite achieving either of the goals in those excellent books.

Anyway, there’s a ton of things to talk about today, with the Atlantic City Builder’s show, recent changes to RREM Path B and some comments on time frames, estimates & accuracy. We’ll remind you about the Nearly Famous Rebuilding Seminar schedule for April and May and encourage you to sign up if you want to attend.

We’ll pass along a general warning about some thoughts about dealing with real estate brokers and introduce some thoughts about building capacity you should discuss with your builder.

Construction tip for the day: When you temporarily backfill the hole for your disconnected water/sewer connection, you should remember to mark each prominently (we use a 2×4 painted orange for each connection so we can find it at the end). More importantly – it is important to protect the water meter box from being run over by the machines that are moving on the site. This is a particular challenge with a house that has a small front yard. After the backfill is complete, cover the hole with 2 x8 or 2 x 10 and lay plywood over it, so if it is accidently run over, it will not be crushed.

The Atlantic City Builder’s show was March 25th – 27th and for the first time in a number of years, there was definitely some excitement. The show has been steadily shrinking since 2009 and there were a few years where simply going caused me severe depression. Last year there was general confusion since Sandy had just happened 4 months prior, but this year there were more vendors, more seminars and classes and general a higher buzz than in the last few years.

Oddly though, there was not as much focus on Sandy rebuilding as one would think. There were enough engineers and attorneys to fill a small stadium and there were house lifters and lumber suppliers, but not as many businesses were as focused on Sandy & RREM rebuilding work as there should be. This is because the real estate market in general is starting to pick up and most builders typically go straight to new home construction when given the chance.

However, as builders we need to place more focus on the actual process of elevating & rehabilitating in order to complete a greater number of projects throughout the shore in a shorter period of time. Though the RREM pace has been picking up (the first rehabilitation project under Path C actually started about 3 weeks ago – I swear), and the time to take each project from initial discussion through the design stage has been shrinking, we still need more people in the field doing this type of work.

Every single builder I spoke with at the show said it was too much trouble doing home elevations when there is plenty of work in new home construction. That is not good at all. I told each builder that they should add this type of construction to their business models, but I stopped after a dozen people said it was too much work and they weren’t going to bother. Sad, foolish and shortsighted.

New home builders should seriously consider learning and doing RREM elevation work – they are sorely needed in the effort.

RREM happenings – A bunch of Path B Sandsters clients have gotten large checks in the mail from the program and this has caused a lot of excitement and forward movement. All of a sudden many Sandsters are realizing the only thing stopping them from rebuilding their house is themselves.

As you should know by now, about 10 days ago the DCA announced a change to the RREM program giving Path B homeowners the right to request up to 50% of their grant amount in an initial up front payment prior to work being started. The press release is at this link… http://www.state.nj.us/dca/news/news/2014/20140312.html

You should have gotten a letter from RREM, but the summary is you can now get up to 50% of your grant in order to start design work and tender deposits to your builder. You then request the balance of your grant in up to 2 additional draw requests. I wrote in more detail about this in the last blog.

As I said – we give credit where credit is due and always try for fairness in our analysis – this is a GREAT positive change in the RREM program.

So Sandsters, find yourself a good builder, get a contract together and present it to RREM with your request for a 50% deposit. Starting your rehabilitation project now will have you finished by July, with your reconstruction project probably taking a bit longer. 

Helpful Comment about real estate brokers –: If you sign a listing with a broker and wind up accepting a price for your home that is less than the listing price you are not committed to the original commission percentage!  If you list for $350,000 and you are offered $275,000, your broker should take less for their commission, just as you are taking less for your house. Period. You are contractually obligated to pay a fixed amount only if you get a full price offer.Otherwise, everything is negotiable.Commissions paid to realtors or brokers are not ordained by God – they are negotiable. If you speak to your broker and he acts like the commission is a set figure, he is lying. If you take less in your asking price, so should he or she for their commission. Remember – you are the principal in the transaction, not the broker. Also, sign a 3 month listing, as opposed to 6 months or longer.   Please call or email me with questions and concerns about this issue. I hate to see Sandsters being taken advantage of and it is happening on a regular basis up and down the shore.

RREM – Contingency fund Comment, Path C & Switching Paths (repeat): When you sit with your program manager to sign your grant documents, you’ll most probably be asked to contribute funds towards the contingency fund for your project. That may not be possible for you. You may need to choose Path B and modify your project to bring it in line with your budget.

Remember – you can switch from Path C (RREM manages the project) to Path B (you manage your contractor and project), but once you switch, you cannot switch back to C. For this reason more than any other, work with a builder who knows what they don’t know, and tells you that. If anyone tells you they are 100% certain what type of foundation you will need without a soil boring and/or geotechnical analysis, they are lying or misinformed. The reason the RREM program won’t commit to picking a foundation system before the design stage is completed is because no one knows for certain what you need prior to that study being done.  It is reasonable to have several options for a foundation system presented in an initial estimate (I use my experience and give my best evaluation when I see each home, and am right about 80% of the time)…but the final foundation design and cost will be determined by your soil boring.

Path A: As of this writing, this Path is an ephemeral unproven fantasy where you are hoping to be reimbursed from RREM based on their evaluation of your costs. Don’t hold your breath Sandsters and please send me a comment if you have successfully gotten reimbursed under Path A.

Onward and upward…it is much more efficient for you to be nice to your contractors and professional team than not. You get more bees with honey than you do with vinegar – being generally nice to your professional team will avail you inestimably greater benefits than being harsh, nasty or impatient. It’s much better for your digestion as well.

So, be nice in general and get better response and people who care about your project. Simple.

Repeat: As a general note, the more accurately you define the scope of work for your project and the more you know (or at least think you know) what you want to do, the more likely you are to choose RREM Path B, or give up the RREM grant entirely and build privately. Generally you will also stress less.  

Nearly Famous Rebuilding Seminar Schedule: Our next seminar is at the Egg Harbor township branch of the Atlantic County Library on April 24th from 5-8. We’ll host Andrew Baumgardner from Baumgardner House Lifting, Scott Lepley, architect, Kathleen Dotoli, attorney and Evan Hill PE from Dewberry Engineering. We will also have Steve Brasslett from Ivy First Hope Bank with some interesting financing ideas for you. We’ve had real success and great response bringing a professional team to our seminars and all the Sandsters who’ve attended have had very positive comments.

Sandsters from AC, Brigantine, Margate, Ventnor and Egg Harbor Township have been asking for a while for a seminar in Atlantic County, and should plan on attending if possible. In May we’ll be in Shrewsbury in Monmouth County. Give me a call or an email if you would like to attend either one.

Remember – if you have a specific question, send me an email or a text. You don’t need to wait for a seminar or a site visit to clarify a point or two. The same goes for those of you under construction. Whether or not you are Dream Homes/Atlantic Northeast Construction client or not, I will always try and help you or guide you in the right direction.

Reminder – Sad but true fact: In the majority of cases the design stage (surveying, soil boring and geotechnical analysis, foundation inspection and design, architectural design, utility disconnects and plan submission and approval) takes longer than the actual construction stage, so get started on that phase, so you are ready to start construction when you want to.

Reminder: if you’ve sent me email or left a voice mail and have not received a response within a day or so, please try and contact me again. I do miss messages here and there.

Note to Sandsters: Though I began and continue to write this blog primarily to help as many Sandsters as possible, Dream Homes Ltd. is a new home builder and general contractor who actively does renovation and reconstruction projects up and down the shore. We actually are doing all of the work that I talk about in the blog. We work with private clients and Path B and C in the RREM program. Call, text or email to set up an appointment for an estimate on your rebuilding project.

Hope this helps. As always, call or write with any questions.

Stay well Sandsters.

Regards,

Vince

Dream Homes Ltd.

Atlantic Northeast Construction LLC

Licensed NJ New Home Builder License# 045894

Licensed NJ Home Improvement Contractor License# 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://www.dreamhomesltd.com

Twitter: foxbuilder