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Dream Homes Rebuilding Blog – 1-18-17 – So You Really Wanna Be a Builder? Rebuilding Seminar Tonight Tuscan Bistro 6 PM

Dream Homes Ltd.

Atlantic Northeast Construction LLC

Nearly Famous Rebuilding Blog –


Hi Sandsters –

Hope all is well with you today. Today I have a short blog for your review.

Following up on one of the topics in Sunday’s blog, here’s an excellent brief summary about why you really don’t want to GC your own project. I’ve edited a little, but the following is an email conversation between myself and Scott Lepley, an architect in Bayville who we’ve worked with for over 20 years.

Scott wrote to me yesterday…

“Hey Vincent, one main point on the fallacy of acting as your own GC: if you don’t have friendly contacts, if you’re going to be calling names from a phone book, if your subs realize they’re only doing one job for you vs the 20 jobs a year they do for any GC they work for, you will get prices that will be so high that you will end up spending more money than if you hired a GC and paid him a fair percentage. Case in point: we are building a new home on LBI right now, 2 framers that I thought I had good relationships with gave me  prices of $49,000 and $35,000 to frame our home. Travis’ framer did the job for $21,000. (Over the years) I repeatedly have seen savings working through a GC on almost all phases of the project, although the framing was the biggest number.”

I responded…

“You’re absolutely correct Scott – I’ve written that exact scenario as well as many other reasons in the Rebuilding blog a number of times. No one wants to believe that, but it is absolutely true.

A repetitive volume of steady work consistently creates discounted, fair pricing, 99% of the time.

One additional item you didn’t mention was that a “Relationship Based” project (which is what you have with steady subcontractors) ensures that companies will be around to address any warranty issues. A “Transaction Based” project (which is what one has when building one project on an individual retail basis) doesn’t offer any type of loyalty or incentive for fair pricing.

Hiring a general contractor doesn’t cost you money – it saves you money.”

Thoughts to ponder.

3 Brief Repeats from Sunday’s blog – See details below for each one of these topics

  1. Tonight’s Rebuilding Seminar – 3 spaces left –
  2. Congratulations to Kathy Dotoli, Esq. for her Top Ten Award for Customer Satisfaction
  3. Hometown Hero Award from Brick – Dream Homes to receive on Friday night 1/20/17 at 7 pm.

Nearly Famous Rebuilding Seminar – Tonight 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.

Congratulations to Kathy! 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. Way to go Kathy – much deserved!!

You can find out more about Kathy Dotoli and her legal practice at

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.

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 this Friday, 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 Library of Congress, 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

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.



Dream Homes Ltd.

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Atlantic Northeast Construction LLC

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PO Box 627

Forked River, NJ 08731

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




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One thought on “Dream Homes Rebuilding Blog – 1-18-17 – So You Really Wanna Be a Builder? Rebuilding Seminar Tonight Tuscan Bistro 6 PM

  1. In reading about the 10% contingency – if you signed pathway b before 2014, you do not get up up to $15,000 design fees, instead you get 10% contingency for unforeseen costs….but do you still get it even if your grant amount was max $150,000 ??

    Yes you would still receive the 10% contingency, in addition to your $150,000 grant.

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