Dream Homes Ltd.
Atlantic Northeast Construction LLC
Nearly Famous Rebuilding Blog –
Greetings and Happy New Year to all …it’s been too long since I’ve last written.
Today I am writing and looking at the snow…which I truly and completely dislike…if we were meant to live in weather like this, we should have been born with fur, methinks…
To start off, I hope everyone’s holiday season has been wonderful. I wish all of you a safe, healthy, prosperous New Year. 2017 is shaping up to be a much better year for many people and I hope you are one of them.
Today, we have a few items of note. As 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 January 20th, and I even get a Golden Cape, which I will (modestly) wear 24 hours a day for the next 8 years or so. We mention our next Rebuilding Seminar, which is 10 days from now on Wednesday January 18th. Finally I close today with, “Yeah we do that for you” which is definitely worth reading…
January (1/18/17) Dream Homes Seminar – Rain or Shine – Hot or Cold
Nearly Famous Rebuilding Seminar – 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 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.
The seminar date happens to be only 2 days before the Hometown Hero event! That’s right – Dream Homes and Vince Simonelli have been nominated as one of the recipients of the Hometown Hero Award in Brick Township!
Not to repeat great news, but I’m 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.
Here’s what happened. Last year we got a call from Hale Built House Raising asking us if we could help a person in need. They explained to us that Bob Steimle had been the victim of fraud – Bob’s contractor had moved his house from his foundation 50 feet into his back yard and disappeared to another state, leaving Bob stranded in a trailer for 14 months. Bob needed help and Hale and Acme Piling joined together to install pilings and move the house back to where it needed to be.
But Bob still needed a builder to complete the project, which is where we stepped in.
The builder who could undertake the project had to understand the construction and financial issues and be able to work within the RREM program’s constraints and Bob’s needs and complete the project. Dream Homes stepped up.
I called Bob, who gave me his information, and told him, “Bob, we’ll help you out.” We scheduled a time to talk further and for me to look at his house. The next day I met Bob and 2 days later I gave him an estimate (he got his estimate in 2 days instead of 2-3 weeks). We signed a contract on the 3rd day, Bob gave us a $500 deposit and we started working.
A short time later, I’m happy to say the Dream Homes team is well on its way to finishing Bob’s house and getting him back home.
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, definitely 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!
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 honored to receive the Hometown Hero award. It represents the spirit of who we are and we hope to embody that 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.
Yeah, We Do That For You… Ok, finally, I’m getting to this article. Believe me, Dream is much more diligent delivering projects in a timely manner than I am at blogging regularly. I’ve promised this article for the last 2 months and have not written it until now.
For the last few years, Sandsters have been asking “Why should we use Dream Homes for our project?”. I normally respond with some of my standard replies, but have been thinking about writing them down in a slightly more informal way.
I keep looking at those Geico ads, where Geico compares themselves to the competition and it’s absurd. Comparing us to 99% of every company in this business is like comparing a Yugo to a Mercedes or Joe’s General Contracting to Bechtel. Ridiculous. Dream Homes is so far superior in so many ways to our competition, that it amazes me that RREM doesn’t call us to finish the balance of the buildouts for the RREM grants. It would save a ton of time and aggravation for a lot of people.
Finally, we have parity and supply/demand balance in the market. The crooks are being run out of town on the proverbial rail, and the honest builders (who are actually more scarce than hen’s teeth) are still here, doing responsible business. Now we can choose to work with honest, civilized, pleasant clients and sub-contractors…and choose not to work with dishonest, uncivilized, negative, argumentative folks. Negative people should please go with God…elsewhere. Life’s too short.
Anyway, back at the ranch…here’s why people trust us with their projects.
”Yeah, we do that for you…..”
This is a list of what Sandsters ask us every day about new homes and renovation projects…and the answers we give them…
Q: Do you help us design our project right from the beginning?
A: Yes, we do that for you.
Q: Will you deal with the architect and engineer to create plans and foundation & piling designs?
A: Yup, we do that too.
Q: How about the surveyor? Survey, plot plan, foundation location, final flood elevation certs?
A..That’s a pain in the ass, but we absolutely do that for you. It makes your project move more quickly when we handle it – and it doesn’t cost you anything extra.
Q: What about soil boring? Geotechnical analysis? Foundation inspection and analysis?
A: We got that for you. Very few people know what those things are anyway, but you usually need to have them done so we can design a foundation for you. We take care of that when it’s needed.
Q: What do I do about utility disconnect and reconnect? I’ve heard that’s a complete nightmare. My Facebook group says it takes 5 months to get gas reconnected? Can you help me with that?
A: Yeah, we handle that for you. You make the calls for electric, gas and cable, and we handle water and sewer. And although it’s distasteful for us, we talk you through the Facebook Mass Hysteria, which is usually quite inaccurate. Usually anything anyone tells you on Facebook about construction science is false to some degree.
Q: How about the township and building department? Do I have to bring the plans in and meet with people?
A: Yup, we do it. We do all the submissions at the township level, including all building and zoning, from initial zoning application through to final Certificate of Occupancy. This is a lousy part of the deal…but we do it for you. Again, it doesn’t cost you anything – it’s another value added that we bring to the table.
Q: How about costs? Can you think of ways to save me money? Do you suggest alternatives?
A: As it turns out, we’re actually the only company that does that for you. We discuss alternate design ideas for foundation, wall & floor concepts, decks, stairs and entries, with the architect, engineer and other professionals assigned to your project.
We’ll usually save you $10,000 – $50,000 on your foundation design alone, by suggesting alternate means and methods. Yeah, we definitely do this for you.
Q: How about trying to figure out if an improvement I’m considering is worth the investment? Will I get my money back? Is it worth it?
A: Funny you should ask. Again, we’re the only company we know of that does a Cost/Benefit analysis for you for your project. We explain the financial implications of each portion of your project – is your idea a vanity project, a valuable capital improvement or (usually) something in between.
Q: Do you have a specific service or product that you try and sell me, or do you try and figure out the best solution for me and provide what I really need?
A: Again, an excellent question. We are one of the only construction companies that first discusses options and your situation to determine what you want, what you need and the most suitable solution for your situation. It is only at that point, that we will design and tailor a project scope of work that addresses all aspects of your needs – construction, design, cost, feasibility.
Q: I’m worried about signing a contract with a builder or contractor since I’ve heard so many stories about homeowners being ripped off. What do you have to say about that? Can you assure me I won’t lose my money?
A: Yes, as a matter of fact, we can assure you of that. As a matter of fact, we welcome inquiries into our financial strength since our financial condition demonstrates to you that we’re able to successfully complete your project. We’re the people that finish the abandoned projects other people start.
Please review our financials at www.sec.gov Our ticker symbol is VRTR.
Q: I’ve heard about people giving contractors large deposits and then never hearing from them again? What can you tell me about that?
A: We’ve been writing for years warning people about large initial deposits and advising as to how to avoid being victimized. We rarely accept more than a 5% deposit as an initial down payment. We responsibly make sure your funds are used for your project and not spent on anything else. We take care of that for you and keep your investment safe.
Q: Do you know what you’re doing? How many projects have you completed? More importantly, will you finish my project?
A: Yes, we’ll do that for you. We’ve developed and built over 1700 residential homes and 2,000,000 square feet of commercial space since 1993. Most importantly, we’ve never failed to complete a project for a client.
Q: How about dealing with RREM or my insurance company for payment requests and completing my ICC grant paperwork for my insurance company? Also, can you help me deal with my bank, which has an entire other set of requirements?
A: We prepare a special ICC estimate and scope of work for your insurance company to assist you in getting your $30,000 ICC funding. We also help you prepare and submit all RREM payment requests, and help you with final inspections and to close out your grant. We will address funding and draw request issues with you bank for you.
Q: I’m worried about unforeseen events? What if something happens while the project is under way?
A: We’ll handle whatever comes up on your project. Whether it’s a septic tank or well that no one knew about, or work that was done in your home without permits before you bought it, we’ll get you through any issues that arise.
Q: What about if I need work done after you’re finished with the initial project? And what if something goes wrong? Will you be there to fix it? Will you come back to add that room in the garage, that deck we talked about or that new kitchen?
A: We definitely do that for you. Once you’re a client, you can call us in 10 years to change a storm door and we’ll send someone over to your house the next day. At any time in the future, we will come back to your home and do work you may not have been able to do when we were initially there, regardless of the size of the project. We stand behind our work and consider the relationship to be the most important part of our agreement with you. We’ve been building and developing homes in NJ since 1993 and our client referrals and testimonials are the most important part of our legacy.
Q: Will you help me figure out which items I can afford to do now and which I can do later? I’m really confused because I feel like if I don’t do everything at once, I won’t be able to get a CO and move back in my house.
A: Again, we do this for you and very few other companies will evaluate your project like this. We’ll tell you the minimum scope of work that you need to finish your project on budget and move back in, and then we’ll help you choose items that you can afford to do now and those that can be done in the future.
Q: I’m worried about cost overruns and upcharges. I have a tight budget and can’t go over it.
A: We take care of that for you. Unless you change the scope of work by adding items in the middle, we pride ourselves on preparing accurate estimates in the beginning, so you know what to expect and aren’t dealing with any surprises. We never deliberately omit items we know you will need to finish you project, so they can be added later. Many, many builders use this technique to have you sign a contract only to add significant charges once you are stuck in the middle of it and have no choice if you want to finish. We never do this.
Q: I’m worried about communication and being able to reach my builder during the project. I’ve heard about people who couldn’t contact anyone once their project started and had their contractor close his retail storefront and leave town. Do you provide the ability to contact you and will you respond in a timely manner?
A: We do that for you. We’ve owned a building in Forked River for 14 years and we have an outstanding team in the office to respond to your needs. In addition, we’ll communicate with you in the way that suits you, whether it be via phone, text, email or personal visit.
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.
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.
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