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Dream Homes Building & Real Estate Blog – 11-11-18 – Thank you to our Veterans! – FREE Building Seminar This Wednesday 11-14-18 – RREM Clawbacks No More? – $129,880 Complete to Add-A-Level in A Day – Thank You to Toms River & Surf City Bldg Depts – Dream Voted Best Mod Builder & General Contractor in 2018

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11-10-18

Hello all –

Hopefully you and your family are well, enjoying your weekend and getting ready for Veteran’s Day tomorrow and Thanksgiving, which is early this year and is actually in….11 days?! Wow. That’s sobering.

First, we’d like to thank all our veterans, as well as all of those who currently serve in our armed forces, here and around the world. The reason we live and are reading this in a free society is due to the sacrifices that have been made, and continue to be made, by all of the men and women who defend that freedom. Thank you for your service. Tomorrow is dedicated to you.

Our next Free Building & Real Estate Seminar is this Wednesday, November 14th, 2018 at the Tuscan Bistro in Toms River. We’ll have some new speakers, including Robert Obsuth from Wells Fargo and Ron Hunsberger from Premier Modular Homes. This Seminar is our last one in 2018, so call 609 693 8881 or 732 300 5619 now to reserve your space.

Add-A-Level in A Day: I’m getting more and more excited our newest service – which is going to revolutionize 2nd floor additions. Now with 100% Financing, a $129,880 fixed price (< 960 sq. ft.) and a monthly payment as low as $619 a month, you can add 3 bedrooms and a full bath, BE SAFE FROM WEATHER IN 1 DAY and COMPLETE in 2 weeks! More on this below. That’s just a crazy concept but we’re going to stand behind that offer. No one else can make that claim. Call 609 693 8881 for more information and a FREE estimate.

RREM Clawbacks a thing of the past? According to the word on the street, and the whisper mill, the Department of Community Affairs and the RREM program have decided to end the dreaded Clawback process. This means that if this change is approved, RREM grant recipients would not be subject to the risk that a portion of their grant would be “clawed back” and they would be made to repay money that had already been received. Assuming the funds were in fact used for the improvement of the house, and more specifically to address needed additions to the scope of work, this is a very positive development. Many people who are currently subject to this potential risk, or who have already been notified of this possibility, can breathe a sigh of relief. We’ll see, and we’ll keep you posted.

Premier Modular Homes in Little Egg Harbor joins the Dream Homes family. This is a really exciting development and will allow us to much better serve our clients in Long Beach Island and Southern Ocean County. Give us a call and come visit our showroom.

Dream Homes – Voted Best of the Best in the Asbury Park Press reader’s choice for Best Modular Builder and Best Home Improvement Contractor (2nd year in a row!).

Thank you Toms River for some great service and courtesy! Thank you Surf City for being Voted the Most Efficient Small Community Building Department on Earth! Those of you who have followed my nonsense for the last number of years know that I’m not shy about criticizing the townships in NJ for sloth, inefficiency and general incompetence. Often process and procedure get in the way of the real intentions and purpose of zoning, planning and building departments, and the homeowner is ultimately the one who suffers.

Well, thank you Nicole and Daniel in the Toms River building department for taking a frantic last minute call on Friday afternoon requesting an immediate inspection, and you also Chuck Demay, for taking the time to stop on your way home when you absolutely didn’t have to. It’s much appreciated, by both the Dream Homes field teams, as well as the very happy homeowner. Again – Thanks a lot guys. I actually stepped down off the porch of the house in Island Heights (another lovely town where the building department is open for 2 days a week from 5-7 pm – go try and work with that schedule) where I was hoping and praying for a miracle and shook Chuck’s hand as he walked up to the house. I said, “You know, regardless of whether we pass this inspection or not, I just want to say Thank You for this courtesy. You definitely didn’t have to do it and I really appreciate it.”

To the folks at Surf City building department, you’re just the absolute beans. You do more, and get more accomplished in the 6 hours a week that you have (Tuesday & Thursday – 9-12 and no earlier or later), than most towns do in 40. At Dream Homes, we want to be like you! Surf City building and zoning is an outstanding example of how efficiently these departments can be run, with limited resources and time. No muss, no fuss – just results. And, they’re actually pleasant. You have to experience it to believe it. We’ve built just a few homes there, but I hope we build and rebuild 100 more in that town. Great job, ladies and gentlemen!

Schedule your fall 2018 projects NOW so you can be in for Summer 2019, and focus on how to expedite permits through the maze that is the permit process. We can help you with that.

Seminars and Events –

Can’t be there in person? Watch us STREAM SEMINARS LIVE on Facebook.

Our next Free Building & Real Estate Seminar is this Wednesday November 14th, 2018 at 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, Robert Obsuth from Wells Fargo, Ron Hunsberger from Premier Modular Homes, and Jason Devooght from Devooght House Lifters. We also stream on Facebook Live. If you can’t be there, watch us online and email questions or comments during the seminar.  If you’re planning a new home, elevation or renovation, you should attend. We’ve been offering this free seminar for 6 years, offer tons of helpful information and will help you get started on your project. For this seminar, we’ll also discuss modular homes and our newest offering – Modular Add-A-Level in A Day. We’ll have some excellent new Wells Fargo financing solutions for you as well.

We discuss architectural and engineering design, construction technique, RREM guidance, choosing the right builder and consumer safety cautions, financing your project, and tips about construction, renovation and 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. Pizza, wine and soft drinks will be served, and space is limited.

A Warm Welcome to Premier Modular Homes – Newest Member of the Dream Homes family!

We’re proud to announce that Dream Homes has acquired Premier Modular Homes of Little Egg Harbor. With a full design center, office and construction space, we’ll be able to better serve our clients in Long Beach Island, Little Egg Harbor, Manahawkin and the entire Southern Ocean County area. A special thanks to our VP of Sales Lou Obsuth (Lou runs our Point Pleasant Modular Showroom and Kitchen Bath Design Center, and was absolutely essential in bringing this new association to fruition).

We’re fortunate to have met Ron Hunsberger, President of Premier Modular for 23 years, who was searching for a company he felt could successfully continue his legacy. Ron and his wife Pamela are winding down and retiring to Florida after having built a fantastic company with a tremendous reputation. We’re proud – and honored – to carry on their tradition of modular construction excellence. Thank you, Ron, for your help, excellent guidance and continued introductions to, and referrals from your over 300 satisfied clients. We look forward to seeing you at the November 14th seminar.

Dream Homes – Awarded the Best Home Improvement Contractor and Best Modular Home Builder in Ocean County for 2017 & 2018 !!! in the Asbury Park Press Reader’s Choice Contest. That’s something we’re very proud of, but we’re even more proud that we’ve recently passed the milestone of 300 completed elevation/renovation projects since Storm Sandy. Dream looks forward to continuing to help our friends throughout New Jersey build & rebuild in the months and years ahead. Thanks to all the clients and friends who voted for us in that survey – last year and this year!

Add A Level in A Day? Is that possible? With 100% financing? That’s Crazy!!

It sure is a little crazy, but it takes a certain amount of crazy to even live in this state, and being a real estate developer for 25 years definitely makes me eligible for the Crazy Club of NJ (in a very good way for our clients!)

Are you out of space? Your family may be growing, but your house isn’t! (unless you’re already one of our clients!). If you thought you there was no way you could afford months out of your house to add to your living space, think again. We’ll Add-A-Level in A Day and often you’ll be back in your house in a week.

Thought it was too expensive? It’s not.

We’ll add a second floor to your home, and include up to 3 bedrooms and a full bath, for as low as $79,888! (<500 square feet).

For a 960 square foot ranch, the complete package, including up to 3 bedrooms, a full bath, stairs from below, all carpentry, plumbing & electric, and all engineering and architecture, will cost you $129,888.

How can we do that? We’re just better than everyone else. We’ve come up with some very innovative techniques and solutions that are effective, inexpensive and very time sensitive.

Call 609 693 8881 or 732 300 5619 today. Let us show you how we can help you Add A Level in A Day and Grow Your House…😊😊

Tempus fugit! (that means Time is Fleeting, in Latin, and also stands for “Get the lead out, Mac…”): I’ve been banging this drum for years, but we all need to hear Calls to Action (myself included). Time will run out soon for projects you want to have completed by Spring / Summer 2019 unless you have signed a contract and are actively working on engineering and plans. Ideally, you have your plans submitted already, or are submitting very soon. If you’re still on the fence, call us at 609 693 8881 and we’ll help you get focused and moving forward.

Helloooo Winter…!! Simple, free, common sense precautions you can make to prepare for any weather event, to address power outages, evacuations, flooding, wind, or any other emergency. You can’t prepare for everything, but the very act of making some effort is invaluable – and could save your life. This is so good I unashamedly repeat it in every blog…but NOW IT’S HURRICANE / WINTER SEASON AND IT’S EVEN MORE IMPORTANT, SO DOWNLOAD IT AND PRINT IT NOW!!

I won’t list every item here, since I really want you to download and print the FEMA guide below so you have it (since it’s a real drag printing with no power or Internet connection) , but a few simple items you can do or collect include: a go-bag (with medicine, money, ID and valuables), candles and matches, batteries, water, removing all loose items from outside, getting gas in your car (and for your generator), making sure you have non-perishable food for 1-2 weeks, know your evacuation route, think about your pets, and get out if they tell you to leave.

https://www.fema.gov/media-library-data/1494007144395-b0e215ae1ba6ac1b556f084e190e5862/FEMA_2017_Hurricane_HTP_FINAL.pdf

Also, go to www.ready.gov/prepare for more info. You can download a FEMA app to your phone and tablet at www.fema.gov/mobile-app.

Welcome to our New Clients and Thanks to everyone for the referrals!

Today we welcome Meryl & Joel from Rumson, who’ve retained us to build their new home after numerous discussions and meetings at our Point Pleasant showroom over the last 8 months. We also James and Nicki in Seaside Park.

Thank you to all of you for trusting us with your home. In addition, since the APP Best of the Best Awards came out, and we started offering our fixed price, Add-A-Level in A Day, we’ve received numerous referrals from our clients and trade partners in the last few weeks. In any business, sincere referrals are the life blood. In building and construction, personal referrals are even more crucial, since they involve one’s most valuable possession. At Dream Homes, we value that trust, and take our responsibilities very seriously.

Why bother lifting your house? Simple. Flood risk, flood insurance rates and protecting the value of your largest investment.

As a reminder, being affected by another storm or hurricane is why people all over the world are elevating their homes. It’s not a question of if another storm will happen, but when it will occur. More people at the shore are just now realizing the need to retain a home improvement contractor or a new home builder registered or licensed in NJ to elevate or rebuild their homes. One of the most sobering recent statistics is that for the first time in history 2 separate Category 5 hurricanes hit the US mainland within one year (2017). To ignore this trend is foolish. One must accept that the fundamental choice is to move inland, away from the most probable path of hurricanes or to address the need to elevate your house at least 3’ above the base flood level in your area. 3’ above base flood also offers you the lowest available flood insurance rates.

Finally, by being proactive and elevating before an event, you insure that your home is always ready to either sell or mortgage, if you need to do either. Without being at the correct elevation, you’re going to take a $100,000 discount when you sell, and high flood insurance rates make it harder to finance or refinance your house.

RREM Grant – Use it or Lose it – Revocation due to Inaction & ICC Deadline – October 29, 2019

If you have a RREM grant and haven’t chosen a builder and signed a contract or otherwise signed a contract, you should do so – or risk losing your grant. That’s a reality.

RREM News – We know homeowners are having RREM grants revoked due to inaction. If you’ve been awarded a grant and haven’t done anything for a long time (1-2 years), eventually you’re going to lose your grant. You must make some type of progress – hire a contractor, or if not, at least engage an architect or engineer. This is a really important step to demonstrate that you are proceeding. If you’re in this category, call us at 609 693 8881 and we’ll help you get focused and moving forward.

One very smart choice you can make if you haven’t started your RREM project yet or chosen a builder, is to make sure you choose someone who is very familiar with RREM and RREM paperwork.

We are experts at RREM paperwork and can save you countless hours during your project and afterward until you are completely closed out. we’ve completed over 300 elevation and new home projects since Sandy, and 65% of them were RREM.

Disturbingly and to make things more difficult for RREM folks, recently there’s been a wholesale changeover in RREM project managers across the board. Now the DCA is administering the balance of the RREM program. There is much pressure to close old files, or revoke those that have been awarded but not started.

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RREM Clawbacks – Important repeat for RREM clients.

Regarding your RREM scope of work (otherwise known as the ECR or Estimated Cost of Repairs), be aware that your general contractor does not have to do all the work (you can!), Painting, spackle and interior trim are items we regularly encourage homeowners to do themselves if funds are tight. You can do items yourself if you are handy and would like to invest some sweat equity and save money. However, someone must do all the items, or money will be removed.

Having money removed from your grant can be significant, or not. Usually, we’ve found that the cost to have the work done is less than what RREM is paying you, in which case it behooves you to finish all items. If you’re stuck in this situation or just starting a RREM project, give us a call at 609 693 8881. We’ll help get you back on track or avoid any problems when you start.

Our Old Frenemy – Cost / Benefit:  I hate to be repetitive, and I know it’s boring to some people…and I’ve written about this 2000 times, but many people consistently ignore the cost benefit equation. It’s vitally important to recognize and quantify the potential value you are gaining from improvements, versus the cost you are incurring. (I hate to keep including this in the blog, but it applies to everyone and is incredibly helpful. So, I keep repeating it).

My favorites are always decks, kitchens, baths and cosmetic improvements. I don’t like extensive remodeling for the sake of activity (unless it is a hobby for you and you have plenty of money), unless it includes one of the above categories. Refinishing basements and attics is also useful and cost effective – if you’re creating additional living or recreational space. However, these items must be budgeted so the cost doesn’t exceed the value you create.   

Added caution: Sometimes an improvement makes sense if done moderately but makes no sense if overdone or done to excess.

An excellent example is installing a $30,000 kitchen, which adds $30,000 in value (plus or minus) or installing an $80,000 kitchen, which adds….$30,460 in value, plus or minus.

Remember – no one but you cares about your costly upgrades. Sad but true.

Make sure you really love what you’re doing – and that the enjoyment and improvement to your quality of life are worth the cost.

There is a Zen koan that reads, “It is not our preferences that hurt us, but rather our attachment to them.” Sometimes you just have to let things go that make little sense.

Zoning issues – Building anywhere in NJ? Beware!! Partial repeat: In general, zoning officers can be difficult to deal with, and the experience is complicated by interpretation of codes and subtle nuances between townships. Many zoning officers we’ve dealt with in NJ don’t have a clue what they’re doing since Storm Sandy changed the playing field. Sad but true.

“Pre-existing, non-conforming condition” is exactly like it sounds – a condition that was approved years (or decades ago) which doesn’t meet current zoning requirements. A general rule of thumb is that if you don’t remove the item (house, deck, etc.) and you are doing an elevation project to meet new flood codes, you are ok.

For a good discussion and the remainder of this article on “pre-existing, non-conforming” conditions, see the 2/3/18 blog. Or come to our next FREE Building Seminar.

Please Note: This subject is complex, often much more than it appears. For assistance and consultation, call us at 609 693 8881 or 732 300 5619.

Building costs increased, for the third year in a row – Steel has increased 50% year to year – Lumber prices have increased 8% since the new Canada tariffs If you’ve quoted a foundation a year ago and waited until now, the steel in the foundation alone may be $500 – $1500 more. A 1200 square foot house lumber package has increased by $1400. Skilled labor has become more difficult to find and keep, although that’s getting slightly better. Keep these items in mind when you are finalizing your project costs and estimates. If you have an estimate that is a year old, expect that the project estimate may increase slightly (3%-4%). Another caution: Material costs have increased throughout 2018 and will continue into 2019. If you’re planning a project, try and secure fixed pricing now, or as soon as you can.

Design & Hiring Your Own Architect: The 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 amount (usually much less) 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 best practices can be designed in from the start. Author’s note from 2017: We successfully completed 42 projects in 2017, and 8 of them were with plans that the homeowner produced prior to retaining us. In all 8 projects, the plans and the scope of work had to be modified, the architecture and engineering cost was higher than we charge for the same work, and there were significant delays in each project.

Moral of the story and a word to the wise – for a new home, elevation or significant renovation, unless you really know what you’re doing and are going to oversee and build the project yourself, let your builder/general contractor provide you with a design/build package. It will save you time, money and grief.

Dream Homes Products & Services – Did You Know We Offer all these services?

New Custom built and Modular Homes – Elevations and House Moves – Modular Add-A-Level in A Day – Interior and Exterior Renovations & Additions –  Kitchens & Baths – Roofing, Siding and Windows – Decks and railings – Masonry and Pavers – Engineering, Variance applications and Land Use – Permitting, Surveying and Project Management – Land Development and Approvals.  Call us for more detail on any of the above topics.

Dream Homes – Kitchen & Bath Design Studio & Custom Modular Division –

Though we’re known more for new homes and elevation projects than kitchens and baths, we also do quite a bit of remodeling. An excellent place for you to start is at our Custom Modular, Kitchen & Bath design studio at 2109 Bridge Avenue in Point Pleasant, with complete kitchen layouts, flooring selections and our own in-house modular home design studio. Since we’ve designed and built over 1800 new homes since 1993, we are well equipped to accommodate your remodeling needs, from the simple to the most complex. Call 609 693 8881 to schedule an appointment or just stop by. 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.

Dream Homes FAQ’s (Frequently Asked Questions) Partial Repeat

We have a great FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) section on our web site. Click on www.dreamhomesltd.com and FAQs on the Home Page. Read what you can expect when you choose Dream Homes as your builder – and what we feel you deserve.

Solar Power at Home –More Info and link:  For the full story check the 10/29/17 blog, and here is the link.

http://www.builderonline.com/building/building-science/can-homeowners-use-rooftop-solar-power-during-an-emergency

Dream Homes & Development Corporation – About us: Dream Homes & Development Corp. (OTCOB: Ticker DREM) is a publicly traded, fully reporting (audited) company and is one of the region’s most trusted new home builder and home improvement contractors. Dream Homes was awarded the Best Home Improvement Contractor and Best Modular Home Builder in Ocean County for 2017 by the Asbury Park Press. Dream Homes 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. Our ticker symbol is DREM.

Dream Homes has a main office in Forked River a Jersey Dream Modular Design Center in Point Pleasant, and now our newest showroom location at Premier Modular Homes in Little Egg. We’re the only public company doing home elevation work in New Jersey, and one of the few to offer complete residential services, whether custom or modular, elevation or renovation.

You can view all the information about us online and 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.

Mission Statement and Comment: At Dream Homes, we’re the region’s most trusted builder and we’ll help you when no one else will. We regularly handle messy and unpleasant real estate, construction and renovation situations. We do the elevation, renovation and new home 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.

Insulation & Wall Thickness – How Much Is Needed and What’s Involved? See the blog of 11/18/17 for useful information on Insulation technique, wall thicknesses & energy efficiency

Siding, Trim and other Exterior Finishes: See the blog of 8/26/17 for useful information on choices for siding, trim and other finishes.

New Beach Bungalow on your lot from $89,800!!  This model is perfect for many small lots in the shore area including Ocean Beach, Lavallette, Ortley and South Seaside Park.

Seaview and Bayview Models: From $149,000 including demolition. These homes are 2-3 bedrooms and 2 baths and suitable for 40-60 foot wide lots. Call 609 693 8881 for details.

Is your home improvement contractor or new home builders willing to provide a turn-key project? This business is 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 will remain as one of the best, solid companies in the years to come. This matters to you because 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 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 in process or being started.

Need to Phone a Friend? Need a Rescue? Scheduling for 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.

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, November 14th, 2018). Email Kathy at kmdotoli611@aol.com or call her office at 732 228 7534 for a copy of her seminar presentation or see her at our seminar.

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, in a private wooded setting. Anticipated opening in spring / summer 2018.

Dream on the Forked River: 42 new 2-3 bedroom townhomes with garages and private boat slips. Anticipated opening in winter 2018/spring 2019.

If you’re looking for new homes this year or early next year, give us a call and we’ll get you information.

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

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 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 lost occasionally.

Note to All: Though I write this blog and host the Building seminars to help guide homeowners through the maze that is any construction project, Dream Homes does all the work that 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 25 years, we’ve completed over 1650 new homes, 250 elevation & renovation 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 friends. I hope my words help you move forward. As always, call or write with any questions.

Regards,

Vince Simonelli

Dream Homes & Development Corp. (OTCQB: DREM)

Dream Building LLC

New Home Builder #049531

Home Improvement Contractor #13VH09325600

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

Design Center: 2109 Bridge Avenue, Point Pleasant, NJ

Design Center phone: 732 903 7780

Email: vince@dreamhomesltd.com

Website: 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

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Dream Homes Ltd – Nearly Famous Rebuilding Blog – 10-2-15 – The Calm Before The Storm, Should You Be Concerned and What Can You Do?

Hello Sandsters –

Hope all is well.

It has been a while since I’ve written but I wanted to pen just a few words today about the impending storm, the chance that it might be another Storm Sandy and preparations you are still be able to make in the next few days before the storm is supposed to hit our area. 

To begin, no one knows much of anything for sure except that we’ll be getting lots of rain. Keeping your windows closed, using an umbrella and wearing a hat are good precautions against that situation.

There are 14 out of 20 predictive models saying the storm will veer east somewhere near Virginia / Maryland, so rain might be the extent of our issues up here at the Jersey Shore. An excellent idea for your sanity is to stop drinking the Weather Disaster Kool Aid until there is something concrete to consider.

In other words, the mass hysteria gripping the Jersey shore may be all for naught. It’s not quite time to evacuate although it might not be a bad idea to get some gas for the generator and stock up on those tasty breakfast sandwiches from Wawa.

That being said, if your house is currently up in the air, there’s not really much that can be done to prevent storm damage, other than doing what we usually do, which is saying quiet prayers. It’s a bit unnerving seeing a house in the air, but the chance of a house falling or becoming dislodged from the cribbing structure is extremely small. Keep in mind that the average home weighs 40 + tons, so there is a tremendous amount of weight concentrated on the temporary support structure holding it down. It is very unlikely to shift unless one of the crib stacks is undermined in some way. If there is a trench dug within 2 feet of a cribbing stack which will allow water to flow and erode the ground, that could potentially be an issue, but otherwise if the house was correctly braced in the first place, rain and modest wind will not affect it adversely.

If there is a trench for a concrete footing or other reason, simply make sure the water has no place to run and just fills the trench, so there is no chance of erosion. Unless there is an earthquake (highly unlikely in central and southern New Jersey) or winds in excess of 100 mph (a Category 2 hurricane, which is also extremely unlikely), as long as there is no chance of the cribbing eroding or collapsing, your house should be fine.

However, there is still a risk of damage from wind-borne debris, which can do much greater harm than anything else. The most sensible precaution is to secure any loose objects around your property. We spent the day doing this and will continue tomorrow on all of our projects. This list includes lawn furniture, pieces of wood or plywood, general debris and small watercraft like kayaks, paddleboards, canoes and their associated stuff (paddles, oars, floats, etc). Even winds of 50 mph, which is 16 mph less than a Category 1 hurricane, can be dangerous if loose items become airborne. Keep in mind that the single largest risk during a storm event is the house envelope being penetrated and water and wind being able to come in. If the windows, walls and roof are not breached during a storm, there is little chance of a catastrophic structural failure.

Sandsters, I hope this helps calm some nerves and I wish you good luck. Statistically, the odds are that there will be no significant storm event and we will all be fine, although possibly a little soggy from the rain. 

If we can help in anyway or answer any questions, please don’t hesitate to call, text or email.

Take care and stay well Sandsters. 

Vince

Dream Homes Ltd.

Atlantic Northeast Construction LLC

Licensed NJ New Home Builder &

Home Improvement Contractor

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