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REAL ESTATE : TEAR DOWNS

If you ’ re looking at existing houses stock here that do not piece the astrosphere , say the typical home in the $ 1 million dollar plus or minus range , it ’ s likely you ’ ll ask yourself . How do I make this 20-30 year old cape , ranch , traditional suit my taste , style , needs ?

And if like so many people who follow real estate you ’ ve seen numerous TV shows where a homeowner makes over an older house into his dream home you may think it ’ s as simple as slapping a few two by fours together and calling it Casa Mia ! Well folks , it ’ s not that easy . You may have a vision that takes your older home into the 21st century but you ’ re going to need expert help to make that happen .
Adding a room , raising a roof , gutting a kitchen , converting a garage , these are all complex jobs that require a cadre of professionals all generally working under the astute eye of an experienced general contractor . Someone like Jim Naples of EAST BAY BUILDERS . A veteran of the industry for over four decades he ’ s developed a system that maximizes your success while minimizing the inevitable pitfalls which can foul-up any job .
It starts with the estimate . Probably the most important aspect of the job whatever proposal you receive has to be comprehensive , detailed and realistic . That ’ s a kind way of saying if it sounds too good to be true , it probably is . Unfortunately some contactors low-ball a bid just to get your John Hancock on
the bottom line . But by the time you ‘ ve finished with overages and extras that should have been part of the original bid the renovation costs you more than the starting bids from more reputable contactors .
How do you avoid this kind of financial sleight of hand ? “ Read the proposal carefully ,” suggests Jim . “ Ask a lot of questions . Be sure all details are accounted for . Be specific about materials used . For example , are they using Andersen windows , and if so what grade ? Home Depot cabinets or custom ? 3 / 8 ” drywall or ½ ”?” Last but not least , check references . Go see other jobs and how they compare to your own . It ’ s your house , your money , so don ’ t be shy and don ’ t let the cost be your sole reason for hiring anyone .
Once hired you need to know your contractor has the manpower and organization to complete the project in a timely manner . For a new kitchen or bath that would mean a quick demo job and cleanup followed by rough carpentry , basic plumbing and electric , sheet rock and sub-flooring , counter and cabinet installation , trim and fixture installation , painting and trim , final plumbing and electric , appliance install and final touch-up and cleaning . Sounds easy ? But that ’ s a coordinated effort of six different trades moving in and out of one space making the quickest progress with the least disruption to the rest of the home .
Of course any job has its unexpected turns . “ You would be surprised what you find when you open up a wall .” That ’ s when experienced crews like Jim ’ s who have been there , done that , are essential . That takes decades of experience , the kind local professional like East Bay bring to every job .
Of course whether you ’ re adding a deck or a new second story the prospect of renovations makes many uneasy . Tearing apart your dream home isn ’ t for everyone . And the psychic turmoil it brings can be overwhelming . As much as any other reason that ’ s why you need a true professional . Choose wisely and you ’ ll be rewarded with a lifetime ’ s home enjoyment .
For a new home , large or small renovation , call East Bay Builders at 631-731-3030 or go to www . eastbaybuilders . com .

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REAL ESTATE: TEAR DOWNS I f you’re looking at existing houses stock here that do not piece the astrosphere, say the typical home in the $1 million dollar plus or minus range, it’s likely you’ll ask yourself. How do I make this 20-30 year old cape, ranch, traditional suit my taste, style, needs? And if like so many people who follow real estate you’ve seen numerous TV shows where a homeown- er makes over an older house into his dream home you may think it’s as simple as slapping a few two by fours together and calling it Casa Mia! Well folks, it’s not that easy. You may have a vision that takes your older home into the 21st century but you’re going to need expert help to make that happen. Adding a room, raising a roof, gutting a kitchen, converting a garage, these are all complex jobs that require a cadre of professionals all generally work- ing under the astute eye of an experienced general contractor. Someone like Jim Naples of EAST BAY BUILDERS. A veteran of the industry for over four decades he’s developed a system that maximizes your success while minimizing the inevitable pitfalls which can foul-up any job. It starts with the estimate. Probably the most im- portant aspect of the job whatever proposal you re- ceive has to be comprehensive, detailed and realis- tic. That’s a kind way of saying if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Unfortunately some contac- tors low-ball a bid just to get your John Hancock on the bottom line. But by the time you‘ve finished with overages and extras that should have been part of the original bid the renovation costs you more than the starting bids from more reputable contactors. How do you avoid this kind of financial sleight of hand? “Read the proposal carefully,” suggests Jim. “Ask a lot of questions. Be sure all details are ac- counted for. Be specific about materials used. For example, are they using Andersen windows, and if so what grade? Home Depot cabinets or custom? 3/8” drywall or ½”?” Last but not least, check refer- ences. Go see other jobs and how they compare to your own. It’s your house, your money, so don’t be shy and don’t let the cost be your sole reason for hiring anyone. Once hired you need to know your contractor has the manpower and organization to complete the project in a timely manner. For a new kitchen or bath that would mean a quick demo job and clean- up followed by rough carpentry, basic plumbing and electric, sheet rock and sub-flooring, counter and cabinet installation, trim and fixture installation, painting and trim, final plumbing and electric, appli- ance install and final touch-up and cleaning. Sounds easy? But that’s a coordinated effort of six different trades moving in and out of one space making the quickest progress with the least disruption to the rest of the home. Of course any job has its unexpected turns. “You would be surprised what you find when you open up a wall.” That’s when experienced crews like Jim’s who have been there, done that, are essential. That takes decades of experience, the kind local profes- sional like East Bay bring to every job. Of course whether you’re adding a deck or a new second story the prospect of renovations makes many uneasy. Tearing apart your dream home isn’t for everyone. And the psychic turmoil it brings can be overwhelming. As much as any other reason that’s why you need a true professional. Choose wisely and you’ll be rewarded with a lifetime’s home enjoyment. For a new home, large or small renovation, call East Bay Builders at 631-731-3030 or go to www. eastbaybuilders.com. TWO LOCALLY OWNER AND OPERATED FIRMS WITH A SINGLE MISSION Providing you with the most professional, effi cient and reliable plumbing service on the East End. Over a decade’s experience providing top-of-the-line HVAC service to commercial and residential clients on the South Fork. Specializing in Off ering: Modern Bath Design Tankless Hot Water Systems High End Gas Boilers Sediment Water Filters Outdoor Showers Servicing Existing Systems Installation and Repair Oil Tank Installation 24 Hour Emergency Service Fair Prices 100% Guarantee 11 Flamingo Avenue - Montauk 631-668-8599 www.montaukplumbing.net 20 16th Street - East Hampton 631-965-6289 www.actionairhamptonsli.com SERVING M DTD4UDDwwrFVƖfR6АVwW7B#rFVFƖfRsP