Thanks to all of you who have reached out to wish us well during the aftermath of Sandy. We so appreciate your good thoughts coming our way. Our office is open and fully operational and has been since Saturday, November 10th, just days after the storm. We are thrilled that our building sustained no damage and because we are a fully electric structure, we are able to operate as per usual.   Even though 3/4 of our agents who live on LBI year round were displaced, we are back at work and here to help in any way we can.        Many of you have asked about the status of your vacation rental home. We are in the process of gathering that information right now. We have reached out to our homeowners and asked that they keep us informed as to the extent of any damage as well as to the repair schedule. We have heard from a number of owners whose properties were not damaged at all! As we hear that news, we are personally inspecting each of the homes to make sure the properties are fully accessible. Once we know that, we will begin writing leases for the 2013 season. Some of this will take time. If a property did sustain damage, owners need to be contacted by an insurance adjuster, estimates need to be gathered for repairs and the work needs to be scheduled.        We are very confident we will have a 2013 summer season and that all of our rental homes will be back to normal in time for spring. Unlike our neighbors to the north, our infrastructure is in good shape. New Jersey Natural Gas is making their way down the island and expects they will have gas restored to the entire island, with the exception of Holgate, by December 1st. The roadways in Holgate sustained more damage so that area will take a bit longer.        Some positive thoughts – Businesses are beginning to slowly open their doors. As you first come on to LBI, CVS and 7-11 are operational. Captain Johns Diner in Ship Bottom as well as the California Grill in Beach Haven Terrace opened their doors this past weekend. (Thank goodness, food is available for those of us working on LBI!) Also, the Engleside Bar/Restaurant in Beach Haven is now open.        If you have any specific questions, do not hesitate to contact us. We hope to see you soon on LBI!
We understand you are all anxious to start rebuilding.  Our Claims and Insurance people have been working as quickly as possible to get the thousands of claims processed from Hurricane Sandy.  An Adjustor will be in contact but please remember it could be more than a week from the time you submit your claim before you are contacted. Priority is being given to those properties that were the primary residence of families and they are currently do not have a place to live Feel free to contact us at any point and we can try to answer all your questions. Here are some tips on what you can do in the mean time:
  • Make sure your property is safe to enter.
  • Be sure to use Gloves and mask to keep you healthy
  • Shut off electric and gas mains so you don’t have issues when they come on again
  • Take as many pictures as possible before doing any work
  • Write down an inventory of damaged items
  • You can remove any wet things such as carpet and furniture, Just Do Not throw anything out
  • Keep everything someplace safe on the property
  • You can do what you need to to make your property safe and prevent further damage, particularly from Mold – If you need to remove sheet rock and insulation, once again do not throw it out
  • Make sure you throw away everything thing that has been in the freezer/refrigerator
If you get a contractor for Anything:
  • Keep your receipts
  • Make sure they have a New Jersey license to do business
  • If they do not have an NJ license number then Insurance will most likely not reimburse
  • We have a list of licensed contractors here
 

Make sure you ask for a contractors New Jersey license # and verify they are licensed by the state before letting them do work on your damaged home. 

Get a written estimate before starting the work and you will need all receipts for Insurance. Do Not pay cash or write a check made out to Cash – always make the check payable to the Company doing work.

Below is a list of area licensed contractors for when you need them:

General Contracting/Carpentry

  • Walters Homes     609-607-8295
  • Scott Peraria Builders    609-494-1100
  • Thomas Keller Builder     609-494-2215
  • Mark Davies   609-494-9382
  • Crest Construction     609-698-2122
  • Tool Construction     609-492-2006
  • Larry Bracco     609-607-8380
  • Quinn Builders     609-978-2424
  • JM Seddon Contracting     609-492-3707
  • Eastern Shore Carpentry     609-602-0461
  • Eastern Bay Construction     609-384-6185
  • JDM Andrews     609-978-8855
  • Chris Condello     267-228-5863
  • Ed Hillier Construction        609-713-0383
  • Kevin Webb     609-607-8295
  • Bill Tromm Home Improvements     609-492-2185
  • Dom Ross Jr.     609-597-3900
  • Sutter Enterprises     609-294-0338
  • Chuck Cometa & Son    609-978-0142
  • Dean Theuret     609-296-0762
  • L&M Builders     609-709-7070
  • David Leonetti     609-713-6404
  • Seasoned Solutions    609-597-6575
  • Joseph Ryan Carpentry     609-492-6217
  • Sal Cusimano     609-597-2095
  • Tradewinds Builders     609-290-4081
  • JC Konnor Maintenance/Remodling     609-709-1937
  • Chris Condell – Homes & Renovations     267-228-5863
  • Gouveia Construction   609-698-2430
  • Heritage Home Design     973-746-4358
  • Progressive Dimensions (Countertops)    732-244-0109

Plumbing/Heating 

  • Mike Carey Plumbing     609-597-0619
  • Walt McCollum     609-597-1414
  • Lummino Plumbing     609-597-8188
  • DK Sledzik     732-349-0389
  • T&S Plumbing     609-693-6050
  • Phil’s Heat Wave     609-548-0999
  • BTU Control Corp.     732-367-3232
  • Joseph H. Roberts     609-693-2457
  • Ernest & Jason Fey     609-597-5915
  • Precision Plumbing and Heating    609-978-1210

Electricians +++++++++

  • Dave’s Electric     609-361-0236
  • Lou’s Electric     609-978-6530
  • The Electrical Connection     609-971-6761
  • Nevron Electric     732-288-9494
  • Muzyka Electric     609-492-0088
  • Greg Reick     609-698-2408

Flooring – Carpet ++++++++++++

  • American Flooring     609-597-7551

Misc. +++++

  • Meticulous Landscaping     609-971-8551
  • Custom Painting – (All Ocean County)  973-790-7477
  • Bay Avenue Plant Company     609-709-7070  

Engineering/Surveying ++++++++++++++++

  • Innovative Engineering     732-449-0099
  • Bernard Surveying     856-691-1982
  • Conover-Jackson Surveying    609-266-0173
  • Ragan Land Surveying     732-280-7000
  • George Lucas PLS     732-591-1289
  • Consulting & Municipal Engineers     732-462-7400 or 732-727-8000

Document Restoration 

  • Alternative Micrographics     609-971-7766

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