Reflections On The Year That Was Sandy
It’s a couple days late, but I just realized that I can’t run a site called RebuildNewJersey.com and not write a blog post about the one year mark since Sandy.
One year ago, few of us were on a computer or doing any type of work. We were still sifting through the mess and trying to figure what the hell just happened.
A year later, certain areas are still a mess, but we’ve made a lot of progress.
Most of the out-of-state contractors are back home now, ripping off their own neighbors.
We’re still here working hard and helping people put their homes and lives back together. It’s easy to forget, especially for those living inland, that there are still people living in motels or in their friends’ basements. Countless others still haven’t begun the rebuilding process, still figuring out their options for getting money, determining whether they can rebuild, and how to do it most efficiently.
I get phone calls and emails almost daily from homeowners who are just beginning the rebuilding process and who are looking for the right information. Contractors have taken on entirely new roles, acting as advisers and guiding people through the oft confusing process of financing, permitting, demolishing, raising, remediating, building, remodeling, and more.
And this is the exact reason I started Rebuild New Jersey on March 1 – as a hub for connecting homeowners and business owners with reliable local contractors.
Eight months later, there are over 250 contractors on the site with dozens of different specialties. You’re the contractors who have dug in and will be helping homeowners for many years to come.
Thank you all for being a part of Rebuild New Jersey.
Our network is strong now, and much of that strength comes from contractors connecting with and working with one another. I’m seeing more experienced contractors working with younger contractors, GCs forming new relationships with subcontractors, and people getting together to share their unique expertise. So, make it a point to get involved. Go to the website and browse the different contractors. Or check out our Facebook page, which has become a good, interactive forum.
Also, if you’ve gotten work or made valuable connections from RNJ, let me know. It’s positive feedback that keeps me doing this. Two quick examples…
This morning, I received an email from a contractor in Brick who landed a project with another contractor on Rebuild New Jersey, and now he’s building this awesome deck.
And a demo contractor in Toms River is going to be featured on ABC’s 20/20 television show in November because the research team at ABC found an article he wrote on our website. How cool is that?! More details on that next week…
One last thing – if there’s any feature, service, or idea you would like me to add to the website or the community, just hit reply to this email and let me know. This site is built entirely on feedback from you, so don’t be shy!
That’s all for today. Enjoy this beautiful weather.