Mindy’s Basement not to code – Testimonial

Basement Stairs - before

Basement Stairs – before

Basement Stairs - after

Basement Stairs – after


Anthony La Puma and his team at Dream Builderz are, in my opinion, as good as it gets. After concerns arose regarding the integrity of the main beam during home inspections, I called Dream Builderz to see if they had someone available to send for a second opinion and to get a quote that we could use during closing to perhaps get a credit towards the repairs. Anthony picked up his cell phone, while on vacation!, and told me that while he couldn’t get to the house, he had someone in mind and he would send me a text. Sure enough, he texted me with one of his contractors phone numbers and the next day, I was able to set up an appointment for the contractor to inspect the beam. He gave his opinions and we used those opinions to get a credit for repairs at closing. Fast forward a month… Our home insurance company sent an adjuster out to inspect the house after we purchased a plan. Everything was great…except the stairs leading down to the basement. We were told that we had to have the stairs rebuilt, to code, by a certain date. Well, crap. Welcome to owning a home! The first person on my list to call was Anthony La Puma. He had been so kind to me (again, I reiterate that he helped me out while he was on vacation) while other construction companies I had called just never called me back. Within an hour of messaging him, he had called and made arrangements to come out to the house to look at the stairs and the beam. We figured, let’s just bundle the work and get it all done at once. Anthony showed up, right on time, inspected the beam and the stairs and then walked us through what he expected the work to entail. He didn’t gloss over any of the hard truths, he told us all his thoughts, took measurements, was a pleasure to speak with and said he’d be back to us with a quote in about a week. The quote came in two days…and seemed to be on target with everything he described so we went ahead and signed a contract with him. Within days of receiving our deposit, Anthony had set up a 2 man crew to come and do the work. He emailed us with the expected timeline for both the lumber delivery and when the men would show up onsite. The 2 guys were great. They sealed off our living room and kitchen so that the sawdust coming up from the basement wouldn’t effect the entire house. They were efficient, effective and very conscientious of their work. The stairs look amazing and I have peace of mind now that I know our main beam has been reinforced. I would hire Dream Builderz for other construction on our house in a second!

By: Mindy L., East Weymouth, MA
On: Yelp, 05/28/2015

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