• A & H Properties

    WE ARE NOT JUST ANOTHER PROPERTY MANAGEMENT COMPANY

    ~We Offer Specialty Building & Site Services~

     

     

    Building jacking and shoring,concrete foundation repair & segmental replacement, septic system installation, septic system replacement, septic system repair, septic system cleaning, septic system pump replacement, high pressure water jetting, land clearing, excavation, house lot exaction, excavation of building foundations, , house and road construction, driveway construction, 203k consultant and more see below for more details

  • What We Do

    Provide you with quality specialty services at an affordable price

    A & H Properties

    Excavation Services

    Foundations, septic systems, drainage, utilities, roads, driveways, site clearing, developments.

    We have the equipment to provide all types of excavation and grading work. Whether it's a small foundation drainage repair or a large four bedroom septic system, we get the job done.

    Jacking

    Camps, houses, dwelling sections, cottages, sheds

    We have many types of jacking equipment to get the job done. We have lifted camps, placed new foundation walls and lifted specific sections of old homes to level the floors. No matter what the dwelling size we can lift it.

    Foundation

    Crack repair, water proofing, new foundation / frost walls, shoring

    A & H can repair large cracks or crumbling foundations. We repair cracks with a special crack injection system and over coat spauling or crumbling foundations walls. Need a broken or field stone foundation replaced we do that too. Whether you have an interior or exterior foundation water problem we can waterproof it.

    Inspection & Consulting

    Certified septic inspections, foundation inspections, crawl space inspections, FHA inspection, 203K consulting,

    We provide a state issued septic report to all certified septic inspectors in Maine A & H uses the latest and greatest technology to conduct our inspections. We are licensed through HUD to consult on 203K Projects, we are certified through the EPA to conduct and oversee lead abatement. We are also able to do first and final FHA loan inspections or renovations. We are certified through the state of maine for septic inspection, installations, and errosion control.

    High Pressure Water Jetting

    Clogged drain or laterals on your septic field

    We can clean a dirty septic absorption field pipe filled with sludge to help restore regular function and fluid flow. Need to free up a clogged line A & H can do that to. Roots in the inlet or outlet piping we can remove those to with jetting. Frozen drainage pipes? We can help with that two.

    Pipe videoing and Locating

    Locating and viewing of septic piping, septic tank or a distribution box

    We can camera pipes to determine there condition. A & H also has the capabilities using the latest technology to locate were the problem lies. This limits the repair to one location and rather than having to excavate the entire pipeline or filed or system.

  • Who We Are

    We're a team of professionals with an owner working in the field, not just sitting in the office

    Teague Adams

    Owner / Operations Manager

    Teague attended Wentworth Institute of Technology where he obtained a BS degree in Civil Engineering. He started his career as a field engineer for a large site work company in Maine for several years. After working in the layout and constructions of major roads and highways Mr. Adams moved on to become a Project Manager for a large Massachusetts based company operating in Southern Maine. While working there he oversaw school building projects, hospital renovations, new college dorms, and masonry restoration of private high schools to say a few. Looking for more challenges, Teague then joined a reputable Geo Technical and materials testing firm in central Maine. After five years of overseeing rock coring on wind tower projects, testing and inspecting concrete, reinforcing steel, masonry, soils, steel beams & column connections and hot mixed asphalt. He opened his own business in 2007 specializing in home & septic inspection, excavation, foundation repair & waterproofing, and jacking, shoring of residential buildings and camps.

  • Common Questions

    * Can't I just jack the building myself with a bottle Jack?

    Know the correct location layout and load points to jack are critical to not doing damage to the building during jacking. Sometimes spot jacking can be done, but it’s much riskier that an entire building lift. Bottle jacks have many good uses, but if you don't know how to use them correctly in the work you’re doing there could be HUGE consequences.

    * Why can't I just use lally column jacks to temp suport my house while I replace a cracked foundation wall?

    There are many types of lally column supports and may types of material they are made out of. Lally column jacks are usually used in two ways. To support main carrying beams and are incorporated into the original foundation design as a permanent item or bought after the fact to support a sagging main carrying beam. The jacks we use are specifically for temporary use and hold far more weight than a regular lally column jack due to the type of application we use them for, like holding up entire floors of houses to replace a foundation wall.

    * Why should I use a professional to Jack or repair or replace my foundation?

    Anyone can jack or repair a foundation. It takes a professional with years of training, in design and field experience given you specific application to do the repair correctly without causing further damage or having issues with the work over time. A & H Properties has individuals who have had specialized training and experience in Geotechnical Engineering and deep foundation design, Civil Engineering and composition of soils and soil loading, Structural engineering and concrete composition and structure designs.

    * Why should I hire this company for septic installation when there are several out there.

    We take the time to work with our clients and there specific location on what type of system might be a good fit for their area. We have a good relationship with site evaluators that listen to what we have found in soil investigation or the lay out of the land that could aid them in their type of design to keep the cost down for our clients and give them the best quality outcome. We are certified in Maine to inspect septic systems and install them. Some of our staff has had extensive site evaluator soil evaluation and training in the laws in main governing the design and installation of the system. We try to be conservative with the work that needs to be done. If your tank is in good condition why replace it if the leach field is what's failing.

    * Wouldn't it be cheaper if I started the work or did parts of the work.

    It might be cheaper for you up front but it won't help you in the long term. There are certain ways things need to be done or prepped before installation or repair work needs to be completed. Almost all professionals stay up to date on new techniques and code compliance ways to install items in their field of work. If something is prepped wrong or missed in the entire scope of work, not only is the contractor held accountable he may have missed what someone else has done and compromised the longevity of the repair or installation. Your professional contractor could also save you money with quicker ways to do things or not needing to do some of the work you may think needs to be done to complete the work.

  • 203K Consultants Role in Maine

    The 203k Consultant’s Role in Maine

    The Consultant’s role is to review and verify the accuracy of the contractor’s estimates and ensure that all required repairs are completed. They do not make a decision about which repairs should or should not be made.

    The Consultant’s first task during the loan process is to perform an initial property inspection. If the homeowner is unfamiliar with repairs required by FHA guidelines, they should involve the Consultant as soon as possible. If the borrower has a good grasp of what is needed, the Consultant can be brought in after the contractor has submitted bid(s).

    The Consultant is also responsible for obtaining signed Lien Waivers during draw inspections, to be sure that sub-contractors have been compensated correctly and to protect the homeowner from mechanic’s liens. If you are not happy with the quality of the work, the Consultant will request that the contractor correct any issue prior to payment.

    Teaming up with a FHA 203k Consultant

    With the amount of moving parts involved in successfully closing a 203k loan on time, the designated 203k Loan Consultant is a key player on your Rehab Loan Team.

    The following bullets highlight the main responsibilities your 203k Loan Consultant will be paying close attention to prior to your loan closing:

    1) Initial Consultation

    If you choose your HUD 203k Consultant prior to writing an offer, your Consultant can help you make an informed decision before you buy. The Consultant is not a home inspector, but they can make an onsite visit and provide an idea of potential rehab costs and FHA requirements, which may allow you to negotiate a better purchase price.

    Establish whether or not the borrower has a contractor. Review all mandatory disclosures and educate the client so they are more knowledgeable about the process. In addition to helping a borrower find a contractor, a good Consultant will also review forms the borrower will be required to sign at the close, including:

    • Consultant Agreement
    • Borrower’s Acknowledgement
    • Borrowers Acceptance of Conditions
    • Rehabilitation Agreement
    • Homeowner/Contractor Agreement
    • Self Help Agreement

    2) Initial Property Inspection

    If the property is already under contract, your HUD 203k Consultant will perform a site visit and feasibility analysis to determine FHA-required repairs, and gain an understanding of upgrades and modifications the client desires. A good Consultant will be familiar with property values, and with the type of improvements that enhance a home’s value. These suggestions can assist the homebuyer with establishing an excellent equity position once the renovation is complete.

    At this time, the Consultant will complete a limited property inspection report, also know as the 203k Program Compliance Report, designed to identify property defects that will require repair to bring the property to FHA’s Minimum Property Standards (MPS) https://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/program_offices/housing/ramh/mps/mhsmpsp

    The Consultant will also input the buyer’s list of requested, additional repair or remodel items, such as new flooring or the addition of dual pane windows.

    3) FHA 203(k) Lender Write-Up

    A scope of work document is created by the Consultant for contractor’s bid specifications. This document describes the entire project in clear, unambiguous detail so all contractors bid the same list of required repair and remodel items.

    The Contractor uses the Scope of Work Contractor Bid Package to provide the homebuyer with a detailed bid that reflects the total cost of improvements, including labor and materials. The Consultant will negotiate with contractors, thereby helping the borrower get the most out of the repair budget.

    Next, your HUD 203k Consultant will prepare a detailed description of the property repairs needed for your lender. The Write-up will include the borrower’s desired upgrades, as well as what will be required to satisfy the lender, FHA and building code compliance. The Work Write-up will include detailed line item descriptions and pricing, and will be prepared with the homebuyer’s budget in mind. Although the HUD 203k Consultant does not decide how much the buyer should pay for upgrades, they do have primary responsibility for establishing a basic value for the renovations.

    Once the bid specs are complete and a cost projection is calculated by the Consultant, the specs are reviewed by the borrower for corrections, deletions, or additions.

    4) Prepare Contractor Bid Packages

    Once the Work Write-up is reviewed and approved by the borrower, a final written estimate, called a Scope of Work, is created to provide Contractors with a bid package. A well-done scope of work will help contractors return the best bid possible. Your HUD 203k Consultant will prepare detailed Contractor packages that will help bring in better bids – and help YOU make a better decision about which Contractor is right for you and your project.

    The final bid specifications are submitted to experienced renovation contractor(s), who ideally have been identified early in the process. Bid(s) are returned to the Consultant.

    5) Work Write Up

    The Consultant now prepares the Work Write Up required by the lender to order the appraisal and process the loan. This consists of a summary page, the contracts listed in Step 1, and any Architectural Exhibits, which are documents that may include a sketch of the building if a wall is being relocated, or plat map showing an existing septic or well.

    6) Facilitate Contractor Relationships

    The HUD 203k Consultant will work directly with your Contractor and Lender to be sure you receive the quality work you deserve. The Consultant is also responsible for obtaining signed Lien Waivers during draw inspections, to be sure that sub-contractors have been compensated correctly and to protect the homeowner from mechanic’s liens. If you are not happy with the quality of the work, the Consultant will request that the Contractor correct any issue prior to payment. In addition, your HUD 203k Consultant will ensure all times that enough funds remain to complete the project.

    Did You Know?
    A rehab loan can be used for a purchase or refinance, and you do not have to be a first-time homebuyer to use it.

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