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"It was beyond thorough. I will never have to worry about it again as he fixed everything. I now have a sold exterior as well as a beautiful interior. I was able" to live in this house while the repairs were being made. They moved my kitchen upstairs so I could cook. They were so neat that I was able to live in my space for the 8 months it took to repair. (pictures attached)

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came out right away to make a detailed assessment of the roof and deck and offered several strategies for creating a ditch to channel water" to the drain . However our schedules didn't align to compete the work at this time, but I wanted to write a review based on his professionalism, knowledge and assessment on how the roof would be fixed. I enjoyed his perspective and would have been happy with his quality craftsmanship. His prices were beyond reasonable for the quality workmanship he offered. Thank you again for taking the time.

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Todd said it best.

An itemized list / cost breakdown, more often than not is used against the contractor when it is shared with other builders who will then beat it.

Good contractors use good people, and good people cost more.  Just the cost of having the appropriate insurance / bond can be the difference between winning a job or losing it ot a 'lower bid'.

It is the rule of three; there is Good, Cheap and Fast.  You can have any two:  Good and Cheap, won't be Fast; Good and Fast, won't be Cheap;  Cheap and Fast, won't be Good!

When comparing bids, it isn't the cheapest or the 'nicest' person you should select.   You should understand why there is a large price difference (it shows there are gaps in your design program or what you have asked for specifically, which means there may be arguments later).  If most of the bids are in line, and one is way high or way low,  you want to know why before dismissing or selecting them.

A price-only decision almost always costs more in the long run. 

Good luck!

No.  Heck no.  Here's a good example.  We very recently needed to find someone to install about 500 square feet of exotic wood flooring (we already have the materials).  We contacted about 12-15 top-rated Angieslist contractors.  Out of the few who did get back to us, we got 5 quotes, 2 of them were literally just over the phone.  They "didn't feel it would be necessary to even see the space". 


Here were the bids: 

$4000 (sight unseen), $2800 (sight unseen), $2500, $1500, $1450


We didn't "share our budget for this".  Why would we?  We asked them to bid the job.  That's it.  All of them should be well-qualified and they are all highly rated.  We were interested in how THEY value their time/resources - for an apples/apples job. 


Do you still think that you should tell them about your budget?  Your choice.  From my standpoint it isn't their business.  I'm asking them to bid on a project.  Invariably I'll get some very high bids, medium bids and a few more reasonable ones - ALL from "highly rated contractors". 


Herlonginc's answer stated that it is not the contractor's job to pay for materials and labor to do the job. I say baloney - a reputable, established contractor has the funds (or a business operations line of credit) to "carry" the job between interim or partial payments, each of which should be keyed to completion of distinct easily measured mileposts in the job, and for a homeowner I would say should be in not more than 20% increments for jobs exceeding a week or so. For shorter jobs, then an initial payment, 50% completion, and completion would be normal. His cost of carry funds is part of his cost of doing business, and is figured as part of his overhead.Bear in mind when he is buying materials and paying labor, his materials he typically pays for on a 10-30 day invoice, and his labor typically a week or two after they work, so he is not really "fronting" that much money if you are giving him weekly or biweekly interim payments, on a typical residential job.

If he does not have the funds to buy materials (excepting possibly deposit on special-order or luxury items, which still typically are 10-30 day invoiceable to him) and hire personnel then he is a fly-by-night operation, and he should not be bidding that size job. You should never (other than MAYBE an earnest deposit of not more than the LESSER of 10% or $5000) let the payments get ahead of the approved/inspected work progress - typically payment should be 10-20% BEHIND the progress, with at least 10% retained at the effective end of work until final inspections and completion of the final "punchlist".

That promotes rapid continuation of the work, discourages the all-too common nightmare of contractors taking on more work than they can handle so they leave your job for weeks or months to go work on someone else's job (frequently to start that someone else's new job so he can get the job), and does not leave you out a tremendous amount of cash if he does not finish and you have to hire another contractor to finish the job. Remember, if you have to hire a new contractor to finish the job, he will charge you a lot more than the original bid to finish someone else's unfinished mess.

This may seem cynical, but having started in the construction business about 50 years ago and seeing the shenanigans that a lot of contractors pull you cannot be too safe. You have to remember contractors are like any other people - I would say maybe 10% are outright crooks, another 25% or so will pull a fast one or overcharge if the opportunity presents itself, maybe 30% will do the work but not any better than they are forced to, about 25% are good conscientious reputable workmen, and the last 10% or so are really spectacular - conscientious, fair, and efficient craftsmen. This top 35% are the only ones you should have bidding in the first place. Therefore, only get bids from long-term reputable firms (so you shake out the marginal short-timers with less experience and also generally less ability to finish the job on budget and schedule), only those that have good RECENT references, and preferably with excellent word-of-mouth recommendation from people you know and trust. That way, you are starting right off with the cream of the crop, so hopefully whichever one bids low should be a good choice.

NEVER start with bids, then check the references of the low bidder - why even consider a vendor or contractor who you do not have faith in from the start ? Get references and short-list you possibles BEFORE you ask for bids.

Low bids - that is another matter - commonly the low bidder is NOT who you want, especially if he is significantly lower than several others, which might mean he is desperate for work, made a math error, or did not correctly figure the entire scope of work. You want a reasonable bid with someone you connect with and trust - that is worth a lot more in the success of the job than the absolute lowest bid.


For this type of job, you need plans and specs from an Architectural/Engineering firm before thinking about contractors - and to get a building permit. Ben's method would work and done incrementally could cost well over $100,000 plus as he says, but this not really the most economic way to approach this big a job. A House Mover or Foundation Underpinning specialty company can usually slide your house onto a whole new foundation, or jack it up on steel beams and hold it there while a basement is dug underneath it, without any intermediate piers. The jacking/move cost would probably be on the order of $30-40,000, and a new basement probably about $40-50,000 - rough ballpark, though I have been involved in some 1000-1500SF single story jobs that went for under $70,000 total. I have been involved in a fair number of these type jobs - and the way the numbers come out, if there is room on the property to move the house, it is almost always nearly as cheap or cheaper to build an equivalent square footage (basement plus ground level) addition rather than add a basement under the house, and that way your new footage is half above ground so worth more on resale, plus you do not lose use of the house for a month or two. Second cheapest is usually sliding house to a new foundation, if property is large enough to do this - though house is totally cut off from utilities for a week to three. Most expensive, and usually only done in tight city environments or with full 2 story or higher houses, is adding the foundation in place, though your utility interruptions should be on the order of hours at a time rather than days or weeks. Talk to an architect - I think you will quickly lean towards the addition option rather than adding a basement - it is just too expensive to deepen foundations in most cases, plus you WILL get cracking in the house and possible water and sewer pipe problems in a move/underpinning job, which is not the case with an addition. This become more likely the case since you want to add 8 feet off the back of the home anyway - so why not just enlarge the addition and do it all that way - MUCH simpler, and MUCH less disruption of your life, and you get much higher resale return on your investment.

Remodeling reviews in Chicago


repaired and replaced and brought electrical up to code by doing necessary piping, replaced burnt out box detached and re-attached electrical, removed and installed new doors, bars and locks.

I have emailed, written a letter and repeatedly called Mr.
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. He continues to repeat that 1) I use bulbs in the bathroom fixture that do not fit the fixture correctly and does not deal with the loose fixture cover and 2) I am to purchase paint for a job that I paid for in full and has not been correctly completed. As of 2 weeks ago, he does not return my calls. The first job should be covered by the two year warranty and the second has just not been completed afte 9 months.
Service cost: Bathroom remodeling, $23000; garage window and door, $1600.
- Ruth L.

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is by far the best contractor that we've ever used from both a quality and value standpoint. Very courteous the whole time, does great work, and does not waste your time or money. Without question our #1 choice for any work on our home or rental property. No surprise he books up quickly.
- John B.

We decided to use this contractor because he had installed a similar outdoor patio ceiling in another unit in our building.
Because an example already existed there wasn't much need to communicate our specs for the project so that part of the project went fine. Installation which was done in 2013 appeared to go well. I think it may have taken a day or two longer than originally proposed (what construction project doesn't?). The installation appeared fine aesthetically.
The following season (one year later) there was considerable warping between the boards which were installed in a
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and groove fashion (similar to hardwood flooring). There was so much warping that in many areas the boards created an inverted "V" shape which looked awful.
We brought this to the attention of
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(the Owner) in 2014 and he said it's normal and that the warping might vary a bit with the humidity. We agreed to keep an eye on it but brought it to his attention again later in the season. Mind you the other unit which was installed several years before ours does not have these problems.
This year, 2015, (now two years post installation) pieces of the ceiling (boards) have fallen off and the ceiling is actually pulling away from the mounting along the sides. It looks really bad -- as if it were 20 years old.... We contacted him three times by text over several weeks and he finally got back to us and agreed to come take a look. His website claims he is very responsive... This has not been our experience with this project.
He said he's not sure why there are leaks between the seams and he said he'd repair the warping boards for another $500! We paid $8,000 for this project. Obviously this man does not stand by his work!
- Rick S.

Teled provider for cost estimate appointment and spoke to young woman named
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. She attempted to identify exact location of service request. After further attempts to locate our whereabouts,
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asked if she could call me back in a few moments explaining that she needed to check with the "assignment manager" to ensure that the company did service as far south as we resided. No one ever returned my call. I did suggest that the company needed to update their profile to specifically identify their service area only covers northern Chicago and surrounding northern suburbs. as
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did express her uncertainty that the company went to the south side of the city.
- Johnny L.

When you read this company's description on Angie's List, you'll see: Our motto is "what would I do if it was my own home".
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sticks to their motto. We had interviewed several companies before we selected this one.
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J. the owner spent a lot of thought and time discussing and understanding our needs before presenting us with an estimate at a very reasonable and affordable price. While the work was being done, they were very respectful of our time and space (the job took about a month), always being on time and sometimes working extra hours to move things along.
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communicated well, often coming up with better ideas on how to solve issues and to create the best space possible for us. He even did some extra work creating custom solutions for us which was much appreciated. At all times, this company's work exceeded our expectations. In fact, we almost feel like
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is family now! We are having J-
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back again to update our bathrooms and are looking forward to the same quality service and outcome. We feel pretty lucky to have found J-
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and we would highly recommend this company to anyone who is looking for quality and reliability.
- Monique D.

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was easy to contact and visited our home the same day to calculate estimate. He followed up punctually with an e-mail on he estimate costs. Still on the fence about the project, might choose him.
- Gina R.

I had shopped around before settling on
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. I was attracted by their competitive price and existing accolades. I had previously use them for a bathroom design so the transition was seamless. The company enlarged the master bathroom.They installed a dual vanity, replaced floor and fixtures and converted the tub to a walk in shower. The renovation took longer than I had anticipated. Some of the delays were due to scheduling conflict, waiting for municipal inspections and, the weather. One of the features of the project was a skylight. This was a major feature and the last thing to be finished. The skylight illuminated the area that, previously had no natural light. Definitely worth the wait, this part of the
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had to be done when the weather was reasonably hospitable. In all fairness I have to take some responsibility for the delays. The trades men were professional and efficient. My indecisiveness when selecting some of the finishings prolonged the process.
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,the project manager was patient. He offered his vision for the project, made sure I understood and, was on board with everything. He solicited my input throughout the project and addressed all of my concerns.
- valerie B.

Remodeling Contractors in Chicago

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Yahu Construction Co

7923 Windsor Dr

Yamane Development LLC

3317 W Irving Park

Yellow Square Corporation

1024 Arcady Dr
Lake Forest

Your Chicagoland Remodeling

12822 Carriage Ln

Your Dream Cleaning Inc

597 Gordon Ave
Calumet City

Your Handyman

418 White Oak Dr.

Your Handyman

995 Willow St

Your Handyman

704 Sutton Circle

Yourway Construction Co

17021 Magnolia Dr.
Hazel Crest

Z K Roofing & Construction

730 Brown Ave

z remodeling,inc

5922 W 64th Pl


801 Oakton St Apt 203
Elk Grove Village


1801 N Bloomington St


Prospect Heights

Zeco Construction Group Inc.

8560 Plainfield Rd.


6850 W. Montrose Ave.
Harwood Heights



ZEO Roofing div. of Zeo Group, Inc.

872 S Milwaukee Ave, #183

ZiDe Enterprises

2113 Red Barn Ct

Ziggy's Painting & Remodeling

105 S. Maple Ln.
Prospect Heights




Park Ridge

Zigman Construction & Remodeling

7115 Hiawatha Dr
Wonder Lake



Zippy Shell Fox Valley

100 Overland Drive
North Aurora



ZM Construction

43247 N. Grandview Terrace



Zolo's Service

P.O.BOX 68112



Zuno Construction Inc

2911 Sierra Ave

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