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Don't get burned by failing to read the fine print of a home remodeling contract. Check out these things every remodeling contract should contain.

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Houston roofing complaint | Contractor claims leaks are coming from plumbing, not roof.

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Homeowner claims property manager hired to oversee roofing work, drywall repair and electrical upgrades allowed contractors to do unsatisfactory and incomplete work.

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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!
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There are two sides to this and everyone will have an opinion.  I can tell you that from a contractor's point of view a customer that is up front with me is much easier to work with and the entire experience is much more pleasurable to all parties involved.  If you treat your contractor like there's always something to hide from him expect the same in return.  A good contractor is going to take your budget into consideration and make recommendations based on that budget.  When possible, he's going to estimate the work 10-20% under your target to leave room for the unexpected.  With any remodeling work, there's always the possibility and likelihood that there will be surprises that will have to be added such as mold damage, improper existing framing, etc.  The cushion allows room for the project cost to grow without going over your budget.  If no problems are found and you decide to spend that money some of the final finishes can be upgraded or other projects added.

Another good arguement for disclosing your budget to your contractor is to save you both some time and aggrevation.  You may have a $10,000 budget and want $30,000 worth of work.  Wouldn't you like to know your desires aren't possible before you get your hopes up or spend money on design fees for plans you can't afford?  Likewise, the contractor doesn't want to put in the hours of calculating the estimate only to find out it was all for nothing or that he has to refigure for a much lower cost after pricing what you specified.

Be fair and honest with your contractor if you expect the same respect in return.  You'll get a lot more out of it with the right contractor.

Todd Shell
Todd's Home Services
San Antonio, TX
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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.

 

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You should always get a set of print and pull a permit when remodeling you home. It is a good thing that you want to be involved in your project. I do have some reservation about the electrical work. There is a lot at risk with doing the work yourself. If the house burns down you will never get the insurance money, unless your a certified electrician. Now of days 90% of home fires are blamed on electrical problems because the insurance company is to lazy and cheap to investigate the true problem. Also find out if the city you live in will allow you to perform the work. Make sure you coordinate your subs to have the proper time and space to perform their job. You don't want people working on top of each other. If you order all you materials make sure everything is there before you start your project. Have your subs check for proper and full items to be installed. Make sure every sub has a working set of prints. Make sure you have all the demo done before your subs show up to work. Schedule your plumber first, do any final framing or electrical work while you wait for inspection. Electrical inspection next followed by framing, insulation, and wallboard. All subs must get a final inspection on the job before you (the GC) can call in your final inspection.
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The answer depends on your contract.  If you do not have a written contract, you need to begin documenting everything.  Begin by using a calendar and marking the days the contractor started, worked, you had to speak to him/her about the work, etc.

Next photograph the work you feel is sub-par.  If work has been corrected, photograph it now to have a record of its condition.  If you have any "original" or "before work began" pictures get those together, too.

If you do have written contract, see what it says about warranties, complaints, failure to finish / comply, etc.  Holding the money may end up with the contractor taking YOU to court for the funds - you cannot just hold the money.  You need to document in writing what is wrong, what you expect to happen (be specific) and when it should happen by.  A good contract will explain if and how money can be held, how the arbitration or complaint is filed, etc.

You should also invite another contractor to come in and bid the work to finish the job.  They can confirm the quality of the work and give you a price to fix / finish the job.  This gives you justification for holding the funds and an option to finish the job.

If the contractor is not willing to fix the work or listen to direction, do not allow them back in the house.  A judge will ask you why you let them continue to do work if you found it unacceptable.  Take back the key or access to the building - you can also attempt holding any materials or tools as collateral if the cost of repair is higher than the amount owed.  Again, document what you are holding, its estimated value (google or ebay search), etc.

Finally, in writing you should fire the contractor and state the exact reason(s).  Document everything; if it is done in person after they leave make notes of what was said, agreed upon and disputed.  If you are satisfied that what you have paid is fair compensation for the work done, make sure this is noted in the letter firing the contractor.  If you feel money is owed, you will need to file a small claim in your local court.  Include the documentation you made, notes, letters, etc. when you file your claim so the judge will have a copy of everything.  Don't forget to contact the BBB.

Do not wait for the court date; go ahead and hire the other contractor and have the work completed.  Bring this invoice to court with you (file it before the court date if you can).  Bring photos of the finished work (again, file it with the court before the date if possible).  You must show what good quality work looks like vs the poor quality work.

Otherwise it will be a your word against the contractor and you will most likely lose, (the contract is a promise to pay for work) or even if you "win" you will most likely split the difference between the argued amount of money.  Also be prepared for the contractor to file a small court claim against you.  Same process as above, except now you will respond to the summons with a copy of your stuff to defend your reason for holding funds instead of asking for money back.

Good luck!
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Yes, you can ask for these items.  Second Century Homes answered your question well - most contractors do not do a break down to prevent haggling on items that shouldn't be part of the discussion.  People sometimes forget to allow the builder to make money. . .  Builders also want the entire job, not the nickle and dime menu selected items - you may find the contractor says "Thanks, but no thanks" if you ask them to remove portions of the work.

The real question is why do you need this break down?  If you are thinking you will do the demo yourself to save money, you can certainly tell your contractor this - but I would be willing to bet once you buy or rent the tools, haul the trash to the correct disposal dump (many trash dumps will not take home building materials anymore) and clean up / prep for the new work - you will have spent more and delayed the project more than just letting the professionals do it. Plus, do not be surprised when they still have to do additional demo work that you didn't know would be needed to complete the job, etc.

Also keep in mind that cutting portions of the work out of the job to do later is not a money saving move.  You will find that the cost for the individual items go up when done seperately - the contractor has to come back multiple times, has to set the equipment back up, possibly pull seperate permits, schedule the work crew / subs, etc.

If you are asking for the break down to compare bids, then again, tell the contractors what numbers you want to see.  If you are doing it because you feel the total price is too high, have a discussion with your contractor; they may be able to suggest ways to save costs, etc.  Ultimately if you know the materail costs, and have the total figure, you can do a pretty good estimate of the percentage for labor and profit in the job.

It is your project and your contract, so you can ask for anything you want on the quote - just be clear on why you want the information so the contractor can work with you.

Good luck!

All Modular Home Remodeling Companies in Detroit, MI

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A to Z Home Remodeling Co.

17601 Roselawn St
Detroit

A to Z Renovation

45331 Northport Dr.
Macomb

A-1 Quality Mobile Home Service

41275 Old Michigan 1 A St
Canton

A-1 ROOFING & SIDING

37838 Seaway Court
Harrison Township

A-Frame Construction

51263 Fischer Park Dr
Shelby Township

A.R.Y. Construction

13 Loza Lane
Belleville

AC & D Contracting

2568 Eaton Gate Rd.
Lake Orion

Advance Restoration

51543 Industrial Dr
New Baltimore

Affordable Property Services, LLC

38070 Mast
Harrison Township

Barnett and Sons Builders

24358 John R Rd
Hazel Park

Barry's Carpentry

21060 Orchard Lake Rd
Farmington

Barry's Carpentry

orchard lake road
Farmington

Bauer Builders Inc.

P.O. Box 121
New Baltimore

Belvedere Construction LLC

6149 Trailside Dr
Washington

Best Choice Business

27406 Sutherland St
Southfield

bl moving&maint services

po box 243
Belleville

Black Forest Building Company/AJ Bellomo Studios

16570 East 12 Mile Rd.
Roseville

Bob Thompson Electric Inc.

Saint Clair Shores

Bradco Painting Inc

619 E Farnum Ave
Royal Oak

Brandin's Quality Drywall

24590 Palmetto Dr
Flat Rock

BROADCO Property Restoration

44700 N.Groesbeck Hwy.
Clinton Twp.

Bruce E Crowley

1732 Heather St
Melvindale

Central Outlet Homes Inc.

8705 Belleville Road
Belleville

CIC INDUSTRIES

6740 CYPRESS
Romulus

Citizens construction

15219 Canberra

CK HOMEWORKS

West Bloomfield

Clark's Courtesy Construction

4318 Braun Road
Saline

COMPO BUILDERS, INC.

42700 W 10 Mile Rd
Novi

Cornyn Construction Company

Commerce Township

Creative Management Group

11534 erdman rd.
Sterling Heights

Custom Millworks

2740 Challen Lane
Ortonville

D A Home Improvement Inc

1128 Eureka Rd
Wyandotte

Dale's Remodeling

54117 Verona Park
Macomb

DBC Company, Inc.

46574 ERB DR
Macomb

DEC General Home Improvement

700 Laird St
Lake Orion

Detroit Roofing Pros

44406 Virgina ct
Clinton Twp

DNA Advanced Renovations

2929 Smith Rd
Fowlerville

DPJ Construction

32490 Sheridan Drive
Beverly Hills

DPJ Construction

32490 Sheridan Drive
Beverly Hills

DRL Construction

135 Blake St
Leonard

Dynamic Construction Co.

54588 Horizon Dr.
Utica

Ecostar Renovations LLC

1050 Wheaton Dr
Troy

Elite Contracting Corp

3160 Eastern Ave Bldg 1
Rochester

ELLIS PAINTING & MAINTENANCE

16500 N PARK DR
Southfield

Emerald Coast Building Company

22534 Eddy Dr.
Macomb

Energy Max Insulation Inc.

3610 Lorena Drive
Waterford

Fireside Hearth & Home

8335 Hall Rd
Utica

FRAZZINI SERVICES

505 W Highland Rd Apt C13
Howell

Fritz Home Builders, Inc.

122 S. Rawles St. Suite 120
Romeo

FULLER CONSTRUCTION

10301 TUTTLE HILL RD
Maybee

Fur Development, Inc.

6501 Greenfield Rd
Detroit

Geppetto Building & Restoration

685 W. Romeo Road
Oakland

GreenHome Energy Specialists LLC.

37895 S Groesbeck Hwy
Clinton Township

Guy Friday Services

6688 Heatheridge
Saline

Handy Andy Services

4133 Saddle Ln
West Bloomfield

Handy Man Can

402 Sherwood St
Holly

Handyman Construction Service Inc.

254 Holmes Rd.
Allenton

Harvard Remodeling Company

42700 loni dr
Sterling Heights

High Point Construction Inc

39162 Wanda Ave
Sterling Heights

Hitchins Amazing Construction

23500 Manor Road North
Belleville

HOME-AIDE RENOVATING & REPAIR

1738 HENBERT CT
West Bloomfield

Homeland Building & Remodeling

P.O. Box 320007
Flint

Homestead Construction

4512 Rochester Rd
Royal Oak

HOUSE DOCTORZ LLC

42235 Yeargo Dr
Sterling Heights

Hubble and Sons

4600 9th street
Ecorse

Husband For A Day Inc

809 Worchester Dr
Fenton

InVision Group, LLC

11795 Bannister Crt

J. G. Hamm Construction

9976 Geraldine St. #179
Ypsilanti

J.E Schlenkert L.L.C.

4285 Stison View Ct.
White Lake

j.EDWARD CONSTRUCTION GROUP

14719 CICOTTE
Allen Park

J.R. And Sons Services

23254 Croft Ave
Flat Rock

Jen Czach Construction LLC

2824 Burdette St
Ferndale

Joe's Home Improvements

7310 Highview
Dearborn Heights

Johny-Built Construction LLC

17156 Kingsbrook Circle
Clinton Township

JP Quality Carpentry

4199 Cornell St
Dearborn Heights

Jusino Concrete

4699 Pardee Ave
Dearborn Heights

Knox Contracting & Home Maintenance, LLC

12232 Greenway Dr.
Sterling Heights

Krol Building Company & Timber Framing

204 Maplewood Ct
South Lyon

L WOOD CONSTRUCTION

30906 ISLAND DR
Rockwood

LA DUKE CONSTRUCTION LLC

1725 Busha Highway
Marysville

Ladder Rack Constuction

10183 S. Stoney Creek
Carleton

LandOne Design/Build Construction Sevices

8855 N Canton Center Rd
Plymouth

Lawrence Plumbing

6120 Evanswood Rd
Troy

Liebenow Construction LLC

64190 Campground Rd
Washington

Lotus Services

Southfield

LVM Architecture & Planning, LLC

15126 Woodworth
Redford

M T CHARGOT BUILDING CO

22510 HOOVER RD
Warren

MAJESTIC HOME SOLUTIONS

7170 Olde Farm Trail
Almont

Mark Ellis Builders

1325 Jeffery St
Ypsilanti

Masters Touch Construction

20208 Avalon
Saint Clair Shores

Masterworks Contracting LLC

7357 West Rd.
Washington

Michigan Home Building

808 Atlantic St
Milford

Mr. Roof

2363 E Ellsworth Ave.
Ann Arbor

MW Quality Maintenance Services

5217 Joslin Lake Dr.
Gregory

Oakland Hills Handyman Services

6090 Barker Dr
Waterford

Omni Remodeling

2805 FOSTER AVE
Ann Arbor

Pachota Construction LLC

14335 Richfield
Livonia

PAR INDUSTRIES INC

15372 TELEGRAPH RD
Redford

Patriot Building and Design

31330 Mound
Warren

PAYTER BUILT INC

PO Box 87471
Canton

Penar Improvements

9247 Crockett Farm Rd
South Lyon

Precise Builders

18466 Klinger St
Detroit

Precise Building

47305 Burton
Utica

PRECISION MOBILE HOME REPAIR

2120 N MILFORD RD POB 189
Highland

PRISM CONTRACTING

910 HILTON RD
Ferndale

Professional Home Restorations

43862 Freeway Drive Suite J75
Sterling Heights

Professional Renovations & Building Co.

29193 Northwestern Highway
Southfield

Property Buddys

30365 Rock Creek Drive
Southfield

Quick Quality Enterprise

2370 Rose Center rd.
Highland

R. Allen Homes, LLC

45724 Denise Ct
Plymouth

Rashid Construction

32905 Northwestern Hwy
Farmington Hills

Ray Monczka Handyman Services

18355 University Park Dr
Livonia

RDS Construction, Inc.

4092 Orchard Park Blvd
Howell

Re-Construction, Inc.

17250 Redford St
Detroit

Red Head Rehabs

12004 Hatteras St

Renaissance Construction Group

17535 E 9 Mile Rd
Eastpointe

Riverland Building

4480 W Nestel Rd
Houghton Lake

Rob-n-Son Construction

3025 Central
Milford

RoMac Home Maintenance & Repair

148 Hi Hill Dr
Lake Orion

Ryan Renovations

2579 Frankson Ave
Rochester Hills

Seal Tech Construction Inc.

69327 Brookhill Dr
Romeo

Sealtech Construction Inc.

69327 Brookhill Drive
Romeo

SMITHGROUPBUILDERS,LLC

5464 Annapolis Rd

Snapp Home Remodels and Repairs

27192 Railroad St
Warren

sres

24016 meadowbridge
Clinton Township

Steve's Handyman Service

28598 N Maple St
Romulus

TOTAL HOME REPAIR LLC

39026 BRAMBLEBUSH CT
Clinton Township

Trombley Construction Services

5260 Cromwell Ct.
Sterling Heights

Versatile Unlimited

Saratoga
Ferndale

Vgs construction

40021 carini dr
Sterling Heights

Wall Solutions

4164 Taggett Lake Drive
Highland

White Construction

1120 W BALTIMORE ST
Detroit

Will's Dry Wall and Painting

28721 Jefferson
Saint Clair Shores

WILLIAM ELLIS CO

3311 12 MILE RD
Berkley

WJM Construction

130 E Beechdale St
Commerce Township

WMendez Better Building Co.

21012 Tamarack Cir
Southfield

Wolverine Custom Painting LLC

1046 Rabbit Run Circle
Ann Arbor

WPM Contracting Services LLC

22750 Shevington
Southfield

Your Designs LLC

1458 E. Hayes Avenue
Hazel Park

Z-Painting and Remodeling

32580 Grand River Ave.
Farmington

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