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"I’m finishing my basement myself but wanted the finishing done by a pro since that can really make or break a project like this. " A few years ago, did a great job on similar work in my daughter’s basement and they have been happy with his work so I knew he does quality work. I called to quote the full part of the job and he came over within 2 days and after a good discussion of what we needed and reviewing the job in detail, gave us a quote and committed to start date and job duration. He stuck to it and actually got started / finished early which is always nice! and his sons and Nick did all of the work and it is excellent! They are very professional in their work, kept our home clean and my wife and I were comfortable having them in the home while we were home or away. They started with the basement framed in with all electrical and mechanical rough in complete. They brought in all the material, hung the board (walls and ceiling), did the taping, mudded it and textured the ceiling. The end result is fantastic! The area is about 1,200 sq feet with a great room, bath, kitchenette two closets and hallway. They kept the basement floor completely covered the entire time and ensured the entire path in and out was also protected. We were concerned with the dust from such a large project but their work was very clean with surprisingly little dust! Not even noticeable in the rest of the residence! I can highly recommend for and would also trust them to do a full basement finishing job!

-Richard W.

"They started with demo on 29th and finished September 27th. They were within 5% of bid, with excellent quality of work and consistent on" checking during the entire job on our satisfaction level. The crews were courteous (his sons) and worked with our schedules. The job took a little longer than we originally thought, however the end product is spectacular. EVERYONE who sees it loves the change, the look and the quality of the workmanship. The workmanship on the walls is excellent and smooth, one reason i mention this is because we are using one wall as a theater wall. With that said had the electrician put outlet in the ceiling for theater room also installed new breaker for two new computer stations in the space (I work out of my home). The painter brought a decorator with him to select flooring and wall colors--we love the way it turned out and the flooring products are perfect. So much so you would not believe this is a basement! I had also requested a waiver of which he provided within a week after my final payment for all sub-contrators he used on the job.

-Jeffrey C.

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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". 

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.

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.


Basement Remodeling reviews in Grand Rapids


He is excellent. He is always on time. He is professionally dressed and he never leaves a mess. Sometimes he is busy but I never had to really wait too long for his services.
- Linda B.

.. We previous had experience with ( ) as he completely remodeled our kitchen a few years back. The result was fantastic. We contacted again,knowing we would receive the fairest , best quality,and timeliest workmanship available.
In June 2011, I a preliminary ...More plan for the addition, based on our requirements. We met with & his selected Designer and discussed the project. A few changes were made for the handicap rooms and by early we had the building permit and the work began.
The excavators came first & dug the space for the foundation & crawkspace. By mid the concrete foundation & crawlspace were poured & completed. The rough-in carpenters & roofers came next, completing the outside walls,interior rafters, and roof by late . Insulation was applied on the roof interiors, the inside wall interiors, the foundation inside walls by early August.The plumbing, and heating ducts were roughed-in by early August, as was the electrical wiring & outlets.The dry-walls were installed about the second week of August, then the handicap shower and cabinet installed in the bathroom. Following that, the base cabinet for the laundry was installed. The finish work on the dry-walls was completed the next week.Outside vinyl siding was completed by mid August. Finish carpenters began installing doors, wood molding, sinks and commode by mid August. Plumbing and heating was completed at that time too.
The painters began on the walls, doors and molding, doing a great job with the stain, completing everything by mid to late August.The carpet and vinyl flooring was installed in early September. We had the upright freezer, washer & dryer moved from the basement into the laundry room at that time.
The township inspectors issued the final approval to occuply, and we moved into the new addition.
managed this project with great skill. He was present during each phase and workday, directing the work and suggesting better ways to accomplish the job being done.
All the work crews displayed a great knowledge of trheir craft. The addition was a beautiful success because of them, an d 's supervision. Last, but not least, this project is "Grandma Approved".
- Ray G. K.

AMAZING!! Pieces fit together so well. The pea gravel really set it off. He offered some other idea that we will hire him for again. He is professional, courteous, fair and just a great guy!

The owner, Antcliff, came to our house and pitched his sale. We signed the contract and the work began. We believe his employees have "all good intentions" to do a good job for the customer. But, as a dishonest boss, he instructed his workers to do the minimum amount of work so he can take the money and move on to the ...More next job. His employees would work and would not get paid. We would hear this right from his employees. There are just too many details to explain, but by the end of the job, he cussed at my husband and decided not to return to our house to finish the job. We paid him as written in the contract. We constantly had to remind him of what the contract stated. He always tried to deviate from the contract to get more money. My understanding is he has gone out of business. Hopefully, he does not return to the remodel business.
- Josephine C.

All the people we worked with were very helpful and professional. They offered good ideas for design issues and product choices. Work was done on schedule. Daily cleanup was appreciated.
- Coral H.

Excellent work. All sub-contractors were very good. We are very, very pleased with the results. Great people to have doing the various jobs. We can't say enough good things about all of the people.
- Adrian K.

Basement Remodeling Contractors in Grand Rapids

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A Lawn By Me

6186 Fordwick dr

A&M Siding Of W Michigan

11830 Stultz St NE

A+ Plumbing & Mechanical

2671 116th Avenue

A-Cook's Plumbing Heating & Cooling

4000 Alpine Ave. NW
Comstock Park

Advanced Drywall Finishing

12866 Red Maple Ln

All & Any Services

3500 3 Mile NW
Grand Rapids

All in One Builders Inc

1950 Waldorf St Nw
Grand Rapids

All Phase construction

8436 Rocky pines

AllPro Services of West MI

2383 72 ave


Sand Lake

Amber Valley Construction

1917 Blandford Ave

Ameri Pro Restoration LLC

13482 N Wheaton Road
Grand Ledge

America's Best Choice Home Improvements

4310 Division Ave S
Grand Rapids

Amp Electric

4910 S Hilton Park Rd

Anderson Home & Restoration LLC

3850 Murray Lake Ave

Anderson's Contracting

PO Box 9504

Applegate Plastering & Drywall

9076 56th Ave

Ashbaugh Builders LLC

1971 E Beltline Ave NE Ste 107
Grand Rapids

Avalon Building Concepts

5017 Division Ave South
Grand Rapids

Baumann Building Inc

2763 120th Ave.


5555 15 MILE RD
Cedar Springs

Beckett Home Improvement

1348 Front Ave NW
Grand Rapids



Bergsma Plumbing LLC

PO Box 291

BHL Homes

4722 50th St SE
Grand Rapids

Black Dog Construction

317 S 7th St
Grand Haven

Bob's Ext Contract Inc.

8817 N 39 Th St

Bosworth Builders LLC

3692 Whitetail Trail

Brad's Cleaners

9410 SW Greenville Rd

Bruce Jennings Builders

6961 Cannonsburg Rd

Building Impressions Unlimited LLC

6993 16 Mile Rd NE
Cedar Springs

Bushwood Construction Co. LLC

1621 Lockhart Ave NW
Grand Rapids

C & T Home Improvements

1111 N Greenville Rd.

C.L. Kruithoff Building Company

2257 28th Street

Case Enterprises LLC

2561 Eastern Ave se
Grand Rapids

Chandonnet Builders

2471 Whitehall rd

Christopher Framing

8656 Taylor St

Christopher Penning - Builder

8372 South Maple Ct

Chucks Do It All Maintenance LLC

610 Pleasant St SE
Grand Rapids

CKL Construction LLC

1501 Hidden Creek Cir Dr
Grand Rapids

Clark's Construction

396 West Lakewood Blvd

Clean It All, LLC

P.O. Box 251

Compass Remodeling

724 32nd St SE

Conrad Consulting & Remodeling LLC

307 Norwood Ave SE
Grand Rapids

Constructive Remodeling Solutions

6660 28th St SE
Grand Rapids

Copper Ridge Construction LLC

10434 Shaner Ave.

Crosby Construction Company

6026 Kalamazoo Ave
Grand Rapids

Custom Carpentry & Design

760 Greenbrier Dr SE
Grand Rapids

Custom Construction of Michigan

6885 Kayboer Dr

Custom Upgrades, LLC.

747 44th St SW



Davies Builders LLC

356 Summit Ave NE


Grand Rapids


Grand Rapids

Den Herder Homes and Renovations

9480 Tiffany Pines NE

Detailed Exteriors

11932 Jonker Way

Diverse Contracting LLC

4486 Burgis Ave.

Diversified Home Services LLC.

756 Rusty Dr.S.E.
Grand Rapids

Dream Home Remodeling

2764 Bristol Ave


863 Aldon ST. SW

DreamScape Designs & landscaping

791 E 16th St.

Dreamscapes Construction

7110 Walker rd
Spring Lake

Dulyea Construction

7042 Bouman Drive

EverDry Waterproofing of Grand Rapids

5273 Division Ave S

Fortuna Construction

4030 Egypt Valley Ave NE


Grand Rapids

Gallagher Design Inc.

851 Fulton St W
Grand Rapids

Galloway Custom Homes

12261 Cleveland St Ste A

Gancarz Construction

1511 N Vuys Road

Garry Wassenaar Builder

7085 Courtland Dr. NE

Gesink building Services

1349 Houseman Ave N.E.
Grand Rapids


5970 15 Mile Rd NE
Cedar Springs

Great Lakes Waterproofing Co

2929 W Main St

GreenFIT Homes

10194 Northland Drive

Greg Ayers Builder

5674 Jefferson SE
Grand Rapids


971 Rosewood St.

Handy Dan Renovations

2995 16th Ave.

Hawk Construction

15 Oak Openings


Grand Rapids

His Builder LLC

2855 34th Street

Holp Construction & Design LLC

11836 Henrietta Dr N E

Home Maintenance Service

5555 Greenboro Dr SE
Grand Rapids

Home Repair and Remodel

840 Washtenaw Dr. NE
Grand Rapids

Home Specialists LLC

237 Steele St
Grand Rapids

Honey Do Construction LLC

8464 Whitneyville SE Ct

Hudson Homes LLC

12200 Downes St. NE

Hudsonville Contractors LLC

7559 36th Ave

HWC Home Works Corporation

2010 Porter St SW
Grand Rapids

J & S Siding Inc

PO Box 547
Byron Center

j drywall

847 hancock
Grand Rapids

J&J Interior Finish, LLC

6977 Hammond Ave

Jacobsen Remodeling Inc

401 Hall St SW
Grand Rapids

JBJ Builders Inc.

9299 Towering Oaks Dr
Comstock Park

John Grace Construction LLC

201 Ball Park Blvd NW
Grand Rapids

Jon Yetzke

13050 Lakeshore Drive
Grand Haven

Jones Construction and Consulting

963 Knapp Street NE
Grand Rapids


8889 Marabella Court NE

Jr Walker Construction

2912 reynolds

Karasiewicz Construction, Inc.

9280 Wolven Ave NE

Katt Design and Carpentry

12 Dean NW
Grand Rapids

Keeler Drywall

7970 22nd Ave

Keith's Remodeling

16621 Larsen Ave

kelly morgan

2060 engleside dr se
Grand Rapids



kileys costruction

2579 truman ave

KMF Construction


LangCo Builders

2206 Highlander DR. SE
Grand Rapids

Lapekes Siding & Remodeling

10590 W Parmalee Rd

Lyons 5 Remodeling

16085 Algoma Ave
Cedar Springs


1217 Colfax Ave
Grand Haven

Meticulous Builders

2430 Bayne Rd
Twin Lake

Michigan Basement Waterproofing Inc.

3498 Kraft Ave SE
Grand Rapids

Michigan's West Coast Remodeling

562 Liberty
Grand Rapids

Mike Noorman Builders LLC

3268 Briggs Blvd NE
Grand Rapids

Mike Schaap Builders

12969 Greenly St

Modern Carpentry

136 152nd Ave

Molyneux Construction

15581 40th Ave


7221 Davies Dr NE

Mueller Builders, LLC

4224 4 Mile Rd
Grand Rapids

New Image Remodeling


New Leaf Construction LLC

1251 Century SW
Grand Rapids

New Look Painting Company

87 54th St SW
Grand Rapids

North Kent Contractors

16673 Tyrone Ave
Kent City

Northwest Tile & Interiors

2571 N. Gordon St.
White Cloud

Novak's Remodeling and Repair



5995 12 Mile Rd NE

Perfectly Square Construction

924 Crescent
Grand Rapids

Perkins Custom Remodeling

2631 Colton Ave SE
Grand Rapids

PHB Construction LLC

11747 Orchard Park Dr

Phoenix Home Improvement LLC

4398 Roger B Chaffee Blvd SE
Grand Rapids

Pillar Construction LLC


PK Building-Remodeling LLC

6588 Tanglewood Dr SE
Grand Rapids


Grand Rapids

Prestige Home Improvement

429 West Mill Street

R & A drywall LLC

Grand Rapids

Raha Builders, LLC

18661 Pawnee Dr
Spring Lake

Ralph David Builder

446 135th Ave

Re-New Builders LLC

319 Greenridge Dr NW
Grand Rapids

Rebuilt, LLC

6519 Thornapple River Dr SE

Red Head Rehabs

1541 N Laurel Avenue

Reliable Vendors

1438 Rathbone S.W.
Grand Rapids

Renaissance Exteriors & Remodeling

2540 Sun Valley St

Retro-Craft L.L.C.

8934 Hanna Lake Ave

River City Restorations

106 Farnham St SE
Grand Rapids

Riverland Building

4480 W Nestel Rd
Houghton Lake

Robert J. Timmer Builder

3576 Raylynn Lane

Rockwood Construction Inc

157 W Division St

Ron Idema Builders

7570 3 Mile Rd.

S.A.H. Building and Remodeling

P.O. Box 132
Six Lakes

Saturley Construction LLC

1411 Lewison Ave. NE
Grand Rapids


4296 Palmer Rd.

Service Pro Painting (West Michigan)

6757 Cascade Rd #59
Grand Rapids

Set Apart Construction

9844 Byron Center Ave SW
Byron Center

Shae Enterprises

1943 Linden Ave
Grand Rapids

Sherd Construction And Services LLC

1112 N Black River Drive

Sikma Construction Services LLC

2300 Lake Michigan Dr NW
Grand Rapids

Somerset Painting & Professional Improvements

647 S Spinningwheel Ln
Bloomfield Hills

Soundrite-Acoustics, Inc.

209 S. Stephanie Street

STECH'RS Construction

5948 72nd AVE

Stob Construction LLC

1300 Burton St SE
Grand Rapids

Straub Construction LLC

1144 126th Ave


3160 Ridge Port Dr NW
Grand Rapids

Tekton Residential

665 Rudy St NE
Grand Rapids

TerBeek Construction Services LLC

6840 36th Ave.

Terry Miller Drywall

9899 12 Point Dr

Terver Services

611 franklin
Grand Rapids

The Deck Dude LLC

330 diamond ave se
Grand Rapids

The Last Detail LLC

1837 Eastbrook SE
Grand Rapids

Thomas Johnson Builder Inc

9711 Coldwater Crk NE

Thompson Remodeling

4820 Cascade Rd SE
Grand Rapids

Tim Higbee

1835 Martin Ave SE
Grand Rapids

TJP Designs and Construction LLC

4520 3 Mile Rd NE
Grand Rapids

Top Quality Home Improvement

316 Burt St.

Total Interiors

491 Houston St

Trademark Electric

4647 Eckert Rd

Van's Handyman

1042 Brentwood St

Vander Hyde

1058 Scribner Ave NW
Grand Rapids

Vangoye Home Improvement

1075 S Peach Ct

VDB Builder LLC

603 Lugers Rd.

Veenstra Construction

4958 Pine Island Dr NE
Comstock Park

Victory Builders


Vieau Consruction


Viles Builders LLC

11699 Greenway Dr

Visser Enterprises

5052 Big Bass Dr.


12637 S 265 W Suite 100


Cedar Springs

Woodways Industries

700 Construction Court

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