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was very responsive and even agreed to meet me after his normal hours to accomodate my schedule. He was very punctual and professional," and appeared to be very knowledgeable about foundation repair methods and the good and bad points of each method. His measurements indicated that my foundation was actually within normal standards and no work was needed. He was very professional in the evaluation, including basically being very honest about me not needing any work. He could have easily recommended something anyway to secure some work, but was much too honest and professional for that. Very refreshing. Even though he did not perform actual repair work for me I would recommend him based on his knowledge, professionalism and honesty.

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Bids are NOT done based on a multiplier on top of materials cost to get labor cost. Think of the consequences in the example you gave - by that method using say plain home depot tile made in Honduras might cost $5/SF materials, so by your method $10 labor. Now, same floor, with Carerra marble or Barre Granite at $75-100/SF - so do you want him charging you $150-200/SF labor when it takes almost exactly the same time regardless of material ?

To put it in simple terms, contractors:

1) figure the amount and cost of materials and consumables needed from the plans and specifications, applying a markup (from 15-50%, depending on contractor and how fancy or specialized a job it is).

2) Then they figure the equipment needed and the operating time to be used or elapsed time to be rented or leased - either opperating hour or elapsed time, or combination of both, especially if it consumes fuel

3) They then figure the labor time for the various trades required to do the job, maybe add an efficiency or ease of work multiplier to those hours to fit the job conditions, multiply those hours by the hourly pay rates, then multiply that times the "load" or "Labor Overhead" to account for employment taxes, workman's compensation costs, health plan, etc, etc.

4) Then they add in the cost of any architect or engineer plans or certifications that are needed, government permits and inspections, etc.

5) Then they add in any subcontractor bids, with appropriate contingency amount for each.

6) All those above totals are added up, an appropriate overall contingency added if needed (typically 5-10%, but on remote site jobs I have seen as high as 200%), and (depending on how contractor figures his costs) at least all the "in-house" costs like his equipment, consumables, and labor costs have a percentage overhead and profit added to them - typically about 100-150%. Some contractors use a lower overhead percentage but apply it to the total estimated job cost, not just in-house costs.

This "company overhead" or "general overhead" or "G&A - General and Administrative Overhead" covers the costs of financing and running the company, management and secretarial and general supply and maintenance costs, buildings and equipment yards lease or mortgage cost, working capital cost, insurance, loan interest, general shop equipment payments, profit, etc. Some contractors use a lower overhead and apply it to every cost in the job, some (especially those doing government work so havingto adhere to government accounting rules) apply a "markup percentage" to materials and rental costs and outside subcontract services, and apply G&A overhead only to in-house costs.

 

That being said, for a general class of work it does generally (on normal jobs) work out that there is a general multiple of labor to materials cost. For instance, yard work and residential tree work is heavy on labor, so it might have a labor to materials ratio of 3:1 or even 5:1.  Detail foundation hand excavation and underpinning can run to 5:1 or more. Many types of building construction like plumbing, tile, carpentry, etc. do end up with a very roughly 2:1 or 3:1 ratio of labor to materials cost. At the other extreme, high energy efficiency or hurricane rated glass installation or a fancy full-building computer and communications system or high-end entertainment center might have a labor to materials ratio of 0.25-0.5 because it is designed to go in pretty fast, but the materials cost a lot.

For your case, a hardscaping ratio could run from 0.5:1 or less to as much as 3:1 or more, for installations with very expensive imported stone and fancy woods and a lot of bought decorative items such as statuary, to the opposite labor-intensive landscaping with lots of sidehill terracing and hand-planted flower beds, hand-dug irrigation system trenches, and manual-placed concrete block or railroad tie walls. Each job should be figured on its own merits - using a "rule-of-thumb" is where people commonly get unpleasantly surprised. That is why you typically get 3 bids unless you have a contractor you trust from prior experience and are confident will give you a fair shake regardless of being sole-sourced. Personally, both for my own purposes and professionally in the design and construction business, I have found sole-source to trusted contractors you have experience with is, in the long run, a BIG money and time saver, as well as making it far more likely to finish on schedule and let you sleep at night.

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You need a general contractor - prefereably one who specializes in additions, because you have excavation, waterproofing, concrete, concrete cutting, carpentry, door and window, etc trades to coordinate.

The cost will depend a great deal on your topography around the house - if the base of the window will be above ground level at least 6 inches, then could run about $500 for a legal egress window purchase and about $1000-2000 for installation, depending on how deep into the concrete you have to cut.

If the bottom of the window will be below ground level, then to call it a bedroom (which mandates legal sized second egress and usauully at least one window)  then you will have two choices - bring it out into a solid watertight concrete storm cellar with collar to keep water out, stairs, and and weather and bug-tight cellar door that is inward-opening, which means a lot of space for stairs and landings top and bottom, or bring it out into an oversized window well at least 36 inches in diameter, and with steps to ground level, with adequate drainage and waterproofing to keep it dry. Either way, sometimes about as easy to put in an outside door as a window, and might raise property value more. Cost from $2-5,000 depending on how deep into concrete wall you have to dig, whether concrete wsall needs reinforcing with steel frame because of the depth of cut, how easy the digging is, and what your water conditions are near the foundation. The last thing you want to do is create an easy water or vermin ingress with your egress.

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The cost to install the veneer stone has a wide range do to many factors. It can range from around $9 to $17 per square foot. It depends on the location, the stone being used, job access, skaffolding needs, wall prep and such. I would think you would be on the lower end of the scale. Your job is on a concrete surface so it eliminates one of the biggest problems they are having with this product, wall preperation. This one of the things that separates the high bidders from the low ones. There are million dollars homes being torn down because of improper wall prep. One a wood frame house a backing system that allows drainage is a must or the moisture absorbed by the veneer can rot the walls behind with alarming speed. Some have had makor damage within the first four years. On a concrete wall the veneer needs no such prep at most wire mesh applied if it is an older concrete wall.

 

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Is the wall that the garage is sloped toward and adjacent wall of the home?

 

If not, it should not be of real concern. 

 

Try to keep the water out of the garage with a gasket on the door. 

 

 

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If the state requires a contractor's license, then he needs to have a license in each state he intends to work in - plus state/local business licenses as applicable.

 

This does not mean there are not a lot of contractors who cross state lines without proper licensing - the penalties in may cases are not real severe and are just a fine, not criminal, so many take the chance.

 

As you say - argh  - many contractors are not really businessmen and have zero legal education, so many people get burned.

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Mudjacking reviews in Houston

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They cracked at corner on one panel of sidewalk. I contacted them, they said they are not responsible any cracking they made during work. There are a few small font notes at the bottom of the contract. You should read through everything carefully before signing the contract.
- Grace X.
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The estimator showed up on time. The day before they were scheduled to perform the work, someone called to verify time. The employees showed up on time. Great, friendly and knowledgeable employees. They did great work and the driveway and sidewalk look so much better now. Would definitely recommend this company and would use them again.


- Darlene S.
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Work was completed in a day. Did a good job blending the holes that had to be drilled into the pea gravel sidewalk & patio. I had to really look closely to see where the work was done. I no longer have standing water on the corner of the patio where the slab had sunk beneath the surface of the grass.
- Daniel D.
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Final work was level, cost was much better than replacement. Reasonable cleanup. Some followup required to finish the job properly.
- Gregory Y.
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came in to provide the estimate. He seemed quite experienced and indicated that it would be a fairly straightforward job. He pointed out what needed to be done and what was optional. He gave me a quote right away and indicated that it could be done at an early date.
I also got a quote from another reputed concrete raising company who indicated that I may not be completely satisfied once the work was done. That person seemed to indicate that perhaps I should consider the new concrete route. This put a bit of a doubt in my mind, but since
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was quite emphatic that this was a straightforward job, I let him do it.
I am glad to say that the work came out very satisfactorily.
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recommended mastic masters to do the expansion joint filling (whom we used as well) and the end result was quite pleasing.
These guys are definitely good at what they do and I will not hesitate to use them in the future.
- Sundar N.
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I first contacted Southern on 2/28/2014. After 11 days, I had not heard back from them. I called again on 3/11. Within a couple of hours I had an estimate that was very reasonable, and the job was done the next day. I have not actually seen the job as I am out of town, but I have had reports that it looks excellent.
- A. E.
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Estimator was prompt, courteous and professional. I would like to have used them for this work, but their bid of $7880 was well above the bid I accepted of $4600 from another provider.
- Gordon D.
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I did found this company on Angie's List and I decide to call them out for a estimate..In compare with other contractors their price was the lowest.. I needed to to some additions to the house. * House Extension *Porch * Doors and windows Installation the did it perfectly we did pass all BOD inspections and i think they also did a very good job. Thanks
- Viktoriya D.

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24-7 Under Pressure, Asphalt Paving & Construction

11703 Huebner Rd. Ste 106-178
San Antonio

A&G Construction LLC

PO BOX 12867
Houston

A&L General Contractors, LLC

11569 Hwy 6 PMB Box 135
Sugar Land

Aaa Foundation Service Inc

8538 Cedel Dr
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AAA Kitchens, Baths & More Inc.

3015 Greenridge Dr.
Houston

AAA Masonry & Home Remodeling

40 Blue Lake Dr
Huffman

AB remodeling

1546 Antoine dr

ABC Restoration Inc

1106 Carby Rd
Houston

ABC. Builder

12819, Westheimer rd
Houston

All Seasons Floors and Remodeling

P.O. Box 218478
Houston

All Texas Foundation Repair

11 River Hollow Ln
Houston

ALLIED FOUNDATION SPECIALISTS INC

4906 Luella Ave
Deer Park

Allspann Construction Services

119 Magnolia Blvd
Magnolia

Ambush Demolition

13018 Nitida St
Houston

American Legacy Services

4730 Bryant Ridge Rd
Houston

Amertex Roofing & Construction, LLC

112 S. Gordon Street
Alvin

Asphalt Solutions of Texas

78 bitter wood circle
Spring

Assurance Media Services

325 Church St
Galveston

Bath & Tile Restoration

10811 Bissonnet St
Houston

Bedrock Landscapes of Texas

4627 Turf Valley Dr
Houston

Black & White Construction Inc

PO Box 8225
The Woodlands

Bledsoe Remodeling & Construction

14027 Memorial Dr., #238
Houston

Bonilla Foundation Repair

5326 Trafalgar Dr
Houston

Boudreaux's Remodeling

2118 A Kennings Rd
Crosby

Brick Magic

3030 Nech Ranch Rd
Granbury

BuildTechz

1795 N Fry Road
Katy

Buster & Cogdell Builders

8562 Katy Freeway
Houston

C P Concrete Lifting

406 Dogwood Cir
Friendswood

Caballero Contractors

12830 Mason Terrace Ln
Cypress

CadServices - MyFoundationCheck

14922 Sawtooth Oak Dr
Houston

CENTURY FOUNDATION CO

14614 DECKER DR
Magnolia

Champion Curb

11842 Vickery
Houston

Chase Foundation Repair

9800 Centre Parkway Centre, Houston, TX 77036
Houston

Cheval Builders

1707 Post Oak Blvd
Houston

Coastal Renovations

221 N. Amherst Dr.
West Columbia

CONCRETE RAISING CORPORATION

10118 MOERS RD
Houston

Continental Foundation Restoration

300 Dickinson Ave
League City

Craftmaster Construction and Remodeling

3209 Waterglen Ct.
League City

Creative Reflections Landscaping

10325 Cypress Wood
Houston

croft creations

p.o. box 41753
Houston

Custom Masonry

6215 Cool Springs Dr
Arlington

DAVID WEEKLEY HOMES

3122 AMERSON DR
Pearland

Du-West Foundation Repair

510 W PASADENA FWY
Pasadena

Dump Truck International

11415 Chimney Rock St
Houston

Dura Pier Foundation Repair

13030 Player St
Houston

Dynasty Construction

3203 Blaesser Dr
Pearland

Eagle Foundation Co

1645 Bonnie Brae St
Houston

Escamilla Company

7743 Alperton Drive
Houston

FAS Contracting

15231 New Hastings Dr
Houston

G A COFFING & SONS FOUNDATION REPAIR

9545 KERRWOOD LN
Houston

G2 Floorscapes LLC

33422 Windcrest Estates Blvd
Magnolia

Garage Floor Effects

46 Golden Berry Dr
Conroe

Giada Construction, LLC

1809 San Joaquin
Friendswood

Gomez Construction

6607 Eastwood St
Houston

Greater Texas Builders

9406 Meaux Dr
Houston

GTZ Audio, Video, and Construction

9125 Airport Blvd
Houston

Handy Women of Houston

3304 W Magnolia Elms
Pearland

Handyman ServiceSS

3306 Dixie Farm Rd.
Pearland

Home Remedy LLC

9505 Yupondale
Houston

Horizons Painting & Remodeling

12218 Glenview Dr
Montgomery

Houston Concrete Raising

15430 Kuykendahl Rd
Houston

Houston Concrete Solutions

13615 Splintered Oak Dr
Houston

Houston Foundation Co

6022 Greenpark Manor
Houston

Hy-Tech Foundations, Inc

4321 Dayco
Houston

Incredible Renovations

5814 Winsome Lane
Houston

J Painting & Remodeling

po box 34393
Houston

J&D Total Home Care

21730 Park Brook Dr
Katy

J&D Total Home Care

21730 Park Brook Dr
Katy

Jayco Construction LLC

PO Box 882
Montgomery

JERRICO CONSTRUCTION

25502 CANDY LN
Magnolia

Jhop remodeling & new construction

15510 blackhawk
Friendswood

Joe Hardwood Floors

4341 Southwest Fwy
Houston

Johnny's Remodeling

19102 Lakeshire St
Humble

JR WATER DAMAGE RESTORATION SPECIALISTS

6326 TORRANCE ELMS CT
Katy

JSJ Metal Buildings

24503 Rozzano Court

leos remodeling services

5455 timbercreek pl dr

Lone Star Construction

4702 Old Spanish Trail
Houston

Marek Sawing & Drilling, LLC

20110 Kahn Rd.
Spring

Metro Concrete Raising

395 Sawdust Rd Ste 2145
Spring

More 4 Your Money Remodeling

12666 Timberline Estates Drive

Mosaic Residential

15021 Katy Freeway

Mr. Sidewalk of Houston

PO Box 5408
Kingwood

Nagel Construction Ltd.

305 Shirleen Dr.
Seabrook

NewAge Roofing

9802 Fox Rd
Houston

Nu-Kote Services

2002 S Mason Rd Apt 1132
Katy

Oleander

PO Box 580186
Houston

Oleander Construction

20530 Benwest Ct
Spring

Olshan Foundation Repair

5902 W. 34th Street
Houston

PAINTING & CLEANING BY H & W

1511 PARK HARBOR OAKS CT
Houston

PAVEMENT SERVICES

6437 McGrew Street
Bellaire

Pj'z Playgroundz

23223 wolfs crossing

PnP Construction

319 Bayou End Circle

Porter International Construction LLC

20165 Old houston rd.
Porter

Powell Concrete & Construction Inc

7210 Gallant Glen
Houston

PRIDE FOUNDATION REPAIR

1414 S FRAZIER
Conroe

Prime Field Services LLC

545 Justin Place
Nevada

Quality Renovations

1519 Corral DR
Houston

Radian Construction

34 Greenbough
Spring

Re Barb Experts

1034 leader st #968
Houston

Restored Designs. Inc.

1420 Marina Bay Dr Apt 1008
Kemah

Reynolds Roofing and Home Renovation

234 April Waters Dr W
Montgomery

Rockstar Concrete

7776 Braniff
Houston

Rosales Tractor Works Co.

13517 hillside dr

Royal Floors of Houston

15335 park row
Houston

Sam The Man

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Houston

Sandtech Foundation Repair

8368 Park Place Blvd
Houston

Sanjavier HandyMAn

1104 w lobitt st

SERVICE MASTER CLEAN SELECT

14543 HIGHWAY 105
Conroe

Silhouette Staffing Firm

8787 Shenandoah Park #734
Conroe

Slab Doctor

12711 Fuqua
Houston

Sophia's Total Remodeling

12831 Chimes Dr.
Houston

Southern Developers

24693 Sorters Road
Porter

Superior Grouting Services Inc.

P.O. Box 691011
Houston

SUPERIOR GROUTING SVC INC

8927 MEADOW VISTA BLVD
Houston

Texas Elite Paving

550 Normandy
Houston

Texas National Contractors LLC

627 Park Leaf Ln
Katy

The Renovation Team Inc.

7910 Westview Ste D
Houston

The William's Group

PO Box #55432
Houston

Timothy Webb Construction

6326 Main St
Hitchcock

Trusted Restore

12407 N MOPAC
Austin

Tuff Construction

17305 Deer Creek Dr
Spring

Tx One Construction

9597 Jones rd

UpKeepers, Inc

4015 Guadalupe St
Austin

URETEK ICR GULF COAST

11603 WINDFERN RD
Houston

US Coastal Construction

19307 Long Lake Dr.
Houston

Vasquez Painting and Remodeling

8715 Bauman Rd
Houston

VERSA

11511 Katy Freeway, Suite 640
Houston

Villas Design Home Remodeling

7019 Navidad Rd
Houston

We'll Do It For You!

4101 Green Briar Dr
Houston

WESTSIDE PRIDE LANDSCAPING INC

P O BOX 841344
Houston

Wood Haven Constuction, Inc.

21175 Tomball Pkwy
Houston

WORLDWIDE CONTRACTING AND ROOFING

8727 Pagewood Ln
Houston

Zander Homes

P.O. Box 3453
Humble

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