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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.

Home Remodeling reviews in Indianapolis

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They were reasonable. My experience with their was phenomenal. They are fantastic. He is very old school in he how he does business so we backed everything up with contracts, but if he says he is going to do something, he does something, these guys are very very high standard for quality. I mean he is just a joy to deal with. He is a great guy. Their quality is fantastic. We like them so much. We have them back go get another estimate on another project. My husband is an engineer and he is a perfectionist and they satisfied that. They are not cheap, you get the quality for it. They are worth the price. They are just not inexpensive.
- Quinlan S.
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was very friendly, quick to respond via phone. When we had issues with our floors, the stain started to wear, he came back and fixed it with no problems, and did additional, small jobs around our house for free. Also, installed some tv's in our wall. Price was very competitive and affordable.
- Donald & Beveridge M.
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Should have been a six week job and it turned into a 12 week job. Very stressful for my wife and I. I do not feel that
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listened to my concerns about the work and I don't feel he tried to address those concerns. Problems with the layout drawing from the cabinet supplier and how his folks installed the cabinets. I feel
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would not take responsibility for being the cabinet installer and his being responsible for working with the cabinet designer to make sure the layout and install went as it was planned to go. Problems caused the coutner tops to have to be modified due to the base cabinet install.
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blamed the kitchen designer, but I feel it is
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's job to work out any of these problem as part of the contractor and install on the job prior to having the counter tops installed.
- Brian R.
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He did a roof inspection for me and gave me a quote on some additional work. He was on time, professional and very informative. I was very satisfied with his service and would recommend him to others. I felt the price was a little high, but I knew it was going to be a little costly to have what I wanted done.
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(Quality Control Manager) was very customer oriented and nice to work with.
- Judy G.
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We got kind of a run with them. We didn't do anything. They came and they looked at redoing the shower and the bath. We decided not to do anything with them. The home show, we found them there and then they came and they did their song and dance and we decided not to use them. The product they were selling was a little high priced and it really wasn't what we were after. They were responsive.
- TERRY O.
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We purchased an Angie's list bigdeal for new backsplash installation for $349.
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contacted me within a couple of days after purchasing to set up a consultation.
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and a colleague came to the house and took measurements and estimated that it would take two days to remove the old backplash tile, repair any drywall and install the new tile. We set up a tentative date for the work and when I had selected the new tile, I was to text
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to let him know we were good to go. They arrived on the first day and removed the old tile within an hour or two and then repaired a couple of sections of drywall. The second day they put in the new backsplash and grouted it-which took them until around 8 pm that evening, but they completed everything. They were very friendly and easygoing and gave us some great ideas for new outlet covers that would go well with the tile. As thanksgiving was two days later and we had guests arriving the next day we were very glad that they could finish the project on time. They did a great job with the installation and the new backsplash looks great-we couldn't be happier with how the project was done.
- Beth P.
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This build was a disaster. The threshold of the door was damaged. The weather stripping does not seal properly on the door jam. The way the jam is set on the door, you can just push it open and get into the garage. Along with that, the structure was set too low to the ground, and therefore we have been having water issues. They ended up also putting up the wrong shingles on the garage roof. They built entire garage structure with chipped and damaged boards.

The workmanship was very sloppy, and it felt as though they just didn't care. When they built the garage they used a blue colored board on the inside, and along with that they notched the bottom of the boards, which was not needed. When they put the nails in the board, they actually split the wood, and the nails actually were too long so they came through the other side. They used damaged material throughout the build. The entry door was placed way too high, which caused gaps at the bottom. The window and door of the garage were not placed level. Then, the screws that were used to secure the boards to the brick are all coming
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and are not tightly fastened. The mortar they used is starting to crack as well.

I would never recommend this company to others.
- Natasha T.
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They were very professional. I felt very comfortable that they would do a great job as far as quality is concerned. All the feedback from other people was top notch. They were very responsive and those conversations we had was good.
- Dax D.

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