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did such a great job painting our home we decided to hire him again to do some framing and drywall. He did a wonderful job and was able" to finish the job quickly so we can stay on schedule with our remodel. His prices are fair and he works hard to get the job done on time. We are already planning to call him this fall for more home improvement projects.

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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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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". 

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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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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 Indianapolis

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The job went well.
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worked around my schedule and was very professional about the follow up.
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went the extra mile and suggested contractors for follow up work on the roof. Those contractors also followed up with me.
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also followed up with me to make sure that I was not only satisfied with his service, but made sure that I was satisfied with his referrals. I will refer
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to any one that mentions that they need some roof work.
Excellent and professional.
- Sammie G.
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has done several kitchen projects for us: installing new cabinets in three different properties. His workmanship is excellent. He is a great carpenter with a good eye for design. He is prompt and hardworking. I highly recommend him.
- LEE S.
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Terrible. First of all I was asked to make a list of items to be done for 40 hrs. of work. Item #1 was to repair a leak around an upstairs window (job completed in about 3 hours). There were other minor repairs done before the basement project started in May. The cold weather can be considered as the reason for the delays until May. My PRIORITY for getting this "deal" was to get a window changed into a doorway. I could not seem to get Mr.
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to give me a time frame in hours that it would take to get this done. I was interested in getting the 40 hours to my best advantage.
After that communication fell through I turned to sealing the basement walls. I was leery about this because I had little time to research the product being used. None the less, all of the paint was not removed before the sealant application. All of the peeling paint, mold and mildew was however taken care of. I was not informed of the process for this work to be done, i.e moving furniture, covering furniture. It is not a finished basement, but used more for utility purposes. THE PROCESS USED WATER FROM A HIGH POWERED SPRAY. Paint
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were every where and on every thing...My washer, dryer, power tools, freezer, book cases, EVERY THING. Water was EVERY WHERE, which did some damage to the bottom of my bookcases. Mr.
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was not equipped with drop cloths...I had to lend him mine.
I wanted perhaps get my floors refinished because the 40 hours were not used up...But I cut my loses.
All of my belongings were left on one side of the room for me to put back, I still do not have a door, I have no guarantee for the work and I will not pay for any services in advance again.


- ANDRA R P.
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In general did a very nice job. However, the local crew tried to fix a plumbing problem, thought they had, and put up and finished the walls. Turned out the problem was not fixed and a plumber had to come in and cut into the wall to fix it. This could have been avoided with better testing before the walls were put back up which delayed the completion some. The plumber would have been needed in any case.
- STEPHEN D.
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Excellent work, great price, extremely professional, on time. They are my new Handyman!! I have no regrets giving them the entry code to my house to take care of repairs in my absence.
- Angela S.
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This was a major project, involving a great deal of excavating, block-work, building a 2 car garage with a master bedroom and en suite above. Given the scope of the work this was a lengthy project and involved a lot of different subcontract work but
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and Sons made sure this work was done correctly and to our satisfaction. You can count on this crew to take your concerns seriously and they will make sure you are happy with the job.
Further more they stand behind their work and after being paid and the job done we had a minor concern over a door adjustment and they came out and took care of it right away. The value that this crew brings is really in the many years experience and taking the time to make sure the job is done right and you are satisfied.
- Jeremy K.
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Slow to start after award of the contract. Worked very well after that then had a problem with his subcontractor. After that, the service was extremely poor. We found work not completed that was billed for anyway. He was given many chances to complete the work, but still has about $4000 worth of work to complete. We fired him today.
- Danny W.
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Even after making several promises that she was doing her best to get it to us,
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never provided a quote within her self-designated time period.
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insisted on a 1-3 week window which is her 'standard', while all other companies bidding got theirs in within 5 days. We said we would wait for their quote before making a decision. I expressed several times via email that it would be appreciated if she could get it to us quickly, she indicated each time that she was 'doing her best' but that
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15th was the last day of her window. It is past that date and there is still no quote. I don't object to anyone passing on a job if it does not suit, what I object to is having my time wasted. As it is, waiting for her quote has put our project behind by 2 weeks, something I am not happy about and is a direct result of how the quote process was handled.

It could all have been avoided if she had just been upfront and indicated they would not be submitting a quote; and each of those emails was an opportunity to indicate their intentions, rather than promising they were doing their best to get us the quote. It was made worse that she kept promising something she never delivered. Again, this review is on the quote process only,
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has good ideas, and I cannot comment on the quality of work as no work was done.


- RAMONA M.

Remodeling Contractors in Indianapolis

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474 GRADDLE DR
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7404 E 71st Street
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2371 Glebe Street
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11510 TRAILS END
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7807 CORINTHIAN DR
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Greenfield

Wolf Construction

PO Box 19089
Indianapolis

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1118 N K St
Elwood

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PO Box 5014
Zionsville

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515 SOUTH ANDERSON STREET
Elwood

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8001 WESTFIELD BLVD
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Franklin

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5423 Armstrong Ct
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PO BOX 1391
Greenwood

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626 GOOSEBERRY LN
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6358 N COLLEGE AVE
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555 Riverside Circle
Columbus

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5207 N College Ave
Indianapolis

WW CONSTRUCTION

11204 WESTFIELD BLVD
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Xtra Hands

N/A
Plainfield

YAGER & SONS HOME SERVICES INC

1007 S Congress Ave Apt 138

YANT CONSTRUCTION

6391 N 900 E
Sheridan

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6147 REDHAWK STATION
Mc Cordsville

Yelle Construction

3234 S Meridian Rd
Greenfield

Young's Construction

8990 E 200 S
Zionsville

ZIMPLEMAN & RICH PREMIUM CONSTRUCTION LLC

5912 Rockingham lane
Mccordsville

ZMAX CONSTRUCTION

PO BOX 102
Fishers

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