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"Showed up promptly and completed the job quickly. They did have to purchase a new wax ring, because the one that came with the toilet (I purchased separately) was" too small. They charged an additional $25 for that; reasonable considering the travel and time it took. The work was satisfactory, but the cleanup was a bit shoddy, and they dripped some water taking the old toilet out of the house. I would consider using their services again.

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"due to prior jobs, this provider gave an estimate over the phone based upon SQ estimate of the job and the type of tile being provided by customer

-JAN L.

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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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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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Was not flexible about time of day he would perform service but when time was agreed upon he arrived and completed the job in a satisfactory manner.

- Susan D.
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Spent a lot of time assessing the situation and working with me on thoughts I had. Gave answers to all my questions.
Came up with several options within a week - reviewed sketches. Considerate of cost of each option.
Will definitely consider in the future when I decide to have work done.
Seemed honest and knowledgable.
- KATHLEEN R.
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They were very responsive and were available for calls. The subcontractors he used were always good quality. The work was good and the cleanup was fine. We also recommended them to our neighbor for window replacement.
- GERI & MIKE M.
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We ended up being able to run a new drain line so we did not have to rip out our cabinets and counter tops. However, of the 4 companies-
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and
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was the only one to provide a quote. the other 2 companies never contacted me after coming to my home to see the job. He was very attentive and was able to answer all my questions about the potential job.
- JENNIFER C.
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was very helpful. He came out took measurements of my room. We sat down and sketched out 3 options for layout. He gave me a high level estimate of what I should expect to pay for the remodel. Overall, I was very satisfied and would consider using
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if I decide to do the project. It was well worth the small fee to have the information and drawings!
- WHITNEY V.
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I purchased the $85 deal for the kitchen sink faucet replacement.
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responded within a day to get contact information and then called to set appointment--was within 3 days after I purchased the deal. Was delayed that morning by one hour but texted to let me know. Installation was quick and efficient. Also asked him about sewer odor in bath and kitchen sinks. Based on his past experience, he diagnosed this as needing to replace air admittance valves. Went to
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's and bought these and installed for only $10. Also had purchased home recently and could not identify where main shutoff valve was located. He was able to identify this
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valve and tested it for us to make sure it was working. Overall very customer service oriented at a very reasonable price.
- Stephen & Venita K.
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It was fantastic working with
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. From the quote to the completion of the work they were timely, professional, and provided thoughtful solutions to the issues I was facing. Their craftsmanship is top notch and I am thrilled with all of the work they have done. I am excited to have them tackle some of my other household projects in the future. I highly recommend
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- ASHLEY M.
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Spoke with
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and he was very professional, we played phone tag for a few days missing each other, when we finally spoke i gave him a description of what i needed done and he was honest and said i could have gotten a better estimate maybe with a handyman. This to me was very professional and it was all about saving the customer money. My wife always has a project going on so i will definitely use
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in the future and i would definitely reccomend them them to anyone.
- Sylvester R.

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Woodsmen Contracting, LLC

5423 Armstrong Ct
Indianapolis

WOODWARD WOODCARE

4197 W 700 S
Shelbyville

Woolen Woodworks

18560 Moontown Rd
Noblesville

Workman Services, LLC

PO BOX 1391
Greenwood

WORMANN & SONS INC

626 GOOSEBERRY LN
Greenwood

Worth Home and Lawn

Indianapolis

WRIGHT DESIGN-BUILD COMPANY

6358 N COLLEGE AVE
Indianapolis

Wright Remodeling

555 Riverside Circle
Columbus

Wright Works LLC

5207 N College Ave
Indianapolis

WW CONSTRUCTION

11204 WESTFIELD BLVD
Carmel

YAGER & SONS HOME SERVICES INC

1007 S Congress Ave Apt 138

YANT CONSTRUCTION

6391 N 900 E
Sheridan

YEADON SPARKS HOMES INC

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

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