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"I don't even know where to start. These people are thieves! They went $30,000 over our budget. We were coming to an end with our project and with just two weeks" left we confirmed that we were still on budget. Then, a couple weeks later receive the invoice showing we owed an additional $30,000! We met with them and they took no responsibility!!! Not only that!, our hardwood floors are all buckled and coming up! It started only a few months after completion and now they look horrible! They also are claiming they are not responsible for this! They installed a pocket door to our bathroom and didnt install the hardware to actually lock the door! We have one french door going to our deck that doesn't shut correctly and is hard to open, which they wouldn't fix AND another door that will not even latch shut unless you bolt lock it! I could go on and on with the problems we've had with these people, but I won't bore you, just BEWARE! These are dishonest people that took advantage of a young couple who just had a baby! They should be ashamed of themselves, but instead, wiped their hands clean and never attempted to make things right!

-Amanda W.

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"The appointment went well,
was very courteous and patient. I had forgotten about the arrival time and wasn't prepared when he arrived." We discussed possible options on finishing my basement. After all measurements were taken,
stated that we'd get a bid for the work within 7 days. Now this is where I'm disappointed, after 7 days I didn't receive any quote, after 10 days I emailed to see how things were going. Now a full two weeks later I'm going to assume they aren't interested in the job. Which is fine, but a
notice would be the proper thing to do. Basic courtesy would be to tell potential clients you aren't going to do a job.

-Ben W.

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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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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.
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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.

 

Remodeling reviews in Louisville

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They were here when they said they would be, suggested ideas to make the front porch more
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appealing and performed the job is the time estimated for the price estimated. I have ten coming back in a few weeks to complete some work I wanted to the back porch!
- Kenneth F.
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The project required six days and went very well. They were very careful throughout to protect the house and my wife's flowers. This took extra effort and was much appreciated.
The deck itself is very well constructed. Nick built a great deck foundation, used quality materials and the workmanship was excellent. He showed good creativity designing and incorporating unique steps and seating for the deck.
I will use
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in the future and highly recommend them.
- Ronald H.
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For a couple that doesn't know that much about construction,
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and all his workers were a sight for our sore eyes.
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, the Project Consultant and
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helped guide us with ideas and explained step by step all the work that they were doing. All the people doing the job were professional and very kind(became almost family!).
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said the project would take approximately a month and it did. They did a good job cleaning up the work areas everyday. My wife and I are very proud of the results that
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has done to our house. We're a
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of the block! Thank you
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, and there were two other guys I forgot their names.
- James W.
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Provider cashed check for $2700 on 2015-03-04. Carpet was never delivered and installed. Claimed once it was ordered and wrong carpet came in and was re-ordered. Then
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claimed he fell off a ladder on another job and is out of business. Does not return phone calls. Sent certified letter to business address with no response. Abandoned a painting contract as well. Won't respond to attempts to contact. May also do business in Indianapolis.
- Jeff S.
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Came and measured in December, brought the plans to us in March. Since he knew we weren't ready to actually do the work, he didn't rush - and we didn't press. The plans are wonderful - just figuring out how to pay for them!
- Deb A.
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Workmanship was excellent. Very professional. Very considerate about cleaning up and leaving things in perfect condition. Also, very conscious of cost of materials. Tries to get the best price for the customer by shopping around for the best price available. He can do almost anything you need done from carpentry to plumbing to painting to electrical work.
- Mary P.
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I purchased the deal (8 man-hours of construction work) on December 18, 2014 after ascertaining with them that they
could do the job. The work was done on May 12, 2015.
The area to be done was a 5x5 foot bathroom floor replacement of water-damaged subflooring and installation of
sheet vinyl flooring. The work took them a total of 10 man-hours (much to our amazement for such a small space), for which I paid an extra $200, and is a total botch!!

Here follows a list of problems:

1)
There’s a large, hard bump (oval-shaped, 3-4” long and on a raised ridge) with a surrounding depression in the flooring mid-way
into the bathroom (about 24” past the entry) which we feel quite prominently when we walk over it. Twice my husband
lost his balance as he walked over it!
Perpendicular to this bump/ridge is the increasingly visible joint of the subfloor or underlayment beneath the vinyl -
an approx. 24” expanse. It’s a known fact that these two defects will only become more prominent in a matter of months, as sheet vinyl is not a thick material. The protrusion, over time, will lead to a tear in the sheet vinyl.
2)
The bath room entry door (which they removed
and replaced after completing the job) does not close properly – it
sticks badly at the top left side and corner.

3)
The floor vent, which is now one foot to
the left of its original location, is NOT where it was, or should be - in
the center of the room. Secondly, the
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of this
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which is next
to the wall is covered with quarter-round, such that we cannot remove the
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in order to vacuum the duct; nor can we inspect the duct to see if it
is properly installed.

4)
They didn’t re-install quarter round on
the wall between the bathtub and the vanity, behind the toilet, (an expanse of
34"), nor between the vanity and the
door (an expanse of 6") – leaving
gaping holes! The quarter round that was installed is done poorly and
does not hug the wall as it should.

5)
The old caulk was not removed from
around the bottom
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of the toilet before
re-installing it, is now visible, and is
an eyesore.

6)
One or two ceramic tiles were broken
at floor level next to the tub during their work, and there
is now a hole in the wall where part of
one is missing.

I had to put my invalid husband in a
hotel room for the day because he could not tolerate the noise or the dust, so
that four hours after they started (a total of 8 man-hours), I had to leave to see that he had his lunch
and I gave them the $200 in advance of
completion of the job. Since they had been given an “A” rating on Angies List,
I thought I could trust them.

We called Mr.
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two days after the
job was done to tell him there were several problems and he said he would come
over to take a look. He came
the following week, inspected the
defective work, apologized, and said that he
would either refund us the money for their labor ($299 +
$200) or he would redo the floor
because he wanted us to be satisfied. He
said he would pay for the materials, as well.

On May 30th my husband and I e-mailed
him, and, as well, left a phone message stating that we had decided to have
them to redo the floor. On June 3rd, we e-mailed him an itemized list of
the materials we purchased, including the cost of each. We did not ask
him to pay for the 11 man-hours of hired help we require to prepare for and
clean up after; nor did we ask him to pay for the hotel, which my invalid
husband will have to utilize again while they do the work – at a cost of $90.09.

He did not respond to either the e-mails
or the phone calls. A few days
later (June 5th or so) my husband
called a third time and left another message, reminding him of the e-mail and
of our agreement.

It is now June 12th and we have heard nothing from him.

- Marilyn S.
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I called and made an appointment for an estimate to remodel my kitchen and great room.
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and
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showed up on time and were very professional yet friendly. I received a detailed estimate for the remodel the next day.
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and I talked on the phone many times and sent numerous emails.
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was so easy to talk to that at first I thought
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was not very friendly. That was not the case, he is very focused and task oriented. Once you get his attention or he is done with the work at hand he smiles and will chat a bit. That is what you want.
Both were VERY patient with me, as I changed my mind on design several times. Once I made up my mind,
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told me each step of the way what I needed to look at for final selections...flooring, faucets, sinks, counter tops, cabinets...etc. To stay within my budget she told me what price ranges to stay in when looking at products. I only went $5000 over budget as I upgraded a few things.
This was a top to bottom remodel. Everything was stripped down to drywall and plywood floors. Part of one wall was cut back. I even had the great room's textured ceiling smoothed out and fireplace resurfaced with black granite. We added more lighting and replaced existing lighting in 16 ft ceilings. Added electrical for double oven and new lights. Gorgeous stainless apron front sink. I have custom made shiny black modern kitchen cabinets. Beautiful quartz counter tops with a raised tempered GLASS bar counter mounted on brushed steel corbels and metal back splash. Dark charcoal porcelain 12x24 tile in kitchen and entry.
Everyone says WOW when they walk in, so yes I am pleased!
There were a few delays but nothing that was their fault. I love modern and found I had to order many things and/or have it custom made.
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was great at finding what I needed and who could do it. They always called ahead before coming or sending someone out. They cleaned up after themselves and made sure the trades did too. I would not hesitate to call upon them for any future remodels.
If you are seriously considering a remodel, talk with
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and
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- James F.

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1613 RANGELAND RD
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Surface Restoration

PO Box 14601
Louisville

Sweeneys All Around Service

4008 Rivulet lane
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T.L.C. Twins Lawn Care LLC

5511 Branston Dr
Louisville

TCT Interiors

9304 Trenta Ln
Louisville

Technical Support Kentucky

8501 Westover Drive
Prospect

Temco Enterprises LLC

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7403 Wind Bent Ct

The JML Group, Inc.

4002 Tara Dr
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The Master's Touch

12801 S Pope Lick Rd
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Thomas Brown Builders,Inc

15217 Crystal Springs Way
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Thomas Energy Solutions, LLC

3006 Sprowl Rd
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3017 RIVER RD
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THOROUGHBRED KITCHENS

5428 DELMARIA WAY
Louisville

Tim Menard Construction, Inc

9602 West Side Court
Crestwood

TJ'S maintenance

4578 buds rd

TLC Construction

13 Mockingbird dr
Taylorsville

TLC RESTORATIONS

1149 E KENTUCKY ST
Louisville

Tom Drexler Plumbing Air & Electric

2232 Bardstown Rd
Louisville

TOM O'BRYAN CONSTRUCTION CO

710 MANNING RD
Louisville

TOM PARR HOME SERVICE

7607 CHARRON RD
Louisville

TONY'S PLUMBING CO

1022 Goss Ave
Louisville

Trade Works LLC

3533 Kerry Dr
Louisville

Trimwrights

5539 Bruce Ave.
Louisville

Triple Crown Roofing & more

7214 Apple Mill Drive
Louisville

Ubuildit Corp

9301 Hurstbourne Park Blvd
Louisville

UNDERCOVER SYSTEMS

508 N ENGLISH STATION RD
Louisville

United Dynamics Inc

2555 Cannon St

urmindseye, LLC

2710 Gleeson Ln
Louisville

USA HOME IMPROVEMENT

5374 Durfee Ave

VanMeter Contracting

1106 W Indian Trail
Louisville

Vincent Abell Contracting Inc

4902 Meadow Creek Ct.
Crestwood

VITTITOW PAINTING

428 E WARNOCK ST
Louisville

VJC CONTRACTING INC

5226 DIXIE HWY
Louisville

WALTER LEE COX BUILDER LLC

206 ASH AVE
Louisville

Warmzone

12637 S 265 W Suite 100

WATROUS ASSOCIATES ARCHITECTS

2711 W, MAIN ST.
Louisville

Watts Your Project?

313 N. Bonner Ave.
Louisville

wayne sellings framing contractor

519 Gablewood Circle
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We Can Do LLC

432 Kaelin Dr
Louisville

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Louisville

WEATHERBY CONTRACTING INC

8507 RHETT BUTLER
Louisville

Weber Home Improvement, Inc.

13821 New Hopewell Rd.
Louisville

Wheatley Remodeling & Construction, LLC

4520 Blevins Gap RD
Louisville

WHIRLWIND WINDOWS & TRIM

3613 LEES LN
Louisville

Wilder Contracting

3235 running deer cir.
Louisville

WILLIAM FRY'S CONTRACTING

2706 WOODMERE AVE
Louisville

Wissing Contracting Co Inc

206 Breckenbridge Ln
Louisville

Wolz Plumbing & Design

1409 Fairdale Rd
Fairdale

Wood Brothers Remodeling

4206 Saint Joe Station

WOOD RE NEW-LOUISVILLE LLC

2926 CHIMNEY ROCK LN
Louisville

Woodology

5105 Mount Marcy Rd
Louisville

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Louisville

YANCEY INC

2702 ALLSTON AVE
Louisville

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