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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.
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".
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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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.
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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:
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.
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.
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
to the wall is covered with quarter-round, such that we cannot remove the
is properly installed.
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.
The old caulk was not removed from
around the bottom
re-installing it, is now visible, and is
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.
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.
was so easy to talk to that at first I thought
Both were VERY patient with me, as I changed my mind on design several times. Once I made up my mind,
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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