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Houston roofing complaint | Contractor claims leaks are coming from plumbing, not roof.

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Homeowner claims property manager hired to oversee roofing work, drywall repair and electrical upgrades allowed contractors to do unsatisfactory and incomplete work.

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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.
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The answer depends on your contract.  If you do not have a written contract, you need to begin documenting everything.  Begin by using a calendar and marking the days the contractor started, worked, you had to speak to him/her about the work, etc.

Next photograph the work you feel is sub-par.  If work has been corrected, photograph it now to have a record of its condition.  If you have any "original" or "before work began" pictures get those together, too.

If you do have written contract, see what it says about warranties, complaints, failure to finish / comply, etc.  Holding the money may end up with the contractor taking YOU to court for the funds - you cannot just hold the money.  You need to document in writing what is wrong, what you expect to happen (be specific) and when it should happen by.  A good contract will explain if and how money can be held, how the arbitration or complaint is filed, etc.

You should also invite another contractor to come in and bid the work to finish the job.  They can confirm the quality of the work and give you a price to fix / finish the job.  This gives you justification for holding the funds and an option to finish the job.

If the contractor is not willing to fix the work or listen to direction, do not allow them back in the house.  A judge will ask you why you let them continue to do work if you found it unacceptable.  Take back the key or access to the building - you can also attempt holding any materials or tools as collateral if the cost of repair is higher than the amount owed.  Again, document what you are holding, its estimated value (google or ebay search), etc.

Finally, in writing you should fire the contractor and state the exact reason(s).  Document everything; if it is done in person after they leave make notes of what was said, agreed upon and disputed.  If you are satisfied that what you have paid is fair compensation for the work done, make sure this is noted in the letter firing the contractor.  If you feel money is owed, you will need to file a small claim in your local court.  Include the documentation you made, notes, letters, etc. when you file your claim so the judge will have a copy of everything.  Don't forget to contact the BBB.

Do not wait for the court date; go ahead and hire the other contractor and have the work completed.  Bring this invoice to court with you (file it before the court date if you can).  Bring photos of the finished work (again, file it with the court before the date if possible).  You must show what good quality work looks like vs the poor quality work.

Otherwise it will be a your word against the contractor and you will most likely lose, (the contract is a promise to pay for work) or even if you "win" you will most likely split the difference between the argued amount of money.  Also be prepared for the contractor to file a small court claim against you.  Same process as above, except now you will respond to the summons with a copy of your stuff to defend your reason for holding funds instead of asking for money back.

Good luck!
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Yes, you can ask for these items.  Second Century Homes answered your question well - most contractors do not do a break down to prevent haggling on items that shouldn't be part of the discussion.  People sometimes forget to allow the builder to make money. . .  Builders also want the entire job, not the nickle and dime menu selected items - you may find the contractor says "Thanks, but no thanks" if you ask them to remove portions of the work.

The real question is why do you need this break down?  If you are thinking you will do the demo yourself to save money, you can certainly tell your contractor this - but I would be willing to bet once you buy or rent the tools, haul the trash to the correct disposal dump (many trash dumps will not take home building materials anymore) and clean up / prep for the new work - you will have spent more and delayed the project more than just letting the professionals do it. Plus, do not be surprised when they still have to do additional demo work that you didn't know would be needed to complete the job, etc.

Also keep in mind that cutting portions of the work out of the job to do later is not a money saving move.  You will find that the cost for the individual items go up when done seperately - the contractor has to come back multiple times, has to set the equipment back up, possibly pull seperate permits, schedule the work crew / subs, etc.

If you are asking for the break down to compare bids, then again, tell the contractors what numbers you want to see.  If you are doing it because you feel the total price is too high, have a discussion with your contractor; they may be able to suggest ways to save costs, etc.  Ultimately if you know the materail costs, and have the total figure, you can do a pretty good estimate of the percentage for labor and profit in the job.

It is your project and your contract, so you can ask for anything you want on the quote - just be clear on why you want the information so the contractor can work with you.

Good luck!

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A-1 Hauling & Roll-Offs

25376 Xkimo St NW
Isanti

ABELARD CONSTRUCTION

150 Eaton St Ste
Saint Paul

Above the Rest Floors and More

2599 Fairview Ave N
Saint Paul

Accessible Homes

1104 5th ave S
South Saint Paul

Affordable Electric

7524 Brooklyn Park Dr
Minneapolis

Al's Check Cashing

1434 93rd Ln NE
Minneapolis

All is on Handyman

4082 Lonsdale Blvd W
Northfield

ALM Home Improvement Solutions LLC

9750 44th Street NE
Saint Michael

ALTHOFF BUILDING & CARPENTRY

14362 107TH ST SE
Becker

American Eagle Construction LLC

8400 Brunswick Ave N
Minneapolis

American Eagles CC

1708 WEST ST GERMAIN
Saint Cloud

Atmosphere Construction Inc

2037 Bluestone Ln
Saint Paul

Aufbauen, LLC

19745 Sweetwater Curve
Excelsior

B & B Electric

1303 Western Ave

Becker Building & Remodeling

1901 17th St NW
Saint Paul

Bolt Electrc LLC.

6840 Belle st.
Loretto

Boulder Creek Enterprises

66354 362nd St
Watkins

Brand Company, Inc.

4786 Dakota St SE
Prior Lake

Bucky's Handyman Service

385 Nottingham Dr
Circle Pines

C&C General Contracting

9920 Kahler Ave NE
Monticello

CDI BUILDERS

102 ARBOR ST
Saint Cloud

Charles Cabinets CO

3090 Cleveland Ave N
Saint Paul

Ck Remodeling & Maintenance

309 Harrison Ave
Saint Paul

Creative Concepts Painting LLC

5085 Edinburgh Way
Big Lake

Crown Electric Inc

7361 245th Ave NW
Zimmerman

Custom One Construction

1159 Appalousa Trail

Custom Step Company

3098 162nd Ln NW
Andover

D&E Painting and Finishing

807 St Clair Ave
Saint Paul

Darlington Construction LLC

606 25th Avenue South
Saint Cloud

David Heide Design Studio

301 4TH AVE S
Minneapolis

Diamond Cut Homes, Inc

4208 83rd Ave N
Brooklyn Park

DJ White Construction, LLC

3815 337th Avenue NW
Cambridge

Donovan Brothers Construction Inc

23282 128th Street NW
Elk River

Double D Construction Services Inc

15292 Wintergreen Street NW
Andover

Egan Construction, LLC

11655 Layton Ave S
Hastings

Einstein Builders General Contractors

210 County Road 1 E
Dundas

Emmick Custrom Construction Inc.

16412 Fieldcrest Lane
Burnsville

Enviro Tek Minneapolis

1425 Lasalle Avenue
Minneapolis

Escape RV

Elk River

Fair & Square Remodeling LLC

5775 Wayzata Blvd
Minneapolis

Father & Son Handyman Home Services

2614 Dupont Ave. N
Minneapolis

FirstHand Construction

7206 116th Pl N
Champlin

Flint Brands

8362 Tamarack Village
Woodbury

General Service Contracting

PO Box 891
Saint Joseph

Great Northern Resources

3230 Gorham Ave
Minneapolis

Gregory Contracting

24520 Lofton Ave
Chisago City

Gula Construction

21244 Idaho Ave
Lakeville

Handy Home Repair

9020 Pillsbury Ave. S.
Minneapolis

HANSSON BUILDER

1301 Woodhill Rd
Burnsville

Heinen Contracting Inc

10100 Hillside Lane W
Minnetonka

Hogans Repair

36798 313th lane
Aitkin

Home Distinction Inc

2815 Lake Blvd
North Saint Paul

HOME PRIDE BUILDERS, INC

1544 134th Ave. NE
Minneapolis

HONEY DOERS

19848 HIGHVIEW
Lakeville

Imagine Remodeling llc

5550 Quail Ave N
Crystal

J Schulz Construction LLC

8530 173rd Ave N.W.
Anoka

J Wass Construction LLC

317 N Armstrong
Litchfield

Jackson Builders Inc

3700 W Division Street
Saint Cloud

JC Construction & Design Inc

208 4th St SW
New Prague

Jeremiah Stevens Construction LLC

112 12th ave nw
Saint Paul

Jeremy Wenstad Construction

2855 Rice Street
Saint Paul

JJH Homes

529 glendale street
Saint Paul

John Handyman Service

5513 227th Ave NE
Stacy

Josh Zuehlke - Coldwell Banker Burnet

3033 Excelsior Blvd
Minneapolis

JTM Construction

18321 Cedar Dr NW
Cedar

JTM Construction

18321 Cedar Dr NW
Cedar

JTM Construction

18321 Cedar Dr NW
Cedar

Keypoint Appraisal Company

8519 Vickors Lane
Minneapolis

Kitchens, Bathrooms & Basements Inc.

855 19th St SE
Forest Lake

Knutson Custom Remodelers

4745 Vincent Ave South
Minneapolis

KROHN DRYWALL

6755 Woodhill Trl
Eden Prairie

KTK Construction Inc

9120 Isanti St NE
Minneapolis

Legacy Contracting

32015 128th St NW
Princeton

LKL BUILDING & REMODELING LLC

1634 W Eldridge ave #6

MACH BUILDERS

6510 BAYVIEW DR
Excelsior

MAKE Studios

2218 Harriet Ave Apt 304
Minneapolis

Metro Area Builders llc

PO Box 112
Cokato

Michael's LLC.

732 8th ave. NW

Mike Mohs Construction

3414 Snelling Ave
Minneapolis

MNS Construction

15602 Wake St NE
Andover

Mo's Construction and Remodeling, LLC

12606 293rd Ave.
Princeton

MOBILE MAINTENANCE

505 FAIRMONT ST NE
Minneapolis

Modern Home Builders

104 N 5th St.
Bayport

MP SUPERIOR RENOVATIONS, LLC

9233 NANTWICK RIDGE
Minneapolis

My Odd Job Handyman

10248 COLORADO RD
Minneapolis

National Cedar LLC

1826 Westchester Ln
Shakopee

NHH Building & Restoration

917 E Dual Blvd NE
Isanti

Nicholas Turner Construction & Remodeling

13362 Lexington Ave NE
Andover

North Metro Builders Inc

151 91st Lane NE
Minneapolis

Northrup Inc

4400 Nicollet Ave S
Minneapolis

Odor Medic

27635 Island View Rd.
Shorewood

Odor Medic LLC.

27635 Island View Rd.

Ohana Construction Inc

13482 Georgia Ct
Apple Valley

Paul's Paint Service

700 Lake Placid Blvd
Pillager

Plumbing Specialist LLC

14017 Quince St. NW
Andover

RAMSEY ENGLER LIMITED

1201 CURRIE AVE
Minneapolis

Red Head Rehabs

12004 Hatteras St

Remodel Card

2575 Fairview Ave N
Saint Paul

RFK Construction

PO Box 832
Lake Elmo

RICK ITES CONSTRUCTION

57026 DEERHAVEN DR
Mankato

Rieck Construction Company

3526 Willow Beach St SW
Prior Lake

Ritz Renovations

PO Box 241448
Saint Paul

Riverstone Builders, LLC

5405 240th St N
Forest Lake

RK ANDERSON CONSTRUCTION INC

4340 BROOK LN
Minneapolis

Roberts Homes LLC

PO Box 245
Wayzata

Rock Creek Builders Inc

15861 101st Street SE
Becker

RollingBrock Homes, Inc.

PO Box 296
Shakopee

SB Restoration Services Inc

533 Julep Rd
Waite Park

Senior Home Renovations

213 Primrose Ln.
Cannon Falls

Services by JDs

p.o.box 240981
Saint Paul

Siltala Construction & Design, LLC

102 13th Ave SE
Saint Joseph

SINGLE SOURCE CONSTRUCTION INC

2035 152nd Lane NE
Andover

SK-Builders & Re-Roofing LLC

4171 160th St E
Rosemount

Solid Foundation Construction Inc.

4326 7th St NE
Minneapolis

SpaceMakers Remodeling

3006 Leyland View
Woodbury

STAINED IN TIME

44213 165TH avE
Kilkenny

Stellar Home Maintenance

128 star circle
Saint Paul

STEVE SCHMIDT CONSTRUCTION INC

1325 ARMSTRONG RD
Northfield

Stonehill Construction Co.

7952 Sage Rd
Hillman

Structures Unlimited, Inc.

5425 Clayton Drive
Maple Plain

Tilford Contracting

6530 Balsam LN N
Maple Grove

Titus Contracting

8208 West 125th St.
Savage

Tschida Construction

507 7th Ave E
Shakopee

Unique Granite LLC

4882 e river rd

Viking Roofing & Remodeling L.L.C.

388 9th Ave West
Saint Paul Park

VIVID INTERIOR | HOME

226 CEDAR LAKE RD S
Minneapolis

Wagner Construction

11562 272 Ave N
Zimmerman

Willet Remodeling and Construction Inc

20 Swan Lake Lane
Oak Grove

Your Handyman

Minneapolis

Zanecraft Homes Inc.

23347 Jonquil St. NW
Saint Francis

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