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"We contracted with
after getting bids for our major remodeling. They came highly recommended by our architect. It’s a family operation—two" brothers—who have been at this for a long time. Short answer—they were the greatest. They were always determined to do the best job possible. They really have an eye for quality workmanship. They did more than they needed to on many occasions, I think motivated by the feeling that they had to get it right. Heck, we moved out for the remodeling, and every night, after a big day of their demoing or framing or whatever, I’d stop by after they were gone, and the place would be all policed up and tidy. These guys really take pride in their work. Also key for us—and you’re not going to believe this—they got things done on schedule from beginning to end. Crazy, right? Oh, there were change orders, and at times we felt nickeled and dimed to death, but that’s a remodeling, right? In hindsight, it wasn’t even 10% of the budget (including one major problem no one expected), so we got over it. Add in that they were easy to work with, always in good humor. We actually rather miss them!

-WILLIAM B.

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, owner of
, is the finest contractor we've ever worked with. He treats your house and job like it is his" own. He is an expert who not only is a great leader of a construction team, but also loves to get his hands dirty. He is creative and a problem solver and is not thrown by any unexpected problem that he encounters. Above all, he is the consummate professional and a nice and kind person who is extremely conscientious about his work. Not only did the end product look perfect, but also he made little touches (for example, scrubbing certain areas of grout so they matched the rest of the bathroom and just were white and shiny) and was extremely careful in cleaning up every night before he left so that you'd never know there was construction going on in your house. We wholeheartedly recommend him.

-BONNIE E.

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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 Minneapolis

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We contacted this contractor based on the good Angie's List reviews. We need some structural work done in our house.
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came to our house to look at the issue but didn't identify any potential problems or say what might be done to fix the problem. The person who would be doing the work never followed up either. It was a few weeks before I ever heard back and I was sent an email saying it would be 19-20k to fix. I asked for some detail and a formal proposal. I was sent back a quote for 20k saying they would install a beam.
Wow, when potentially spending that kind of money I expect a little more detail and an explanation of what will be done to fix the issue instead of "install a beam".
I decided to pass on this as they were very unresponsive and very vague about what they would do.
- Benjamin T.
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They were very receptive to any input that I may have had during the construction process. The finished project exceeded my expectations in terms of making my basement space more efficient and usable.
- NANCY M.
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With one exception it went very well.
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provided the lowest of 3 bids responding to a detailed outline I prepared. I ended up paying exactly what was bid, even though there were some extra efforts required, most notably higher end garage doors than were in his base bid. He also followed up with additional services (replacing doorsets and deadbolts, repairing overhead door opener, etc) after the project had been accepted and final payment received. He swapped out plywood interior walls instead of sheetrock at no extra charge - a stronger an more durable material in my opinion - at no charge.
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was pleasant to work with, honest, and provided good communication. He responded to questions and requests very quickly. My only drawback was the project was at the end of the season and ran into the winter. Other than concrete work, most of the other tasks were performed by subcontractors. There was poor weather in November. The project ran into the winter when some contactors don't want to work, so progress slowed considerably. Though I was frustrated at the time, I knew it wouldn't matter in the long run in the project went well, which it did. I feel I got a very nice garage (double garage, twin high-end overhead doors, architectural detailing to match the house, loft storage with pull-down stairway, insulated, durable interior walls) at a reasonable price.
- HARRY S.
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Lowe communicates very well. He worked with our insurance adjuster and made photographs of the roof and siding prior to the job. He is excellent about explaining all of the bureaucratic details with adjusters, insurance companies, permit issuers, and inspectors; he handled all of the paperwork. Work was scheduled according to our needs; workers showed up on schedule and were very good about caring for our front, side, and back gardens during the construction. All of the work was top notch. We were away during the siding part of the process and two small mistakes were made in our absence.
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moved quickly to address all of our concerns. Additionally he solved a specific difficulty with the small returns on our roof. We were expecting out of town guests later in the week and the correction work was completed well before their arrival. The worker who made all the corrections was meticulous, friendly, and did excellent work, which surpassed our expectations. This was an excellent experience and I highly recommend
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Lowe... totally trustworthy, follows up right away with any concerns, organized, closely manages his crew, is on time and available.
- Wayne P.
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The project went great.
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and
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are great to work with.
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always promptly returned our phone calls and addressed each issue we brought up. The carpenter
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was also great to work with, she does excellent work. Project was expected to take 4-6 weeks, which in turn it actually took about 12 weeks, there was progress every week though, (1 weeks delay was actually ours). Great to work with and the basement turned out to be just what we wanted! Great experience.
- Roxanne C.
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It's been almost a year and we're still loving our remodeled kitchen and bath. The project was completed as planned and on schedule. From start to finish,
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was professional, reliable, flexible, and of course,
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. They made some great recommendations about the kitchen layout and overall, provided good advice and direction. But they also listened to our concerns or issues along the way and adjusted accordingly.
Working with
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and
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was a pleasure. We appreciate that they are professional, direct, punctual, responsive and flexible.
- Donna S.
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My review here will focus on our attic remodel, as it was the most extensive and the best indicator of the quality of
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's work and what sets him apart.
We hired
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to help us with an attic remodel back in the summer 2012. To save money, we decided to serve as our own general contractor and hired
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based on a recommendation from a friend.
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visited our house, walked through what we were looking to do (I had prepared my own layout on a
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computer program called Home Designer by Chief Architect), and
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gave us a bid for the work in short order. We had requested a labor only bid to keep it
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on all fronts, which
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was fine with. We agreed to use his lumber yard and they would invoice us directly.
Our attic project was pretty involving because the City requested sign-off on the plans by a structural engineer, and ultimately required considerable structural reinforcement due to the size of our floor joists (2x6) and rafters (2x4), as well as some design elements we wanted (vaulted ceiling in master bedroom, skylights, etc.).
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worked really well with our structural engineer and was able to be nimble when we had to make changes and didn't nickle and dime us with change orders like some builders do.
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gutted the existing space (it had been finished back in the 40s), which included dealing with lead based paint in areas;
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followed all the protocols, which was important, not only because it is the law but also because we had one small child and my wife was pregnant with another on the way.
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did all the structural reinforcement work, which was pretty extensive (doubling or tripling up floor joists, sistering 2x6s to 2x4 rafters, steel beam in floor, and support posts on new footers in the basement, etc).
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laid the subfloors, did all the wall framing, installed two new double window units (including having to cut existing stucco to expand hole for one unit), installed all doors (including two pocket doors), and did all finish carpentry work, including 8" baseboard, 4" casing with back-band, etc.. This is not an all inclusive list. Basically,
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did a lot... and everything he did was great quality.
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is a great carpenter and a rare one at that, because he can do anything from framing to the finest finish carpentry. However, what I really appreciated was the way he worked closely with me to keep us in the loop on where things were add, made sure I was involved in major decisions, and was a invaluable source for advice as I worked with the other trades. He invested his time, patience, and energy in the project... truly takes pride in what he does... and treated my house like his. This is what truly sets him apart and why I keep calling him back to help me on my new projects.
Long story short,
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is great and I have and will continue to use him on future work (though hopefully I will be done for a little while now!). Thanks
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!!
- JOHN L.
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They were service oriented, made several personal trips to my home to speak with me and built a relationship. I hadn't gone through this process before, and they help provide a outline of the stages. They know this industry really well, and quickly earned my trust. I don't write reviews often, but these guys were exceptional and earned my trust, endorsement and future business.
- ben C.

Remodeling Contractors in Minneapolis

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WIKS COATINGS INC

5023 HOLLY LN N
Minneapolis

Willmott Construction LLC

4149 Orleans Dr NE
Saint Michael

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8374 North Shore Trail
Forest Lake

Wilmes Construction LLC

732 S Elm St
Belle Plaine

WIN ENTERPRISES

11846 ALDER ST NW
Minneapolis

Winchell Woolsey Construction

4056 44th Ave S
Minneapolis

Window World Inc

538 25th Ave N
Saint Cloud

Window World Of Twin Cities

2211 11th Ave E
Saint Paul

WINGARD HOME SERVICES

4833 2nd Ave S
Minneapolis

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4109 ESTATE DR
Minneapolis

Wolf Restoration LLC

Po Box 320
Lakeland

WONDERWOMAN CONSTRUCTION LLC

192 SEYMOUR AVE SE
Minneapolis

Wood Craft Builders

PO Box 157
Scandia

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22075 OAKDALE DR
Rogers

Woodcrest Construction Inc

12350 Holly St NW
Coon Rapids

WOODEN DREAMS

1883 SIOUX BLVD
Saint Paul

WORKING FOR YOU

30199 FOXTAIL LN
Stacy

WORLD RENOVATIONS

2315 University Ave NE
Minneapolis

Worry Free Construction LLC

4505 230th Lane NW
Saint Francis

WUENSCH CONSTRUCTION INC

90 BRENTWOOD AVE
Excelsior

Your Handyman

Minneapolis

Your Home Construction Inc

4217 Juniper Point
Eagan

Zanecraft Homes Inc.

23347 Jonquil St. NW
Saint Francis

Zellmer Construction

30621 Hornsby Drive NE
North Branch

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