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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. 

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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.

 

Basement Remodeling Contractors in Norfolk

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Ace Renovations

320 53rd Street

Action Now LLC

5529 New Colony Dr.
Virginia Beach

AK Construction

1444 Southhern Blvd Suite C3E
Virginia Beach

Aljase LLC

234 N Witchduck Rd
Virginia Beach

All Trades

Hampton

Anderson Contracting

4445 Corporation Lane
Virginia Beach

ANT Construction and Management Corp.

6056 Foresttown Dr.
Norfolk

ARCHITECTS IN DESIGN

1232 WIVENHOE CT
Virginia Beach

ArtDivine Painting, A Home Improvement Company

916 Westwind Place
Virginia Beach

Atlantic Exterminating Company Inc.

734 City Center Boulevard
Newport News

Aussie Built Construction

113 Rosewood Dr
Hampton

B & B REMODELING

4701 Bromfield Ave
Virginia Beach

B & J Building Corporation

1755 West Rd.
Chesapeake

B&I Construction, Inc.

811 juniper crescent
Chesapeake

BAKER HOME IMPROVEMENT

3023 BIMY RIDGE AVE
Norfolk

Bakers Custom Carpentry

134 west chester st.

Barber's Home Improvement

7923 CHESAPEAKE BLVD
Norfolk

Baum Renovations

Mt. Trashmore
Virginia Beach

Bay Shore Construction

3101 Virginia Beach Blvd.
Virginia Beach

Bayshore Construction, Inc

3101 Virginia Beach Blvd
Virginia Beach

Beach Brothers Contracting

2929 pinewood drive
Virginia Beach

Bedrock Foundation Systems Inc

PO Box 61691
Virginia Beach

Belletto Construction Inc

5700 Brookmere Ln
Portsmouth

Better Built Restoration Inc

2216 High St
Portsmouth

Black Knight Construction, Inc.

PO Box 6981
Chesapeake

brinks flooring

1133 woodland terrace drive
Chesapeake,Virginia

British American Electric

4550 Cedar Point Lane
Williamsburg

BURTON LUMBER CORP

835 WILSON RD
Chesapeake

C W Williams Builder Inc.

48 Brickhouse Lane
Poquoson

C&A Building and Remodeling

400 Sharon Dr.
Newport News

C&P Home Renovations, LLC

8251 Carlton St
Norfolk

C.R.Remodeling & Cleaning Services

4757 Birdsong Ln
Virginia Beach

CAPE HENRY BUILDERS,Inc

1065 LASKIN RD
Virginia Beach

Cardial Carpentry LLC

15160 Ashby Way West
Carrollton

CAVALIER ENTERPRISES

2025 Square Dance Ct
Virginia Beach

Choice Home Improvement Services

8025 W Glen Rd
Norfolk

COMPTON CONTRACTING INC.

109 NELSON DISTRICT RD
Yorktown

Contractors on Call, inc

121 B Pennsylvania Ave
Virginia Beach

Cooper's Family Enterprises LLC

3640 S Plaza Trail
Virginia Beach

COVERALL CONSTRUCTION INC

313 FERNWOOD FARMS RD
Chesapeake

Craftsman-OnCall.com

318 34th 1/2 St.
Virginia Beach

Creative Concepts Investments, Inc

6001 Miller Store Rd.
Norfolk

Cuffee Construction

1306 Gaineford Ct
Virginia Beach

Custom Contracting Inc

800 Seahawk Cir
Virginia Beach

Custom Design Works Inc

1101 Coventry Blvd
Yorktown

DirectBuy of Hampton Roads

1122 Executive Blvd
Chesapeake

DJ Construction

2560 Piney Bark Drive
Virginia Beach

Dr. Lee's Home Repair

140 Lorillard Cir
Danville

Ducre Homes LLC

712 Washington St
Portsmouth

East Coast Contracting Corp

4804 Orchard Ln
Virginia Beach

ELN Construction

3500 Plum Crescent
Virginia Beach

First Quality Contracting Inc

1757 Joplin Ln
Virginia Beach

Four Seasons Home Repair

480 Harpersville Road
Newport News

Gelardi Enterprises, LLC

3401 Good Hope Rd
Virginia Beach

GM Home Services LLC

9318 Myrtle Ave

GMF + Associates

4356 BONNEY RD
Virginia Beach

H & H Mechanical

1806 E Little Creek Rd
Norfolk

Handyman Connection

5045 Admiral Wright Road
Virginia Beach

Handyman Services

7419 Allstate Drive
Petersburg

Harbour Towne Enterprises Inc

PO Box 101
Jamesville

HATCHETT DESIGN REMODEL

11725 JEFFERSON AVE
Newport News

Hickory Custom Woodcraft LLC

908 Executive Ct
Chesapeake

Home Images Improvement & Remodeling

609 Mile Creek Lane
Chesapeake

Home Improvement Solutions

4010 Abercorn Dr.
Suffolk

Home Improvements by Randolph

4253 Schooner Trail
Chesapeake

Home Improvements of Virginia

3419 Virginia Beach Blvd.
Virginia Beach

Home Solutions Inc

847 Seahawk Cir
Virginia Beach

Homeworks of Camden

1313 nc hwy 343 sth

Imperial Contracting

P.O. Box 6364
Virginia Beach

Integrity Home Improvments

1101 Holly Ave
Chesapeake

Interior Power Contracting, LLC

3309 Pattie Ln
Virginia Beach

J.C. Westra, General Contractor

2604 Poincianna Dr
Virginia Beach

Jacobs Enterprises

1604 Spence Gate Circle
Virginia Beach

James River Remodeling

205 Lexington Street
Hampton

Jazi Builders, Inc.

476 Richneck Rd
Newport News

Joe Schein And Associates

839 K Little Bay Ave
Norfolk

Jones Flooring & Tile

4256 Grantlake Road
Richmond

Jps handyman services

42 camelot court
Hampton

JSF Enterprises

3105 basin rd..
Virginia Beach

K & B Construction Inc

3324 Virginia Beach Blvd
Virginia Beach

K & L Home Fixins'

405 Big Leaf Circle
Virginia Beach

K & M Enterprises

107 Hermitage Road

k2 construction

172 white cedar lane
York Town

Lord Plumbing

725little neck rd
Virginia Beach

LWB Professional Subcontractor,LLC.

3711 Victory Blvd
Portsmouth

Maintenance Perfection

205 grace st.
Suffolk

Makia Carpentry Inc

PO Box 62501
Virginia Beach

Manousos Enterprises Inc.

1753 Joplin Lane
Virginia Beach

Marc's General Repair

4902 George Washington Memorial Highway
Hayes

Marquee Homes Inc.

538 Wythe Creek Road
Poquoson

Michael & Son Services Inc

5740 General Washington Dr
Alexandria

MID ATLANTIC ENTERPRISE, INC

3737 Strawberry Plains Rd
Williamsburg

MID ATLANTIC HOME IMPROVEMENT LLC

416 Height hill Rd
Barboursville

Mid-Atlantic Contracting

1625 Peoples Road
Chesapeake

Mike Fusco Builder

1201 S. Crescent Drive

MSH Homes Inc

3524 Ballahack Rd
Chesapeake

N.T.O. Contracting

816 terrace dr.

New Frontier Home Improvement

3485 Johns St
Norfolk

Northridge Contractors Inc

3575 Bridge Rd Suite 8-439
Suffolk

NW Contracting, Co.

1264 Parkside Pl

OurGuys

Virginia Beach

Phelps Construction Inc

5184 Nanesmond Pkwy
Suffolk

Phillips & Sons Inc

4764 Ardmore Ln
Virginia Beach

Pilot Construction, Inc.

12 Bonita Dr.
Hampton

Poquoson Construction, LLC

P.O. Box 2041
Poquoson

PPC Construction - Landmark Homes

P. O. Box 15823
Chesapeake

pro construction

Chesapeake

Probuilds

1641 wildwood drive

Pyramid Enterprises LLC

2119 Rock Creek Dr.
Chesapeake

QA Development Corp

419 S. Lynnhaven Rd. Suite 111
Virginia Beach

Quality Carpenters Inc

637 74th St
Newport News

Random Task

1120 Buford Ct.
Chesapeake

Raven Contractors LLC

PO Box 8232
Norfolk

Red Head Rehabs

12004 Hatteras St

Regal Home Improvement

4002 Hermitage Rd
Richmond

Regal Renovations

1461 London Bridge Rd
Virginia Beach

Remarkable Renovations

Chesapeake, 23323
Chesapeake

Renaissance Remodeling

1037 Winchester Way
Chesapeake

Rook Renovations

4408 Cornick Ave
Chesapeake

Rowe Group Construction LLC

PO Box 5099
Virginia Beach

RWA Restoration LLC

845 Crepe Myrtle Ln
Virginia Beach

Saull Construction

403 Harbour Point
Virginia Beach

Schneider Custom Builders

350 W 22nd St Ste 101
Norfolk

Soundrite-Acoustics, Inc.

209 S. Stephanie Street

Sours Contracting, INC

10445 Southampton Pkwy
Drewryville

Srst Services llc

2 belmont court
Hampton

STAHL CABINETS

457 W OCEAN VIEW AVE
Norfolk

StoneHorseTile

218 Ashley Lakes Drive

Sturdevant Construction

708 Gum Rock Ct
Newport News

Superior Contracting Inc

2612 Bombay landing
Virginia Beach

T S Contracting

44 patton drive
Newport News

TCB Construction

Virginia Beach

Tidewater Pro Build

4321 Greendell Rd
Chesapeake

TKM HOMES - The King's Men, LLC

1904 Stanhope Court
Virginia Beach

Triangle Sealants Corporation

PO Box 6128
Portsmouth

TWK

329 Lillian Ave
Virginia Beach

VanDeMortel Construction

1213 Ewell Road
Virginia Beach

VarCon Corp.

3288 Skipper Dr
Virginia Beach

Virginia Home Repair

2304 Windward Shore Dr
Virginia Beach

Virginia Plumbing Professionals

5828 James Madison Pkwy
King George

Warmzone

12637 S 265 W Suite 100

Werling Construction

5931 Orcutt Ave
Newport News

Westhaven Construction

P.O. Box 1040
Chesapeake

Wharton Construction Co., Inc.

703 Howmet Dr
Hampton

What's It Worth? LLC

80 Hermitage Rd
Newport News

www.BellaWindows.net

1312 Warrenton Rd
Fredericksburg

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