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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!

All Modular Home Remodeling Companies in Pittsburgh, PA

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Atlantian Inc.

218 w smithfield st.
Mount Pleasant

Atlas Electrical Contracting, Inc.

308 Magee Avenue
Jeannette

Aubrey Maintenance

1114 Grandview Ave
Coraopolis

Bachman's Specialty Services

351 Stoney Hollow Road
Cabot

Bill Dodd Remodeling

3500 University
Pittsburgh

Bonura Construction, LLC

206 Pine Drive
Coraopolis

Brian McDade Construction

23 Oliver Street
Mc Donald

Brian McDade Construction

23 Oliver Street
Mc Donald

Brian McDade Construction

23 Oliver Street
Mc Donald

Brooks Handyman & Remodeling

720 Sunrise Drive
Leechburg

Builders Plus General Contracting

1087 Elicker rd
New Kensington

Built Right By Rahner

5927 maple grove road
Bulger

BUTLER REMODELING & ROOFING, INC.

124 TIMBER LANE
Zelienople

BZ Construction LLC

218 Ray Weyandt Rd

Calhoun Contractor Service Inc

2141 Chalfant St
Pittsburgh

CALVIN BROOKS CONSTRUCTION CO

206 Dry Hill Rd
Connellsville

CanDoKen&Son

Pittsburgh

Capstone Roofing Inc.

5331 Commercial Way

Carl's Home Improvements

536 Walnut Street
Vandergrift

Carmello Construction LLC

1017 3rd St
Monessen

CHERNEGA CONSTRUCTION LLC

500 MILLERS LANE
Lower Burrell

Coachman Construction

84 wm fry road

CRP Technologies

219 Hilltop Lane
Washington

CSM Mays Construction Inc.

310 Lysle Boulevard
Mckeesport

Custom Contracting and Painting

380 Beadling Road
Pittsburgh

CVS Windows and Siding

1116 Wilmington Ave
New Castle

D & J S EXCAVATING & REMODELING INC

9281 PEBBLES RD
Allison Park

Dan Bilski Construction

1527 Prospect Road

DAN THE HANDYMAN

919 RANDOLPH AVE.
East Butler

Darren Boggs

3264 7th Street
Lower Burrell

DENNIS REMODELING

307 Joseph St
Pittsburgh

DISANZO CONSTRUCTION,LLC

GLENFIELD DRIVE
Beaver

Do'It Right Construction

2 Hill Ave
Cokeburg

Federoff Inc.

3 Vue St.
Aliquippa

Ferri General Contractors

3932 liberty ave
Pittsburgh

Garner Construction Services LLC

1058 Dry Dam Rd
Jeannette

Geyer Construction & Contracting

121 clinton ave
Butler

Greensberg Electric

304 Harrison Ave
Greensburg

GRID Construction

7117 Lemington Avenue
Pittsburgh

Ground Up Builders Remodelers

P.O. Box 53
Glenshaw

HALL'S HOME IMPROVEMENTS

128 Morton Ave
Butler

Hawkins Electric

424 Dutchman Run Road

Jay M Holtz & Sons

Crawford Avenue
Pittsburgh

JC's Home Improvements

500 5th avenue
Freedom

JM REMODELING

120 Broad Lane
New Alexandria

Johnston Remodeling

1842 Virginia Via
Washington

Jordan Contracting

77 Sterrect St
Valencia

JR HOME IMPROVEMENTS

P.O. BOX 102
Connoquenessing

JW Painting & Handyman

221 North Street
Mcdonald

Kelly Construction

2660 guffey road

king henrys home remodeling

107 martin drive apt 107

L&M Construction and Home Remodeling

836 Saxonburg Road
Butler

Legerski Contracting

2909 Garbett Street
Mckeesport

Lloyd Anthony Construction Inc.

3125 Willett Rd
Pittsburgh

Longleaf HandyMan Services

1172 Mercer Rd
Beaver Falls

Lynch Brothers Construction

752 Collier Ave
Carnegie

MALETICK CONTRACTING

49 KILBUCK ST
Pittsburgh

Masterful Surroundings LLC

15 McMichael Rd
Carnegie

MAZZANT PAINTING

617 17TH ST
Beaver Falls

McNemar Handyman Services

70 Forest Grove rd

Meissner Electric

29 Hidden Valley Drive
Finleyville

Merola Co

1927 Universal Rd
Pittsburgh

Mike Singer Home Improvement

309 Bausman Street
Pittsburgh

MINCIN INSULATION SERVICE INC

289 BALDWIN RD
Pittsburgh

North Hills Homeworks, LLC

506 Luke Court
Cranberry Township

On the Level Construction

1623 4th St
New Brighton

Phillips & Son Remodeling

4 Jenkins St
Pittsburgh

Prodigy Electrical Group

730 Rubright Rd
Apollo

Property Management of Indiana

2591 Wexford Bayne Road
Sewickley

Red Head Rehabs

12004 Hatteras St

Renovating Pittsburgh LLC

521 Dickson Ave.
Pittsburgh

RICK HORN CONSTRUCTION, INC.

933 STANTON AVE
Pittsburgh

RMS Contractors LLC

218 Vine St
Connellsville

Rogo's Handyman Service LLC

Rt 66 & Rt 380
Apollo

RR General Construction

109 Fern Dr
Trafford

S&S Building Contractor

186 Moccasin Hollow Rd.
Mt Pleasant

Scalercio Contracting

361 Moon Clinton Rd.
Moon Twp.

SHULA GENERAL CONTRACTORS INC

2193 HARRISON CITY EXPORT RD
Jeannette

skolnekovich remodeling

385 jefferson ave
Washington

Smith & Sons Contracting

724 Ann St
Aliquippa

Spraguerelli Construction

10 Union Avenue
Pittsburgh

T.W. Services

1412 Brinton Rd.
Pittsburgh

Tasz Construction

537 Joffrey Bulger Rd
Joffrey

The Handy Craftsman

2810 W Liberty Ave
Pittsburgh

TLG GENERAL & ELECTRICAL

486 RATTIGAN RD
Chicora

Trends Select Handyman Services

2535 W Liberty Ave
Pittsburgh

Tri-State Development

3706 East 5th Avenue
North Versailles

Tri-State Restoration Service Inc

42 E Maiden St
Washington

Vento Construction, Inc

618 Homewood Dr
Pittsburgh

VG Contracting LLC

1136 Mohawk Rd
Mcdonald

Weaver Construction Company

136 Walker Rd
Apollo

West Penn Properties Group LLC

1213 Voskamp St
Pittsburgh

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