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Cloern on Angieslist and we could not be happier. From the first time my husband met with
" to discuss the scope of our project, we felt completely at ease. During the remodel, we were in and out of town throughout the process and
was great at communicating with us via email, text and phone as needed. When we had an issue with our heating system during the cold snap in March,
personally went to our property after 11PM to turn on the faucets and check the temperature inside to make sure we did not have any pipes burst until we could get the HVAC company out to repair the issue the next day. The workmen were all pleasant and professional and we are really enjoying our newly remodeled basement.
did a great job on planning the layout - It is so much more functional and attractive than the outdated basement we started with. Also,
stuck to his bid. The only additional costs were for additional items which we requested, or for those which were needed to meet code that he could not have known about until he got into the job. And for those additional items, the charges were more than fair. (We added a counter to the laundry room, went with a higher cost flooring throughout the basement than originally planned, and also upgraded the vanity in the bathroom). They also built a custom shelving/cabinet unit in the wall flanking the shower in the new bathroom, added cabinet doors under the laundry counter to conceal plumbing, and completely finished a storage area under the stairway in the bedroom (flooring, paint and lighting!). We are so pleased that we found
and highly recommend them!!!

-Keri H.

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"They did a great job. We were on a tight deadline as we were getting ready to move in, and they had the basement ready for our move in day, with the exception of" a few small details that were completed later.
was also good about taking on extra small projects that came up along the way that were not part of the original estimate and getting them done in a timely manner. Our basement looks amazing and we get many complements on it!

-Kristina G.

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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.

 

Basement Remodeling reviews in San Antonio

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Awesome workers. Highly recommend. Cleaned up very well after the work was completed.
Very efficient.
- robert L.
F

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Synopsis:
DId not once give promised call backs
Attempted to increase the price by $3,000 after providing a quote
Wasted over a week on a time sensitive project.
More details:
It started out promising. They were professional on the phone and were able to send someone out to inspect for a quote the next day. This was great as it was a time sensitive project. After the inspection I was promised a quote within 24 hours and that they could come out in a week or two to do the job (unless permitting was required)
I received a quote by email a few days later (after calling to ask for it) for $2,044. It stated it included an unsolicited, unexplained 10% discount.
I attempted to schedule the work. I was promised multiple call backs that never happened. I was told the delay was he couldn't get a hold of the boss to give expedited scheduling. We agreed to place the job on the schedule and that we could move it up later after speaking with the boss. I was promised a call back same day to confirm.
3 days later after still no call back I call up, mysteriously get disconnected after identifying myself, and call back once more. I am told I am not on the schedule, the earliest they can fit me in a month and a half. Also there was a mistake in the quote and it will cost an extra $3,000.
- Cortland B.
F

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I picked up a
San Antonio Basement Remodeling Contractors Provider Name Locked
flyer at a local counter store and called them about a kitchen remodel and some electrical service.
Ed was very polite when he came and spent a good amount of time discussing the projects I was interested in. I was told that
San Antonio Basement Remodeling Contractors Provider Name Locked
was a little backed up, but that he would be able to provide a quote within two weeks.
Things seemed to be on schedule as I got a call the next week to confirm a couple of the requests for the project. However after two weeks, I still had not heard back from the company. I called and left a couple of messages that were not returned. A month after the initial date for the estimate, I received a call that apologized for the delay and promised an estimate by the next week.
It is now four months later and I never got the quote.
It's a shame as Ed was polite and their gallery looks promising.
- Arthur A.
A

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Had a great experience w/
San Antonio Basement Remodeling Contractors Provider Name Locked
- he and his helper always arrived on time, kept the place neat, and did a great job with this bathroom. I am now going to hire him for hardwood floor installation on the entire house, plus door replacements, etc.,! So refreshing to deal with a contractor who is responsive, punctual, reliable and produces such beautiful work!
- Susan H C.
B

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The finished product is beautiful! My 1970's outdated
basement is now gorgeous!
San Antonio Basement Remodeling Contractors Provider Name Locked
, our main installer was wonderful to work with,
a great craftsman, and very conscientious. Minor imperfections were taken care
of promptly. Having that said, there were some aspects that were very
frustrating. First off, the sales pitch was over 4 hours and was high pressure.
If one did not sign up on the spot, the "discounted" price for the
project would not be available and one would end up paying more for the project.
To me, that's just wrong. Secondly, I was told the project would take 3 to 4
weeks, but it took about 8. Often, subcontracted work was delayed, or at the
least, did not take place on the days that I was told it would. There was
actually a two week period when we were told that the flooring would be
installed 5 different times and it never was. Even worse, we were never told
that the installers were not coming though we repeatedly asked to be notified.
I had family members sitting at home for nothing. Lastly, I would be a little
remiss if I did not say that I think the price could have been better. There is
no doubt that Matrix marked up the subcontracted work to make a bit on each
aspect. I am sure that if we chose to
act as our own project manager, we could have gotten things done for less. We
chose to let Matrix handle things, such as replacing the windows and
subcontracting out the flooring, and painting, because we were in a time crunch
and thought that it was worth a little more to get the timing right and the
project finished faster. That obviously didn't happen. So, I guess, happy
overall, but things could have gone better.
- Tina W.
A

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Cuppy are exceptional in all aspects of the work. We have used them in the past for a large remodel and did not even meet with anyone else when it came to this one. All jobs have hiccups but overall went very smoothly. The finished product is beautiful.
- MARY W.
F

Rating
They did terrible mud work, they quoted things that they did not do, the plaster drywall work was horrible, and then they did not complete the job. I paid them a little more than half the amount of the job, they told me they were going to come back but i have never heard from them again. I've attempted to contact them several times and they have not returned any of my calls. They also left a large construction mess. I do not recommend this company to anyone.
- Jerry I.
A

Rating
It went well. They were very professional, excellent work quality, they gave me a good estimate and stood by the quote, they were polite with a very conscientious crew.
- TERRY L.

Basement Remodeling Contractors in San Antonio

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210-Remodel Payless Home Improvement

517 W Summit
San Antonio

3RBuilders

San Antonio

A & I Maint. Plus

1700 Jackson Keller Rd
San Antonio

A & R Property Maintenance

119 Red Bird Ln
Boerne

A & V Painting and Texture

918 Canadian Goose
San Antonio

A Solid Rock Design & Construction

13164 Mystic Saddle
Helotes

A&A Remodeling

San Antonio

A+ Home Modifications

863 S Interstate 35
New Braunfels

A.C.T. Services Inc

PO Box 760745
San Antonio

Abba Construction

San Antonio

ACB Services Home Improvement

7865 Caribou Dr
Spring Branch

Ace in the Hole Painting

614 Brooks Ave
Schertz

ACGonzalez Concrete Construction

335 Wainwright St
San Antonio

Alamo City Maintenance & Remodeling

11929 Starcrest Dr
San Antonio

Alamo Handyman LLC

6735-A Low Bid Ln
San Antonio

All in one handyman

1001 ave p lot 2

All Seasons Services

123 Jade St.
San Antonio

Alpha equity Builders

2211 Mountain Mist
San Antonio

AM Construction

6170 Wegner Rd
New Braunfels

American Best Home Improvements

1355 Basse
San Antonio

American Handyman Services

15314 Winged Foot
Selma

ARTEC Services Group LLC

1965 Post Rd
Canyon Lake

B. A. Construction

San Antionio

BAIRD FOUNDATION REPAIR

3306 Clark Ave.
San Antonio

Bear Country Construction Corp

7423 Bluestone
San Antonio

Benchmark Building and Remodeling

7813 Rainey Meadow Ln
San Antonio

Berry Contracting

10630 hallow pass
San Antonio

Bexar C&R Construction

5039 Sierra Madre
San Antonio

Boulder Construction

107 Hill Country Ln
San Antonio

Broadshield Custom Homes & Contractors

215 W. Bandera Road
Boerne

BWD Building & Construction

P.O. Box 64129
Pipe Creek

Calvert's Electrical Service

3843 Barrington
San Antonio

Cantu Remodeling and Construction, LLC

138 Hampton Run West
Boerne

Capital City Maintenance & Waterproofing

401 East Applegate Dr
Austin

Catalano Enterprizes

106 S Main
Cibolo

CC Construction Production

9827 Potranco Rd
San Antonio

ChAmp Bell Systems

P.O. Box 1987
Canyon Lake

Circle C Home Inspection, Inc.

1020 Linden Grove Dr
Schertz

CISCO THE HANDYMAN

8023 REMUDA DR
San Antonio

Citibuilders Inc,

P.O. Box 702016
San Antonio

City-View Construction

8735 5 Palms Dr
San Antonio

Comfort Custom Woodworking

#13 Pankratz Rd.
Comfort

Consensus Building Concepts

9901 IH 10 W
San Antonio

Covenant Works Construction

2424 Gold Canyon Dr
San Antonio

Darryl's Handyman Services

Bexar County
San Antonio

Dave's DirtWorks & Landscape

12970 FM 306
Canyon Lake

Dennis Remodeling

20211 Huebner Rd Apt 921
San Antonio

Dio Electrical LLC

PO Box 380858
San Antonio

DP ELECTRICAL

6146 Ridge Oak
San Antonio

DTC Contractors

7510 Westlyn Drive
San Antonio

DULANEY EXTERIOR SOLUTIONS LTD

4047 STAHL RD
San Antonio

Ed Feehan General Contractor

2029 Gusty Point
Schertz

EL PASO PAINTING CONTRACTOR

7121 BART HOLLOW ST
San Antonio

Elite Handyman Serv

110 Valet
San Antonio

ESPADA COMMUNITIES & CO.

810 MALTESE GARDEN
San Antonio

Four Seasons Remodeling and Design

236 King William
San Antonio

FREE FLOORS

915 S. Jupiter Rd
Garland

FWR, General Contractors, LLC

910 Oblate Dr
San Antonio

G &C Painting & Remodeling LLC

4950 Woodstone Dr
San Antonio

Galvez Works

12010 Warfield Dr
San Antonio

GMD Construction

PO Box 762083
San Antonio

H&L Remodeling and Landscaping

411 sandbar
Canyon Lake

Hawk Home Improvements Inc

9268 US Hwy 181 N
Floresville

Historic Builders

PO Box 2236
Fredericksburg

Hobbs Construction

138 Atascosa Road
Bandera

Home Remodeling

1045 Denver
San Antonio

INNOVATIVE REMODELING

18602 Rogers Lk
San Antonio

Inspired Design by Julie, LLC

400 South Ave Ste 301

Intrepid Properties

2149 Windy Meadow Court
Schertz

J & E Home Improvement

714 Balgzell Ave
San Antonio

J.E.M. Custom Construction, LLC

210 Alicia Ave
San Antonio

Jemco Contracting, LLC.

27606 Fels Mauer Blvd
New Braunfels

Jesse's Home Improvement

1254 Austin Hwy
San Antonio

JM SERVICES

PO BOX 33594
San Antonio

Jo Flores Contracting LLC

623 Sunglo
San Antonio

John Travis

26026 Serenity Ridge
San Antonio

Jose Handyman Services

7722 Ashmole Lane
Houston

JT Construction & Remolding

25115 Catalan Cliff

JTEX CONTRACTING INC.

PO Box 791383
San Antonio

JVJ Company

2611 Cloudy Mdw
San Antonio

Kelly Custom Homes

San Antonio

Kessler Painting Contracting

8402 Copper Bluff
Converse

Keystone Construction & Remodeling

9310 Mechler Lane
La Coste

Kincaid Homes

San Antonio

Kiwi Custom Design

124 West Ridgewood Court
San Antonio

kyle construction co

115 cypress ln
Boerne

L & J Remodeling

PO BOX 10927
San Antonio

LAG Enterprises

306 Demya Dr
San Antonio

Leon Builder

3535 Fallen Leaf
San Antonio

Lone Star Remodeling And Renovations

202 N Loop 1604
San Antonio

Lone Star State Construction Inc

10740 Hillpoint Dr
San Antonio

Loviolette Enterprises

120 Faldyn St
Bastrop

M L GARCIA ROOFING & REMODELING

272 MOHAWK ST
San Antonio

Madrigal Construction

2915 Wacos Dr
San Antonio

Mastercrafts

781 Knoll Creek Dr
San Antonio

Menchaca Painting

126 Vickers
San Antonio

Miracle Workers Construction

11460 Big Elk Dr
San Antonio

MJC Construction Services, Inc.

10906 Laureate Drive
San Antonio

My House

21252 Gathering Oak
San Antonio

N Y Twin City INC

7506 Gramercy Crest
San Antonio

Nick's Handyman Services

12935 Dovetail Drive
San Antonio

PAINT PROS REMODELING

5606 Charwood St
San Antonio

Picture Perfect Remodelers

2810 Warbler Pass
San Antonio

R K Barker Inc

3847 Bogie Wy
Converse

RCP Woodworks

310 east nakoma
San Antonio

Re Bath Of San Antonio

15719 Hwy 281 N
San Antonio

Reaper Remodeling

San Antonio

Red Head Rehabs

12004 Hatteras St

Remodel 4 Less

622 E Ashley Rd
San Antonio

Remodeling Contractor San Antonio

150 East Sonterra Blvd
San Antonio

Rockin' D Services

164 Wood Farm Rd
Huntsville

RSMT Masonry, Tile & Remodeling

116 Woodcreek Circle
Mc Queeney

S & D Contracting

5046 Bending Trail
San Antonio

SA Texas Handyman

336 amaya
San Antonio

Serrata's Construction

526 W Baetz Blvd
San Antonio

Shalom Remodeling

9419 Gold Hl
San Antonio

Shaw Company Painting & Remodeling

11943 Starcrest
San Antonio

SIMPATICO DESIGN

6014 Evers Rd
San Antonio

Snowball Services LLC

3267 County Road
Floresville

Soundrite-Acoustics, Inc.

209 S. Stephanie Street

Source

19141 Stone Oak Pkwy
San Antonio

Southern Rustic Pride, LLC

San Antonio
San Antonio

Statewide Remodeling

2450 Esters Blvd
Dallas

Sterling Construction & Remodeling

6243 Vance Jackson
San Antonio

Steve's Woodworks

PO Box 293991
Kerrville

Texas Handyman Experts

346 Westshire Ln
New Braunfels

Texas Home and Lawn

8239 Creekline
San Antonio

The Bocawood Group

5939 Culebra Rd.
San Antonio

The Mendez Group

PO Box 700188

The Surface Solution

11615 Fm 725
Seguin

TIM'S HONEY DO REPAIRS

2800 NE Loop 410
San Antonio

Timber Construction LLC

191 Cardinal Dr
New Braunfels

TKE Profinish Roofing/Restoration

4110 Griffin Oaks
San Antonio

Trevinos Carpentry

434 McNarney

Tru Construction

p.o.box 211
San Antonio

Two Guys Remodeling

9614 county road 5723
Castroville

UCS

10914 Wye St
San Antonio

United Roofing and Remodeling

28617 Arroyo Acres
Harlingen

Unity Roofing

318 E Nakoma
San Antonio

Varco Renovators

9950 Hunters Pond
San Antonio

VersaTile Design Solutions

12155 Valliant
San Antonio

Warmzone

12637 S 265 W Suite 100

Woolsey Construction

144 Landa St. Suite 851
New Braunfels

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