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" was extremely quick and very responsive in the beginning. However, it swiftly went downhill from there. Here are the highlights: - Work" is vastly incomplete to the amount of what we’ve paid him. - Will not communicate - May place a on homeowners who are dissatisfied - 3 week job has turned into 4 months, and is only 25% complete. - He has taken my money and ran. We had decided on a 3-week turn-around for this 900 sqft unit, as he was well aware that this is an income suite - and our main source of income. He said that this is the perfect small job for him in the meantime as there was “another project that is delayed." A day after cutting him a deposit of 40%, his crew came in and removed the old carpeting and flimsy 1970s particle board cabinetry. A few days later, a bill for progressive payment came, and I gladly paid that as he had completed the work so quickly. After depositing that check, I had not heard from him for over a month. There was absolutely zero progress in the townhouse in the meantime. I tried contacting another staff member at his office, but instead received an automated email response that she had quit the company. His voicemail box was full, emails were not responded to, and messages taken in the office were immediately disregarded. He resumed work after two months by installing 100 sqft of tile (very basic tiling - no fancy designs). This took him two weeks to complete. Then came nothing again, except for empty promises of having the contractors coming in to complete the work. Well, it has been 4 months, and we still have an empty shell of a unit. We paid him over 50% of what was contracted to do, but the amount of work completed does not add up to what we've given him. I have done remodels in the past for an adjacent unit, and am well aware of contractor scheduling and pricing. I decided to finally hire a general contractor as I thought delegating the work to a professional would be worth my time, sanity, and money. I was obviously wrong with this company and owner. I have also to spoken to others involved with this company. He is doing the exact same thing to a dozen or so other clients. we've been very understanding and patient with his excuses that his foreman had quit, and head office assistant had moved on. However, this continuing behavior is becoming a blatant disregard for our livelihood.

-Eileen E.

"He told my wife it would be done in a week, I honestly expected two weeks. The work took two full months. My house was completely torn up during the process. The" final cost was double what I was originally quoted. They identified plumbing and electrical problems that did not exist before they started work, and charged me to have them fixed. The billing was not done professionally and itemized, and was submitted multiple times for different amounts. Once work was started I do find the quality to be in good, but the lack of professionalism and the overall interaction with was so poor that I will never consider doing business with him in the future. I found him to be very arrogant and unprofessional. His team was very good, but was awful.

-Paula C.

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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!

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". 

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.

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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It went really great. A lot of green building sites recommend Indows (interior storm windows), as a much more cost effective way to get the benefits of modern two-pane windows. They also let you keep your original wood windows, which had a neat style in my house that would've been difficult to replace. I was referred to ...More through Indow & was very happy with the service.
- John M.

and his crew are AMAZING. If I knew about him, I would have saved myself a lot of problems over the last ten years. The superior level of competence is without comparison. He knew what was the probable cause and we both understood it would be clearer once the shakes/siding was removed around the area that was leaking. Though ...More the house is 15 years old, there was a persistent leak since Home Depot installed new windows in 2009. The siding under the shakes had rotted and had to be replaced and flashing installed. The team was fast and thorough and the price was good. I added on a smaller job on the inside of the garage, patching some sheet rock under the area that was leaking.
- Betsey W.

Was recommended by architect. Initial review meeting very favorable and proposal was well done. Made promises in the meeting of refined quote to follow , subs visiting site. We agreed with promised follow up would sign agreement to start project in 2016. No follow up executed by despite follow up by ...More architect. After owner made inquiry, Informed owner would provide updated proposal by 11/2 even though some design details not complete. Design details were highly developed in very complete dwg pack and architect ready top answer any questions but none asked. Revised proposal never submitted as promised. Contractor dropped due to no follow up on any of the commitments they made. They may be of good quality but responsiveness to commitments very poor.

- scott F.

The craftsmanship was excellent and the attention to detail was top
notch. The crew was courteous and did an excellent job of cleaning
up at the end of each day. They were responsive to my questions and
concerns and always followed up in a timely manner. I would use in the future and
recommend ...More to others without hesitation.
- Beth G.

The office manager was very responsive and able to accommodate my schedule which I had to change a couple of time due to my travels. When we did meet, was on-time, knowledgeable, professional, though came across as a bit hasty as if he was in a hurry. had mentioned that his firm ...More was extremely busy.
A week after we meet, emailed me the proposal for the scale of remodel I was planning on doing, between $960K to $1.2M which is between $407/sqft to $508/sqft. I laughed, took it that didn't want to work with me but if I was willing to pay $1M for remodeling a 2,360sqft house, then he'd take my project.
Needless to say I didn't go with him - I don't have that kind of money and if I did, I would simply tear down the house and rebuild.
I have got some friends in the structural engineering field and construction field, they told me that when they're really busy, they tend to up the price 2x, 3x times and if the client is willing to pay for it, they'd move resources around from other projects to work on the higher profit project. seems to have similar business model.
I know does quality work as that's the feedback I consistently hear, but their fees and charges are simply too high that if you're not in the top 5%, you wouldn't be able to work with them.
- May C.

They did an excellent job and completed the construction process much faster than other project I have had done. They did not take any short cuts; they just executed the job very efficiently. The owner and manager of the job site were both very professional and answered all of my questions. I was very pleased with the job and would highly recommend them.
- Scott F.

He showed up, I explained that I was hoping to get a small deck design, he wouldn't do it - saying that he wouldn't sketch anything out. I guess I misunderstood the coupon. I asked how high the deck would be and how far out it would come and asked if he could put this down on paper. He said he couldn't do that. It was very uncomfortable. ...More He finally wrote down the measurement for the height and left. He was surly and irritated. A negative experience over all.

The work started in April and was finally completed in August of 2014. I felt like my project was not a priority for them and I was always having to ask when the planned to finish. When it was done there were several things that caused some concern - wobbly deck railing, cracked cement and wooden posts set directly on the porch. The porch was poured ...More so that it now has standing water and the posts are set directly on the concrete. When I tried to get to correct these issues the owner was combative. I hired an independent inspector to review the project. He recommended some fixes for the deck but only commented that the porch design was bad. made some minor reinforcements to the deck but it is still not solid.
- diana S.

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Wickman Electric

4209 NE 169th Ct

Wilcox Builders

10540 Phinney Ave

Wildwood Log Home Restoration

5030 163 place SW


P. O. Box 1504

Willits Construction

3440 25th Av W


PO Box 405


Camano Island

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2837 21ST AVE W

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10847 Rustic Rd S

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14676 Horseshoe Ave SW
Port Orchard

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10213 42nd Ave SW


1712 SW 119TH

Wood River Construction Company LLC

4515 169th St SE


18256 CLEAR CREEK rd.

Woodcraft Construction Inc

7621 220th Ave NE

Woodcrafters Construction LLC

6204 24th Ave NE

Woodmasters Construction LLC

3417 Harbor Ave SW


17019 33rd Ave S

Workbench Building + Design LLC

3636 47th Ave SW

Wright Innovations & Design Inc

2409 SW Barton St.

Wylie Painting and Construction

20208 23rd Ave NW

Xela Construction

4602 148th Ave NE

Yalie Painting & General Contractor

126 SW 148th St. Suite C100-317

Yellow Moon Construction

20126 Ballinger way NE #248

YMP Remodeling of Seattle

208 17th Ave S


PO BOX 556

Your Home Management

20003 Fremont Ave N

Your Home Management

20003 Fremont Ave N

Yukon Harbor Construction LLC

1443 Arnold Ave E
Port Orchard

Zephyr Construction

2130 6th Ave W



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