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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 Contractors in Auburn, CA

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Aaron Plumbing

Po Box 2657
Vacaville

ACCENT WOODWORKS & REMODELING

9216 TAMARA JEAN RD
Orangevale

AED Construction

12560 Woods Rd
Wilton

AGDDRYWALL

PO Box 2293
Orangevale

Alkema Painting

4760 Liesel Ct
Carmichael

All Phase Construction

2023 Polley Dr
Roseville

ALS HANDYMAN SERVICES

Citrus Heights

America's Dream HomeWorks

4181 Power Inn Rd
Sacramento

ANC Customs

245 W 22nd St
Merced

Angels Handyman Service

4748 16th Ave.
Sacramento

Arrowhead CA

6414 Timkir Way
Elk Grove

Austin Chase Inspector

3319-A julliard Dr.
Sacramento

Betlan Construction

PO Box 1134
Pine Grove

BGM Construction

8446 Robie way
Citrus Heights

Bier Construction

18824 Sugar Pine Dr.
Twain Harte

Big J Electric, Inc.

8360 Agundo St.
Antelope

Bill Reed Handyman Service

21000 Old River Road
West Sacramento

Black Oak Installations Inc.

915 L Street
Sacramento

Border Studios

3599 Hector Rd
Newcastle

Bowerbird Remodeling

2418 overhill
Davis

Buresh Electric

7236 Greenhaven Dr Apt 106
Sacramento

Butler's Home Repair & Remodeling

8429 Pearl Prvt Way
Citrus Heights

BW Maintenance & Remodeing

PO Box 1455
Yuba City

C & V Contractors

2860 Elverta Road
Antelope

Cademartori Construction, Inc.

5521 Bucks Bar Cirlce
Placerville

California Construction and Renovations

10656 Industrial Ave, Suite 100
Roseville

Canterbury Construction

2660 Northview Dr

CARL YOUNG CONSTRUCTION

485 Miles Ct.
Auburn

Charles E. Schoff & Co.

9336 Caltrop Court
Fair Oaks

Colony Construction

7925 Butte Avenue
Sacramento

Corr Construction

1157 Galston Dr
Folsom

Creo Casa Construction

El Dorado Hills

Currie Construction

4556 B St.
Sacramento

Custom Interiors Construction

P.O Box 1585
Lincoln

CUSTOM PRO ELECTRIC

2305 Harris Ave
Sacramento

Dean's Construction

6409 Pearson Lane
North Highlands

Domus Construction and Design Inc.

8864 Fruitridge Rd
Sacramento

Don Hoover Construction

PO Box 1116
Weimar

DS Improvements

6800 Sugar Maple Way
Citrus Heights

Eagleton Construction

4930 Trotter Lane
Shingle Springs

Ed Neir

730 East Evelyn Ave.
Sunnyville

EL DORADO BUILDERS EXCHANGE

3430 ROBIN LN
Shingle Springs

ELLIS CONSTRUCTION

3320 Marlene Dr
Sacramento

Ferguson Drywall

6381 Pine Zette Ln
Placerville

Fido Property Services Inc.

915 Highland Pointe dr suite 250
Roseville

Garage Experts Of Northern California

11 Adephi Court
Sacramento

George's Construction

1292 Nicks Lane
Placerville

Glenn's Home and Commercial Maintenance

2204 Cambridge St.
Fairfield

Goulas Construction

3429 Freedom Park Dr Ste 17
North Highlands

Greg Todd Construction & Home Repairs

9530 Beacon Ave.
Orangevale

Guy Biggs Construction

4235 Pacific St
Rocklin

H F SCHWARTZ BUILDERS

3941 PARK DR
El Dorado Hills

Handyman Contractor

8341 Fair Oaks Blvd
Carmichael

Hartigan Construction Inc

PO Box 105
West Sacramento

Holquin Builders

6530 Leitrim Court
Citrus Heights

Home Solutions Construction

333 Sawtell Rd
Roseville

Hutchinson Enterprises Inc

1024 Iron Point Rd.
Folsom

IPA Construction

2006 Cobble Creek Cr.
Rocklin

J&A Pino Construction

424 42nd st
Sacramento

Jason Melson Construction Services

5407 gibbons dr
Carmichael

jdwoodworks

1004 Kirby Ct
Folsom

JH Restoration Services Inc

14622 Rudd Rd
Nevada City

John Ellis Construction

8100 Mulrany Way
Antelope

Jordan Construction

898 El Oro Dr
Auburn

JW Construction

2585 Dolphin Court
West Sacramento

KHR Construction

9541 Nieman Ave
Elk Grove

Kingkong Construction

2225 62nd Ave
Sacramento

KITCHEN ART INC

3337 SUNRISE BLVD
Rancho Cordova

Kujala Construction

1238 Alice Street
Woodland

Larry Nevills Construction

7509 Saint Tropez Way
Sacramento

Lebco Construction Inc

1165 Jacobs Dr
Dixon

LHR CONSTRUCTION

PO BOX 9082
Auburn

Liberty Construction

3848 Sherbrook Dr.
Santa Rosa

Lincoln Hills Construction

2375 culpepper lane
Lincoln

Lingley Enterprises

4218 Technology Drive
Modesto

Lofton Construction

11359 Sunrise Gold Circle

Lozano Construction

7473 Candlewood Way
Sacramento

M. Jones & Son Inc.

PO BOX 276361
Sacramento

Mac's Remodeling

PO Box 1852
Rocklin

MackConstruction

4801 Marconi Ave
Carmichael

Martinez Construction

4140 Diego Way
Rocklin

Maxton Builders

9200 Orangevale Ave
Orangevale

Maxton Restoration

9200 Orangevale Ave
Orangevale

MDC Construction

5011 Golden Foot Hill Pkwy
El Dorado Hills

MDO Construction

PO Box 3386
Auburn

Miner's Inc

1640 Middle Mountain ct
Cool

MJM Home Service

10835 alta Mesa road
Wilton

Monster Contractor

4763 Ravenstone Wy
Sacramento

Moorhouse Tile Stoneworks & Construction

2000 Juliesse Ave
Sacramento

My House Renovation

7301 32nd Street
North Highlands

North Cal Builders Inc

9918 Kent St
Elk Grove

O'Connor Electric

4120 Douglas Blvd.
Granite Bay

O'DOHERTY CONSTRUCTION

7085 Gallagher Rd.
Pilot Hill

O'Toole GBC

1224 V street

Oak Creek Construction

PO Box 1633
Shingle Springs

Old School Construction

1813 Wentworth Ave
Sacramento

On The Level Home Repair & Remodeling

6841 Lake Cove Ln
Citrus Heights

Paul Kearney Inc

10512 Fair Oaks Blvd. Suite 3
Fair Oaks

Philip Braun Construction

404 Niles Ave
Roseville

Pickett's Contracting

17133 Del Mar Way
Penn Valley

Pires Plumbing

Roseville

Placer Artistic Improvements

1515 6th St.
Lincoln

POTERAS CONSTRUCTION

9016 Lismore Drive
Elk Grove

Pratt Construction

158 1st Street
Woodland

Precision Builders

5616 Primrose Dr
Citrus Heights

Purdy Construction

2342 33rd St
Sacramento

Quick-Permits

8230 Andante Dr
Citrus Heights

R & L Builders Inc

1721 2nd St
Sacramento

Red Head Rehabs

12004 Hatteras St
Valley Village

Redline Electric

4858 Summit View Dr
El Dorado

Reinhardt Construction

2590 Tapley Rd
West Sacramento

Remodeling Contractor Sacramento

777 Campus Commons Road
Sacramento

Reyes Construction

813 Taylor Street
Winters

RH1 Construction

34 Union Way # F
Vacaville

River City Home Improvement

10001 Hadleigh Dr.
Orangevale

RIVER CITY REMODELING

3325 PARKS LN
Carmichael

Robinson Construction

8640 La Paenda Way
Orangevale

ROUSSOS CONSTRUCTION

2917 Orange Grove Ave
North Highlands

SBC Contractors

1591 Misty Wood Drive
Roseville

Sierra Property Services

1015 Riley St, #311
Folsom

Smalltown Construction

4728 N Glenn St.
Granite Bay

Soundrite-Acoustics, Inc.

209 S. Stephanie Street

Sticks & Stones Construction

3304 Cambridge Rd
Shingle Springs

Szilagyi Construction & Landscape Co.

8345 Elegans Court
Antelope

Thrasher Construction

10300 Hidden Hill Rd
Auburn

Total Home Improvement

1028 J St
Sacramento

Universal Solutions

5935 Auburn Blvd Spc 8
Citrus Heights

Valley Pacific Construction

P.O. Box 605
Folsom

Valley West Construction

3503 Freeport Blvd
Sacramento

VENCO CONSTRUCTION

8250 Calvine Rd
Sacramento

Viking Builders

PO Box 163336
Sacramento

Warmzone

12637 S 265 W Suite 100

White River Construction

3113 Iva Way
Orangevale

WJ Kavanagh Construction

1325 Deerwood Pl
Auburn

Wolfe Construction Company

18609 Olive St
Woodbridge

Woodniche

8158 Lichen Dr
Citrus Heights

Zumwalt & Associates Inc

3301 Sunrise Blvd
Rancho Cordova

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