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"From the beginning,
was very collaborative, getting our (sometimes vague) impressions and requests, and giving us options. He was flexible" in allowing us to get our own appliances, and taking delivery even though he had not ordered them. He did the work mostly as explained. There were some delays caused by illness and so forth, but the work was completed in substantially the promised schedule, and, most importantly,
took care to minimize the time dueing whihc teh kitchen would not be usable; for example by carefully timing counter template and the other components, and by installing a temporary sink between the old counter was demolished and the time the new counter was installed. We had a glitch in which
showed that he is responsible and trustworthy: our faucet (a fancy German one with a filter) was either faulty or badly installed;
took it upon himself to talk to the manufacturer and to the dealer, replacing various parts over several weeks (involving several trips from his base that is not so close) and then finally prevailing upon the parties to replace my faucet with a completely different one, that he installed, at no additional cost to me.

-Juan L.

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"We contacted
because a few of our friends had a positive experience with him. During the planning phase, he listened to our needs and made" some great suggestions that we ended up going with. We had some challenges with figuring out how to design the roof lines to fit with our 2nd floor windows. Other contractors we looked at couldn't come up with a way. He was able to come up with a fantastic solution. His quote was very competitive/fair. He took us to some porches he had built in the past. Being open to showing us some past jobs went a long ways. The workmanship and quality were excellent. We particularly liked his work crew who had been with him for years (this is important because in the end, that is who does most of the work). They were polite and did quality work. We liked the fact that the work area was spotless at the end of each day.
stopped by at least daily to check on the progress, quality and our satisfaction. When we pick a contractor we also pick "the person".
is a quality person and we continue to see him around town and enjoy his company. We highly recommend

-Michael A.

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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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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.

Home Remodeling reviews in San Rafael

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They did a great job. They are responsive and listen to customers concern. I will definitely use their service again.
- Carmencita S.
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All went well, Doggers made a relatively good job in communicating with me promptly, there was a time where I did feel left out of the loop but only due to a
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lack of communication. I did my research when deciding which contactor I wanted to go with, and I
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say these guys did not disappoint me. I already have another contracted project with them for a different property in the works, I will post an update when its finished.
- michael C.
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Basically rebuilt a very large patio wooden structure and repainted same.
Painted main house trim and back house.
Replaced outdoor lights with
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Repaired stucco wall and repainted same.
All workmen very pleasant and professional.
Small extra repairs or painting done without fuss or extra charge....More /> Work started and completed when promised.
Recommended most highly.

- Lewis G.
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not punctual, one day say he would be here in the morning, did not come until the afternoon, said he was with his son's real estate agent dickering about $50.00 on a foreclosed home. Uncomfortable with his saying it took 1 1/2 hours to go to
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to buy paint supplies, have four cans of paint mixed into one large tub and buy 4 more gallons of paint. Called two different SW stores and each person I spoke with said at most, would maybe take 1/2 hour. called and cancelled any further work.
- Mary L D.
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Based on the very positive reviews found on Angie's list, my wife called
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on March 9th to requests an estimate. We were told they could be out the next day to look at master bath and work up estimate. The next morning my wife called back to advise we would be out for just a bit in the morning but that if there was no answer at the home number we had left the day before, to please call her on her cellphone so that we could come straight back home. We never received a return call (at either the home or cell phone number) and no one ever showed ..
I thought we would give this company the benefit of the doubt but now a week has gone by with no further response from the company. We could perhaps understand if one contact number was inadvertently misplaced, but two ???
- Edgar M.
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I was in need of a few small projects for my new home and contacted
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. After multiple attempts at trying to get someone on the phone I left several messages. Almost two weeks later, someone finally called me back and scheduled a date and time to come to my house to give me a quote. Of course, no one ever showed up. It was raining pretty bad that day so I anticipated that
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might be late or not able to make it, so I called again (no one picked up of course) and I left a message asking if someone would still be making it and if not, if they would at least call me back so I could re-schedule. Its been a few weeks now, and no response still.
If you want someone's business, pick up your phone and return your calls.
- Palak P.
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They were very professional. The guys working here were very nice, which is a bonus when you have people in your home for a few weeks. The end result looks great and they completed the work on time. We are very happy with the results.
- Angie F.
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Timely and complete. Answered all questions and made appropriate arrangements as necessary. Thoroughly cleaned up afterwards and put down furniture and floor protection over all areas as appropriate.
- James H.

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Sierra construction

2226 A west Borough blvd #213
South San Francisco

Sierra Crest Construction & Developers

4115 Blackhawk Plaza Circle
Danville

Sierra Enterprises

PO Box 1904
Oakdale

Sierra Group

560 Riverdale Dr
Glendale

Siers Construction

100 Professional Center Dr
Rohnert Park

Sightline Builders, Inc.

1903 Malano Ct
Santa Rosa

Silicon Valley Home Repair

444 N 14th St
San Jose

Simon Construction co.

3100 El Camino Real #D

Skehan Construction

607 42nd Ave
San Francisco

Skillful Means Construction

432 50th St
Oakland

Sky Renovation

5632 Van Nuys Blvd
Van Nuys

Socora Art Glass Inc.

1630 N Main St #117
Walnut Creek

SOD Builders Inc

800 West El Camino Real
Mountain View

Solar Technology Builders

Lariat Lane
Oakley

Somoza Casework Installations

112 N Bayshore blvd
San Mateo

Soruco Structures

722 Sutro Avenue
Novato

SoundVision

27 Commercial Blvd.
Novato

Southern Lumber Co

1402 Monterey Highway
San Jose

SpaceQ

5077 Rahlves Drive
Castro Valley

Special K Painting

1325 B Evans Ave
San Francisco

Speers Construction, Inc

274 Castle Hill Ranch Rd.
Walnut Creek

spire architecture inc

17 wilson court
San Rafael

Spitzley Construction, Inc.

1925 Parker St
Berkeley

Springer's Deck Restoration

1589 West St
Concord

Spryscapes Construction, Inc.

1255 Vicente St
San Francisco

Spyrka Electric

8145 Whited Rd
Sebastopol

Square One Interiors

660 4th Street, Ste. 803
San Francisco

Standard Roofing Co

1226 9th Ave
San Francisco

Stefan Schermerhorn

11 Stetson Ave
Kentfield

Stellar Construction

4081 Waterhouse Rd
Oakland

STERLING & CO

21 BELVEDERE ST
San Rafael

STRAIGHT LINE IMPORTS

3795 PACHECO BLVD
Martinez

Streamline Plumbing & Drain

720 105th Ave
Oakland

Strongwall Construction Inc

PO Box 8351
San Jose

Stu the Handyman

505 Mandana Boulevard
Oakland

Suba

182 Howard St
San Francisco

Summit Construction

555 O'Neill St
Belmont

Summit Construction & Remodeling

7513 Rosewood Dr
Stockton

SUMMIT DRYWALL & PAINTING

4866 East 2nd Street
Benicia

SUN CHARIOT SOLAR

1078 Hewitt Dr
San Carlos

Sunway Floors & Cabinets

1702 Duane Ave.
Santa Clara

Superior Construction And Remodeling Inc

1400 Coleman Avenue Suite A21
Santa Clara

Sustainable Structures, Inc.

620 Jhonson St. Bldg. C
Sebastopol

T. Amaral's Done Right Construction

2952 Kennedy St
Livermore

T. Byrne Construction

San Francisco

Tacktook Construction

331 Monterey Blvd
San Francisco

Talianko Design Group LLC

PO Box 74
Sierra Madre

Tall Tree Remodeling Inc

15905 La Escuela Ct
Morgan Hill

Taylor's Nailers

PO Box 953
Lafayette

TC BUILDER

1913 holiday st
Santa Rosa

TEK Construction

262 Bonita Ave
San Jose

TEK TILE

2420 Sand Creek Road C1-260
Brentwood

TerraVenti Construction Inc

468 North Camden Dr
Beverly Hills

TH Adams Construction

1525 Tamar Dr.
Petaluma

The Classic Builder

457 Sandy Way

The Door Specialist

451 Grant Street
Vallejo

The Fireplace Element

2444 Old Middlefield Way
Mountain View

The Floor Stores

548 Bliss Ave
Pittsburg

The Great Backyard

P O Box 2195
Windsor

The Grout Specialist Co

25-A Crescent Dr
Pleasant Hill

The Hand Group Inc.

2060 Harrison Street
Petaluma

The Handyman Can of Marin

1709 Center Rd
Novato

The Handyman Services

186 GRANADA AVE

The Home Doctors Inc

6 Pamaron Way
Novato

The Link Corporation

PO Box 60295
Palo Alto

The Mirror Gallery

1889 Mt. Diablo Blvd.
Walnut Creek

THE RESTORATION COMPANY

PO BOX 591142
San Francisco

Thos Builders

18 Malavear Ct
Pacifica

TILES WAREHOUSE

1301 Franquette Ave
Concord

Tim Corbett Construction Inc.

867 E. Lewelling Blvd.
Hayward

TJ General Construction

1013 Legend Circle
Vallejo

Tom Albro General Contractor

2468 Crocker Way
Antioch

Tom Coll Construction

1422 16th Ave.
San Francisco

Tom Franklin General Contractor

6005 Brittany Ave.
Newark

Tom Shores Construction

11 Navajo Ln
Corte Madera

Tomik Construction

4067 Hardwick Street
Lakewood

Tong Architecture

1321 Merced Street
Richmond

Total Construction Co

1707 Gyger Ct
Concord

Total Property Solutions, Inc

3490 Buskirk Ave
Pleasant Hill

TPK CONSTRUCTION

17 HILLCREST AVE
San Anselmo

Troy Construction

7387 Terrace Drive
El Cerrito

Troy Martin Construction

100 Valley Oak Ln
Vallejo

Troy Minor Construction

25672 Maitland Dr
Hayward

TS Builders

1230 Monticello Rd
Lafayette

TURNER BUILT CONSTRUCTION

3785 Thousand Oaks Dr
San Jose

Universal Design Specialists Inc

17366 Highway 12
Sonoma

Urban Field Group

4422 23rd Street
San Francisco

URBAN SHELTER LLC

520 Dover Dr
Walnut Creek

URBAN WATERPROOFING INC

40 LISBON ST
San Rafael

V&V Electric

2621 Pringle Dr
Belmont

Vacaville Electric

1011 Mason St
Vacaville

Valen'z Paintings & Trim

1038 Kaski Ln
Concord

Valex Construction

2151 24th Ave
San Francisco

Valex Construction

2151 24th Ave
San Francisco

Valex Construction

2151 24th Ave
San Francisco

VAN DER STERRE CONSTRUCTION

634 OAK ST
San Francisco

Van Hooser Enterprises

1049A Dell Ave
Campbell

Van Note Construction

PO Box 826
San Miguel

Vargas Construction

664 Red Rome Ln
Brentwood

VARGAS CONSTRUCTION INC

239 VALPARAISO AVE
Cotati

Vasona Construction

4120 Business Center Dr
Fremont

VB&C Construction Inc

1716 Capistrano Ave
Berkeley

VICTOR TICHE ELECTRIC

PO BOX 1377
Rohnert Park

Vida Building Systems

PO Box 797
Bolinas

VIRDI CONSTRUCTION. INC

P.O.Box 953
Fremont

VMG Builders Inc

607 Canjoaquin Drive
Vallejo

VOLVE BUILDING CO

3435 Cesar Chavez Ste 336
San Francisco

W Isaak Construction Inc

PO Box 750
Penngrove

Walker Construction

465 Technology Way
Napa

Walker Homes

PO Box 248
Mountain View

wallace construction

141 idora avenue
San Francisco

Warmzone

12637 S 265 W Suite 100

Watson Construction

4292 Dry Bed Ct
Santa Clara

WB Britton Enterprises

1267 Ridley Ave
Santa Rosa

Wedge Roofing

5 Casa Grande Rd
Petaluma

Wesley Construction, Inc

6114 Lasalle Ave
Oakland

West Coast Builders

722 via casitas

West Coast Energy Design

1075 Victorine Rd
Livermore

Western Building and Power

3833 Clarke Street
Oakland

WG Construction

2450 Scott Blvd.
Santa Clara

Wickman Development And Construction

319 Rutledge Street
San Francisco

Wilkinson Design & Construction Inc.

46 Greenfield Dr
San Anselmo

Wilkinson Design+Construction Inc.

72 Clayton Street
San Rafael

WILLIAM ROBERTS CO

699 SANTA BARBARA RD
Berkeley

William Wells

San Jose

Wine Country Kitchen & Bath Inc.

5322 Vine Hill Rd
Forestville

Wolfe, Inc.

544 58th St
Oakland

Wood Duck Building

20 Glen Ave
San Rafael

WRIGHT RHODE CONSTRUCTION

2987 SUNNY WOOD CIR
Santa Rosa

WW Windows

3195 PARK Rd
Benicia

YourTurf, Inc.

31103 Rancho Viejo Rd
San Juan Capistrano

Zanne Construction LLC

2453 Day Sailor Court
Richmond

Zeus Design Build

2001 Blvd of the Stars
Canyon

Zeus Remodeling

601 Myra
San Francisco

Zinc Builders

1325B Evans ave
San Francisco

Zumwalt & Associates Inc

3301 Sunrise Blvd
Rancho Cordova

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