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contstruction on 5/29. He stopped over the same day and spent about an hour with me sizing up the job. He said he'd give" me a quote by Monday (The next business day). He thought the job would cost around $27K-$30K. I called him on 6/5 because I didn't receive a quote. He said he didn't have time to finish it yet but would drop it off soon (no email). I called him back on 6/25 and said that he thought I didn't want him to do the job anymore. I said, no, I'm still waiting for a quote and interested in proceeding. He never provided the quote and I never called him back. I'm disappointed that he wasted an hour of my time on 5/29 and never even quoted the job or followed up with anything.

-Mike K.

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"Overall experience was average to below average. I joined Angie's list to find a reputable contractor who can repair the mistakes they made.
" relocated the AC/Heat vent and the cold air return and did not bother to connect the duct work in the basement,. It is covered by a ceiling so we did not notice it until I had the AC company check to see why my kitchen was not getting sufficient air. I also need to have all the electrical repaired....they overloaded the circuits and we are always blowing fuses. They ordered the wrong cabinets and refused to take the blame for it....even though I had the cabinets I wanted in writing so eventually they will also have to be replaced. We had so many issues with them that I had to pick my
so the cabinets didnt make the list. I agree with the others
is very difficult to work with.

-Mary M.

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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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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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The company was very prompt in replying once I'd bought the deal, and we made an appointment when I was available, which was a couple of weeks later. When the technician arrived, he asked me about my concerns & I explained my concern with water stains & peeling paint on the kitchen ceiling, with possible rodents in the attic & with need for insulation in my attic. He set up his ladder, climbed up a few steps & peeked into the attic. He took a couple of cell phone pictures & showed me the results, claiming he could not tell about the water stains without tearing open the ceiling. Well, since the area in question was 10 feet away from where he put his head up, of course he couldn't tell. I told him he could not "open up" my ceiling, and suggested he actually go into the attic to look at that area. He then climbed up again & stood on the ceiling beams, but did not walk around at all in the attic. My attic is over 1500 sq. ft., and he could not possibly have seen any more than a very tiny bit from his
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. He showed me a photo of debris on the floor of the attic, claiming he did not know what it was, but I would have to have the whole area cleaned up, then he could seal the holes &
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down insulation for the price of $6000. At no time did he suggest looking at the crawl space under the house, or use any type of infrared device, as The Deal claimed he would do.
I consider this whole experience a SCAM! When I informed him that I could in no way afford $6000 he asked if I could finance that & I said no. He then suggested I call Angie's List & tell them he did not come at all, so I could get back my $79 from them, and he would confirm that, since he did not get any money from that anyway! How kind. Then he said, on second thought, what he needed were ratings so he could be higher on Angie's list, and if I hadn't used him, I couldn't rate him & he really only wanted the rating. So forget the $79 back.
I suggest you stay far away from
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, at least from this scam of a "Complete Attic and Crawlspace Inspection, Plus Whole House Infrared Scan" since it was a complete waste of my time & money. I think it might have been worth $20 for the amount of inspection he did!
- Colleen H.
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AGA was an excellent company to work with. I would like to thank all the staff for their hard work as they spent a lot of time working overtime on my project to make sure it was on time.
- Elliot B.
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We called numerous providers regarding stuck windows, needing to know if we required new windows or just repairs. Out of about 8-10 contractors
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's was the only company to offer to come out and at least check them. They arrived on time, checked the windows, showed us a spray to get, fixed one window and that was it. No charge for the visit. I would use them for future needs.
- MARIAN W.
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I contacted
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after seeing work that he had done for a couple of neighbors.They were very pleased with the work that he had performed for them and highly recommended him. I have used
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several times for different projects since having him clean my roof. He is very professional and punctual, performed a thorough job and clean up when he was done, I could barely tell he was there....other than the clean, moss free roof! As a single female, I feel completely comfortable with
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working at my house, providing me a fair price for the work and not taking advantage of me by suggesting more work or repairs than what is actually needed.
- Tracy H.
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did an excellent job and we are very happy with the new look of our stairs! He was very professional throughout the process including timeliness of bid proposal, performing the work on the proposed start date, communication throughout the process, arriving when he said he would, and leaving the work area clean. We will consider using
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for other projects in the future and would recommend him to anyone needing similar work.
- Karla S.
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Used this company about 15/20 years ago for same problem. Appears that old cracks are still holding, but new cracks had appeared. Professional. Good people. Would recommend to others and would call them again.
- Vicki E.
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Though the Anza Valley in Riverside County is only 25 miles from the city limits of Temecula California, it suffers from name recognition problems. Many people think that the Anza Valley in Riverside County is somewhere in the Anza
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Desert of San
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County, a difference of about 40 miles as the crow flies....More /> The Anza Valley is about 4000 feet mountainous area and on the road to Idlewild and or Palm Desert California. The Anza
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Desert on the other hand is at sea level. Given this problem is sometimes difficult to get service people to come to the Anza Valley area. This is unfortunate since the Anza Valley appears to be the next major area for vineyards in Southern California. Failure to services area by individuals on Angie's list is going to be a mistake on their part in the long run.
Given that I have to commend the
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Corporation or their foresight in providing his service to the Anza Valley without question. He sent his technician to my residence in Anza Valley where he remove my old electrical
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and replaced it with a new one in a very expeditious manner. Consequently, I would highly recommend the
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Corporation to anyone who needs electrical equipment installed at their property.

- Thomas G.
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and his subcontractors did an amazing job, they took a house that had been neglected for some time and was in need of significant repair and transformed it into a house that is now a home.
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surprisingly was our lowest quote which sometimes can be risky but I knew he was the right contractor for our job and the person that I wanted to work with. He is extremely professional and pleasant to deal with; he organized the job so that it was finished on time and on budget. He also was accommodating of our logistics (owner commutes out of town for work, had an elderly dog, etc.)--he worked with our schedule and delivered wonderfully.
- kelly T.

Remodeling Contractors in Ashford, CT

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A G Vars Painting Services

41 Maple Grove Avenue
Norwich

A L Contracting, LLC

436 New London Turnpike
Norwich

A Plus Construction LLC

252 E Main St
Jewett City

A&C SUSTAINABILITY CONTRACTING LLC

90 NORTH STREET UIT 5P
Norwich

AAA Electrician Services

PO Box 188
Moodus

ABCR Solutions

P.O. Box 512
Old Mystic

ABS Systems

205 Main St

Advanced Improvements LLC

61 W Main St
Mystic

Advanced Overhead Door LLC

43 Carpenter Street
Norwich

AGENDA HOME IMPROVEMENT

123 BEAR HILL RD
Dayville

Alcraft Inc

605 Washington Ave
North Haven

AM-PM Roofing

30 Mill St
Middletown

AMERICAN DRYWALL LLC

33 N River Ln
Danielson

American Remodeling

19 Green Field Ln
North Haven

ARROW ENTERPRISES

16 LAKEVIEW DR
Ashford

Artisan Renovations

30 Edwards Rd

ARTISTIC HOME IMPROVEMENT

70 WHALEHEAD RD
Gales Ferry

BA Builders LLC

114 Richard St
Newington

Bath Builder

354 Grindstone Hill Rd.
North Stonington

Behrmann Builders

417 Kemp Rd.

BENEDETTO PAINTING & HOME INPROVEMENT

133 MILFORD POINT RD
Milford

Benoit Builders LLC

80 Brunswick Ave
Moosup

Better Built Basements LLC

229 Christian Ln
Berlin

Blue Mill Construction

239 Williams Street
New London

Bud Stula Home Improvement and Flooring

10 Old Colchester Rd
Lebanon

Burton Home Improvement

P.O. Box 1024
Waterford

Cahaba Scapes

2130 11th avenue north

CHACE BUILDING SUPPLY of CT

90 ROUTE 171
Woodstock

CIRIONI CONTRACTING

16 Granite St
New London

Coastal Custom Wine Cellars

2405 Orchard Crest Blvd

Colonial Contracting, LLC

161 Babcock Road
North Stonington

Color Your Carpet

9733 Elaine Rd.

Connecticut Home Network, LLC

116 Wawecus Hill Rd
Bozrah

Creative Enclosures LLC

56 Stockhouse Rd
Bozrah

Crescenzo Electric

P.O. Box 231
Cromwell

David Harris

200 Old County Cir
Windsor Locks

Decor Home Improvement LLC

421 Washington St
Norwich

Dependable Contracting Services

6 Plant Drive
Waterford

Dexter Home Improvement LLC

7 Sunset Dr
Waterford

DHZ Contracting

12 Soljer Dr.
Waterford

DirectBuy of Indianapolis

8450 Westfield Blvd

Dry X Waterproofing

67 meadow hill rd
Brookfield Ct

E & J HOME IMPROVEMENT

123 Kennerson Reservoir Rd
Ashford

Eastern Waterproofing Co Inc

PO Box 504
South Windsor

ENTERPRISING SOLUTIONS LLC

11DANIEL ST.
Norwich

Enviro-Clean Inc

41 Cedar Swamp Rd

Erik's Design Build Associates Inc

110 River Rd
Jewett City

Exterior Touch Inc.

12610 Waverly RD.

Ferrandino Enterprises LLC

18 Highview Rd
Ridgefield

Finishing Touches

303 Mohegan Park Rd Lot 134
Norwich

Fisher and White Construction

12 Douglas Lane
Waterford

FORTIER'S HOME IMPROVEMENT

11 ACADEMY ST
Plainfield

FP Seaside Painting Inc

574 Gravelly Hill Rd

Fuery Development Group LLC

445 N Main St
Norwich

Fuery Development Group LLC

445 North Main St
Norwich

G A Denison & Sons Inc

131 Cedar Grove Ave
New London

G.K.S. Electrical Services L.L.C.

10 Plainfield Rd.
Canterbury

GARY M VACCA BUILDING CONTRACTOR

9 COGGSWELL ST
Pawcatuck

Gene McAllister Builder, LLC

473 Fabyan Rd
North Grosvenordale

Girard's General Contracting LLC

12 Crocker Hill Rd.
Ledyard

Girls 'n' Tools

27 Richmond Rd
Putnam

GO2DUMP LLC

144 New Road
Thompson

Green Valley Plumbing, LLC

PO Box 167
Lebanon

Gutters & More

495 Main St
Cromwell

HANDI-RAMP INC.

510 North AVE

Heroux Construction

827 Margaret Henry Rd
Sterling

Holtzworth Home Improvement

81 Norwich Salem Tpke
Oakdale

Home Elements LLC

455 Levita Road
Lebanon

Independent Mechanical

PO box 304
Uncasville

Insolara

64 W View Dr
Woodstock

Interiors by Craig

2 Tristam Trace

J & J MOBILE HOME SVC

231 LAMBTOWN RD
Ledyard

Jeff Of All Trades

182 Thompson Hill Rd
North Grosvenordale

jeremy hill builders

99 Jeremy Hill Rd
Stonington

John Henderson Construction LLC

300 Pendleton Hill Rd
Voluntown

JPW Building, LLC

257 Water Street
Canterbury

JRS Custrom Interiors

25 Prospect St
Putnam

jv molinaro builders

10 pequot run
Pawcatuck

K. Perkins Contracting

23 Braman Rd
Waterford

K.Z. Construction

55 Woodland Road
Lebanon

Keep it Kleen

263 mechanic st
Danielson

Kitchen Options Inc

193 Sutton Ave

KRUEGER WINDOW & SIDING LLC

10 PALMER AVE
Jewett City

Krupula Enterprise LLC

432 North Main Street
Moosup

L O Fongemie and Sons Carpentry

302 Westford Road
Ashford

L.P. Alice Contracting Services L.L.C.

64 Bushnell Rd
Jewett City

Lafleur Builders

165 Waurgan Rd
Danielson

Laura's Designs

405 East Mission Street

Lefevre Bros, LLC

99 Patrick Rd
Jewett City

Lizardi's Fix4 You!

44 Pratt Street
Norwich

Mad River Woodworks

P.O.B. 1067, 189 Taylor Way

McGlone Realty

151 Prospect Street
Woodstock

MHI Building & Remodeling

60 Scotland Rd
Chaplin

Michael Mish Construction

7 Hazelwood Dr
Baltic

mj shippee remodeling

532 Cook Hill Rd
Danielson

Monahan Plumbing

P. O. Box 1089
Waterford

MOROSKY BUILDING & REMODELING

43 Walnut Dr
Uncasville

Mr. Handyman of Upper Fairfield County

2480 Blackrock Tpke
Fairfield

MRD Remodelling LLC.

59 Hartford rd

Mystic Restoration Co

800 Flanders Rd Unit 3-3
Old Mystic

New England Companies, LLC

122 Pennsylvania Avenue
Niantic

New England Traditions

262 Derry Hill Rd
Uncasville

New Hope Carpentry

58 May Street
Fairfield

NEWPRO

26 Cedar St

North American Building Inc

100 Putnam Rd
Dayville

Northeast Property Group Inc

150 Eugene O'Neill Dr
New London

On The Fly Computer Guy

138 Main St
Somers

Perry Designs Llc

192 Tater Hill Road
East Haddam

Peter F Stadnick LLC

196 Old Norwich Rd
Quaker Hill

Pro Hardwoods Plus...

241 School Street

R.Rich Construction LLC

89 Monroe ave
Griswold

RB Painting & Restoration

206 Cow Hill Rd
Mystic

Red Cap Construction

2 River Road Apt 1A
Lisbon

Remodeling Second Opinion

106 W Sunnybrook Dr

ROBERT D WOOD CARPENTRY

338 ELM ST
Stonington

Rolyn Companies, Inc.

5706 Frederick Ave

ROOFING SOLUTIONS

45 BANK ST
New London

RR Commercial Painting, Inc.

556 westcott rd
Danielson

Sammy Masonry

37 BOSSE RD
Waterbury

Scribners Kitchen & Bath Design

44 Rte 32
Quaker Hill

Select Construction LLC

82 Cross Road
Chaplin

Servpro of Meriden

1254 S Broad St
Wallingford

SERVPRO OF NORWICH/WINDHAM

435 SALEM Turnpike
Bozrah

Sevigny Custom Barns

47 Starr Road
Thompson

Sked Electric LLC

30 Sunset Dr
Old Lyme

Sterling Renovations

313 Valley View Rd
Sterling

STRESS FREE SOLUTIONS HOME IMPROVEMENTS

19 Valerie Street
Waterford

T.J. Nelson Home Improvements

43 Willetts Ave
New London

The Hampton Remodeling Co LLC

247 Singleton Rd
Chaplin

The Roofing Store LLC

PO Box 294
Plainfield

Tile America - New London

531 Broad Street
New London

Total Remodeler LLC

95 Huntington Dr
Plainfield

Trudeau Home Improvement

20 railroad ave
Plainfield

Twenty Design

697 A Pomfret ST
Pomfret Center

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