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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 Ashford

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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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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

Champion Window Co of RI LLC

15 Centre Of New England Blvd

CIRIONI CONTRACTING

PO Box 242
Niantic

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

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

mj shippee remodeling

532 Cook Hill Rd
Danielson

Monahan Plumbing

P. O. Box 1089
Waterford

MOROSKY BUILDING & REMODELING

43 Walnut Dr
Uncasville

Mr. Bid

2878 orchard lake road

Mr. Handyman of Upper Fairfield County

2480 Blackrock Tpke
Fairfield

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

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 Co

5706 Frederick Ave

ROOFING SOLUTIONS

45 BANK ST
New London

RR Commercial Painting, Inc.

556 westcott rd
Danielson

SCRIBNERS KITCHEN & BATH DESIGN

44 Route 32
Quaker Hill

Select Construction LLC

82 Cross Road
Chaplin

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

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

Vista Home Improvement

2003 Riverdale Rd

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