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was quick to respond to my request for a quote (where other companies took a long time to respond) and gave me a good price relative to one" other estimate I received. He came out with 2 other workers and they were on time and did a good job. Overall, I'm very pleased with the result. Just a couple of comments. During the job they had laid some tools down on our new artificial turf and left some concrete residue. Fortunately, I saw it and washed it off before it dried and became a problem. They had also rinsed some of the tools which left some dried concrete in our yard. Not a big deal as I was able to break it up and rake it out. Just a few points off for that. Again, overall I'm pleased and I would use them again.

-Felino C.

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"Wonderful. He was able to make the driveway wider, seal it to the house, and generally made it look very nice. We're so impressed with the work, and he did" it all himself. Very pleased, we recommend him highly!

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Bids are NOT done based on a multiplier on top of materials cost to get labor cost. Think of the consequences in the example you gave - by that method using say plain home depot tile made in Honduras might cost $5/SF materials, so by your method $10 labor. Now, same floor, with Carerra marble or Barre Granite at $75-100/SF - so do you want him charging you $150-200/SF labor when it takes almost exactly the same time regardless of material ?

To put it in simple terms, contractors:

1) figure the amount and cost of materials and consumables needed from the plans and specifications, applying a markup (from 15-50%, depending on contractor and how fancy or specialized a job it is).

2) Then they figure the equipment needed and the operating time to be used or elapsed time to be rented or leased - either opperating hour or elapsed time, or combination of both, especially if it consumes fuel

3) They then figure the labor time for the various trades required to do the job, maybe add an efficiency or ease of work multiplier to those hours to fit the job conditions, multiply those hours by the hourly pay rates, then multiply that times the "load" or "Labor Overhead" to account for employment taxes, workman's compensation costs, health plan, etc, etc.

4) Then they add in the cost of any architect or engineer plans or certifications that are needed, government permits and inspections, etc.

5) Then they add in any subcontractor bids, with appropriate contingency amount for each.

6) All those above totals are added up, an appropriate overall contingency added if needed (typically 5-10%, but on remote site jobs I have seen as high as 200%), and (depending on how contractor figures his costs) at least all the "in-house" costs like his equipment, consumables, and labor costs have a percentage overhead and profit added to them - typically about 100-150%. Some contractors use a lower overhead percentage but apply it to the total estimated job cost, not just in-house costs.

This "company overhead" or "general overhead" or "G&A - General and Administrative Overhead" covers the costs of financing and running the company, management and secretarial and general supply and maintenance costs, buildings and equipment yards lease or mortgage cost, working capital cost, insurance, loan interest, general shop equipment payments, profit, etc. Some contractors use a lower overhead and apply it to every cost in the job, some (especially those doing government work so havingto adhere to government accounting rules) apply a "markup percentage" to materials and rental costs and outside subcontract services, and apply G&A overhead only to in-house costs.

 

That being said, for a general class of work it does generally (on normal jobs) work out that there is a general multiple of labor to materials cost. For instance, yard work and residential tree work is heavy on labor, so it might have a labor to materials ratio of 3:1 or even 5:1.  Detail foundation hand excavation and underpinning can run to 5:1 or more. Many types of building construction like plumbing, tile, carpentry, etc. do end up with a very roughly 2:1 or 3:1 ratio of labor to materials cost. At the other extreme, high energy efficiency or hurricane rated glass installation or a fancy full-building computer and communications system or high-end entertainment center might have a labor to materials ratio of 0.25-0.5 because it is designed to go in pretty fast, but the materials cost a lot.

For your case, a hardscaping ratio could run from 0.5:1 or less to as much as 3:1 or more, for installations with very expensive imported stone and fancy woods and a lot of bought decorative items such as statuary, to the opposite labor-intensive landscaping with lots of sidehill terracing and hand-planted flower beds, hand-dug irrigation system trenches, and manual-placed concrete block or railroad tie walls. Each job should be figured on its own merits - using a "rule-of-thumb" is where people commonly get unpleasantly surprised. That is why you typically get 3 bids unless you have a contractor you trust from prior experience and are confident will give you a fair shake regardless of being sole-sourced. Personally, both for my own purposes and professionally in the design and construction business, I have found sole-source to trusted contractors you have experience with is, in the long run, a BIG money and time saver, as well as making it far more likely to finish on schedule and let you sleep at night.

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You need a general contractor - prefereably one who specializes in additions, because you have excavation, waterproofing, concrete, concrete cutting, carpentry, door and window, etc trades to coordinate.

The cost will depend a great deal on your topography around the house - if the base of the window will be above ground level at least 6 inches, then could run about $500 for a legal egress window purchase and about $1000-2000 for installation, depending on how deep into the concrete you have to cut.

If the bottom of the window will be below ground level, then to call it a bedroom (which mandates legal sized second egress and usauully at least one window)  then you will have two choices - bring it out into a solid watertight concrete storm cellar with collar to keep water out, stairs, and and weather and bug-tight cellar door that is inward-opening, which means a lot of space for stairs and landings top and bottom, or bring it out into an oversized window well at least 36 inches in diameter, and with steps to ground level, with adequate drainage and waterproofing to keep it dry. Either way, sometimes about as easy to put in an outside door as a window, and might raise property value more. Cost from $2-5,000 depending on how deep into concrete wall you have to dig, whether concrete wsall needs reinforcing with steel frame because of the depth of cut, how easy the digging is, and what your water conditions are near the foundation. The last thing you want to do is create an easy water or vermin ingress with your egress.

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The cost to install the veneer stone has a wide range do to many factors. It can range from around $9 to $17 per square foot. It depends on the location, the stone being used, job access, skaffolding needs, wall prep and such. I would think you would be on the lower end of the scale. Your job is on a concrete surface so it eliminates one of the biggest problems they are having with this product, wall preperation. This one of the things that separates the high bidders from the low ones. There are million dollars homes being torn down because of improper wall prep. One a wood frame house a backing system that allows drainage is a must or the moisture absorbed by the veneer can rot the walls behind with alarming speed. Some have had makor damage within the first four years. On a concrete wall the veneer needs no such prep at most wire mesh applied if it is an older concrete wall.

 

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Is the wall that the garage is sloped toward and adjacent wall of the home?

 

If not, it should not be of real concern. 

 

Try to keep the water out of the garage with a gasket on the door. 

 

 

Concrete Repair reviews in Hamden

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did an excellent job of replacing the sewer line from the street to my house. They had to excavate around a water main, other sewer lines, two natural gas pipes, and my house water line. City did not know where my sewer line was located so contractor had to find main sewer line in street and follow it to house. They were very methodical in the excavating, keeping me informed all the time of their progress. Fortunately they did find the separation and sewer line break before it entered the house.
Sewer line had to be replaced because the line was originally not installed correctly and caused the breakage and subsequent separation.
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not only replaced the sewer line according to proper standards, but backfilled and compacted the soil as it should have originally been upon installation.
I highly recommend them. They are professional, experts in their field, and willing to go the extra mile to provide good customer service.
- Connie T.
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I got three quotes, they were very competitive. They did they work they quoted, on time, no hassles, and had excellent follow up. Demolished and removed the old driveway in one day and poured the new driveway the next day. I have a large driveway. The price was $10,200. I would definitely use
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again and recommend them to others.
- Kevin V.
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A couple of owners before us tore out part of the driveway to install a fence. Instead of filling the fence side with concrete, they put in 2 cobblestone wides connected to the garage pad in the back of the house. The stones sank causing water and mud to get tracked into the garage.
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's detailed proposal was what impressed me most. Even if I don't know half of what was in the written contract, it was all there to study and know why they do what they do. His price was the highest for our budget but from the other reviews it looks like quality of the job is not an issue.
- Angela P.
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I trust Precision to make quality recommendations and do quality work. Very reliable, no drama and reasonable price.
- Brian H.
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This project turned out great. My wife and I are very happy with the outcome.
G & P Concrete delivered on their promise. They were a great group of people, fun to work with, and very courteous. It was great to see a group of people working hard together along with their boss !
The job was taken as a "winter project" and it went much better than I expected. G&P took advantage of every good weather day and were able to complete the job much quicker than I ever expected. They started the job on 12/20/2014 and were finished by 1/14/2015.
We treated each other fairly, and they made my wife and I very happy that we selected them to do our project. I would definitely use them for any future concrete projects and highly recommend them to anyone else needing such services.
Thanks
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and Team !
- Connie S.
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The initial response from
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was quick. I purchased the deal and added some more square footage. The price immediately shot up over what was advertised. I was told this was because my lot was on a hill?
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came out and poured concrete in the rain and continued working after sunset. So the pour didn't come out well. The "clean up" was absolutely unacceptable. Weeks after the job I found leftover concrete, rebar, and nails, throughout my yard. There was a lot of trash left over and construction debris. On top of it all there is concrete dust all over the siding on the back of my house. They finally came out over a month after finishing to smooth over the slab and finish cleaning up. They were supposed to get the concrete dust off of the siding as well. The patio looks better but is still uneven and the dust is still all over my house. The worker that came over to finish instructed me to call
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about the paint issue. He has yet to answer or respond to my texts. The house is less than a year old and my paint job is ruined. It seems like they are going to refuse to finish cleaning which is part of the job. Worst part of it all is that i already paid the full amount. They haven't provided a contract or any kind of warranty either. I know shame on me.


- Shane H.
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we've used them for years and they have always been very personable, always on time, efficient in their work, and very through. I am always very pleased how clean he leaves the house. The quality of his work was exemplary.
- Deloris M.
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After I received the reply from this business I e-mailed back the same day & supplied the information which had been asked of me. No response. I e-mailed the information to him again on 12/4/2014. The last time I attempted contact was on 12/16/2014. There has been no further communication from this business. No service was performed.
- CHARLOTTE T.

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4 EVERGREEN LLC

93 W HILL RD
Thomaston

A K Remodeling and Design Services

40 N Plains Industrial Rd
Wallingford

A NIRO LANDSCAPE CONTRACTORS

33 Shady Hill Lane
Newington

A-Z home improvement contractor

13 forest road
Seymour

AAA Sammy Masonry

37 Bosse Rd
Waterbury

ACTION WATER GARDENS INC

47 HARTFORD TPKE
Tolland

AD Driveway Solutions

38 industrial road
Prospect

AK Carpentry LLC

19 Jude Rd
Plainville

Alex Masonry

62 Sky Hill Cir
Waterbury

All Dry Basement Systems LLC

34-J Keeler St
Danbury

All Seasons Home & Landscape

PO BOX 314
Scotland

Allied Building Contractors, LLC

174 South Main Street
West Hartford

ATLAS CONCRETE PRODUCTS INC

65 BURRITT ST
New Britain

AYOTT BROTHERS CONSTRUCTION INC

288 NORTH ST
Windsor Locks

B & D Earthscapes

88 main st
East Hampton

Basement Solutions LLC

37 Main St
New Milford

Baybrook Remodelers Inc

824 Boston Post Rd
West Haven

BESTCRETE SYSTEMS LLC

639 CEDAR GRV
Orange

Billings Media Blasting

75 Naubuc Avenue
Glastonbury

Bova construction

46 wolcott rd
Wolcott

BRAGAIA MASONRY

40 WOODLAND AVE
Bloomfield

Cahaba Scapes

2130 11th avenue north

Carolla Construction LLC

229 Branford Rd
North Branford

Caron Building & Remodling llc

PO Box 150
South Glastonbury

Caruso Construction LLC

1840 Morrill St Apt 207

CASINI MASONRY

515 QUAKER FARMS RD
Oxford

Castle Developers, LLC

1131 Tolland Tpke.
Manchester

CD BUILDERS INC

100 WEST RD
Ellington

CDJ Home Improvement

583 Bush Hll Road
Manchester

CDN Landscaping LLC

63 Coleman St
New Haven

Chaput Natural Stone & Pavers LLC

132 Chimneysweep Hill Rd
Glastonbury

CHARTER OAK ENVIRONMENTAL LLC

350 Naugatuck Ave
Milford

Cin Ara Construction

34 Marion St
West Haven

Concrete & Masonry LLC

122 Campbell Ave
West Haven

CONCRETE CORING CO

34 RACCIO PARK RD
Hamden

Concrete Impressions

1 Emma Way
Bristol

connecticut landscape & construction,llc

116 ayers road
South Windsor

Connecticut River Valley Hardscape LLC

15 Sadler St
Windsor Locks

connecticutwindow

PO BOX 809
Somers

Creative Masonry & Chimney LLC

471 New Britain Ave
Unionville

Creative Masonry & Construction, LLC

12 Progress Ave, Unit D
Seymour

CRESTWOOD PAVING CO LLC

1966 MAIN ST N
Woodbury

Cromwell Concrete Products

667 Main Street
Cromwell

CROSBY'S NORTHEAST FOUNDATION

146 N CHESTNUT ST
Branford

D&M Masonry Contractors LLC

24 Rondaly Rd
Amston

D.R.E.A.M. Remodeling LLC.

164 Sperry Rd.
Bristol

DBRConstruction LLC

1403 EAST MAIN ST
Meriden

DELUCIA HOME IMPROVEMENTS

3129 Whitney Ave
Hamden

dh&k construction llc

30 Grilley Rd.

DON'S TREE REMOVAL & LANDSCAPE

349 FRONT AVE
West Haven

E.S.P. ENTERPRISES

2 NORTH STREET
East Haven

Eastern Waterproofing Co Inc

PO Box 504
South Windsor

EDI Masonry & Landscaping LLC

229 Pheasant Dr
Rocky Hill

Eureka Service Group, LLC

70 Grove Hill Street
New Britain

Exquisite Designs

47332 Sterdley Falls

Exterior Touch Inc.

12610 Waverly RD.

FCL Painting & Powerwashing

194 Seaview Ave
Bridgeport

Ferrandino Enterprises LLC

18 Highview Rd
Ridgefield

Floriano Design

730 Hill St
Hamden

GreenCrete

PO Box 1063
Branford

GUY CANTONE & SONS MASON CONTR

80 WILLOWBROOK RD
Cromwell

HAMDEN PAVING CO

451 Circular Ave
Hamden

Hand E Services

P.O. Box 86
Cheshire

HANDY DANS

121 METACOMET DR
Meriden

Hi-Tech Crack Repair

570 Prospect Dr
Stratford

home doctor/roofs r us

85 bradley ave
Meriden

Hunter Services

7 Hine Street
Seymour

Husaria Masonry

56 Schultz St
New Britain

J & J Construction

2402 Harbor View Drive
Rocky Hill

J & L Concrete LLC

95 Downing St
New Haven

J Haley and sons LLC

East Hartford

JASON ROBERT'S SERVICES

80 Litchfield Tpk
Bethany

JBE Genral Contracts

Prospect St
West Hartford

Jigs General Contracting

47 Carey Ave
Meriden

JIM MASSIRIO CO INC

39 MILL ST
Berlin

JLS Paving LLC

New Haven

John C Fiderio & Sons Inc

687 Broad St
Meriden

Just Bathrooms

42 Brainard Rd

kevin white restorations L.L.C

76 Terrace st
East Haven

L&M Landscaping

14 Rose St
Seymour

Lad Scapes LLC

238 Gwen Rd
Meriden

Lauretti Construction Contractor, LLC

43 East Main St, PO Box 9265
Bristol

LCP General Contractors LLC

301 Berkeley Rd
Fairfield

Leo Masonry

Ansonia

LEONARD & SON CONSTRUCTION INC

53 TROY ST
West Hartford

LGE SERVICES LLC

535 HIGHFIELD DR
Orange

Liquid Stone Finishes LLC

P.O. Box 86
Cheshire

mallicoconstllc

477 grace trail
Orange

MasonicPro Construction, LLC.

22 Lake Road
Middlefield

McAree Mason Contractors Inc.

22 Doris Road
Bristol

Mckenneys Construction, llc

4 Sherwood Rd
New Britain

MIDSTATE PAVING

257 Gracey Ave
Meriden

Mod Tech HOME DESIGN

114 Balance Rock Rd
Seymour

Mr fix it repairs

15 greenfield st

Mr. Handyman of Upper Fairfield County

2480 Blackrock Tpke
Fairfield

N.E. CUSTOM CONCRETE & MASONRY

112 PERSHING DRIVE
Ansonia

Neighborhood Services LLC

PO Box 1365
Burlington

New Hope Carpentry

58 May Street
Fairfield

Nice Work Network

9 West Island Beach Road
Lebanon

NIRO LANDSCAPING

60 Peter Ct
New Britain

Ortega's Home Repair

47 Madison Avenue

P & M CUSTOM HOMES LLC

101 COLLINDALE DR.
Meriden

P D Remodeling

90 Humming Bird Drive
Northford

P&S Paving Inc

461 N Main St
Seymour

Partners Cleaning Services LLC

24 Wales St.
Naugatuck

Pioneer Basement

31 Sanford Rd

Pool Decks by Erik

5 Peck Hill Road
New Haven

Pro Hands Companies

21 W Main St
Waterbury

PROCRETE CONSTRUCTION

203 S STONE ST
West Suffield

PURINTON BUILDERS INC

61 Ffyler place
Suffield

Quality Dry Basements Inc

5 River Rd
Wilton

R and P Contracting

48 Matilda Lane
Shelton

RACCIO CONSTRUCTION CO INC

1220 SHERMAN AVE
Hamden

Ralph Savy Jr and Sons Masonry

W Main Street
Hebron

Rarick's Handyman Service

160 Riverside Dr
Hamden

Renovation & Storm Solutions LLC

116 Main Street
Rockfall

Rosa Home Improvement LLC

107 Ransom Hall Rd
Wolcott

S&A Masonry

61 MALLORY RD
Roxbury

S-S CONCRETE CONSTRUCTION

9 LINCOLN RD
Cromwell

Seaview Custom Homes LLC

308 Pettipaug Rd
Westbrook

SEYMOUR SEALING SVC

715 GAYLORD MOUNTAIN RD
Hamden

Shamasna Tile Company

43 McKenzie St
Middletown

SM Welch Remodeling

16 Ogden Lord Road
Marlborough

Small Job Specialist Electric

100 Filbert St
Hamden

Splinter LLC

135 Rennell Dr
Southport

Star Foundations, LLC

121 Reeds Gap RD
Northford

STONE DRIVEWAYS OF NEW ENGLAND

715 GAYLORD MOUNTAIN RD
Hamden

Stonebridge Craftsmen LLC

Po Box 909
Killingworth

Superior Fuel Inc.

240 Railroad Hill St
Waterbury

Superior Sealcoating

7 stiles rd
Waterbury

SW Debs LLC

North Grosvenordale

TCF Associates

259 South Main Street
Torrington

Tiriolo Services Driveway Sealing

140 Evillage rd
Shelton

Trash Remuval

94 Asylum St

Trusted Construction

79 Noble Avenue
Milford

Tufano Restoration,LLC

East Haven,Ct
East Haven

Viking Masonry

164 Avery Street
Manchester

Violette Silvester And Sons Inc

65 Cherry St
East Hartford

Washington Concrete Products

328 S Washington St
Plainville

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