Manchester Lumber Stores

in Manchester, CT

54
Lumber Stores are
in Manchester

11
Lumber Stores in Manchester
are top rated

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Rated by
Samantha S.
"My husband and I took the gift card (which took almost 3 months to arrive, but for $15 free, who cares) to a Lowes (one in the Milwaukee area, not one in North
" ) and bought some plastic patio chairs. So the first chair was effectively free. The first person we asked didn't know where the chairs we wanted were, but he found someone else who did know.
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Christina W.
"I have closets that trim was never installed, I have 2 holes in my wall from a hammer, I have trimmed that is placed and not nailed down, I have trim that was cut long and then squeezed" into a space causing it to bow, I have 1 door knob that is completely different from all the other with no idea where it came from. I doors that will not shut, and doors that are not flush on the door frame; with light coming in every area around the door. 1 door knob was installed on the wrong side, and brush door was used that left completely different texture than any of the other doors. In several places small piece of trim was needed, and bathroom caulk was used instead and spread into space with fingers. Nail holes throughout the entire home visible, and I have also been informed is the wrong kind of nail (framing vs. finishing nails). They also painted fuzz from the roller into the door, and they simply painted over it. In several places trim was needed, and bathroom caulk was used instead. I have rounded corners, where they were supposed to put a transition piece to complete the look, they simply caulked over it losing my rounded edges. Visible in pictures is fuzz, dust, and anything else that can't be removed due to the type of glue used. Multiple area's where trim should have been mitered but was not, doors half painted, not at all painted or dried with brush strokes visible. Hardwood floors damaged when fridge was moved, so note that each floor pic you can double the amount of damage as it appears on both sides. They sawed all their pieces in my garage, and never cleaned up, leaving a
of saw dust all over my garage. Up until 4 days ago I have tried to work with the contractors, even ignoring some the additional damage they have caused, and it has gone absolutely no where. The multiple attempts I have made at resolving this issue has fallen on deaf ears, and I been more than just ignored. They
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Arian B.
"They are open on Sundays and you can pretty much get whatever you need. They have great price and if they
’t have it, they will order it for you and it’s" going to be a day or two, so they’re pretty good at getting stuff that you need. They carry a lot of stuff that you just can’t get up here in Tahoe that you have to drive down to
City which is a 30-minute drive to get too. They are friendly and they take back stuff. If you
’t need it, you can return that. The staff knows the bits and pieces and they provide discount for seniors and military. They will load up the car or the truck for you.

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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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There are two sides to this and everyone will have an opinion.  I can tell you that from a contractor's point of view a customer that is up front with me is much easier to work with and the entire experience is much more pleasurable to all parties involved.  If you treat your contractor like there's always something to hide from him expect the same in return.  A good contractor is going to take your budget into consideration and make recommendations based on that budget.  When possible, he's going to estimate the work 10-20% under your target to leave room for the unexpected.  With any remodeling work, there's always the possibility and likelihood that there will be surprises that will have to be added such as mold damage, improper existing framing, etc.  The cushion allows room for the project cost to grow without going over your budget.  If no problems are found and you decide to spend that money some of the final finishes can be upgraded or other projects added.

Another good arguement for disclosing your budget to your contractor is to save you both some time and aggrevation.  You may have a $10,000 budget and want $30,000 worth of work.  Wouldn't you like to know your desires aren't possible before you get your hopes up or spend money on design fees for plans you can't afford?  Likewise, the contractor doesn't want to put in the hours of calculating the estimate only to find out it was all for nothing or that he has to refigure for a much lower cost after pricing what you specified.

Be fair and honest with your contractor if you expect the same respect in return.  You'll get a lot more out of it with the right contractor.

Todd Shell
Todd's Home Services
San Antonio, TX
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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.
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The answer depends on your contract.  If you do not have a written contract, you need to begin documenting everything.  Begin by using a calendar and marking the days the contractor started, worked, you had to speak to him/her about the work, etc.

Next photograph the work you feel is sub-par.  If work has been corrected, photograph it now to have a record of its condition.  If you have any "original" or "before work began" pictures get those together, too.

If you do have written contract, see what it says about warranties, complaints, failure to finish / comply, etc.  Holding the money may end up with the contractor taking YOU to court for the funds - you cannot just hold the money.  You need to document in writing what is wrong, what you expect to happen (be specific) and when it should happen by.  A good contract will explain if and how money can be held, how the arbitration or complaint is filed, etc.

You should also invite another contractor to come in and bid the work to finish the job.  They can confirm the quality of the work and give you a price to fix / finish the job.  This gives you justification for holding the funds and an option to finish the job.

If the contractor is not willing to fix the work or listen to direction, do not allow them back in the house.  A judge will ask you why you let them continue to do work if you found it unacceptable.  Take back the key or access to the building - you can also attempt holding any materials or tools as collateral if the cost of repair is higher than the amount owed.  Again, document what you are holding, its estimated value (google or ebay search), etc.

Finally, in writing you should fire the contractor and state the exact reason(s).  Document everything; if it is done in person after they leave make notes of what was said, agreed upon and disputed.  If you are satisfied that what you have paid is fair compensation for the work done, make sure this is noted in the letter firing the contractor.  If you feel money is owed, you will need to file a small claim in your local court.  Include the documentation you made, notes, letters, etc. when you file your claim so the judge will have a copy of everything.  Don't forget to contact the BBB.

Do not wait for the court date; go ahead and hire the other contractor and have the work completed.  Bring this invoice to court with you (file it before the court date if you can).  Bring photos of the finished work (again, file it with the court before the date if possible).  You must show what good quality work looks like vs the poor quality work.

Otherwise it will be a your word against the contractor and you will most likely lose, (the contract is a promise to pay for work) or even if you "win" you will most likely split the difference between the argued amount of money.  Also be prepared for the contractor to file a small court claim against you.  Same process as above, except now you will respond to the summons with a copy of your stuff to defend your reason for holding funds instead of asking for money back.

Good luck!
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Yes, you can ask for these items.  Second Century Homes answered your question well - most contractors do not do a break down to prevent haggling on items that shouldn't be part of the discussion.  People sometimes forget to allow the builder to make money. . .  Builders also want the entire job, not the nickle and dime menu selected items - you may find the contractor says "Thanks, but no thanks" if you ask them to remove portions of the work.

The real question is why do you need this break down?  If you are thinking you will do the demo yourself to save money, you can certainly tell your contractor this - but I would be willing to bet once you buy or rent the tools, haul the trash to the correct disposal dump (many trash dumps will not take home building materials anymore) and clean up / prep for the new work - you will have spent more and delayed the project more than just letting the professionals do it. Plus, do not be surprised when they still have to do additional demo work that you didn't know would be needed to complete the job, etc.

Also keep in mind that cutting portions of the work out of the job to do later is not a money saving move.  You will find that the cost for the individual items go up when done seperately - the contractor has to come back multiple times, has to set the equipment back up, possibly pull seperate permits, schedule the work crew / subs, etc.

If you are asking for the break down to compare bids, then again, tell the contractors what numbers you want to see.  If you are doing it because you feel the total price is too high, have a discussion with your contractor; they may be able to suggest ways to save costs, etc.  Ultimately if you know the materail costs, and have the total figure, you can do a pretty good estimate of the percentage for labor and profit in the job.

It is your project and your contract, so you can ask for anything you want on the quote - just be clear on why you want the information so the contractor can work with you.

Good luck!

Home Improvement Store reviews in Manchester

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Their estimate turned out to be much higher than a local provider who did an excellent job. Always get multiple estimates.
- Douglas K.
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Home Improvement, were very responsive and efficient throughout the process. Any problems were solved quickly. The store personnel were very personable and professional. I am very pleased with the finished product. I would recommend them to others.
- William M.
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I go to them because they're right down the street from me. They're easy to get to. They're very convenient. They treat me well. They answer all my questions. I do like the store. I've been using them off and on for the last 10 to 12 years. Their prices are just as good as anybody else.
- John R.
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The service turned out very well. It is almost a perfect club. You have to pay money to belong to it, but the pricing you get out of the product that you buy is a lot cheaper than retail and better quality. It was all good. It is pretty much a self-serve. There are people there to help you, but it is like going to a library where you research the information and you can fill out forms to order the product. They are all very nice there and they assist you with whatever you need. It is different from sales. They are not trying to sell you anything. They are representing
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- James D.
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They have a very knowledgeable staff and prep the products for you. They make sure it's operating correctly and teach you how to operate it correctly as well. They do excellent warranty maintenance work too.
- Jay C.
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For the first time in 10 years my chain saw didn't start. I took it in for service at
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and they did a terrific job. I was informed about what was needed to complete the repair and how much it was. The work was completed in a timely manner and the cost was as quoted. When I picked it up I was offered tips as to how to properly maintain it. The father and son duo are the best and I would recommend this store to anyone. I pass a Home Depot and a Lowes just to go to this store. It's old time service at it's best. They have the best "man cave" of
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grills in the area and offer free assembly and delivery.
- Robert H.
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Paid $75 planning fee. Estimates were way out ol line on the proposal. Revised and reduced plan and agreed on cost and paid in full.
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called next day to say they had failed to scan a portion of the plan and asked for additional $1500. I canceled the contract and received refund on my credit card. .
- Thomas R.

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A & B POWER EQUIPMENT REPAIR, LLC

84 S MAIN ST
East Windsor

A AIUDI & SONS LLC

60 ADAMS ST
Manchester

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1101 Huntingdon Avenue
Waterbury

Advanced Hurricane Protection

4517 SE Commerce Ave

Amity Carpentry

PO 3624
New Haven

Apples to Apples Inc.

1204 Main Street
Branford

Aspen Kitchen & Bath Center

683 Silas Deane Highway
Wethersfield

Avon Hardware & Rental

22 Dale Rd
Avon

BENDER KITCHEN DESIGN GALLERY

335 EAST ST
New Haven

Boudreau Builders,LLC

124 Overlook Rd
South Windsor

Bushka Lumber & Millwork Co LLC

305 Fairfield Ave
Waterbury

CAPITOL EQUIPMENT & MARINE

28 HILLIARD ST
Manchester

CHACE BUILDING SUPPLY of CT

90 ROUTE 171
Woodstock

Chapman Lumber Inc

224 Watertown Rd
Thomaston

Clear Sky Energies

75 Kinne Rd
Glastonbury

connecticutwindow

PO BOX 809
Somers

CONYERS CONSTRUCTION CO

77 TOLLAND TPKE
Manchester

CONYERS TRUE VALUE HARDWARE

63 TOLLAND TPKE
Manchester

Cronus Construction

251 Lincoln street
New Britain

DirectBuy of Indianapolis

8450 Westfield Blvd

Gano's Power Equipment

120 Linwood Ave
Colchester

HANOVER ENTERPRISES INC

277 MIDDLE TPKE W
Manchester

Home Depot

541 Kings Hwy Cut Off
Fairfield

HOME DEPOT

656 RESERVOIR AVE
Bridgeport

HOME DEPOT

80 BUCKLAND HILLS DR
Manchester

Housesurgeons

142 Warner St
Hamden

JAM INC

122 KENNEDY RD
Manchester

KENYON WOODWORKING

85 HILLIARD ST
Manchester

Kloter Farms

216 West Rd
Ellington

L-Train Electric

130 Marlborough St
Portland

Lady House Doctors

101 Grove St
Windsor

Lowe's of Torrington, CT

420 Winsted Rd
Torrington

LOWES

325 COTTAGE GROVER ROAD
Bloomfield

Lowes Of Manchester CN

31 Buckland Hills Dr
Manchester

MAIN HARDWARE & SUPPLY CO

1191 MAIN ST
East Hartford

Master Home Improvement LLC

12 congress street

Materials Handling

77 Grassmere Ave.
West Hartford

MIDSTATE TRACTOR & EQUIPMENT

562 S MAIN ST
Middletown

Pro Hands Companies

21 W Main St
Waterbury

RepairClinic.com Inc

48600 Michigan Ave

Riley Lumber Co

6 Mountain Ave
Bloomfield

SANFORD & HAWLEY INC

336 N MAIN ST
Manchester

SEARS HARDWARE STORE

852 N COLONY RD
Wallingford

URBAN MINERS

30 Manila Avenue
Hamden

W H PREUSS & SONS

228 BOSTON TPKE
Bolton

ZARNOWSKI POWER EQUIPMENT

301 SAVIN AVE
West Haven

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