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far surpassed my expectations! We received 3 estimates on the remodeling of our kitchen and
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was by far the most responsive and on time as well - anytime I emailed/phoned a question to
, I had a response within a few minutes. The job went smoothly and the crew cleaned up well after the job was done. They were all top-notch, nice, and professional guys that I wouldn't hesitate to use in my future home improvement projects. I look forward to working with them again!

-Kristin H.

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does excellent work! Their team pays attention to detail and delivers quality completed projects. I had them remodel my bedroom. They" took out a drop ceiling, dry walled, painted and did electrical work in the room. I am also a repeat customer and had them replace a double window in my house. They did this quickly and on budget. The team has excellent communication, gets work done quickly and they deliver at a great price. I will use Keystone for all my future home improvement needs.

-AVRA O.

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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. 

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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.

Basement Remodeling reviews in Plainfield

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, two of the most accommodating people to work with. These guys are not about the money, like most contractors. These guys not only did a nice job but were more than reasonable with the pricing. No job is too small with them. I find that they are like family with us. Very hard workers and this is a second job for them as they also work at the Hyannis hospital as well. I would call them anytime to do work again.
- Mark G.
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It was fine. They did what they were supposed to do. They were timely and cleaned up. They have a 5 year guarantee. They are going to update my bathrooms.
- Valencia R.
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Due to a pipe break and flooding it was time to remodel the living room and take advantage of the changes to update adjacent kitchen and hallway.
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was the main contractor and oversaw the entire operation. He had terrific ideas such as raising the ceiling from just over 7 feet to a gorgeous cathedral, beamed ceiling across the living room and kitchen areas. When tearing out the walls of the living room several serious structural problems were revealed as well as many electrical nightmares (the house is from the 1960's). All was remedied with high quality materials to bring all up to the modern day. Experts on stone and tile work, carpentry, electrical, and sheetrock and painting were brought in when needed and worked very well together. All were top notch, professional, and friendly. The final result is stunning and the rooms are warmer than they have ever been despite the new higher ceilings.
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kept me well informed of any decisions I needed to make and helped me through them. He kept me well aware of any changes to the budget needed when I requested new things or when we found historic nightmare problems that had to be fixed. I travel quite a bit and they all worked with my schedule as needed.
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was very tolerant of my (frequently) requested additions and worked with me to build my vision. Most of the tearing down of the old walls and "guts" happened when I was away and I had complete confidence that all would go well with me available only by phone. The workers kept the dirt and dust to an absolute minimum. I had been afraid the the whole house would need serious cleaning after the tear down, but they managed to contain the dust to the areas being remodeled. Every day when they left, the house was neat and clean. Great consideration was taken that we still needed to use those rooms while they worked. While the work wasn't cheap, the prices were very, very reasonable for the quality of work and the willingness and ability to do creative design. I'd rather pay a little more to get quality that I will enjoy forever. I'd also rather pay a little more to assure I'll get what I asked for and not be disappointed.
I used this same company 4-5 years ago to finish my nightmare cobwebby basement which is now a beautiful wine cellar/media room that we and my friends absolutely love. Dannton's carpentry has been particulary important to me for both jobs as I love to add as much wood as possible when I remodel. He is a real artist.
When I'm ready, I will use
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Company again to continue to upgrade my house.
- Janet V.
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He was full of ideas on how we could use the space and what would look the best. His teams were punctual, clean and professional. The job site was well maintained. The job was done quickly even with the problems of winter storms. I would definitely use him again.
- Debra B.
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was super -- thoughtful about how to make the work look and function as well as possible. He let me know in advance what questions he had, how he was going to keep our house as clean as possible, and what his recommendations were. we've worked with
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twice and have found the quality and experience to be great both times. I also appreciated that
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put equal care and thought into both of our projects, even though one project was relatively small.
- Gabriella M.
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Provider came out initially to check out the project and measure the space and discuss ideas for usage of the basement. I asked about the plans and he indicated that it would include the type of insulation, steel stud framing, lowered heights for ductwork, etc. He never did send me any plans or details after the initial visit. I called several weeks later inquiring about the status of the plans ... response was that he thought the plans were sent by mail already to which I replied no. The second time around another person came to the house to measure the basement space. He hand sketched a rough outline of the basement and I provided dimensions to him with my handheld laser distance device. He indicated that he would be sending detailed drawings with even lighting locations, HVAC, etc. specified. What I received in the mail was a 1 sheet 8 1/2" x 11" paper with the very rough (not to scale) layout that was drawn quickly at the time of the visit. On it were rough light locations, etc. This is a caution to all who are mislead from the ad to believe they would receive a professional drawing (2D means rough pencil sketch not to scale on a single sheet of plain paper) ... not the type of drawing the original person who came out indicated that I would receive. Provider is essentially charging people to come to their house to discuss and draw up a very rough concept sketch ... this frankly should be provided at no charge in hopes of gaining future business. Save your money and sketch up your own image (to scale) as it will likely be much more accurate and complete.
- Milan J.
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I have used the company since 2002. They do a wonderful job.
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is contentious and cost effective. He does exactly what he says he will and is highly professional. They have also have built a pool house with an endless pool, remodeled a kitchen and did a deck repair. I have had no issues with scheduling and they are very responsive.
- RICK W.
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The craftsmanship was excellent. The follow through and time-frame of the project was outstanding. The final punch list was followed up on and finished in an efficient and timely manner.
- Danny S.

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A L Contracting, LLC

436 New London Turnpike
Norwich

A Plus Construction LLC

252 E Main St
Jewett City

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

American Remodeling

19 Green Field Ln
North Haven

Artisan Renovations

30 Edwards Rd

ARTISTIC HOME IMPROVEMENT

70 WHALEHEAD RD
Gales Ferry

BAZINET LLC

41 Sullivan Rd
Jewett City

Behrmann Builders

417 Kemp Rd.

Better Built Basements LLC

229 Christian Ln
Berlin

Burton Home Improvement

P.O. Box 1024
Waterford

Cahaba Scapes

2130 11th avenue north

CIRIONI CONTRACTING

PO Box 242
Niantic

Coastal Custom Wine Cellars

2405 Orchard Crest Blvd

Colonial Contracting, LLC

161 Babcock Road
North Stonington

Connecticut Home Network, LLC

116 Wawecus Hill Rd
Bozrah

Cornerstone Carpentry LLC

118 Klondike Street
Stratford

Creative Enclosures LLC

56 Stockhouse Rd
Bozrah

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

DM Remodeling

290 Ohio Ave
Groton

ENTERPRISING SOLUTIONS LLC

11DANIEL ST.
Norwich

FORTIER'S HOME IMPROVEMENT

11 ACADEMY ST
Plainfield

Fuery Development Group LLC

445 N Main St
Norwich

Fuery Development Group LLC

445 North Main St
Norwich

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

10 Plainfield Rd.
Canterbury

Gene McAllister Builder, LLC

473 Fabyan Rd
North Grosvenordale

Girls 'n' Tools

27 Richmond Rd
Putnam

GO2DUMP LLC

144 New Road
Thompson

Gutters & More

495 Main St
Cromwell

Holtzworth Home Improvement

81 Norwich Salem Tpke
Oakdale

Home Elements LLC

455 Levita Road
Lebanon

Homemade Design

41 Monument Ave

Insolara

64 W View Dr
Woodstock

JAD Basement Systems

117 Old Post Rd
Clinton

Jeff Of All Trades

182 Thompson Hill Rd
North Grosvenordale

jeremy hill builders

99 Jeremy Hill Rd
Stonington

JPW Building, LLC

257 Water Street
Canterbury

JRS Custrom Interiors

25 Prospect St
Putnam

JS Electrical LLC

230 South Washington St
Plainville

K.Z. Construction

55 Woodland Road
Lebanon

Kauffman Bros. LLC.

151 bebbington lane

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

Lefevre Bros, LLC

99 Patrick Rd
Jewett City

Lizardi's Fix4 You!

44 Pratt Street
Norwich

MHI Building & Remodeling

60 Scotland Rd
Chaplin

MOROSKY BUILDING & REMODELING

43 Walnut Dr
Uncasville

New England Companies, LLC

122 Pennsylvania Avenue
Niantic

New England Traditions

262 Derry Hill Rd
Uncasville

New Hope Carpentry

58 May Street
Fairfield

North American Building Inc

100 Putnam Rd
Dayville

Peter F Stadnick LLC

196 Old Norwich Rd
Quaker Hill

Pro Hardwoods Plus...

241 School Street

Red Cap Construction

2 River Road Apt 1A
Lisbon

Remodeling Second Opinion

106 W Sunnybrook Dr

Renew Custom Kitchen & Bath

16 Pondview Dr
Cromwell

RR Commercial Painting, Inc.

556 westcott rd
Danielson

Select Construction LLC

82 Cross Road
Chaplin

STRESS FREE SOLUTIONS HOME IMPROVEMENTS

64 Bennett Circle
Voluntown

The Greensulators, Inc.

110a River Road
Jewett City

Total Remodeler LLC

95 Huntington Dr
Plainfield

Trudeau Home Improvement

20 railroad ave
Plainfield

Twenty Design

697 A Pomfret ST
Pomfret Center

Warmzone

12637 S 265 W Suite 100

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