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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 Washington

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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.

All Remodeling Contractors in Washington, CT

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A Plus Home Improvements LLC

4 Sandpiper Ln
New Milford

Adams Seamless

42 Foote Ave
Canaan

ALLIED HOME EXTERIORS

370 Brick School Road
Warren

American Remodeling

19 Green Field Ln
North Haven

Apple Hill Construction LLC

PO Box 206
Beacon Falls

Artistic Tile

88 Millbrook rd
Winsted

Bad Dog Builders LLC

116 candlewood lake rd north

Basement Solutions LLC

37 Main St
New Milford

Bear Creek Remodelers

261 Kent Rd S
Cornwall Bridge

BENEDETTO PAINTING & HOME INPROVEMENT

133 MILFORD POINT RD
Milford

C S Fischer Building & Remodeling

55 Brick School Rd
Cornwall Bridge

Cahaba Scapes

2130 11th avenue north

Campbell Construction LLC

34 Woodland Rd
Bethlehem

CD Design LLC

P.O. Box 301
Watertown

Champion Window Co of RI LLC

15 Centre Of New England Blvd

Clark Sellars Building & Remodeling

46 Joshua Hill Rd
Woodbury

Coastal Custom Wine Cellars

2405 Orchard Crest Blvd

Color Your Carpet

9733 Elaine Rd.

Connecticut Basement Systems

60 Silvermine Rd
Seymour

Considine Construction LLC

277 Ashley Falls Rd.
Canaan

Corso Construction LLC

56 Ole Musket Ln
Danbury

CSC & Son LLC Home Improvement

32 Pond St
Naugatuck

CT Cellar Doors

PO Box 153
Oakville

CT REO Services

140 Cherokee rd

CT SHOWER & BATH LLC

555 NEW PARK AVE
West Hartford

DANA CUSTOM CABINETRY

97 PUMPKIN HILL RD
New Milford

DiGiorgi Roofing & Siding Inc

33 Lancaster Dr
Beacon Falls

DirectBuy of Indianapolis

8450 Westfield Blvd

DiStasi Builders

34 Thomson
Bethlehem

Dry X Waterproofing

67 meadow hill rd
Brookfield Ct

E & C Construction Co Inc

18 Brentwood Rd
New Milford

FG Construction

21 HEATHER COURT
New Milford

Fine Country Homes

97 Pumpkin Hill Rd
New Milford

GTS CONSTRUCTION

36 Lobsterback Rd
Trumbull

HANDI-RAMP INC.

510 North AVE

Handyman Andy

45 Finnish Ln

Home Advancements LLC

125 W. West Hill Rd.
Barkhamsted

Interiors by Craig

2 Tristam Trace

J and G Remodeling and Restoration

147 Torringford Street
Winsted

J C MERRITT GEN CONTR & BLDR

14 TITUS RD
Washington Depot

Jamieson Limited LLC

20 Bentley Cir
Goshen

Jeffrey Thomas

21 Sandstrom Rd
New Preston Marble Dale

Kaluta's Carpentry Kreation

6 Prospect Pl
New Milford

Kap Carpentry

402 Southbury Rd
Roxbury

L&L Contracting, LLC

149 South St
Morris

Lambert & Barr LLC

10 Whittlesey Ave
New Milford

Lapointe Home Improvement

P.O Box 1141
Litchfield

Laura's Designs

405 East Mission Street

Laurel Remodeling

241 Wallens Hill Road
Winsted

Mad River Woodworks

P.O.B. 1067, 189 Taylor Way

Mill Creek Builders

PO Box 356
Bethlehem

Mr. Bid

2878 orchard lake road

New Hope Carpentry

58 May Street
Fairfield

Oakville Home Improvements LLC

289 Skilton Rd
Watertown

On The Fly Computer Guy

138 Main St
Somers

Paintworks Plus

10 Rte 39 N
Sherman

Paramount Construction Services LLC

1500 Echo Lake Rd
Watertown

Parkside Construction

314 Kent Hollow Rd
Kent

PATRICK FARRELL CONSTR

6 TWO RIVERS LN
New Milford

Patriot's Builder Construction

33 Hillside Cir
Brookfield

Pickering Construction LLC

127 Candlewood Mtn Rd
New Milford

Precision Pool and Aquatics LLC

147 Danbury Rd.
New Milford

Primo Construction LLC

25 Hard Hill Rd N
Bethlehem

PROVIDENCE RENOVATIONS & CNSTR

118 WOODBURY RD
Washington

RELIABILITY PLUS PROPERTY CARE, LLC

106 PRITCHARD ROAD
Cornwall Bridge

REM Building and Development llc

41 E. Litchfield Road South
Litchfield

Remodeling Second Opinion

106 W Sunnybrook Dr

Remodeling Works LLC

P.O. Box 681
Woodbury

Right Choice Remodeling

P.O. Box 8117
New Fairfield

Roland Harris Jack of All Trades

2 Straits Turnpike Ln.
Morris

Rolyn Co

5706 Frederick Ave

S&A Masonry

61 MALLORY RD
Roxbury

Sky Property Services

37 Hubbell Ave
Ansonia

SW Debs LLC

North Grosvenordale

T.A. Cognato Construction

6 Sweet Briar Lane
New Milford

Timberline Construction C

161 Smith Hill Rd
Winsted

Top Notch Carpentry & Remodeling

15 E Putnam Ave
Greenwich

Transcend Carpentry LLC

520 Danbury Rd
New Milford

Vista Home Improvement

2003 Riverdale Rd

W & W Construction

6 Partridge Rd
Cornwall Bridge

Wainscot Solutions

48 Anderson Ave Ste 5
New Milford

Warmzone

12637 S 265 W Suite 100

WFL Properties, Inc.

35 Stag Mt.
New Hartford

White River Builders

25 Little Rd
Morris

Woodbury Supply Co Inc.

104 S Pomperaug Ave
Woodbury

Woodland Building & Remodeling LLC

11 Putnam Rd
New Milford

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