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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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They were just absolutely fantastic.
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would give me multiple options when we ran into something the was more difficult then originally thought. He is very reasonable and saved me a lot of money. I would highly recommend them. We did have one issue with the bathroom and
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new exactly how to handle it.
- Joni W.
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Very well.
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, field manager, was efficient and clean in coordinating the work needed. Very responsive to our needs and questions.
- RAMON & KAREN F.
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The work was completed on time and within budget. We were very pleased with the entire process and would use them again. The work was done in a very professional manner. At the end of the project the owner made some detail work be redone because he was sure we would be bothered by the quality later even if we said it was ok then. He was right and now when I look at that door trim I am reminded they did quality work for us.
- Leah H.
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and his team are highly skilled. I could not have asked for anything better. The quality of the work is superb.
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and his team were reliable, flexible, creative, trustworthy and very professional. Though it may have taken a tad longer that I had hoped for the final product was worth the wait. I love my new basement.
- Jennifer T.
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They did great work and they got the job done over 2 months. They finished the job on time and met all the timing deadlines. The communication could have been a little better throughout the process.
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is great to work with and he is super nice. Their attention to detail is great. They sub-contract a lot of work out and some contractors were much more respectful of my home than others. I would definitely recommend them. The cost was pretty much exactly as they quoted it and the pricing was fair.
- DANA B.
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The finished basement included a kids' play room, a 20-foot custom built bar with custom cabinetry, which
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designed and built himself, and a large family room with a fire place and stone wall.
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worked with us every step of the way. He communicated clearly and professionally and transparently. We are thrilled with how the basement turned out.
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and his staff were professional, punctual and importantly they were trustworthy.
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's value came as combination between his creative eye for design, his detailed and thorough craftmanship, and his professionalism and transparent communications. There were no surprise costs, and no unprofessional staff. Each day after the job the staff organized their materials and cleaned up the working area. We would definitely use them again and recommend them to our friends and family.
- Thomas A.
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I had my kitchen totally remodeled including installing hardwood flooring in my kitchen, family room and foyer.
They also installed new windows / sliding doors in our home. They were very neat during the remodeling of my kitchen. We also used this contractor when we had water damage in our basement due to a leak from my washer . They were quick to respond to my call and installed blowers to dry the floor to reduce the amount of water damage. We did have to replace some of the drywall due to water damage. The repairs and remodeling are outstanding! There was always a supervisor on site during any remodeling or repairs. I would highly recommend this contractor !


- Rick C.
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The entire process proceeded as well as we could have hoped.
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was very responsive during the bidding process, providing plenty of information to help with the decision making. We had a tight schedule and very little room for delays or problems. Once
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started he provided us a schedule for the entire project and he managed the project very closely and finished a day early. He started when he said he would, and kept in constant contact with us as the project progressed. The subs he used were all very good, professional and cleaned up at the end of each day. In particular, the person who primed and finished the drywall, and the painter were excellant. The finished product looks great.
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is professinal, takes an interest in the project, is meticulous and takes pride in his work. He is easy to work with and is open to changes and listened to our concerns. Will definitely use again in the future.

- PAUL C.

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ABK Today

1929 Lincoln Hwy E

ACR Inc

829 Westfield Rd

Always There Remodeling, LLC

435 Walther Road
Newark

ALX Contractors Inc.

5071 Whitaker Ave.

American Builders LLC

26 main street

Around the House

5605 W. Timberview Court
Wilmington

Ashley construction LLC

27 pegasus place

B The B Construction

572 Wartman St

B.C. Construction

510 East Ave
New Castle

BAGGOT & BAK LTD

21 E STATE ST

Bansaz Construction

602 Greenview Dr

BarrNone Construction

PO Box 5532
Newark

Basement Cure

40 Nettletree Lane

Basement King LLC

5937 Castor Ave

Basement Systems USA

2092 E Old Philadelphia Rd

Basements Love Us Inc

519 A Cinnaminson Ave

Bass Remodeling

805 Carbon St # 1

Bay City Millwork

959 West 12th Street

Bayard Remodeling

873 Linnaen Ter NW

Beck & Panico Builders

411 Snuff Mill Hill
Hockessin

Beckers Chimney And Roofing

54 Emandan Ln
Hockessin

Bella's Cabinet Gallery

444 Commerce lane

Bolster Ltd

Box 1786

Borrelli Construction LLC

1167 W. Baltimore Pike

BOSS CONSTRUCTION

173 W. MANHEIM

Boucher Builders

107 Audubon Ave

BRENNAN RENOVATIONS INC

31 CLEARFIELD AVE

Brooks Family Contractors LLC

201 Glen Berne Drive
Wilmington

C&C Bros

5747 Masher St

C.M.D. Construction

122 woodland ave

Cahaba Scapes

2130 11th avenue north

Carmen General Contracting

2623 S. Darien St.

Carpentry Solutions

211 Oakland Ave

Central Lending Services Inc

668 Woodbourne Rd Ste 104

Champion Restoration Experts, Inc.

121 Johnson Rd. Suite 3

Chango, Inc.

1211 N 2nd St

Chuck Dicarlo Ceramic Tile

127 Westminster Dr

CLARKS CONSTRUCTIONS

7219 BRADFORD ST

Classic Exteriors Inc

2300 Cattail Ln

Classmate Contractors

525 South Heald Street
Wilmington

Columns of Wood

2066 Squirrel Hill Rd

Comfort Basement

1250 Bethlehem Pike

Common Structure LLC

4103 Unruh St.

Complete Home Design and Construction

502 Pershing Court
Hockessin

Creative Aquariums

45 E City Avenue #390

CTC Contracting

2109 Biddle Street
Wilmington

D & R Remodeling

2187 Hopewell Rd

D&J Home Improvements LLC

2 E Weatherly Rd
New Castle

D'King Construction

3914 N 7th street

Dadem Contracting

922 Pitman Ave

DAndrea Contracting

230 Milford Dr
Middletown

Deco Contracting

4020 West Chester Pike

Deco Crete Inc

550 S Dupont Hwy
New Castle

Delaware Constructionology

314 White Pine Dr
Middletown

DELAWARE VALLEY BUILDERS INC

318 GREAT OAK DR
Middletown

Delaware's Finest

242 philadelphia pike

DMW CONSTRUCTION

3505 Humpton Rd.

DOCTOR OF HOMES MD

510 LEXINGTON DR

DOVETAIL GROUP LLC

990 W STRASBURG RD

Dragon Construction

235 Mountain Street

DREAM FINISHERS

114 STATION RD

DreamPros LLC

612 W Clements Bridge Road

Equity Builders

462 South Feathering Lane

EVERLASTING CONSTRUCTION

135 MOUNT PLEASANT RD

Eye For Design Interiors

2019 N Harrison Street
Wilmington

F & J Builders, LLC

23 Milltown rd
Wilmington

F. Ramondo Inc.

1020 Garrett Mill Rd.

Fackenthall Construction

15 Dartmouth Circle

Fascella Construction Corp

512 Center Hill Rd

FAVINGER CONTRACTING

280 Stony Run Rd

Ferreiro Inc

304 E. Ayre street
Newport

Fine Finish Remodeling

435 Wedgewood Dr

Finnerty construction

34 Bonsall Ave

First State Home & Garden, LLC

812A South College Ave.
Newark

FixerUpper 001

1335 Chinquapin Rd

FLAME-TECH The Fireplace Experts

23 Southgate Blvd
New Castle

flannigan russo contractors

525 NEWTON LAKE DRIVE

GJW Builder Inc

P.O. Box 133

GMB Construction

490 Avon Street

GNA CONSTRUCTION LLC

6851 SYSLVESTER STREET

Goldey Co. Inc

Glen Mills, PA

Greenable

2037 Washington Ave.

Handycraft Construction

126 Great Oak Drive

Handyman 2 call

13 Barberry Place
Wilmington

HEARTH & HEDGEROW LTD

1079 W THATCHER RD

Home Innovations Inc

12 W Lexton Rd
New Castle

Home Services LLC

3410 Old Capitol Trl Ste 2
Wilmington

Homeinnovationsinc

12 W Lexton Rd
New Castle

Homemade Design

41 Monument Ave

Homestead Solutions Inc.

5 Great Valley Parkway Suite 210

Horion Repairs

po box 752

House Doctors

25 Maggies Way
Dover

House Medics LLC

127 Vassar Ave.

Housefitters LLC

15 Worthington Dr

Hydroarmor Systems LLC

191 Yorktown Rd

JohnSantiagoInteriors

5-20 47th Ave.

Jonick LLC

1132 Gilham St

Jorman Construction

31 Gordonville Rd.

Katek Construction

1501 N Beecham Rd

KCS Carpentry

15 Twin Oaks Drive

KD Home Improvements

3561 Oakmont Street

Keen Builders

502 Lestershire

Keith Wilson Contracting

70 Old Dublin Pk. G-7

Kerry's Handyman Service

3569 Station Ave

keystone security

217 bustleton pike

KMC Construction

1244 Steel Rd

KPK Contracting

207 MacDade Blvd

KSkinner Design

1401 Lincoln Ave

LbMar Renovations

3006 windish st

Lenhart Construction

414 Washington Street

Liberty Builders LLC

239 Ardmore Avenue

LL Renovation LLC

3RD AVE
New Castle

Lodeski Home Improvement Inc

9 Council Trail
Wilmington

Longo Custom Builders

5302 Arbor Gates Dr Ne

Lovin Contractors

5712 Cottage St

LUCART, LLC

321 Cedar Ave

M & L Contractors

3602 Drumore Drive

M D Warren Co Inc

505 Springhill Ave
Wilmington

MARRS CONTRACTING INC

13 CANARY COURT
Middletown

Martin's Home Improvement

304 Concord Ave
Wilmington

matteoli contracting, llc

324 West Freedley St

Maximum Electrical Services

4142 Ogletown Staton Road
Newark

McVaugh & Sons Builders

651 McGovern Road
Hockessin

Merryfield Construction Group, LLC

513 North Black Horse Pike

Michael Marino Inc.

3 Clemson Court
Newark

MK Construction

430 Green Lane

MNS ENTERPRISES LLC

140 Bradford Dr Ste A

Modern Renovations LLC

5 Speer Rd.
Wilmington

Moore Builds LLC

45 Long Bow Drive

Morges Builders LLC

563 Sugar tree Road

Morris Home Remodeling

2206 S Bucknell

Morrison Homes, LLC

381 Brinton Lake Road

Mr. Contractor Inc

2634 Frankford Ave

Mr. T's Home Maintenance

384 Westmont Drive

Much Construction

3841 Concord road

MVB Marble & Granite

1970 Old Cuthbert Rd

Myer Builders

137 Greenvale Rd

Myers Builders

630 Taylor Road

N&L Maintenance Plus

823 Black Angus Ln

NapoliBuilders

76 Meetinghouse lane

New Jersey Repair

417 Lafayette Ave

New Look Builders Inc

3931 Bluebird Road

Newark Door & Window

60 Augusta Dr
Newark

North Point Builders

po box 7203
Wilmington

OJ's Construction

647 W AVONDALE RD

OLIVER CONSTRUCTION

414 DEKALB ST

Only The Best Builder LLC

683 Gravelly Hollow Rd

PA Contractor, LLC

801 Hunters Lane

Paddy's LLC

28 Argyle Rd
Newark

PanGro Development LLC

2600 Broom Street
Wilmington

Paramount Estates LLC

13 E Plumstead Ave

Paramount Painting Company

257 Filbert Avenue
Wilmington

PARRA ELECTRIC INC

421 SMITHBRIDGE RD

Patrick OConnor Inc.

1588 Meadow Lane

Paul Redding Contracting

2621eddington ave
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