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"The job was a nightmare from start to finish. We are currently in the process of collecting money after going to conciliation court and winning against " . He did not perform the job in a timely manner, the work he did was terrible and the "end result" of his work did not function nor was it up to code. Our appliances were not hooked up properly and we had standing water in our basement due to improper plumbing work he did. We ended up having to hire an actual licensed contractor to fix the damage he did - which totaled in the thousands. It was only after we fired that we learned he failed his testing and is not certified in any way to do the type of job he signed on to do in our house. I would never recommend using his services to anyone. The only good thing to come of this is that justice was served and he has to pay for his actions.

-Anne S.

"Our bathroom looks fantastic and is quite spacious. and his team, as well as the sub-contractors, did super work in creating a true master" bathroom. was constantly available for any questions, comments, and concerns, and responded in a fairly, quick manner. As the homeowner, we were very appreciative to the fact that was (is) very conscious of our budget, and was not a fan of going over the original quote. There were a few delays with the cabinets and mirror, and was extremely apologetic for this, however, we were not too bothered by the wait time. In the end, and his team have created a master bath beyond what we could have imagined. We appreciated their professionalism in all the aspects of this remodel; so much so, we have asked Atlas to refinish our water damaged basement. Additionally, we have begun early discussions of remodeling our kitchen, which we hope to do in the next year or two. Needless to say, has earned our business for our future remodeling projects.

-Jennifer T.

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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!

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". 

For this type of job, you need plans and specs from an Architectural/Engineering firm before thinking about contractors - and to get a building permit. Ben's method would work and done incrementally could cost well over $100,000 plus as he says, but this not really the most economic way to approach this big a job. A House Mover or Foundation Underpinning specialty company can usually slide your house onto a whole new foundation, or jack it up on steel beams and hold it there while a basement is dug underneath it, without any intermediate piers. The jacking/move cost would probably be on the order of $30-40,000, and a new basement probably about $40-50,000 - rough ballpark, though I have been involved in some 1000-1500SF single story jobs that went for under $70,000 total. I have been involved in a fair number of these type jobs - and the way the numbers come out, if there is room on the property to move the house, it is almost always nearly as cheap or cheaper to build an equivalent square footage (basement plus ground level) addition rather than add a basement under the house, and that way your new footage is half above ground so worth more on resale, plus you do not lose use of the house for a month or two. Second cheapest is usually sliding house to a new foundation, if property is large enough to do this - though house is totally cut off from utilities for a week to three. Most expensive, and usually only done in tight city environments or with full 2 story or higher houses, is adding the foundation in place, though your utility interruptions should be on the order of hours at a time rather than days or weeks. Talk to an architect - I think you will quickly lean towards the addition option rather than adding a basement - it is just too expensive to deepen foundations in most cases, plus you WILL get cracking in the house and possible water and sewer pipe problems in a move/underpinning job, which is not the case with an addition. This become more likely the case since you want to add 8 feet off the back of the home anyway - so why not just enlarge the addition and do it all that way - MUCH simpler, and MUCH less disruption of your life, and you get much higher resale return on your investment.

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.


Basement Remodeling reviews in Hockessin


Painted three rooms, very quickly, with high quality. Good Price and professionalism. I am satisfied with the work done. Thank .
- alexander A.

When they come out to do the work, it's excellent. The sub-contractor's work was not acceptable, but they offered to fix it. The son's work is very good. The problem is that they can't seem to keep their commitments with the schedule and timeline. They have cancelled and rescheduled this appointment 5 times. My wife and I both took ...More off work today and I'm leaving for a business trip later today, and we were waiting for them to show up. When they didn't, we called them, and they said "oh you didn't get the message. I can't make it today, but I can be out tomorrow at 9 am." We just want the job done and be able to wipe my hands of them. The craftsmanship is great, but getting them to come out and do what they promised is the hard part. we've tried to be as accommodating as possible to their schedule, but we've been trying to get everything completed for 4-5 months now. We want the work completed, quickly and correctly. We want everything to be completed by Thanksgiving.
- Jonathan M.

QC Construction—The Best! Not only are and master craftsmen—they’re meticulous perfectionists—they are friendly and easy to have around. For us, the work went on for four months—a garage rebuilt with a room on top of it—and they worked hard to limit the disruptions ...More and inconvenience. The guys they hire are as hard-working and pleasant as they are, and either or is always on site to supervise. We almost went with another company, and are we lucky we didn’t.
- Jennifer A.

I want to share with all of you my experience with ( ). I recently hired him to finish my basement as my wife is due with our second child and we needed the extra space. He offered to provide a “turnkey basement” where all I needed to do was get the carpet installed. It didn’t ...More turn out as promised: Deceptive contracting: Contract included a stand up shower, but apparently that doesn’t include a shower door Contract included a finished bath, but that doesn’t include a vanity mirror or any basic bathroom hardware like toilet paper holder Missing dry wall in closets Poor quality of work: Gaps between the dry wall and the basement window Poor drywall sanding quality where I had to get the painter to re-spackle and sand Left a large gap behind the shower tile (~ 1 inch) between the shower and the cement board where water might leak through in the future Not all the tiles line up in the shower and bathroom floor What makes it worse is that he claimed to finish the work and then without even scheduling a final walk through, left the job and claimed it was done and demanded final payment I would recommend you avoid dealing with this contractor
- william C.

The shelves are sturdy and it looks great. was very very nice and respectful. He always comes when he says he will and gets back to you quickly with estimates. Also, his pricing is very reasonable. I'm really happy with the job he did and he takes great pride in his work. Would highly recommend him for other jobs in the future.
- Sabine B.

Excellently! I had a design plan drawn up from a designer prior to meeting Mounir. When we first met Mounir, we were impressed encouraged by his limitless energy, enthusiasm for his work, and his professionalism. He saw our vision, and our timeline goal, and he felt certain that he could help us achieve our vision for our space. He has his own team ...More of people who helped to get the job done. After demolition, inspection for water damage, and leakage was made. Once Basement was deemed mold, leakage, and problem free, Mounir orchestrated a full remodel according to my plan. He was GREAT at keeping us in the loop as far as any minor changes to our plan that needed to be tweaked along the way (that our Designer could not have predicted). On Choosing finishes, he had fantastic recommendations, a real eye for design, and had REALLY CREATIVE solutions for major and minor changes to the design. We loved working with him, and would definitely recommend Mounir to lead ANY home project. His business, Remodeling, was really top notch!
- Niki D.

and his team were absolutely wonderful. is very professional as is his staff. They were always on time and very attentive to our needs. From the start of the project throughout the design process and execution, held true to his word. His approach is very professional and he ...More ensures that all documentation is in order and that all scope is clearly defined and agreed to. The craftmenship was to agreed specifications and and his staff always provided good insight along the way. I am looking forward to using and his team on any new projects in the future.
- Jason C.

Contacted to replace a failing Radon System Fan. was prompt, professional, and very clear on what would be done, what needed to be done and the costs involved. They complete their end of the job quickly and efficiently. During the inspection they discovered a problem with the plumbing / sewer pipes in ...More the house. Offered advice on how to mitigate the problem and even went so far as to give me a hand to shore things up until I could get the pipes fixed correctly. All in all extremely professional company that I would use again if needed and would definitely recommend to my neighbors.
- John C.

Basement Remodeling Contractors in Hockessin, DE

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ABC Home Improvements

4142 Ogletown Stanton Road

ABC Remodeling

206 Swedes Run Dr

Abdo General Contractor

1124 Carpenter St

ABK Today

1929 Lincoln Hwy E

Able Construction & Design,LLC

140 Albemarle Avenue

Area-Pro Contractors LLC

305 Fairville Rd

Ark Environmental LLC

7705 Walker St.

Around the House

5605 W. Timberview Court

B.C. Construction

510 East Ave
New Castle



baj construction llc

26 magnolia ln

Bansaz Construction

602 Greenview Dr

BarrNone Construction

PO Box 5532

Basement Cure

40 Nettletree Lane

Basement King LLC

5745 Wendy bag well pkwy

Basement Systems USA

2092 E Old Philadelphia Rd

Basements Love Us Inc

519 A Cinnaminson Ave

Bass Remodeling

3485 Linda Ln

Bay City Millwork

959 West 12th Street

Bayard Remodeling

873 Linnaen Ter NW

Bayview Construction

1171 Bayview Rd

Bear Builders

Delaware City

Beck & Panico Builders

411 Snuff Mill Hill

Bill Carr & Sons

P.O. Box 63

BnK Property Maintenance

1377 Reservoir Ave

Bolster Ltd

Box 1786



Bromm's Builders

2300 # a pileggi road

Brooks Family Contractors LLC

201 Glen Berne Drive


2818 Cedar Street

Ceccola Construction Co LLC

2417 Silverside Rd

Cecil Millwork

3796 South Black Horse Pike

Celtic Conversion LLC

1267 Morstein Road

City Wide Contracting

696 Second Street Pike Suite 201A



Classic Exteriors Inc

2300 Cattail Ln

Classmate Contractors

525 South Heald Street

Cohen Contracting

138 Carmen Dr

Coliseum Construction LLC

1510 Chester Pike

collins construction

532 jackson rd.

Columns of Wood

2066 Squirrel Hill Rd

Comfort Basement

1250 Bethlehem Pike

Complete Concepts

840 causez ave

Complete Home Design and Construction

502 Pershing Court

Complete Home Remodeling

44 S. School Street

Creative Aquariums

45 E City Avenue #390

CTC Contracting

2109 Biddle Street

Curb Appeal Improvement Services, LLC

230 N. Maple Avenue, Ste. B1 #281

Custom Renovations

230 Kings Hwy East

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

Deco Contracting

4020 West Chester Pike

Deco Crete Inc

550 S Dupont Hwy
New Castle

Del Val Structures, Inc

3329 Coachman Road

Delaware Constructionology

314 White Pine Dr

Delaware Millwork, Ltd.

110 W Green St



Delaware's Finest

242 philadelphia pike

Delmarva electric and tech.

6091 Summit Bridge Rd.

DLS Builders LLC

1048 Gap Rd

DM Salerno Construction

3275 morrell ave 2nd

DMPS Home Improvements, LLC

1511 Whippain Hill


3505 Humpton Rd.



Dolan contracting

210 Jefferson st




170 E. Main St.

Dragon Construction

235 Mountain Street



DreamPros LLC

612 W Clements Bridge Road

E&I Construction, LLC

1808 Derousse Avenue

E&K Builders LLC

PO Box 37170

E.A.Smith Builders

332 E Roosevelt Blvd

Elite Builders Inc

428 Miller Street & 1422 Orange Street

Emerald Tile

201 emerald ave

Endeavor Consulting and Construction, Inc.

153 New Granville Rd

Equity Builders

462 South Feathering Lane



Eye For Design Interiors

2019 N Harrison Street

F & J Builders, LLC

23 Milltown rd

F. Ramondo Inc.

1020 Garrett Mill Rd.

Fackenthall Construction

15 Dartmouth Circle

Family Construction Inc.

2650 E Juniata Street

Ferreiro Inc

304 E. Ayre street

Fine Finish Remodeling

435 Wedgewood Dr

Finnerty construction

34 Bonsall Ave

First Call Renovations

88 E. Springer Street

First State Home & Garden, LLC

812A South College Ave.

FixerUpper 001

1335 Chinquapin Rd

FLAME-TECH The Fireplace Experts

23 Southgate Blvd
New Castle

Foraker Construction

416 Armstrong Corner Rd

Frame Carpentry

1489 River Rd

Gambacorta Construction Consulting

4617 Ethel Circle

Garnet Homes

2002 Renaissance Blvd, Suite 270


8023 Mars PL

Geobest Construction LLC

9492 Kirkwood Rd


2037 Washington Ave.

GT Designs, Inc.

109 Wellington Way


167 W. Allegheny Ave.

Handy Dan

PO Box 552

Handycraft Construction

126 Great Oak Drive

Handyman 2 call

13 Barberry Place

Home improvement buddy

713 Swarthmore Dr

Home Innovations Inc

12 W Lexton Rd
New Castle

Home Services LLC

3410 Old Capitol Trl Ste 2


8 Alexis Drive

HomeCrafters Inc

20 Balsam Ct

House Doctors

25 Maggies Way

House Medics LLC

127 Vassar Ave

Housefitters LLC

465 Rosehill Rd.

Hybrid Carpentry

200 West Chestnut St.

imc: Interior Design Services

205 Tylers Mill Road

Jeff Martin Custom Builders

334 West Broad Street

Jeff Nero Builder

169 Watsons Mill Rd

Jeff Reardon Home Services LLC

135 Woodlawn Ave

Jeff Tyrie Builder Inc

960 Old Elk Neck Rd

John Ginder Contractor

2306 W. Newport Pike

John Leo Contracting Inc

1628 Ellis Woods Rd

johns handyman company

111 cleveland ave

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

keystone security

217 bustleton pike

LbMar Renovations

3006 windish st

Legacy Construction Company LLC

150 Monument Rd Ste 207

Lenhart Construction

414 Washington Street

LL Renovation LLC

New Castle

Lodeski Home Improvement Inc

9 Council Trail

Longo Custom Builders

5302 Arbor Gates Dr Ne

Lovin Contractors

5712 Cottage St


321 Cedar Ave

Luis Tello, LLC

1024 Thomas Barone St

Luxury Bath & Kitchens

469 Easton Road

M & L Contractors

3602 Drumore Drive

M D Warren Co Inc

505 Springhill Ave

M Jay Builders Inc

471 S Mount Vernon Rd

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