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Bids are NOT done based on a multiplier on top of materials cost to get labor cost. Think of the consequences in the example you gave - by that method using say plain home depot tile made in Honduras might cost $5/SF materials, so by your method $10 labor. Now, same floor, with Carerra marble or Barre Granite at $75-100/SF - so do you want him charging you $150-200/SF labor when it takes almost exactly the same time regardless of material ?

To put it in simple terms, contractors:

1) figure the amount and cost of materials and consumables needed from the plans and specifications, applying a markup (from 15-50%, depending on contractor and how fancy or specialized a job it is).

2) Then they figure the equipment needed and the operating time to be used or elapsed time to be rented or leased - either opperating hour or elapsed time, or combination of both, especially if it consumes fuel

3) They then figure the labor time for the various trades required to do the job, maybe add an efficiency or ease of work multiplier to those hours to fit the job conditions, multiply those hours by the hourly pay rates, then multiply that times the "load" or "Labor Overhead" to account for employment taxes, workman's compensation costs, health plan, etc, etc.

4) Then they add in the cost of any architect or engineer plans or certifications that are needed, government permits and inspections, etc.

5) Then they add in any subcontractor bids, with appropriate contingency amount for each.

6) All those above totals are added up, an appropriate overall contingency added if needed (typically 5-10%, but on remote site jobs I have seen as high as 200%), and (depending on how contractor figures his costs) at least all the "in-house" costs like his equipment, consumables, and labor costs have a percentage overhead and profit added to them - typically about 100-150%. Some contractors use a lower overhead percentage but apply it to the total estimated job cost, not just in-house costs.

This "company overhead" or "general overhead" or "G&A - General and Administrative Overhead" covers the costs of financing and running the company, management and secretarial and general supply and maintenance costs, buildings and equipment yards lease or mortgage cost, working capital cost, insurance, loan interest, general shop equipment payments, profit, etc. Some contractors use a lower overhead and apply it to every cost in the job, some (especially those doing government work so havingto adhere to government accounting rules) apply a "markup percentage" to materials and rental costs and outside subcontract services, and apply G&A overhead only to in-house costs.

 

That being said, for a general class of work it does generally (on normal jobs) work out that there is a general multiple of labor to materials cost. For instance, yard work and residential tree work is heavy on labor, so it might have a labor to materials ratio of 3:1 or even 5:1.  Detail foundation hand excavation and underpinning can run to 5:1 or more. Many types of building construction like plumbing, tile, carpentry, etc. do end up with a very roughly 2:1 or 3:1 ratio of labor to materials cost. At the other extreme, high energy efficiency or hurricane rated glass installation or a fancy full-building computer and communications system or high-end entertainment center might have a labor to materials ratio of 0.25-0.5 because it is designed to go in pretty fast, but the materials cost a lot.

For your case, a hardscaping ratio could run from 0.5:1 or less to as much as 3:1 or more, for installations with very expensive imported stone and fancy woods and a lot of bought decorative items such as statuary, to the opposite labor-intensive landscaping with lots of sidehill terracing and hand-planted flower beds, hand-dug irrigation system trenches, and manual-placed concrete block or railroad tie walls. Each job should be figured on its own merits - using a "rule-of-thumb" is where people commonly get unpleasantly surprised. That is why you typically get 3 bids unless you have a contractor you trust from prior experience and are confident will give you a fair shake regardless of being sole-sourced. Personally, both for my own purposes and professionally in the design and construction business, I have found sole-source to trusted contractors you have experience with is, in the long run, a BIG money and time saver, as well as making it far more likely to finish on schedule and let you sleep at night.

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You need a general contractor - prefereably one who specializes in additions, because you have excavation, waterproofing, concrete, concrete cutting, carpentry, door and window, etc trades to coordinate.

The cost will depend a great deal on your topography around the house - if the base of the window will be above ground level at least 6 inches, then could run about $500 for a legal egress window purchase and about $1000-2000 for installation, depending on how deep into the concrete you have to cut.

If the bottom of the window will be below ground level, then to call it a bedroom (which mandates legal sized second egress and usauully at least one window)  then you will have two choices - bring it out into a solid watertight concrete storm cellar with collar to keep water out, stairs, and and weather and bug-tight cellar door that is inward-opening, which means a lot of space for stairs and landings top and bottom, or bring it out into an oversized window well at least 36 inches in diameter, and with steps to ground level, with adequate drainage and waterproofing to keep it dry. Either way, sometimes about as easy to put in an outside door as a window, and might raise property value more. Cost from $2-5,000 depending on how deep into concrete wall you have to dig, whether concrete wsall needs reinforcing with steel frame because of the depth of cut, how easy the digging is, and what your water conditions are near the foundation. The last thing you want to do is create an easy water or vermin ingress with your egress.

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Is the wall that the garage is sloped toward and adjacent wall of the home?

 

If not, it should not be of real concern. 

 

Try to keep the water out of the garage with a gasket on the door. 

 

 

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If the state requires a contractor's license, then he needs to have a license in each state he intends to work in - plus state/local business licenses as applicable.

 

This does not mean there are not a lot of contractors who cross state lines without proper licensing - the penalties in may cases are not real severe and are just a fine, not criminal, so many take the chance.

 

As you say - argh  - many contractors are not really businessmen and have zero legal education, so many people get burned.

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Unless it was a monolithic pour (poured as part of the foundation wall) you should have nothing to worry about with a jack hammer in the hands of a skilled worker and it is highly unlikely it was. I have never seen this done in my 40 plus years in the business. There probably is a piece of expansion joint material between the wall and the slab and even if not the joint between the wall and the slab should creat a weak point that will break.

 

Don

Mudjacking reviews in Lakeland

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Job went very well. They not only raised the porch with also made some minor repairs between the porch and service walk at no additional cost. Would use them again in a heart beat!
- KIRK C.
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The service went great. A crew of 15 came out and completed the job in 1 day. They were very fast and efficient workers. They did leave a little bit of a mess but it was not horrible. Their pricing was reasonable. It was very easy to schedule their service and they even showed up a little early.
- Richard B.
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did a great job. We had the job done while out of town.
Lakeland Foundation Contractors Provider Name Locked
called to schedule, and agreed to take pictures and forward them to us on completion.

They were the only ones willing to watch the weather and get it done. All other providers said they would get back with me in April.


- Michael O.
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I am very happy with the work that
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and his crew completed. The cost was reasonable and
Lakeland Foundation Contractors Provider Name Locked
was good at communication with me about work times. Would definitely call again.
- Erin B.
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the home is built on a gentle grade. the grade at the front of the home, where the sidewalk is located, 'drops off' quickly ( estimate is 40%). the sidewalk had settled in several locations. the contractor drilled holes and then hydraulically forced a slurry of lime and sand into the holes and raised the settled sections of cement. we had to have the contractor return a second time to raise some of the sections, due to settling. we had been advised by the contractor to stabilize some of the sections with earth or cement because of potential water intrusion and subsequent settling. These repairs were made following the first and second repairs. We have had some additional settling (1 inch) of the sections.
Important: the slurry does not
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like a cementitious (cement) product. the slurry does possess good to excellent compression strength but only in the presence of dry or well drained soil. the slurry does not provide good
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strength unless the repair area is very stable. the customer must know these important factors before starting the repair. if you do not start with a stable, well drained base, you will not get the desired results.
the company was professional, prompt and courteous. the overall rating is for the limited capability of the slurry used for the repairs.
- john F.
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We like the pouring job that
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did - our driveway looks nice and they helped us with some of the design brainstorming that was valuable. I see people drive past and take pictures of our driveway, and I believe they've gotten new business in the neighborhood based upon how ours looks. They clearly have a lot of experience in doing driveways. However, the time it has taken for them to complete the work has been abysmal. We're 6 weeks into what should have been a one week project. Excuses have been numerous - weather, holidays, health, etc. Even with these excuses (some legitimate and should have causes a few days' setback each), we're at a point where the project is nearly done but is STILL not 100% complete. If you go with
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, you'll likely get a nicely poured cement project that looks great. However, you run the risk of having it take weeks and weeks or even months to complete. I dislike writing a poor review - we like the owner and workers. But the truth is, they're slow and the work gets pushed out.
- Catherine D.
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arrived on time with an employee and leveled the sidewalk. It took an hour for two men to complete the job. The sidewalk is now completely level.
- Robert M.
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He saved me probably about $2,000.00 because instead of getting the concrete replaced, he just raised it because the front porch is sinking. They put rocks underneath it and lift the concrete up instead of having to pour new concrete and tear it up. I'd give him all A's.
- Randy S.

All Foundation Contractors in Lakeland, FL

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1800marbleguy.com

1397 22nd St N
Saint Petersburg

A & F Construction Inc

5546 Lavender Ave
North Port

A-CHALET

2323-B State Road 580
Clearwater

AAA Concrete & Construction

2711R N.Combee Rd.
Lakeland

ADVANCED MASONRY SYSTEMS

5403 ASHTON CT
Sarasota

AKO Framing & Construction, Inc

468 Waterfall Dr
Spring Hill

ASSOCIATED CONSTRUCTION

25352 WESLEY CHAPEL BLVD
Lutz

Atlas LLC Const. & Foundation Repair CGC059466

13101 Spring Hill Dr.
Spring Hill

B&H Construction Inc General Contractors

4025 Morris Bridge Rd
Zephyrhills

Boyd Construction Company

21 6th St N
Saint Petersburg

BTL Engineering Services, Inc.

5802 N Occident St
Tampa

Cahaba Scapes

2130 11th avenue north

Certified Foundations Inc

1306 Banana Rd
Lakeland

Certified movers

14206 Grubbs lane
Riverview

CHAMPION FOUNDATION REPAIR

8504 E Adamo Dr Ste 140
Tampa

Dosmark Construction Inc.

7203 Spring Valley Dr
Tampa

DuncanAmerica

4479 45th St S
Saint Petersburg

e-construction group Inc.

8601 4th Street N.
Saint Petersburg

Eicher Construction

4815 Hoyer Dr
Sarasota

Epoxy Floor Coating

1969 Crystal Lake dr
Lakeland

Eyecandy Hardscaping LLC

4053 Center Pointe PL
Sarasota

FlatWorks, Inc.

305 Bear Ridge Cir. Suite 101

FLOOR TECHNOLOGIES

11911 W OKEECHOBEE RD
Hialeah

General Construction & Maintenance

11139 Bridgecreek Dr
Riverview

GEORGE PRUITT INC

Saint Petersburg

Got Property?

415 Cinnamon Drive
Kissimmee

Granger & Associates, Inc.

2173 Hunley Ave
Apopka

Home Detailing LLC.

1975 Par Pl
Sarasota

James Allen Concrete

14871 Brahma Rd
Polk City

JMD Global Developers LLC

35 West Pine Street
Orlando

KALA PAINTING INC

11105 RISING MIST WILBUR
Riverview

KB Builders Home Builder Remodeling + Design

334 E LAKE RD
Clearwater Beach

Lord General Contractors Corporation

Post Office Box 99
Indian Rocks Beach

LRE Ground Services Inc

1115 S Main St
Brooksville

Michiels Home Improvements

3866 Royal Hammock Blvd.
Sarasota

Morgan Exteriors Inc

15915 N Florida Ave
Lutz

Mr-Craftsman LLC

3196 Quantum Lakes Dr
Boynton Beach

Paving Crew, Inc

2150 17th St
Sarasota

PROTURN Property Solutions

634 Blue Taverna Ln
Clearwater

RamJack

16646 Scheer Blvd
Hudson

Renaissance Property Preservation

8447 Crystal Harbour Dr
Tampa

Rhino General Contracting Inc

2601 Bruton Rd
Plant City

Rook's Contracting

13023 Delwood Rd
Tampa

Schultz Builders, Inc. and Schultz Pools, Inc.

1950 Central Ave
Saint Petersburg

ScottshandyManService

490 Cape Cod Loop

Security Protection Systems

4217 N Lauber Way
Tampa

ServiceMaster Clean

7840 Professional Pl
Tampa

Seven Golden Floors Inc

Sheldon Rd
Tampa

The Cruikshank Group

20628 Wild Plum Ct
Land O Lakes

TL Hill Construction

2261 Sarasota Center Blvd
Sarasota

Trinity 1 Construction LLC

16057 Tampa Palms Blvd
Tampa

VANDERHEI Concrete Construction LLc

35344 Chambers Dr
Zephyrhills

Wadeco USA Inc

5109 Garden Vale Ave
Tampa

WISDOM STRUCTURAL

204 N HOWARD AVE
Tampa

YD West Coast Home. INC

2505 W Douglas St
Tampa
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