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"my initial consultation with Den (company owner) went excellent. He was very professional, on time and communicated well. We talked about the job to be done in" great detail with his partner Tohi. I even had provided the company renderings of the job. Den explained to me that Tohi (his partner) will now be the supervisor for the job. This is where things turn poor. 1. despite a record breaking and beautiful Feb weather, I was constantly told that "there was too much rain" to start the job. I had to strongly insist to start the job during a full week of dry weather and temperatures near 60 degrees.
was frustrated at my insistence, but reluctantly started the job. He also attempted to provided excuses and plans and delays to finish the job 7 days later, which was not acceptable. 2. once the forms were removed and the job cleaned, I realized that one of the retaining walls was slanted, not close to level, nor was the top of the wall brush finished. it was left with clumps of dried concrete on top. The neighborhood kid could have done a better job 3. the job required a drain placement in the center of a concrete slab. i purchased the proper catch basis and placed it where it needed to go. this was discarded, thrown to the side and instead the company used a drain that is inadequate for outdoor use and will cause me great hassles in the seasons and years to come due to clogging. for each of these concerns I consulted with Den, The owner, on the phone as they came up during the job. i was told by Den he would be on site. this ever happened. I never saw Den again after the initial bid and consultation of the job and the job was well below my expectations. I would not hire this company again.

-David I.

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"I highly recommend
. for your foundation repairs. They not only gave me a better quote than another A+ BBB rated competitor, they also did" a great job leveling my house and customer service was "Above and beyond an A+ rating!" They replanted flowers and were VERY accommodating as far as allowing my dogs breaks to relive themselves, which meant having to reinstall fencing every time the dogs needed to go. Even helped me get my car started one morning when the battery died. My 1928 year old house is a lot more level now and the rain drainage foundation issues have been addressed!

-pat C.

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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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The cost to install the veneer stone has a wide range do to many factors. It can range from around $9 to $17 per square foot. It depends on the location, the stone being used, job access, skaffolding needs, wall prep and such. I would think you would be on the lower end of the scale. Your job is on a concrete surface so it eliminates one of the biggest problems they are having with this product, wall preperation. This one of the things that separates the high bidders from the low ones. There are million dollars homes being torn down because of improper wall prep. One a wood frame house a backing system that allows drainage is a must or the moisture absorbed by the veneer can rot the walls behind with alarming speed. Some have had makor damage within the first four years. On a concrete wall the veneer needs no such prep at most wire mesh applied if it is an older concrete wall.

 

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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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Mudjacking reviews in Lakeland

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They said they could do it. They blew my driveway up and didn't move anything, not even half an inch. When the guy came out to look at it after I complained he said he didn't know why the guy thought they could mudjack it, Then they wouldn't give me a refund. I had plenty of evidence I just didn't want to take it to small claims court. They offered me half and I settled for it. It was still a ripoff. The kid that came out to do the mudjacking was good, but the expert and owner were not.
- John N.
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I called three companies for an estimate to pour a driveway on top of a patch gravel driveway. The first was thoroughly professional and gave a written estimate for $8000. The second simply wrote on the back of his card "$4200". Den of JacTak prepared a written bid of $4000, with a 5% discount. I gave him the go-ahead. His crew worked very quickly and poured exactly the way I wanted. Den said he could pour a sidewalk along the side of the house, which would bring the total up to the original $4000. I approved. Pour was finished in one day. It now looks great and I'm very happy with it. No complaints whatsoever.
- JEREMY M.
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When I contacted
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he was very friendly and professional. We scheduled for him to come out sometime during the week. It was not an emergency and time was not an issue. He came out to look at the needed repair in a timely manner even without the scheduled time frame. After he looked at our needs he met with and reported that what we needed was something that really didn't need his services. He told me that the concrete hadn't sunk but had moved away from the home due to the drought of 2013. He explained many homes had the same type of problems after the drought. He then said the concrete most likely stopped moving. He suggested that we simply
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point where the bricks were coming away from the exterior of the house. He even mentioned a few companies that if needed could assist us further. He was honest, professional and friendly. If we need his services (raising concrete slabs such as sidewalks, driveways, steps and such) we will use him.. You can appreciate a person that gives it to you straight even if it means they don't get the business. Top Notch.


- Kyle B.
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My house was struck by lightening, and caught on fire. He has been in charge of all the restoration process. He is wonderful, very confident and personable. He's very concerned about what I want done and how I want it done. He doesn't try to pressure me to do other things. He's very sensitive to the fact that I'm an older woman. He also is very knowledgable about historic renovation.
- MARLENE T.
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The guys arrived on time and did a great job. Courteous, professional and explained each step along the way. A great experience and worth the money. Learned a lot watching! And after more than 6 months, still satisfied.
- Ellen P.
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I wasn't completely satisfied with the finished project. They raised it too high. I thought it was reasonable price.
- Eula W.
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I called this provider twice asking to be contacted to arrange an estimate - once just after Thanksgiving and again in early February. The message on their phone indicates that they are done providing this service until the spring but to leave a voicemail. I have done so twice with no reply.
- Sara A.
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They did this work in freezing temperatures with high winds. They worked all day for 2 days straight and they left the place immaculately clean. I’ve never seen anybody work so hard in such terrible conditions and they were so pleasant the whole time! I will definitely have them back again to do more work because they were superb.
- Kristin S.

All Foundation Contractors in Lakeland, FL

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1800marbleguy.com

1397 22nd St N
Saint Petersburg

50% Cheaper Seven Golden Floors

6131 Anderson Rd
Tampa

A & F Construction Inc

1121 W Price Blvd # 13
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

Baker Construction Group Inc

3106 SW 26th P
Cape Coral

Boyd Construction Company

21 6th St N
Saint Petersburg

BTL Engineering Services, Inc.

5802 N Occident St
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

My Handy Craftsman Inc.

PO Box 456
Winter Park

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

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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